Reception: Networks Exhibit By Leon Sarantos

Networks Exhibit At CornerStone Art Gallery

Abstract art by Leon Sarantos

Abstract art by Leon Sarantos

 Loopy Llama

New paintings from Leon Sarantos’ Networks series are on display at CornerStone Art Gallery.

When:  Opening reception this Friday, October 11, 6-8:30, the exhibit continues until November 15th.

Where:  CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the lobby of the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The Networks Exhibit is in the East Gallery – about 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana.

What:  Networks & Other Works.  Leon describes his new abstract art which explores the theme of networks.  “In this series, I use painted networks to create a single result from its many individual lines. Just as a social network of thousands and thousands of individuals creates a phenomena, such as making Justin Bieber an instant star, or stirring an outpouring of money to fight hunger in Bangladesh, or fomenting a  revolution in Tunisia, I use a network of random lines that all join together to create an unexpected result, or in my case, a surprise image.  I start by applying swatches of color to the canvas in a random but controlled composition.  Then, using a single color, I start outlining these swatches. Eventually, a figure or scene starts to emerge as the lines are laid in, just as a social network starts to take on a life of its own to create its final phenomena.  Like reading a Rorschach inkblot, my subconscious offers up a recognizable shape or scene from the materializing network.  In this process, my painting Loopy Llama, evolved.”  He will be displaying art from other genres as well.

Replay Exhibit:  Brenda Farris, sculptor, is also displaying her art In the Center Gallery at CornerStone. In her Replay exhibit all the artwork is upcycled and has at least 80% recycled materials in it.

Tweet, by Brenda Farris

Tweet, by Brenda Farris

Whiting ArtWalk is also this Friday.  This event involves Arts Alive, 119th  Street Artists and Studio 659. Artists will display artwork in storefronts along 119th Street between CornerStone Art Gallery and Studio 659.  Studio 659 will be open until 7 pm;  the current exhibit at Studio 659 is the Day Of The Dead show.

About CornerStone Art Gallery.  Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery is located about 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.  The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists.

Links

More Abstract Art by Leon Sarantos:   http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/abstract-and-non-objective-paintings/

BS Farris, Artist:  http://www.facebook.com/brenda.farris.129

Cornerstone Art Center and Gallery: http://www.119streetartists.org/

Studio 659:  http://studio659.org/

It’s A Mad World At Union Street Gallery! Opening Reception Friday March 8

Organic Creatures Taking the White House Tour

Organic Creatures Taking The White House Tour, by Leon Sarantos

The “Mad World”, National Juried Exhibit is at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. The opening reception will be on Friday, March 8th, 6-9PM.  The juror for this exhibit is Natalie Domchenko (Director: Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago).  The Mad World exhibit will feature art that is absurd, surreal, and simply MAD!  Mad World will display art by 34 artists from 11 different states. Some of the art on exhibit depicts bizarre or imagined worlds, crazy structures not bound by the laws of the gravity, whimsical inventions, and strangely absurd scenarios that appear to be straight out of fantasy or science fiction!

“Mad World” will be on display from March 6 to April 6 with the opening reception on Friday March 8th, 6-9pm. Opening reception is free and open to the public. Patrons will enjoy complimentary wine and food while they explore this strange and beautiful exhibit. Union Street Gallery located at 1527 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.

Exhibiting artists include:  
Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Evelyn Davis-Walker, Karen De Pirro, June Finnegan, Shelly Hokanson,  Anders Johnson, Mark Kennedy, Sarah Krupp, Michael McNicholas, Jenny Meyer, Joe Milosevich, Jennifer Moore, Chris Motley, Lucy Mueller, Erinn Nordeman, Erik Ohrn, Shane Rodems, Stephan Roll, Don Sala, Leon Sarantos, David Simcik, Carrie Spencer, Nathan Taves, Colin Thomas, Jason Walker, Amanda Wood, Jee Yoon, Fotios  Zemenides , John Zilewicz.

For more information visit the website www.unionstreetgallery.org, or call 708-754-2601.

To see more abstract art by Leon Sarantos
check out:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/abstract-and-non-objective-paintings/

Perceptions of the Parallaxis

Perceptions Of The Parallaxis

Works by Jason Brammer, Jason Hawk, and Keelan McMorrow

Special Exhibit    Jackson Junge Gallery 

November 2nd, 2012– January 6th, 2013

Opening Reception:  Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 6pm-9pm

“Perceptions Of The Parallaxis”, a new exhibit at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave in Chicago, unites the distinctive styles of artwork from three local artists, Jason Hawk (sculpture), Keelan McMorrow (painting), and Jason Brammer (painted assemblages).  These Chicago based artists’ work is characterized by their unique methods of tampering with reality to communicate perceptions of their worlds.  The artists adopt the conceptual idea of parallax (wherein an object appears differently depending on the direction or position from which it is viewed) by incorporating their different perspectives into one exhibit.  From their individual vantage points, they each present a body of work that finds unity in their dedication to technique, craft and innovation.

Brammer, Hawk and McMorrow were initially drawn together through their mutual respect for each other’s artwork.  They began to find inspiration in one another’s innovation and work ethic prompting each to continually re-invent their ideas and craft.

Jason Brammer is a visual artist, painter, and muralist. He is known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, Jason creates a unique melding of painted imagery with 3-dimensional elements, such as real antique parts, reclaimed wood, and other salvaged items he happens upon in the alleys by his studio. The objects are seamlessly integrated, creating an illusion that draws the viewer in for a closer look to see what is real and what is painted.

