A Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Objects by Abraham

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present artist Abraham’s next solo exhibition entitled “1117”, dedicated to his father. The exhibition opens August 17th and runs through October 12th, 2019.

“1117” speaks to the growth of the artist over the past 3 years. For those who saw his last solo show at ERG in 2016, “Pushpins, Paintings & Drawings”, this new body of work demonstrates more maturity. Abraham’s paintings are more definitive this time, still chock full of characters and commentary on the current state of the world while incorporating his signature cartoonish style. While some works are darker than others, each manages to balance the whimsical and severe at the same time. Some of the paintings are a collaboration between he and his talented partner, Ligaya. 

The title “1117” comes from his father’s favorite numbers. Abraham did not figure out where the numbers came from until recently when he did some math with his father’s birthdate. This exhibition includes not only paintings on canvas, but painted objects and furniture as well. Some of the works are combined as one package, such as a painted chair, bottle and painting while others come with a gift-wrapped mystery painting. This gesture by the artist best represents his intention to not take life so seriously and to always retain a bit of mystique. 

“1117” opens on Saturday, August 17th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm and runs through October 12th. The gallery will be open in conjunction with Expo Chicago’s Art After Hours on September 20th from 6pm to 9pm where guests can meet the artist and view the exhibition. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. Additional information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

Biography

Abraham is an illustrator, designer, as well as a fine artist. Born in Manila, Capital of the Philippines, Abraham came to the United States in the 1980’s. After school he began to use his artistic skills as a freelance artist and currently does work at some of Chicago’s top ad agencies. Armed with a double major and a unique wit, the artist uses an alternative point of view to re-imagine ideals and adds his own brand of social commentary by re-contextualizing graphic icons. He works primarily in acrylic, watercolor, ink, often mixing them together in his finished works. His work is informed by the cartoon imagery of his youth, and he counts among his influences many of the pop artists of the 1960’s. He has shown work internationally, in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, and Manila. He has recently completed public murals in Manila and continues to travel between there and his Chicago studio.

Meditative Gardens

A Solo Art Exhibition by Justin Suico

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a 3 day solo exhibition of paintings by Chicago-based artist, Justin Suico beginning August 1st, 2019. The impact of Suico’s work will feed off the energy of Lollapalooza, happening just a few blocks away.

“Meditative Gardens” explores the harsh reality of city living and the refuge made possible through our connection to nature. Suico’s paintings are layers upon layers of graffiti-like movement combined with floral imagery that draws you into the beautiful chaos that almost exactly represents the marriage of urban and nature. Although the work is abstract, the energy and intention is made clear. “My paintings are designed to acknowledge and explore the intensity of urban living and portray the stories of those city-inhabitants who recognize and appreciate positivity and the abundance that can be cultivated through a connection with nature, no matter how limited it may be.” – Suico

“Meditative Gardens” runs August 1st through 3rd only and will be open on Thursday, August 1st from 12-5pm followed by an opening reception with the artist from 5-9pm. Additional open hours are August 2nd and 3rd from 12-6pm. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Justin Suico will be painting a large piece live in front of The Blackstone Hotel, located a block away at 636 S Michigan Avenue on August 2nd from 3-6pm and August 3rd from 11am-3pm, weather permitting. For more information: www.elephantroomgallery.com

About the Artist

Born on December 6, 1985, Suico is a visual artist from Chicago, IL. Suico’s paintings have been shown all over Chicago, in Miami’s Art Basel and in Asia Contemporary Art Hong-Kong. Recently, Suico made a return to Miami and immediately made a cultural and artistic impact with the top private closing event of Miami’s Art Basel week in South Beach titled COCO Miami. His artistic visions curated and produced his own event that also included co-artist Tom Franco, which began to break the mold of the conventional artist presentation. Later, his work traveled across the sea and joined a group show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art curated by Alan Chin. After a series of intense competitive art battles throughout the year, Suico became a finalist in the 2018 Midwest Regional Art Battle final in Chicago.

