Landscaped with Artists Joyce Polance & Chantala Kommanivanh Opens August 11th

Above: “Eagles” by Joyce Polance

Landscaped

A Contemporary Landscape Exhibition Featuring Artists Joyce Polance and Chantala Kommanivanh

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present artists Joyce Polance and Chantala Kommanivanh in an exhibition featuring contemporary landscapes. “Landscaped” opens August 11th and will include additional programming during Expo Art Week in September.

When we think of traditional landscape paintings, several images might come to mind including green rolling hills, the deep gray of the mountains, a deep orange sunset or the blue and silver qualities of a lake. “Landscaped” is a departure from those images and reconsiders the landscape to be something more fluid and re-imagined based on our own relationship with our ever-changing environments. The vibrancy of colors and manipulation of paint in both Polance’s and Kommanivanh’s paintings are very different from one another yet are able to connect and interact with each other through the emotional quality of the work.

“Human activity plays a major role in the push and pull of nature’s birth, death, and rebirth……My landscape paintings are abstractions of nature’s wrath and beauty as I attempt to emulate her strength in fast brush strokes and vibrant marks of color.” – Kommanivanh. “I explore vulnerability through both my subject matter and my painting process. I begin with a specific reference, but once the image is initially laid in, I cease looking at it. Instead, I engage in dialogue with the painting, letting it lead me to unknown places.” – Polance

“Landscaped” is on exhibition August 11th through October 6th at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in Chicago. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 11th from 6pm to 9pm. During Expo Week, the gallery will also hold a reception in conjunction with Expo’s Art After Hours on Friday, September 28th from 6pm to 9pm as well as a Q&A with the artists on Saturday, September 29th from 11am to 1pm. All events are free and open to the public. Additional gallery information can be found on the gallery’s website, www.elephantroomgallery.com.

Joyce Polance Biography

Joyce Polance is a Chicago-based painter working in oils. Her work consists of expressionist portraits and landscapes which explore the chaotic inner worlds of their subjects—both as depiction of the subjects’ own vulnerabilities and of their connections to the tumultuous political atmosphere we are currently living in.

Polance has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of multiple grants and awards including six Chicago CAAP grants, a George Sugarman Foundation grant, two Judith Dawn Memorial grants, and a fellowship at Spertus Institute in Chicago. Her paintings are held internationally in private and corporate collections.

Polance was born in New York City in 1965. She attended Wesleyan University and received a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois and is represented by Judy Ferrara Gallery in Three Oaks, MI and Elephant Room Gallery in Chicago, IL. Her paintings may be viewed on her website, www.joycepolance.com.

Chantala Kommanivanh Biography

Chantala Kommanivanh is an emerging Laotian American artist. Kommanivanh’s work is inspired from old family photographs and found images representing his childhood. His work uses paint and loose canvas, often collage and layered with drawn and painted marks, areas of thick paint and thin stains of color to explore his experience as a member of a refugee family. There are glimpses of a displaced youth negotiating a new cultural landscape, family ties, and various aspects of identity and urban life in his work. His paintings combine colorful and sometimes aggressive abstraction with moments of sensitive photographic clarity…perhaps an appropriate analogy to an engaged life.

Kommanivanh’s work has been displayed in four solo exhibitions in Chicago and numerous group and invitational exhibitions across the U.S. He received his M.F.A. at UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, studying painting and drawing. He has achieved numerous awards such as the prestigious Union League Civic & Arts Foundation award and a two time A.O.P. Fellowship award recipient. Kommanivanh is also an arts instructor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

“Silver Lining”, a solo show by Brian Dovie Golden

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present Silver Lining, a solo exhibition by artist Brian Dovie Golden, opening on Saturday, May 12th with a reception from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The exhibition runs through July 7th and is free and open to the public.

Using primarily watercolor, Golden has been exploring this medium for the past several years, perfecting it to portray the beautiful subtleties of skin and texture in portraiture. Silver Lining is a culmination of portraits and illustrated figures that give physical shape to the joyful highs and woeful lows of our existence. Both the inspiration for the series and the interpretation are very personal to the artist, but the resulting work is relatable to all who have struggled and triumphed in life. The combination of the sketchbook inspired figure drawings and the photorealistic painted portraits are unique to the artist and speak to his ability to bring something fresh to the contemporary art scene. Giving a nod to both pop art and photorealism, Golden is an artist who creates from the heart first and foremost, creating his own unique signature style in the process.

About the Artist

Brian Dovie Golden (b. 1982) is a Chicago-based African American contemporary artist. His thought-provoking, emotionally charged paintings invite viewers to address issues of race, gender, pop culture and mental health. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Golden would find solace in comic books, cartoons and anything that brought forth bright colors and joy. Today, his work reflects those initial childhood inspirations as he explores human emotion through his use of portraiture, illustrations and color. Golden is a graduate of the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, with a BFA in Graphic Design/Multimedia Production. Emerging on the Chicago art scene in early 2013, Brian has shown with Poets and Artists and at various galleries including Nych Gallery, galleryna19 and Elephant Room Gallery.

Elephant Room Gallery has been operating since 2009, exhibiting Chicago-based artists who bring fresh perspectives to the contemporary art world. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in Chicago. More information on exhibitions and events can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

 

At The Raw Stage

Artist Mimi Zaphiratos Exhibits Her Most Recent Work

Elephant Room Gallery is thrilled to be working with artist Mimi Zaphiratos on her solo exhibition, “At the Raw Stage”, opening Saturday, March 10th with a reception from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. The exhibition features oil paintings, hand-painted bottles and porcelain tea sets. The show runs through May 5th at the South Loop Gallery.

