8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition

Opening Reception: August 2, 2019 from 6pm – 10pm
Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
On View: August 2nd – August 31st, 2019
Jurors: Kathy Blankley Roman and Dan Addington

About the Exhibition:

Our jurors have selected 25 artists from across the US to participate in our 8th Annual Encaustic show. The exhibition will include traditional encaustic works, along with encaustic mixed media pieces, and also 2D / 3D constructions.

The following artists will be featured: Amanda Jolley, April South-Olson, Asthon Lacy Jones, Barbara W.F. Miner, Barbara Murphy, Carol Flaitz, Carol Hamilton, Carrie Baxter, Cat Crotchett, Cindy Lesperance, Claire Jorgensen, Donna Kuo, Ivette Kjelsrud, Joe Celli, Jola Soares, Kim Segar, Laura LaRue, Linda Mayer, Lynda Ray, Mandem, Matthew Jones, Regina Quinn, Susan Delgalvis, Susan Paladino, and Tiffany Bodciek.

About the Jurors:

After 7 years of successful shows, including: Hot Wax in the City, Wax(N)Blue and Unbound(ed), FUSEDChicago member Kathy Blankley Roman returns once again to jury our 8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition. Joining her, we are pleased to have Dan Addington from Addington Gallery on board as guest juror.

Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning artist, whose expressive paintings have appeared in shows nationally, online and in numerous private collections since 2011. Using acrylics, encaustic or oil & cold wax, she is a process painter. Roman prefers a limited palette and works in layers, employing contrasts of texture, opacity and gesture to create tension and a sense of depth and history. Mostly small to medium in scale, her works have been described as “large paintings in a small space”. They suggest an intimacy which invites viewers to come close, to explore and experience them through their own personal filters.

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. His work has been featured in-group and solo shows across the US, and is in numerous public and private collections. Dan is 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. Addington’s own figurative work incorporates materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory. In these constructed, overtly physical pieces, Addington seeks to engage the viewer through their own process of physical and spiritual excavation.

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.

Morpho Gallery
Address: 5216 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773-878-4255
Web: www.morphogallery.com

A Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Objects by Abraham

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present artist Abraham’s next solo exhibition entitled “1117”, dedicated to his father. The exhibition opens August 17th and runs through October 12th, 2019.

“1117” speaks to the growth of the artist over the past 3 years. For those who saw his last solo show at ERG in 2016, “Pushpins, Paintings & Drawings”, this new body of work demonstrates more maturity. Abraham’s paintings are more definitive this time, still chock full of characters and commentary on the current state of the world while incorporating his signature cartoonish style. While some works are darker than others, each manages to balance the whimsical and severe at the same time. Some of the paintings are a collaboration between he and his talented partner, Ligaya. 

The title “1117” comes from his father’s favorite numbers. Abraham did not figure out where the numbers came from until recently when he did some math with his father’s birthdate. This exhibition includes not only paintings on canvas, but painted objects and furniture as well. Some of the works are combined as one package, such as a painted chair, bottle and painting while others come with a gift-wrapped mystery painting. This gesture by the artist best represents his intention to not take life so seriously and to always retain a bit of mystique. 

“1117” opens on Saturday, August 17th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm and runs through October 12th. The gallery will be open in conjunction with Expo Chicago’s Art After Hours on September 20th from 6pm to 9pm where guests can meet the artist and view the exhibition. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. Additional information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

Biography

Abraham is an illustrator, designer, as well as a fine artist. Born in Manila, Capital of the Philippines, Abraham came to the United States in the 1980’s. After school he began to use his artistic skills as a freelance artist and currently does work at some of Chicago’s top ad agencies. Armed with a double major and a unique wit, the artist uses an alternative point of view to re-imagine ideals and adds his own brand of social commentary by re-contextualizing graphic icons. He works primarily in acrylic, watercolor, ink, often mixing them together in his finished works. His work is informed by the cartoon imagery of his youth, and he counts among his influences many of the pop artists of the 1960’s. He has shown work internationally, in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, and Manila. He has recently completed public murals in Manila and continues to travel between there and his Chicago studio.

Linear Motion

Matthew Rachman Gallery presents Linear Motion, Maura Segal’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Segal’s paintings will be paired with carefully curated modern furniture. The exhibition opens Friday, July 26th with a reception from 6 – 9pm and will continue through September 8th.

Linear Motion features new works by Maura Segal in which she explores a more minimalist aesthetic. Simplifying her palette allows Segal to further refine the intricate lines and layers that comprise her paintings. Segal uses collaged fields of various papers, both new and vintage, to create subtle variations in the background plane. Building upon this transformed canvas, she uses a combination of acrylic paints and masking materials to create composite shapes and negative spaces that draw on organic forms of motion and structure. The process creates a sense of balance, movement, and vibrancy in her work.

Maura Segal’s work is a meditation on her personal quest for order and equilibrium in everyday life. Her meticulous approach to each line, shape, and stroke creates organized chaos and infinite motion in each piece.

