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

The 2nd Annual Portrait Exhibition: You, Me and Everyone Else

Above: Beata Chrzanowska “Self-portrait of the Artist” Acrylic on Canvas 31.25x32x0.75inches

Featuring 20 Chicago-based Artists is Showing November 3rd & 4th in Bridgeport

C.C.’s Art Garage will be hosting the 2nd Annual Portrait Exhibition: You, Me & Everyone Else, curated by co-founder of Elephant Room Gallery, Kim Atwood, again this year. Last year was an amazing exhibition filled with some powerful portrait work by new and emerging artists. For this year, 20 artists has been asked to include one portrait piece for the exhibition and work will include painting, photography and mixed media.

Portraiture is a valuable art form that continues to evolve as artists push the boundaries of what it means to document people. Some of the artists have looked inward to create a self-portrait while some turn the perspective onto others. A portrait is not only about the resulting image but the relationship, whether real or fictional, between that subject and the artist. The way in which the artist chooses to portray someone is an important part of the story. Details like lines in the face, a gesture, the setting, or the angle of view all make a single portrait unique and full of information that we get to piece together as the viewer.

The impressive roster of artists this year include Adonte Clark, Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Andy Bellomo, Anna Murphy, Beata Chrzanowska, Cesar Conde, Chantala Kommanivanh, Charlotte Klein, Christie Chew-Wallace, Diana Leviton Gondek, Emily Dahlquist, James Nelson, Jennifer Cronin, Joyce Polance, Kayla Mahaffey, Keelan McMorrow, Laura Collins, Max Sansing, Rachel Hanel and Tyesha Moores. Held at one of the most unique exhibition spaces in Chicago, the 2nd Annual Portrait Exhibition: You, Me and Everyone Else is a show not to be missed! Many of the artists will be available at the opening reception and artwork will be available for purchase.

The exhibition is November 3rd and 4th only and will be held at C.C.’s Art Garage, located at 2727 S Mary St. in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 6pm to 9pm and open hours on Saturday, Nov. 4th from 11am to 4pm. Both dates are free and open to the public. Parking is available and the gallery is located near the Halsted Orange Line stop on Halsted and Archer Ave. Guests can contact Kim Atwood at 312-361-0281 for a private viewing or with any other inquiries.

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

 

“People Watching” with Artist Rine Boyer Opens September 9th

Elephant Room Gallery is proud to present “People Watching”, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based Artist Rine Boyer opening this September. The exhibition coincides with Expo Chicago and the gallery will be hosting additional events with Rine during that art-filled week.

“People Watching” depicts the characters Rine sees as she walks through the city. Using acrylic paint and ink on metal cut out figures, the portraits are linked to underlying themes of culture, personality and group dynamics. The various personalities are captured from the artist’s perspective as she imagines what each person is thinking and creates a pattern of symbolic shapes that reference those thoughts on the surface of the portrait. By painting each person using the same technique, Rine creates an equilibrium while highlighting each unique personality through pattern and color. Each portrait is thoughtfully placed within a larger installation that captures the beauty of different people being in close proximity to one another, living in the city.

Rine Boyer’s figures from everyday life in the city explore how we see one another. Her two and three dimensional figurative works reference the repeating pattern in pointillism, the flatness in portraits by Alex Katz, and the bright colors of Kaws to create pieces that blend modernism with current trends.

The exhibition opens with a public reception on Saturday, September 9th from 6pm to 9pm. The following week there will be an Artist Talk on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm and a Meet the Artist Event on Friday, September 15th from 6pm to 9pm as a part of Expo’s Art After Hours. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. Open hours and viewing appointment information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com

“Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist” Opens July 7th at Elephant Room Gallery

Above: “Allegiance” by Kobe Jordon Kaine

Chicago-based artist Kobe Jordon Kaine will be exhibiting in his first ever solo exhibition at Elephant Room Gallery this July. Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist is the result of the past few years of personal reflection and action for the artist who has created pieces that reflect both a proficiency in his medium and a strong sense of self-awareness as it relates to past and present society.

Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist is a body of conceptual works created from mostly found and recycled objects. Contemporary sociopolitical ideas are expressed in visual form by merging aestheticism, appropriation and abstraction. Ideas are explored by creating repetitive pattern works from mundane objects that carry allegory, create tension and excite aesthetic emotion. Kaine uses these various materials that represent childhood memories, coming of age and current issues as a way to mend wounds and bridge gaps. “I desire to dispel the Eurocentric ideology of what it means to be an American by recreating poverty and inner-city living into something beautiful. There is an outdated mentality belonging to those who hold positions of power and authority and I want to disrupt that.” – Kaine

The title UrBan Terrorist is a way to take hold of a term that has been used to further segregate people and use it to describe a body of work that demonstrates urban life as experienced through one artist. Kaine uses the word insight to describe his energy while creating this work and the purpose is to bring insight to viewers on what divides us and how we can heal.

Kobe Jordon Kaine : UrBan Terrorist opens with a reception on Friday, July 7th from 6pm to 9pm at Elephant Room Gallery. The exhibition runs through July 29th and open hours can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop of Chicago.

About the Artist

Kobe Jordon Kaine produces work by experimenting with installation, photography and collage. His aesthetic runs parallel with Hip Hop culture and sound. Informed by Rap music and American Ideology with influences from the global community of Indigenous Peoples, Kaine aims to expose his work not only in galleries but also public spaces so that his work can be seen by all.