“At the Raw Stage” is a body of work that reflects the artist’s current painting process. The self-taught artist’s current work can best be described as abstract, naïve-primitive. The oil paintings are created spontaneously in the moment with no premeditation on subject or placement. A sense of relief and freedom is achieved in her process that can then be re-interpreted by the viewer. Shapes, lines, colors, characters and sometimes texture are woven into each piece in a way that provides depth to the solid composition. “When I exhibit my artwork, I am sharing with the audience how I see today’s world, which I inhabit. I also wish to show that art is the universal language of peace: to unite and communicate with the entire world no matter what ethnicity, language, color, background, or gender one is.” – Zaphiratos

Born in Vietnam and raised in France, Mimi Zaphiratos’ creativity stems from her diverse multicultural background. Her dynamic art explores universal themes such as life, loss, reconciliation and love. Her many mediums of work include oil paint on canvas, painted porcelain tea sets, public artwork, painted leather apparel and much more. Mimi currently resides in Chicago and continues to create while exploring new themes and mediums for creativity.

Elephant Room Gallery has been operating since 2009, exhibiting Chicago-based artists who bring fresh perspectives to the contemporary art world. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in Chicago. More information on exhibitions and events can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

Weathering the Storm with Lauren Feece Opens January 13th

“Weathering the Storm” with Artist Lauren Feece, the 1st Exhibition of the
New Year, Opens January 13th at Elephant Room Gallery

Chicago, Il: “Weathering the Storm” is an exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-based artist Lauren Feece, opening January 13th at Elephant Room Gallery. The exhibition is a personal journey for the artist, reflecting her current state of mind in the process as she invites her family to have a hand in the creation of the work. The result is a powerful exploration of collaboration, connection and self-awareness.

The paintings are similar to Lauren’s previous work in that they capture an ethereal quality, but they are more abstract in their shapes and forms, referencing nature instead of the human face or figure. The interaction of her daughters, mother and grandmother while creating certain pieces is an important aspect to the overall exhibition as it ties the workshops that will happen in the gallery to the studio process in the creation of “Weathering the Storm.” Participants in these workshops will be able to collaborate with a child, partner, loved one or friend on a painting under the guidance and direction of Feece.

After experiencing a transcendent moment in her life, Feece shifts the perspective of her work and focuses on the deconstruction of natural elements like wind, rain and water, and our connection to those elements as they relate to our overall awareness. “I paint these journeys, dreams and visions. In the act of painting I exercise my power to create and my ability to reimagine the world. Soon, I realize I do not want to do this work alone. I invite my daughters, my mother, my grandmother, to make art with me. We play at creation and collaboration. Together we grow in our collective power to create. My process becomes such a joyful connection that it moves my work into new places. I am inspired to create with fearlessness.” – Feece.

Back in the summer of 2017, the directors of non-profit S.H.E. Gallery and Elephant Room Gallery got together at a booth at the LakeFX Creative Con at the Chicago Cultural Center to offer visitors a chance to form their own exhibition proposal as either curator or artist. Dulce Maria Diaz and Kimberly Atwood listened to participant’s ideas, helped them form proposals and then selected an artist who would be given the chance to see their exhibition come to life in the first exhibition of the New Year at Elephant Room Gallery. Lauren Feece is that artist.

“Weathering the Storm” runs from January 13th through February 17th, 2018 at Elephant Room Gallery, located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 13th from 6pm to 9pm. Workshops and gallery hours will be available through the website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

Elephant Room Gallery
704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, Il 60605
(312)361-0281
kim@elephantroomgallery.com

Ephemeral Whiplash, a Solo Exhibition of Art & Objects by Corey Hagberg Opens December 2nd

Artist Corey Hagberg, also know as Crush Entity, will be debuting at Elephant Room Gallery with a solo exhibition entitled “Ephemeral Whiplash” on December 2nd. The exhibition will include mini installations throughout the gallery to create an immersive experience for the viewer rather than a traditional gallery presentation of the artwork. “Ephemeral Whiplash” will include mini collage paintings, drawings, screen prints, hand painted bottles, and other various containers decorated with the narrative of finding a permanent feeling, memory or attachment to that which disappears, including life itself. Visitors can also expect to see special limited edition prints done in collaboration with other artists including CHema Skandal!

In a consumer-based society, people can easily disregard the fact that we create enormous amounts of waste on a daily basis. Artwork has the power of bringing attention to certain issues that the artist is interested in immersing themselves in. “Ephemeral Whiplash” is an example of this as we are brought into Hagberg’s humorous and beautifully weird world. The fleeting nature of expendable goods, our habits, our hobbies and mundane objects are incorporated into Hagberg’s artwork and given a new breadth of life while being juxtaposed against the fleeting nature of life and it’s fragility through the overall installation. “Created from objects leftover from my everyday interactions, I’ve elevated these relics to tell a narrative of loss, salvation, regurgitation, redemption and death.” – Hagberg

Corey Hagberg draws pictures about the comedy involved amongst our collective loss and failure. He is curious about the notion of identity and the internal and external influences that shape it. The triumph of the human spirit and it’s subsequent downward spiral into inevitable doom is a common theme in his art. He received a BFA from Northern Illinois University and also has a graphic design degree. “Street art and murals keep me sane due to it’s immediacy and release of stress that builds up from long studio hauls at the easel or in front of the computer.” – Hagberg

“Ephemeral Whiplash” opens with a reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 6pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago. The exhibition runs through January 6th, 2018 and will be hosting a closing reception on Saturday, January 6th from 5pm to 8pm. Open hours and more information can be found on the gallery’s website www.elephantroomgallery.com

Elephant Room Gallery
704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago, Il 60605
(312)361-0281
kim@elephantroomgallery.com