Endeavoring to continuously reimagine his art through cultural immersion, Suico has painted in a number of international locations including Reykjavik, Barcelona, Montreal, Florence, Rome, and Paris. His natural artistic eye has allowed him to become the Production Designer and Art Director for GoLucky Studios where he has curated multiple successful projects/popups such as the SCOUT’s VIP access party for Hollywood executives & agents from Comedy Central, ABC, Dreamworks, Netflix, WME, CAA, UTA and Paradigm. In 2017 he became a key committee member for Art for Life Chicago curating multiple successful art shows. Furthermore, Suico is assisting in developing an art program for Karam, a NFP helping Syrian refugee children adjust to a new life in America.

Jennifer Cronin at Elephant Room Gallery

Artist Jennifer Cronin’s “Seen and Unseen” Reveals our Disappearing Landscapes Through Her Most Recent Work

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to be exhibiting artist Jennifer Cronin in a solo exhibition entitled “Seen and Unseen”. Cronin’s latest body of work includes paintings and screen prints created over the past 3 years based on her experience in Newtok, Alaska during a visit there in June of 2016.

Newtok is a small, remote Alaska Native village, which is currently threatened by the effects of climate change. Due to drastic erosion caused by a combination of thawing permafrost, low levels of sea ice, and strong storms, the land of Newtok is on the brink of environmental disaster. “Seen and Unseen” depicts a place that is in a state of environmental flux, quickly disappearing from existence. Meticulously painted landscapes unravel as they disappear into a wispy haze of white paint. Screen prints, which, at first glance, appear to be nothing more than blank pages, gently beckon the viewer as they slowly reveal the subtle details of a landscape at the edge of existence. All of this work points to the serene beauty of Newtok, while simultaneously bringing to light its extreme vulnerability.

“When considering how best to represent the crisis of Newtok, I keep coming back to a feeling that I had while I was there, which has lingered in my consciousness since. As I stood watching the land as though it was a slowly dying creature, crumbling away into the river before my eyes, I was overwhelmed by a sickening sense of irony. Newtok, so beautifully disconnected and remote, has one tragic tie with the rest of the world, which will eventually cause its demise. Seen and Unseen is my response to the simultaneous beauty and tragedy of this disappearing place.” – Cronin

“Seen and Unseen” will be on exhibition at Elephant Room Gallery June 1st through July 20th. The opening reception will be on Saturday, June 1st from 6pm to 9pm, with sounds for the first hour courtesy of Dusty Patches, the electronic music project of Chicago musician Patrick Mitchell. There will be an artist talk on Saturday, June 15th at 2pm. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. Additional information on events and viewing appointments can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

About Jennifer Cronin

Sometimes starkly real, and other times other-worldly, Jennifer Cronin’s style of captivating realism pulls the viewer into the world of her artwork. From exploring inner psychology to highlighting income inequality, Cronin is constantly exploring what it means to be a human living in this time. Cronin has exhibited widely in Chicago, as well as nationally and internationally. While working on her latest series, “Seen and Unseen,” Cronin was awarded a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Cronin studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning her BFA in painting in 2009. She lives and works in Chicago, and is represented by Elephant Room Gallery.

Deathless-ness; 10,000 Works – Art of Darin Latimer

Elephant Room Gallery is thrilled to be exhibiting works by artist Darin Latimer in his very first solo show entitled “Deathless-ness; 10,000 Works (Eyes & Teeth Dept.)”. Darin is an outsider artist whose writing largely informs his work, which includes paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and plush reproductions “Deathless-ness; 10,000 Works” feels like an obsession, which speaks to the artist’s life-long interest in collecting things; bits of manufacturing debris from the leveled vacant fields adjacent to his Ypsilanti, MI loft, a head sized chunk of slag poached from an Iron Works State Park in Joliet, etc. Darin’s artwork divides, somewhat neatly, into the not-directly applied mediums (stuff put on one thing and then bluntly transferred to another – OR – applied directly and immediately distorted). The ‘smeary’ and the clean, graphic and cartoony, all have a place in this show.