Address: 1659 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Email: info@matthewrachman.com
Phone: 773.245.3182
Website: matthewrachmangallery.squarespace.com/linear-motion

Mau Mau returns to Vertical Gallery with first-ever U.S. solo art show

Mau Mau
“Bombing walls and painting bridges”
July 13 – August 3, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, July 13, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

Vertical Gallery, Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery, is very proud to present British urban graffiti artist Mau Mau’s first U.S. solo exhibition “Bombing walls and painting bridges,” running from July 13 through August 3, 2019.

“Bombing walls and painting bridges” features the newest work from Mau Mau, who made his Vertical Gallery debut in mid-2017 with the collaborative exhibit “Foreign Policy,” co-headlined by his coconspirator Beejoir. Mau Mau will attend the “Bombing walls and painting bridges” opening reception, taking place at Vertical’s 1016 N. Western Ave. location from 6:00-9:00 pm on Saturday, July 13.

Mau Mau brings to Vertical a wry, colorful approach that is both refreshingly simple and powerfully sophisticated. Often his work comments on the social and political forces shaping life in the 21st century, with a recurring focus on environmental themes, and frequently features his signature red fox character — a mischievous symbol of survival and street savvy.

“There is profound meaning behind the work that Mau Mau is doing, but it’s done in a very fun, whimsical way that everyone can understand and appreciate. Nobody else is doing it the way he’s doing it,” said Patrick Hull, Vertical Gallery owner and founder. “He is on the brink of breaking through as a major international artist, and this show is a clear evolution of his work. I truly believe Mau Mau will be a household name.”

A product of coastal North Devon and its thriving surf culture, Mau Mau takes his name from a four-month sojourn to Ghana during the early 1990s: unable to pronounce his birth name, the Rastafarians of the Twelve Tribes temple dubbed him “Mau Mau,” an alias that has since graced everything from shipwrecks to surfboards to city walls across locations as far flung as Jamaica, Australia, Egypt and Thailand. In addition to sold-out solo exhibitions in the U.K., Japan and Thailand, Mau Mau has completed projects for organizations including Greenpeace, Surfers Against Sewage and the Glastonbury Festival. He has also created animated music videos for recording artists including The Herbaliser, Dizzee Rascal and DJ Skitz, and teamed with independent record labels like Ninja Tune and Lowlife Records.

Vertical Gallery
1016 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
773.697.3846
www.verticalgallery.com

The Border Crossed Us

July 19 – September 6
Opening Reception July 19, 2019 7-10pm

The Border Crossed Us presents 68 prints by 37 artists from portfolios of work that were produced in Chicago by Rene Arceo’s Arceo Press. The works reflect a search for meaning in the complex cross-border migrant experience. Curated by Eugenia Macias, the exhibit was first shown at the UNAM, Morelia Campus (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in October, 2018.

The complexity of the migrant condition, as a situation that crosses while running over people and communities, has generated creative proposals from Mexican American, Latino or Mexican residents or USA visitors who are not restricted only to representations of Chicano conditions. Rather, it is the search for meaning in the cross-border experience that give birth to a broad view of artworks. These views are as diverse as the iconic and expressive use of visualizations coming from environments and life practices with Mexican and Latino imagery. This richness is reflected in collectives, teaching and creative space, dynamic militant politics, exhibitions, other events and mechanisms to socially share the works of this creators. This happens with the publication of portfolios produced in Chicago by Arceo Press, from which these 68 prints by 37 artists were taken.

All these processes are based on flexible inclusion criteria, because the force to strengthen the origins, roots, and ethnicity is significant. The development in a country where these artists are foreigners or where some of them, their families or acquaintances met as migrants, have lived in fragile and discriminative situations, by natural instinct they generate answers of resilience, resistance, and empowerment.

Eugenia Macias, Curator

Participating Artists:

Aguirre, Jose Antonio
Andreu, Jose Agustin (Chicago)
Arceo, Rene Hugo (Chicago)
Barberena, Carlos (Chicago)
Barrera, Arturo (Chicago)
Cardenas, Mizraim
Castillo, Mario E. (Chicago)
Coronado, Sam
De Dios Mora, Juan
De Jesus, Nicolas
De la Torre, Luis (Chicago)
De Luna, Celeste
Diaz-Infante, Amy
Duarte, Hector (Chicago)
Fernandez, Sandra S.
Ferreyra, Roberto (Chicago)
Fuentes, Juan R.
Gama, Esperanza (Chicago)
Garibay, Marianna
Jimenez, Salvador (Chicago)
Lazo, Fulgencio
Luna, Juan Pablo
Marichal, Poli
Mercado, Dolores (Chicago)
Montoya, Emmanuel
Moya, Oscar
Pahuamba, Angel
Pulido, Eufemio (Chicago)
Rendon Vazquez, Joel
Rodriguez, Artemio
Rodriguez, Elvia (Chicago)
Rodriguez, Ramiro
Sadowski, Marianne
Solis, Diana (Chicago)
Solis, Eva
Trejo, Ruben
Varela, Benjamin P.

Bridgeport Art Center
Address: 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Phone: 773-247-3000
Website: bridgeportart.com