Morpho Gallery Presents ‘Tell Me When You Feel Something’

Above: “Solitary” by Frederick Nitsch

Exhibit Runs: September 28th – 29th 
Opening Artist Reception: September 29th 6pm –10pm

Featuring Frederick Nitsch 

Frederick Walter Nitsch combines photos with abstract painting to create work that is emotionally and intellectually evocative. This is his first solo show.

About the Artist

For most of my artistic career, I painted colorful abstractions and was inspired by the psychological concept of pareidolia, which refers to the human brain’s tendency to attribute pattern and meaning onto random or chaotic visual stimuli. But during that time, I was also consciously avoiding watching the news and thinking about social issues that made me uncomfortable. Since leaving graduate school (philosophy) years ago, I realized that I felt less, not more, qualified to make educated statements about issues like gender, poverty, war, and race. I had far more questions than answers, and felt a much greater urge to problematize than to prescribe – as the latter always seems to end in oversimplifications.

Reproaching these issues, then, by making art instead of writing papers has seemed like a way to open discussions without being pedantic. I believe that any photograph, if one stares at it long enough, will elicit a feeling of uncanniness as the static image is imbued with history and possibility. Despite this, we are so used to looking at pictures nowadays that the mystery can be lost. My photo-paintings are an attempt to tell stories, raise questions, and return the element of uncanniness to the cultural artifacts that we find all around us.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Judith Roston Freilich: Release

Above: Billowing (Mixed media, metallic paint, fabric, joint compound and fiberfill on sanded paper 75.5″x60″)

September 7 — September 30
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 5-8pm

The drawings and the textiles invite us to step inside the complicated journey within each of us. They reveal both the devastating parts of life and the overwhelmingly beautiful parts. The marks, stitches, and materials in the work reflect our complex rhythms, incongruities, and relationships. There are bursts of energy — fierce, uncontrolled, uninhibited urgencies — and beautiful swells of serenely floating calm and deep searches. In some work, the process seems unfinished, leaving traces of past journeys and exploration for the future.

Hofheimer Gallery
4823 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Democracy: Present & Future

Democracy: Present & Future
in the garden with Louis Silverstein
Friday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m.

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” Thurgood Marshall

Let’s talk about democracy! What does it mean to you? How is it changing? What responsibilities do we have individually and collectively to ensure that it regenerates and flourishes? Please join Dreambox Gallery for a lively discussion with Distinguished Professor Louis Silverstein, Ph.D. Professor emeritus at Columbia College, Silverstein’s teaching and life experiences bring a unique point of view:

“The philosophical underpinnings and practice of democracy are being supplanted by ruling authoritarian philosophies and ways of governing,” says Silverstein. ”Yet, the seeds of democracy are deeply rooted within our species just waiting to be set free by those who believe. Yes, democracy has its flaws, but is there really something better out there to govern human society?”

Using a wide-lens perspective—philosophical, historical, socio/economic, psychological, spiritual, Silverstein will lead us in a fascinating discourse on the nature and practice of democracy.

Bring your children, your parents, your friends, your neighbors—we are all students and democracy is a teacher of what is the best in us.

Who: Louis Silverstein, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Humanities (Emeritus), Teacher, Author, Social Activist, Earth Artist and Sand Writer.

Where: Dreambox Gallery garden, behind Cup and Spoon cafe where participants can enjoy the beverages it offers.

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m.

DreamBox Gallery/STUDIO I 2415 W.NORTH AVENUE I CHICAGO, IL 60647

7th Annual Encaustic Exhibit

7th Annual Encaustic Show
Show dates: August 24th – September 22nd, 2018
Opening Reception: August 24th, 2018- 6pm – 10pm

The 7th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work by encaustic artists from around the country, including California, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Quebec, Ohio, Tennessee, Colorado, New Jersey, Washington State and Illinois.

“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:

Amelia Currier, Barry Katz, Cat Crotchett, Dianna Woolley, Elizabeth Schowachert, Jim Nulty, JuliAnne Jonker, Kathy Blankely Roman, Linda Foley, Lynda Ray, Megan Klim, Nancy Cusack, Rinat Goren, Sher Fick, Dan Addington, Ann Ino, Carol Myers, Clare Jorgensen, Elizabeth Harris, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Jody Paulson, Kari Hall, Laura LaRue, Linda Mayer, Mara Manning, Michael Teters, Patricia Lagger, Ritch Hanna,and Tracy Casagrande Clancy

About the Jurors/Curators:

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.

Morpho Gallery
5216 North Damen Ave
Chicago Ill 60625

Amy O. Woodbury’s 18th Annual Front Yard Art Sale

Evanston artist Amy O. Woodbury will host her 18th ANNUAL FRONT YARD ART SALE, Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date September 3rd), 1931 Colfax Street in Evanston. 60+ paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces will be on sale: abstracts, horizons, fantasy figures, large-scale “murals”. Look for the white-washed galleries on the parkway and an assortment of colorful canvases suspended from the trees. Free admission. Free street parking.

image: “Motherboard” 5’x6′ mixed media on un-stretched canvas