Dates: May 12th – May 21st, 2017 Opening Reception: May 12th, 2017, 6pm – 10pm
Morpho Gallery will be exhibiting Marcy Kennedy Anderson in a Solo show featuring her latest artwork. Marcy, a resident of the Edgewater community has been a prolific figure in the Emerging Art scene in the area for years. She currently runs a successful traveling exhibit “Random Acts of Gallery”.
Created by artists, Random Acts of Gallery gives Chicago artists more opportunities to have their work seen by utilizing blank walls in unexpected places. Marcy also teaches art classes at Bottle & Bottega Evanston location. Marcy also actively curates at Morpho Gallery.
Born and raised (mostly) in Alton, Illinois, Marcy moved to Chicago in 2001 and graduated with her BFA from SAIC in 2003. Being from a small town, it was difficult to focus with the visual noise and bombardment of people, ideas, and commercialism. A mentor told her to “draw what’s inside you.” What started with tiny doodles of knots evolved into biomorphic abstract shapes and narratives referencing nature and scientific ideas. She found her voice by directing her focus inward to escape the noise.
About the Exhibition
Her new work focuses on the idea of using an object or person to open up a portal and escape to another reality, and in some cases, face the realities we cannot escape from. When you look through a mirror long enough, you are forced to look deep inside yourself and confront your own mortality. It can be downright scary. Sometimes a conversation with a stranger can open the mind to another world, their world. When you walk through a threshold, you experience a different space with its own energy. Windows give us a view into another world, and doors and souls give us an entrance. She paints on antique objects with memories and energy already attached to them to explore this idea.
Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “Love Movement”, an exhibition featuring artists Max Sansing and Sentrock. Curated by Kimberly Atwood and Kimiko Kincade, “Love Movement” reflects a desire to bring works together that were created with passion and that demonstrate a message of love.
The curators met in 2016 and a conversation quickly began on co-curating an exhibition with a positive message. Their title choice was partly inspired by A Tribe Called Quest’s 1998 album “The Love Movement” but also by Sansing and Sentrock’s already existing styles that encompass a sense of acceptance, love and celebration for oneself and for others. “We felt it was time to put together an inspirational exhibition of works by 2 artists we both admire and who embody the concept of love through their work. It’s time for that message.” – Kimberly Atwood, co-owner of Elephant Room Gallery.
Sansing’s bold strokes of color worked into photorealistic portrayals of people of color through movement and expression is a statement on self-love and strength. The work is whimsical while at the same time seriously profound in its statement. Sentrock draws inspiration from the strength and freedom of animals like birds and wolves in order to portray half human half animal subjects while embodying a message of hope. Sentrock uses text over much of his work that contain inspirational messages like “Too Dope to Lose Hope” or “You Can Fly Higher”. The 2 artist’s work together is a powerful message of our own strength, beauty and resilience. “Love Movement” is a movement by artists that is for everyone.
“Love Movement” opens with a reception on Friday, May 5th from 6pm to 10pm at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop. The exhibition runs through May 29th and open hours can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.
About Max Sansing
Max Sansing, a Chicago native, was raised on the Southside in the Avalon Park community. His parents were artists, and so he naturally grew to love painting at an early age. Fueled by the desire to create art, Sansing taught himself oil painting and later completed two years of formal college training at The American Academy of Art from 1999 to 2000. In addition to painting full time, Sansing has expanded his creativity and artistic talents into creating murals across Chicago and translating art into electronic media as a graphic design artist. Sansing’s work has been displayed at art galleries and special events in Chicago and in New York. His current art influences include Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Gustav Klimt, Thomas Blackshear, and his late father, Ellis Sansing. Max is the Co Founder of RK Design an art consulting group that specializes in mural and graphic design.
Joseph “Sentrock” Perez born in West Phoenix, AZ.Currently Based in Chicago as a full time artist and arts educator. He moved to Chicago in 2012 to pursue a change in scenery and obtain an Bachelors of Art & Design at Columbia College. Perez draws inspiration from his upbringing in West Phoenix, where he first picked up graffiti writing as a teenager to express his visual messages. Adopting the alias Sentrock, he now has shown in various galleries throughout the US but his highest moments of achievement for him come from inspiring everyday people with his murals/street art. He is known for using characters to symbolize his overall messages of hope and empowerment A believer in the quote “Art cannot deny the environment that it is in”, Perez allows his surroundings of currently living in West Chicago to influence his latest works.
Elephant Room Gallery is excited to have Springfield-based Artist BURN353 back for another solo exhibition opening April 8th. BURN353 last exhibited with the gallery in 2012 and is back to show brand new works created over the last several months with an exhibition titled “Through My Mind’s Eye”.
“Through My Mind’s Eye” refers to BURN353’s twisted and creative outlook on nostalgia images of his youth. The popular culture references in his work are taken from 1980’s and 1990’s cartoon characters, classic horror films, hot rods and skateboards. Each piece is painted on hand-made wood cuts using a variety of techniques. In some works, his painting is combined with collage, incorporating his collection of vintage comics and other various materials found in his studio. Using a satirical approach, BURN353’s work reflects his fondness and fascination with the images of popular culture. The exhibition will include original works, prints, pins and stickers.
BURN353’s “Through My Mind’s Eye” opens with a reception on Saturday, April 8th from 6 to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. The exhibition runs through April 29th and open hours can be found on the gallery’s website: http://www.elephantroomgallery.com.
About the Artist
BURN353, an artist and designer from a small farming town in Central Illinois, combines graffiti styles and clean-lined stencil art with mixed media and collage. As a child in school, BURN353 would draw cartoon characters in his notebook, altering their faces and bodies to make them his own. That process continues today. His graffiti influence comes from his childhood when he painted on parked freight trains using spray cans taken from his father’s garage. His very first encounter with graffiti came from watching hip hop films like “Beat Street” and “Breakin’” where he focused on the kids spray painting walls in the background. While his inspiration for subject matter comes primarily from the late 1970’s through early 1990’s cartoons and popular culture, he puts his own twist on the images as a way to harken back to childhood and the ability to use his imagination.
As an artist and graphic designer, BURN353 has shown in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. as well as designed company logos, album covers, skateboard graphics, jewelry, vinyl figures, and clothing for various clients. Although he is most well known for his image of a skull with dropping paint teeth, his work is constantly evolving to include new unique characters and designs.