Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “The Evolution of Kayla May and Dovie Golden”, featuring brand new work. Both artists have created pieces that represent internal and external struggles and how those things can alter us. How do we deal with the things we can control and the things we cannot? How do our struggles manifest outwardly? How do we move forward and overcome the challenges we face? The result is a sort of evolution of not only the artists and their personal growth but also of the characters depicted in their paintings. Kayla May and Dovie Golden combine photorealistic portraits with cartoonish elements, each in their own very unique style. This is the first time the artists are showing together in a duo exhibition.
“The Evolution of Kayla May and Dovie Golden” opens on Saturday, October 19th from 5pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago and the exhibition runs through November 30th. Viewing appointments and more information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com
About Kayla May
Kayla Mahaffey “KaylaMay” is a Chicago based artist specializing in illustration and fine art. In 2012, she attended the American Academy of Art where she gained knowledge and strengthened her skills. Her work speaks about how living in our world can be tough and how making the best of it can simply be done by holding on to each other. Her inspiration is the world around her and her colorful paintings contain hints of whimsy and realism that tell a story of inner thoughts and society issues that sometimes go unheard. Being born and raised on the South side of Chicago, only ignited her love for all things art. Seeing the struggle and the support from the community made her work evolve to a concept that is personal to her. She continues to further her technique and creativity in her field in order to paint a beautiful picture of a new world for those who live in it.
About Dovie Golden
Brian Dovie Golden is a Chicago based artist who uses painting and drawing as an introspective tool for understanding issues of identity, race, gender and mental health, as well as an attempt to reconcile the harsh realities of life. His imagery is personal while realistically portraying men and women, all with cartoon style inclusions somewhere within the picture plane. Cartoony and sketchy elements depict angels, halos, devils, ropes and ribbons that bind and unwind, claws that cling, faces in crowds and huge teeth clamped like bear traps. Golden was born and raised in Chicago and studied Graphic Design/Multimedia Production at the International Academy of Design and Technology, earning his BFA in 2007.
Event Details: Exhibition Dates: 09.13.19 – 11.17.19
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 2019 | 6-9pm
Matthew Rachman Gallery presents City of Many Dreams, a comprehensive exhibition of Wesley Lawrence Willis drawings created from 1981 to 1991, including the earliest known Willis drawing. Wesley Willis (1963-2003) was a self-trained artist and native Chicagoan, growing up on Chicago’s Southside. Willis honed his technical abilities in the Chicago Public Schools, where he received an ‘A’ in his drafting class and aspired to become an architect.
The drawings and ephemera in this exhibition are from the collection of architect Paul Young. Young met Willis by chance encounter on the streets of Chinatown. Young took him under his wing, introducing him to the Architecture Department of Crown Hall, IIT where he spent many hours both observing and drawing on his own studio table, as well as selling his work to faculty and students.
Willis could often be found sharing his drawings on the streets of Chicago and engaging those passing by, his personality and sensitive heart earning him a dedicated following. Willis’s graphic vision captures the urban life spirit of the late 20th century. As an intuitive artist he has made a bold, genuine, and unique contribution to the visual arts. His work is represented in significant museum collections both in Europe and America.
Matthew Rachman Gallery
Address: 1659 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Photos by Edwige Massart
Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 2019, 6 – 8 PM
Exhibition: Sept 6 – Oct 15
Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL
So much gets overlooked in the bigger picture. For those who take their time, slow down to observe, a hidden world is revealed. In a single drop of water are rainbow colors. The pistil-center of a flower, like eyes wide open, stares back at the viewer. Edwige Massart points her camera at the ordinary, the mundane amplifying the smallest detail with her unfiltered lens, giving it new context, its own space. Everybody’s Coffee/EC Gallery at 935 W. Wilson, Chicago, welcomes Edwige Massert back for a photo exhibition: Unfiltered Infinite, opening Friday, September 6, 2019, 6 – 8 PM.
In 2015 Edwige Massart and Xavier Wynn brought us the “Day of the Heads”, 3-D anatomically correct sculptural slices of the brain filled with trinkets and doodads such as coffee beans, the tips of colored pencils, pieces of broken pottery, Christmas lights. She is used to working with minutia, finding in the infinite a detail to explore with her camera. Natural beauty is what interests her, unfiltered and untainted by special affect.
“There is always more. If I keep looking, delve deeper, I imagine what is beyond or behind—almost like a fourth dimension.” Edwige sees with her photos a kind of deconstruction, a way of breaking down an object into its smallest fraction to discover a whole other world. The idea of a study is to revisit again and again a process or subject in order to find within it a moment, a point of connection. Trained professionally as a Decorative Painter, Edwige currently is an Art Facilitator for the developmentally disabled at Austin Special Chicago. This is her first photo exhibit.
Everybody’s Coffee is located at 935 W. Wilson, Chicago. Join us for Unfiltered Infinite, September 6 – October 15, with an opening reception Friday, September 6, 6 – 8 PM.
Evanston artist Amy O. Woodbury will host her 19th ANNUAL FRONT YARD ART SALE, Saturday and Sunday, August 31st and September 1st, 9 am to 5 pm. Rain date September 2nd. 1931 Colfax Street, Evanston, Illinois, 60201. An anticipated Evanston event, 60+ paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces will be on sale: abstracts, horizons, fantasy figures, portraiture, large-scale “murals”. Prices start at $50.
Look for the white-washed galleries on the parkway and an assortment of colorful canvases suspended from the trees. Free admission. Free street parking. Kid friendly. To contact Amy: