Meditative Gardens

A Solo Art Exhibition by Justin Suico

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a 3 day solo exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based artist, Justin Suico beginning August 1st, 2019. The impact of Suico’s work will feed off the energy of Lollapalooza, happening just a few blocks away.

“Meditative Gardens” explores the harsh reality of city living and the refuge made possible through our connection to nature. Suico’s paintings are layers upon layers of graffiti-like movement combined with floral imagery that draws you into the beautiful chaos that almost exactly represents the marriage of urban and nature. Although the work is abstract, the energy and intention is made clear. “My paintings are designed to acknowledge and explore the intensity of urban living and portray the stories of those city-inhabitants who recognize and appreciate positivity and the abundance that can be cultivated through a connection with nature, no matter how limited it may be.” – Suico

“Meditative Gardens” runs August 1st through 3rd only and will be open on Thursday, August 1st from 12-5pm followed by an opening reception with the artist from 5-9pm. Additional open hours are August 2nd and 3rd from 12-6pm. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Justin Suico will be painting a large piece live in front of The Blackstone Hotel, located a block away at 636 S Michigan Avenue on August 2nd from 3-6pm and August 3rd from 11am-3pm, weather permitting. For more information: www.elephantroomgallery.com

About the Artist

Born on December 6, 1985, Suico is a visual artist from Chicago, IL. Suico’s paintings have been shown all over Chicago, in Miami’s Art Basel and in Asia Contemporary Art Hong-Kong. Recently, Suico made a return to Miami and immediately made a cultural and artistic impact with the top private closing event of Miami’s Art Basel week in South Beach titled COCO Miami. His artistic visions curated and produced his own event that also included co-artist Tom Franco, which began to break the mold of the conventional artist presentation. Later, his work traveled across the sea and joined a group show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art curated by Alan Chin. After a series of intense competitive art battles throughout the year, Suico became a finalist in the 2018 Midwest Regional Art Battle final in Chicago.

Endeavoring to continuously reimagine his art through cultural immersion, Suico has painted in a number of international locations including Reykjavik, Barcelona, Montreal, Florence, Rome, and Paris. His natural artistic eye has allowed him to become the Production Designer and Art Director for GoLucky Studios where he has curated multiple successful projects/popups such as the SCOUT’s VIP access party for Hollywood executives & agents from Comedy Central, ABC, Dreamworks, Netflix, WME, CAA, UTA and Paradigm. In 2017 he became a key committee member for Art for Life Chicago curating multiple successful art shows. Furthermore, Suico is assisting in developing an art program for Karam, a NFP helping Syrian refugee children adjust to a new life in America.

Call for Artists: Polish Heritage

The Chicago Public Library is seeking artists to exhibit during October 2019 in celebration of Polish American Heritage Month. We are looking for artists who are of Polish descent or whose work showcases Polish traditions, customs or heritage. We are happy to have any type of visual art – photographs, paintings, sketches, etc. or small 3D art such as jewelry, small sculpture, paper-cutting, fiber arts, etc.

To enter: Please submit a brief artist’s biography, artist’s statement, contact information, if you have a desired neighborhood to exhibit in and 3-5 .jpeg images of your work. We also welcome links to artist’s websites, press coverage or social media accounts. While we do our best to accommodate artists by placing their exhibit in their desired neighborhood branches, this is not always possible as we strive to showcase artwork during Polish American Heritage Month in communities all across Chicago. Artists who are selected to exhibit during Polish American Heritage Month will be required to complete the Chicago Public Library’s insurance coverage form by August 26, 2019 forms will be distributed after artists are matched with a branch location. By entering you understand that if your work is selected for exhibition, you may be assigned to exhibit at any one of the Chicago Public Library’s 81 locations. Lastly, artists or their designee must be available to install and remove their artwork – regrettably, we cannot accept long distance entries or artwork for display that arrives via mail or courier.

Any Questions and Entries must be submitted via email to: Anthony Ledwon aledwon@chipublib.org by July 26, 2019 Entries will be reviewed by the Polish American Services Committee and selected artists will be notified via email in late July.

Star Maps and Cosmic Things

Opening Reception June 7th , 6pm- 10pm
Exhibits runs
June 7th to July 6th

About the Artist:

Elke began at Rutgers University in New Jersey where she worked at Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There she collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, she was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which she helped organize. These two formative influences have left her with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, Elke became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught printmaking at Lill Street Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center (both in Chicago).

Artist Statement:

Throughout my career, I have developed my own artistic style and techniques through printmaking. Though it is now an underrated medium, printmaking allows for infinite variations of the relationship between mechanical production and a human touch. Some of its more sensual and sculptural qualities are impossible to achieve with state- of- the- art digital graphics. Working in my studio means unveiling such qualities with handmade translucent, fluorescent and metallic inks and layered analog imagery. Science and occult textbooks have been the source for most of these illustrations and thereby convey what is normally “unseeable”. The resulting hybrid of old- fashioned craftsmanship and cosmic beauty springs from the colors and textures of real woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography. It is my sincerest wish that the artwork I produce would offer something stimulating and compelling to the viewer, while sustaining printmaking’s tradition.

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself on seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere, where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, Morpho offers infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together. As members of the Bowmanville community and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, we strive to enliven the area around us as active participants in community development and growth.