Milk, Honey, and a Left Arm

Black Cloud Gallery is proud to present Milk, Honey, and a Left Arm.  The exhibition features works by CJ Hungerman, Tracy Jones, and Black Cloud’s resident artist, Lauren Richards. The concepts of conflict, memory, and personal history are explored through the use of color, pattern, and found elements.

Black Cloud is located at 1909 S. Halsted St., in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1st, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
2nd Fridays: Friday, June 8th, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Open during business hours: Friday, June 1st – Wednesday, June 27th

CJ Hungerman
I find that when creating my images, even though they have a whimsical feel to them, they do reflect conflict. All of our lives have struggles internally and externally. I believe that the Random Robots represent my personal pitfalls, conflicts, successes, all running around like little protons, neutrons, and electrons smashing together throughout ourselves, space, and time.

CJ Hungerman – Bot Bangers

Tracy Jones
Tracy G. Jones trusts art.
Color sets his course, even though it doesn’t tell him where they’re
going. Paint drives, often recklessly, swerving and veering, narrowly
avoiding ruin. Found objects and memories are always there to bail him out.
Art is not the most predictable of companions. Art isn’t even trustworthy. But Tracy G. Jones has never been locked up or hospitalized because of art, and art is always a good time, so yeah. Tracy G. Jones trusts art.
Maybe art trusts Tracy G. Jones, too.

Tracy Jones – Dumbass

Lauren Richards
I strive to keep my process spontaneous, youthful, and fresh. With impulse and randomness, mistakes are often made early on. I seek a certain level of precision and have an obsession with hand drawn perfection. Fears of creating contrived paintings cause me to make decisions that force me out of my comfort zone. Mistakes are corrected by straightening lines, covering them with collage, or blocking them out altogether. An initial problem is sometimes covered by a past error, only if it is the right solution. For me, spontaneity and a youthful approach to painting are key.

Lauren Richards – One for Two

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Black Cloud Gallery: Natural Selection

BlackCloud Gallery presents Natural Selection. Works from Jessica Hogberg, Kristen Maniscalco, Grace Scott, and Mark Yee revolve around the theme of nature, the systems within it, and our impact upon it.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4th, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
2nd Fridays: Friday, May 11th, 6:00 – 10:00 PMOpen during business hours: Friday, May 4th – Wednesday, May 30th

Jessica Hogberg:
My artwork focuses on the systems, variations, and interactions between marks. The work can be viewed as a visual documentation of marks and movement that inevitably creates a system. Ranging from earthy and gestural to sterile and mechanical, marks become forms that evoke an existence. They mimic events such as mutation, micro-systems, and reproduction. Systems and marks become the building blocks with which I disassemble, reconstruct, and reinvent structures.

Kristen Maniscalco:
Since humans have lived on this planet, they have been using and exploiting resources to the point of exhaustion, and without respect for other life. My work is a reaction to our exponential population increase, and communicates the importance of respectful forethought regarding our natural resources. Using clay, glaze, wax, and metal, I create sculptures that deal with environmental, health-related, and social concerns.Grace Scott:
Observations of the deep forests and rolling hills of Northern Michigan I grew up in, combined with my creative right brain, have created a new myth I live and work by. This ‘myth’ is an ongoing and growing creation. It represents a spiritual connection with nature, and is influenced by folklore, native myths, religions,and science. By integrating the ‘myth’ into my work, I am able to juxtapose it with the harsh realities of the modern world. I see the damage inflicted on the environment and animals, and view them as martyrs. I intend to show viewers nature as I see it, and remind them of our beautiful world’s fragility.

Mark Yee:
My work explores the ideas of energy and rest; peace and strife; yin and yang co-existing and occurring simultaneously in natural phenomena. Depth, layering, and b

alance are explored while creating spatial tensions in landscape-related compositions. Large-scale abstract work concentrates on creating as well as capturing movement. Allusions to windswept night skies or where a rocky shore meets the ocean can be found in the work, yet it remains purely abstract. My work is about balance and having the viewer finding peace for themselves in the paintings.Michigan Avenue Magazine says, “… local artist Mark Yee whose stunning abstract paintings stand 6 feet tall have the power to transform …”

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Jessica Hogberg

Grace Scott

Kristen Maniscalco

DECKED: A Skateboard Exhibit At Black Cloud Gallery March 2rd – 28th

In March we’re featuring a group skateboard themed exhibition in conjunction with Character Skateboards and Small

Town Skate Shop titled DECKED.   This will be an in depth and varied skateboard themed group art show that captures the independent and innovative spirit of skateboarding. Also, Character Skateboards will be celebrating their 10th anniversary, displaying a retrospective of of over 100 skateboards documenting their deck artwork from the past decade, and premiering their new decks.

T-shirts will also be printed in-house during both receptions. Character, Small Town, and Black Cloud are all creating designs specifically for this exhibition. Provide your own blank  t-shirt, select a design, and POOF!, enjoy a freshly printed tee.

The Show will open Friday March 2nd from 7-10

DECKED will also be open on Pilsen’s 2nd Friday Art Walk from 6-10 on March 9th