Sculptor Jason Hawk incorporates wit and layers of hidden meaning in his works.  One finds sculpture within sculpture, fabrication within a would-be natural landscape, and narrative vs. commentary in his clever constructions.  Hawk’s perspective is one that steps away from the overly conceptual.  A story is visually presented, whether it is interpreted as that of the artist or one that the viewer finds him/herself.

McMorrow finds his voice in painting.  His traditional painting techniques meld with contemporary notions of expressionism to create a style that borders on abstract, but centers on realism. This transports the viewer between classic and contemporary realms of art. There is something raw that translates into his imagery, almost as though one were seeing a visceral representation of a thought or dream.  Whereas some elements stand out as solid and recognizable, these dissolve into a cloudy abstraction that seems to emulate the ways our memories or thoughts are never wholly pristine.

These three friends display their artwork together with a common objective that different perspectives can mould and change from their individual positions.  Their technique becomes the parallaxis of art.

The exhibit runs from November 2nd, 2012 thru January 6th, 2013.  An opening reception with the artists is scheduled for the evening of Friday, November 2nd from 6-9pm.  Reception and exhibit are free to the public.

Exhibit Highlights:

“Lunar Fragmentation”, Jason Brammer (Acrylic, paint chips, antique hardware, salvaged wood, recycled leather, velvet, chain, and masonite, 18” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”) – This painting within a sculpture embodies strength, innovation, protection, and even decomposition, yet an image of serenity emerges from the fragmented center reminding the viewer that beauty lies within.  One’s attention is drawn to the seascape reflecting the moon, but the very moon is made of industrial material, which then awakens the senses to the binding leather, the hanging lock and chain and the rusting antiquity of the sculpture surrounding it.

“Ascension II”, Jason Hawk (powder-coated steel, copper-coated steel, chrome-plated steel, patinated steel and leather, 29” x 18” x 21”) – In this story-telling sculpture of an automaton figure there are elements of irony and contrast between the natural, emotional and industrial world.  Gentleness and desire is described in the gesture made by the figure constructed of hard and angular steel.  This robotic character inspires sympathy from the viewer as he holds out a hand to the butterflies surrounding him in his artificially winged garb.

“Horses”, Keelan McMorrow (acrylic on panel with installed lights, 48” x 30”) – This diptych of two horses bounding through an abstract field exudes the feeling of strength and energy.  It impresses on the viewer the authenticity of the raw desire to create, such as was first seen in cave dwellings. It simultaneously recalls the classic technique of painting and incorporates the contemporary element of physical illumination from within.

The Jackson Junge Gallery features the work of Laura Lee Junge and other contemporary artists.  The Gallery is open every day of the week, free of charge. Hours are Monday thru Saturday: 11am – 8pm, Sunday: 12 Noon – 5pm.  For more information, visit www.J2Gallery.com.

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Good news today! My digital art, probably this Blue Flowers at Botany Pond image, was selected for publication in the 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”

I was very honored today learn that the editorial committee selected my digital art for publication in the forthcoming 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”  The photo, Blue Flowers at Botany Pond, portrays the fence and flowers surrounding Botany Pond at the University of Chicago, Main Quadrangle.  Botany pond was originally built as an outdoor research lab by John Coulter, who was the first chair of the botany department at the university.  To see more of my cityscapes, visit my website at:

http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

The book will present selected art from the Art Takes Times Square event held on June 18, co-produced by the artists support groups, Chashima and Artists Wanted.  Art was chosen from over 35,000 entries to display on the billboards of Times Square.  To learn more about this event check out the following links.

Links

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/arts/design/web-site-gives-artists-fame-in-times-square.html

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/art-takes-times-square-by-chashama-and-artists-wanted-slide-show

Hull Court Gate, Digital Art By Leon Sarantos Displayed At Art Takes Times Square

Hull Court Gate, At Art Takes Times Square

My digital art, Hull Court Gate, was one of the artworks selected for display on Times Square this past Monday!  The photo is part of my Digital Gothic series of scenes from the Gothic Revival architecture on the University of Chicago campus.

Art Takes Times Square

This event was hosted by Artists Wanted in New York City. There were about 35,000 artworks submitted for this event from all across the world.  One million people voted on the contest entries.  So I am very grateful to all those who voted to display my art on the billboards at Times Square, and to the event curators who selected Hull Court Gate for display. The event took place Monday June 18, 2012, from 7pm to 11pm.  My art was displayed on a billboard at Broadway and 43rd Street.  A lively crowd of artists and art fans enjoyed watching artworks stream across the billboards.

“An event like this is a celebration of the city, of the artists … of the creative culture that New York City fosters,” said Artists Wanted CEO William Etundi Jr.

More of my cityscapes are at:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

My Digital Gothic series for Art Takes Times Square is at:

http://leonidas.artistswanted.org/atts2012


The International Streaming Festival 6th Edition

This is actually the second international exhibit for my Digital Gothic art.  The Streaming Festival 6th Edition was curated and sponsored by the isfth foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands, in December, 2011.  This online international exhibit included video and sound Artists, and for the first time, also 2D Artists.  I was very pleased that my Digital Gothic series of cityscape photos was selected, and hope you visit the online archives.

2D Art live at International Streaming Festival today – Cityscapes of University of Chicago by Leon Sarantos
http://www.streamingfestival.com/archive/2011/2d.php?s=Leon_Sarantos

For more information about Artists Wanted, see
http://www.artistswanted.org/site/