“People Watching” with Artist Rine Boyer Opens September 9th

Elephant Room Gallery is proud to present “People Watching”, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based Artist Rine Boyer opening this September. The exhibition coincides with Expo Chicago and the gallery will be hosting additional events with Rine during that art-filled week.

“People Watching” depicts the characters Rine sees as she walks through the city. Using acrylic paint and ink on metal cut out figures, the portraits are linked to underlying themes of culture, personality and group dynamics. The various personalities are captured from the artist’s perspective as she imagines what each person is thinking and creates a pattern of symbolic shapes that reference those thoughts on the surface of the portrait. By painting each person using the same technique, Rine creates an equilibrium while highlighting each unique personality through pattern and color. Each portrait is thoughtfully placed within a larger installation that captures the beauty of different people being in close proximity to one another, living in the city.

Rine Boyer’s figures from everyday life in the city explore how we see one another. Her two and three dimensional figurative works reference the repeating pattern in pointillism, the flatness in portraits by Alex Katz, and the bright colors of Kaws to create pieces that blend modernism with current trends.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Saturday, September 9th from 6pm to 9pm. The following week there will be an Artist Talk on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm and a Meet the Artist Event on Friday, September 15th from 6pm to 9pm as a part of Expo’s Art After Hours. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. Open hours and viewing appointment information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com

6th Annual Encaustic Show at Morpho Gallery

Show dates: August 4th – September 2nd, 2017
Opening Reception: August 4th, 2017 6pm – 10pm

August 2017 (Chicago) – The 6th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work by encaustic artists from around the country, including Alabama, California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and even Canada!

“Encaustic painting involves a beautiful combination of beeswax, pigment, and heat. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Unique because of its technical process, yet unifying because of its painterly and sculptural qualities, encaustic painting is being explored by artists today as a re-visitation to a traditional medium.”

Artists within the show offer a wide variety of styles of encaustic including portraiture, abstraction, landscapes, nature, sculptures, collages, and a wide variety of techniques including hand-drawn image transfers, spray paint, pastel, embellishments, and oil, encaustics on wood, panels, paper, arches, and birch (to name a few!).

Featured Artists:

Brad Hook, Cat Crotchett, Laura Graveline, Anna Wagner-Ott, Brenda Erickson, Candace Law, Carol Myers, Carrie Baxter, Cindy Lesperance, Claudia Hollister, David Brown, Deborah Martin, Derek Brennan, Jeannette MacDougall, Jodie Sutton, Karen Ruth Karlsson, Katelyn Patton, Kathryn Isbister, Kathy Blankley Roman, Kay Vinson, Kaylee Dalton, Lamia Holden, Laura LaRue, Linda Mayer, Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey, Patricia Lagger, Penny Park, Rinat Goren, and Teresa Foster

About the Jurors/Curators:

Morpho Gallery is pleased to welcome jurors Kathy Blankley Roman and Dan Addington.

Kathy Blankley Roman returns once again to jury our 6th annual encaustic exhibition after the success of past years’ exhibitions, Edges, Hot Wax in the Cityand Wax (in’) Blue, and Unbound (Ed). An award winning artist, her expressive paintings have appeared in shows nationally, online and in numerous private collections since 2011.

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. Dan is the owner and director of Addington Gallery, located in Chicago’s historic River North art district, and has included encaustic painters in exhibitions there since organizing their first national encaustic exhibition there in 1996.

Morpho Gallery
5216 North Damen Ave
Chicago Ill 60625
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com

Fine Arts Building Second Fridays Open Studios

Stop into Studio 701 Friday evening during Fine Arts Building Second Fridays Open Studios:
http://www.fineartsbuildingstudios.com

Second Fridays OPEN STUDIOS
Friday
July 14, 2017
5 – 9 PM
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July OPEN STUDIOS GUIDE: The following studios will be free and open to the public 5 – 9 unless otherwise stated (updated July 12 at 5:30 pm)

816 Vanessa L. Smith
Ceramics & Mixed Media
5-8 pm

721 Liederstube
An intimate oasis for art song
7-9 pm

701 Debra LePage
Watercolor on paper and YUPO
Demos on YUPO

701 Karen Tichy
Encaustic (hot wax) mixed media paintings
Demos on request

640 Richard Heiberger Music Studio
Piano Instruction for all Ages and Levels
Classical, Popular & Jazz Improvisation

636 Oak Street Design
Props and art sale

629 Soko Space
Last Open Studio Night – Great Close-out Sales
Fun fair trade things from East Africa and Turkey

560 William Harris Lee & Co.
Jazz Institue of Chicago – NextGen Jazz – Emerging Artist Project
5:30-6:15 – Albert Warnaar
6:30-7:15 – Salomon Flores
Ramona Stones: Fine Handmade Beaded Jewelry
Violin Workshop Tours

534 Lou Ann Burkhardt
Paintings & Drawings
6-9 pm

460 Wade Weissmann Architecture
5:30 – 9 pm

Second Floor Gallery
Works by Debra Turner

“Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist” Opens July 7th at Elephant Room Gallery

Above: “Allegiance” by Kobe Jordon Kaine

Chicago-based artist Kobe Jordon Kaine will be exhibiting in his first ever solo exhibition at Elephant Room Gallery this July. Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist is the result of the past few years of personal reflection and action for the artist who has created pieces that reflect both a proficiency in his medium and a strong sense of self-awareness as it relates to past and present society.

Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist is a body of conceptual works created from mostly found and recycled objects. Contemporary sociopolitical ideas are expressed in visual form by merging aestheticism, appropriation and abstraction. Ideas are explored by creating repetitive pattern works from mundane objects that carry allegory, create tension and excite aesthetic emotion. Kaine uses these various materials that represent childhood memories, coming of age and current issues as a way to mend wounds and bridge gaps. “I desire to dispel the Eurocentric ideology of what it means to be an American by recreating poverty and inner-city living into something beautiful. There is an outdated mentality belonging to those who hold positions of power and authority and I want to disrupt that.” – Kaine

The title UrBan Terrorist is a way to take hold of a term that has been used to further segregate people and use it to describe a body of work that demonstrates urban life as experienced through one artist. Kaine uses the word insight to describe his energy while creating this work and the purpose is to bring insight to viewers on what divides us and how we can heal.

Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist opens with a reception on Friday, July 7th from 6pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery. The exhibition runs through July 29th and open hours can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago.

About the Artist

Kobe Jordon Kaine produces work by experimenting with installation, photography and collage. His aesthetic runs parallel with Hip Hop culture and sound. Informed by Rap music and American Ideology with influences from the global community of Indigenous Peoples, Kaine aims to expose his work not only in galleries but also public spaces so that his work can be seen by all.

Intersect Artist Collective Presents FEED

Morpho Gallery, 5216 North Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
OPENING RECEPTION: June 24th, 2017 6-10 pm
June 24th- July 6th 2017

The INTERSECT Artist Collective would like to invite the community, art lovers and collectors, friends, and artists to join them on the evening of June 24th from 6 to 10 pm for an art event to benefit the hungry. 100% of the profits will go to the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry.

INTERSECT Artist Collective is a group of artists from Northern Illinois have worked collaboratively since 2012 on small and large scare curatorial projects and art exhibitions. The group has donated substantial work to sell at accessible prices in order to both make art affordable to everyone while supporting the needs of body and soul of those in need in the community. This is the perfect event for first time collectors and anyone with a philanthropic heart.

The work will continue to be for sale after the opening until July 1st.