Darin currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Lina, who he considers the co-creator of everything you see. She introduced him to Krink ink and ‘Budsies’, which transformed his work and approach to making work. The former is a ‘fast’ ink developed and manufactured by legendary Graffiti Artist Craig Costello. Darin does not use it in the typical Graffiti fashion. ‘Budsies’ is a company devoted to producing Plush Toys based on children’s drawings. Darin has commissioned 14 big heads and there are more to come. “I was supposed to be a writer (and I am, kinda….titles of my written work invade this show, including the exhibition title). These images emerged because of their own necessity. I don’t have a thesis. Every realized image is the result of a fight. You can decide who won. Faster, Faster, More, More.” – Latimer

“Deathless-ness; 10,000 Works (Eyes and Teeth Dept.)” will be on exhibit at Elephant Room Gallery April 6th through May 18th. Free and open to the public, the opening reception is on Saturday, April 6th from 6pm to 9pm and the artist talk is on Sunday, April 7th at 11am. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago with hours by appointment only. Visitors should contact the gallery via their website to schedule a viewing: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

About Artist Darin Latimer:

Darin Latimer was born in Detroit, MI and has long been obsessed with the city. He started drawing as a very small child, long before he talked, according to his mother, and he never stopped. Drawing was often the antidote to boredom or obligations. He would draw constantly through 10 hour cashier shifts at his dad’s store on the long Vistavision shaped ‘Cigaretta Cards’. His mother would drop him off for extracurricular drawing and pastel classes but they always drew some other artist’s picture of something. Darin used to skip school, returning to the city to spend whole days spelunking, book-hunting, salvage-picking, concert and club-going, but mostly just driving around with a camera. When his wife, Lina, attended the University of Detroit, his obsession became a part time profession as he would spend whole days taking photographs all over the city. Writing informs his art in an obvious, but impractical way. Darin does not distinguish between the two of them much. “I get a….let’s call it ‘notion’ (because I loathe the words ‘idea’ and ‘inspiration’)…something has bobbed up in the always-on pot of Polenta of my active conflating thoughts, it steps out, preens a bit and petitions for some further actualization; to be ‘made’. I putter in skeptically and it could be with either or both of my alleged vocations.” – Latimer

DETRITUS: life after death

Above: “Thicket” by Keelan McMorrow

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of brand new works by Chicago-based artist Keelan McMorrow. ‘DETRITUS: life after death’ opens with a public reception on Saturday, February 16th from 6pm to 9pm and runs through March 30th.

If life offers no guarantees but death, then our struggles of mourning are universal: in ‘Detritus: Life After Death’, artist Keelan McMorrow depicts poignant symbols of the trauma, grief, and ultimate triumphs experienced through living life after the death of a loved one. In 2016, McMorrow’s brother passed away unexpectedly due to a congenital heart defect.

‘Detritus: Life After Death’ presents the work created after his brother’s passing, processing the guilt, anger, confusion and despair he faced in turn. For McMorrow, his own life – indeed his very birth – would be forever cemented in stark contrast with his family’s devastating loss: ‘My brother died on my birthday,’ Keelan explains. ‘Mere hours before I was looking forward to celebrating with him, with our family. It was like an asteroid hit. None of us could understand what was happening. Figuring out and accepting what occurred would of course come later, through fits and tears and horrible, sleepless nights.’

Art provided rungs to hold on to, like a ladder. And in climbing up, life continued and the artist’s vistas changed. So, too, did his work. Pieces of human bodies, of flesh, limbs, tools and artifices now tumble across his paintings piecemeal, scattered, where composed figures once resided – as if the world, shattered, exists as a puzzle to be joined back together. But there’s far more to it than that: ‘I think I’ve found a sort of peace in my new reality. A sort of wisdom, maybe. As much as we’re destined to lose what we love, the very fact that we can fall apart proves that we’re connected. It’s all just one big story, and even now my brother is continuing to be a part of it.’

Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Gallery information can be found on their website, www.elephantroomgallery.com.