“Let Her Be Elevated”, a Pop Up Exhibition of Glassworks by Andy Bellomo June 5th & 6th

“Let Her Be Elevated”, a Pop Up Exhibition Featuring the Glassworks of Andy Bellomo

Elephant Room is excited to present “Let Her Be Elevated,” a pop-up exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artist Andy Bellomo that will feature etched and hand-cut glassworks. Bellomo’s abstract multi-media stained glass collages are at once monumental and intimate, capturing the individual personalities and energies of nine Chicago burlesque performers. This show will tell a visual story about the unique and significant impact of burlesque on performers, audience members, and students in the realms of self-confidence and body acceptance.

The show will open Friday, June 5th at R. Hanel Photography Studio, 119 N Peoria St., suite 3A, with a reception open to the public from6pm to 9pm where guests will be able to view and purchase works, meet the artist and enjoy drinks and light fare. There will be an after-party and burlesque performance at the Charnel House on 3421 W Fullerton Ave., Chicago. Doors open at 9:30pm with the performance beginning at 10:30pm. Admission is $6. Additional viewing hours will be on Saturday, June 6th from 12 to 5pm with an artist talk starting at 2pm. More information on these events can be found on the gallery’s website, www.elephantroomgallery.com.

About Andy Bellomo

Andy Bellomo is a mixed media artist, applying her perspective with acrylic, stained glass, repurposed objects, and spray paint. Influenced by the lines, motion, and the grittiness of her environments, she approaches her work with an endless energy. Andy’s glass work and etching explore the duality of line work as a boundary and as infinite possibility. Previously, her works have exhibited at the Marran Gallery in Cambridge, the Joffrey Ballet Studio in Chicago, the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, and Studio 659 in Whiting, Indiana. In addition to studio art, Andy has collaborated or lead in over 25 large-scale public art projects that span the country. Andy received a B.S. in Education and Human Services from Northeastern University in Boston, and a MA and M.Ed. in Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

www.andybartworks.com

“Make Room” – Elephant Room meets The Silver Room

February 3rd – February 28th

The Silver Room

1442 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Elephant Room gallery is pleased to be partnering with Eric Williams and the Silver Room in the presentation of a group exhibition of prolific Chicago artists.

“Make Room” co-curated by Stuart Hall and Kimberly L. Atwood, will feature the works of artists Lindsey Claire Newman, Abraham, Keelan McMorrow, Chantala Kommanivanh, Sentrock, Lewis Graham Taylor (YAMS), and Christie Chew-Wallace.

This exciting exhibition brings together the works of these diverse, contemporary artists to Wicker Park’s vibrant arts community. With styles ranging from bold strokes and bright colors to delicate mixed-media arrangements, this exhibition will offer an opportunity to view works in unique juxtapositions that are united by a common undercurrent of urban influence and personal narrative.

“Make Room” invites you to make room in your budgets and on your walls for extraordinary artwork in support of these extraordinary Chicago-based talents. We also bid you “make room“ on our walls so we can continue to support our creative community.

Please join us on Friday, February 13th from 6pm to 10pm for a reception to meet these dynamic artists, view and purchase artwork artwork and enjoy music and beverages. Beats courtesy of DJ Hegemony and a set by Chicago street performer, Sylvie Grace. Guests will be asked to leave a $5 donation at the door. The Silver Room is located at 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Website: www.elephantroomgallery.com

“Realities” by Jennifer Cronin at Elephant Room

Chicago-based emerging artist, Jennifer Cronin will be exhibiting “Realities” at Elephant Room October 2nd through November 9th, as the city celebrates Chicago Artists Month. The opening reception will be on Friday, October 4th from 6:30 to 9pm. There will be a “Meet the Artist” event on Saturday, October 12th from 6pm to 9pm during the Greater South Loop Association’s Art Walk as well as an Artist Talk on Thursday, October 24th at 5pm. All events are free and open to the public.

“Realities” is a body of work that explores the relationship between what is real and what is perceived. Through both oil paintings and drawings, Cronin demonstrates the mystery of the human mind and the complexity that lies beneath familiarity. Cronin’s work can best be described as a psychological photo-realism. Her ability to paint humans and objects quite realistically while at the same time making the environment within the painting feel “other-wordly” is quite impressive. This theme remains a constant within most of Cronin’s work and continues to evolve as her body of work continues to grow.

Artist Biography

Jennifer Cronin was born and raised in Oak Lawn, Il. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a BFA in painting and art education, while also pursuing her interest in psychology. During this time, she developed an interest in psychological dramas that present themselves within domestic spaces. This interest eventually became the subject of her paintings. As the capstone of her education, she studied painting at Camberwell College of Art in London, completing her education in March of 2009. Since graduating, Cronin has exhibited in the Chicago area, nationally and internationally. She continues to paint in her studio at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.

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Sam Kirk’s “Multicultural America” on exhibition at Elephant Room August 21st through September 27th

"Multicultural Flag" Sam Kirk giclee print on artist matte paper 12 x 12

“Multicultural Flag”
Sam Kirk
giclee print on artist matte paper
12 x 12

Elephant Room, Inc. is excited to be working with Chicago-based artist Sam Kirk once again for her exhibition of newest work entitled “Multicultural America”. The exhibition runs August 21st through September 27th with an opening reception on Friday, August 23rd from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Elephant Room, Inc. is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, in the center of the newly recognized Wabash Arts Corridor.

“Multicultural America” is a series of framed screen prints and giclee prints celebrating the many different cultures within America through historical, political and popular character references. Sam Kirk has always found it important to address culture in her work and this new body of work emphasizes America as a culture made up of many.

As many of Sam’s counterparts celebrate their own culture through their artwork, Sam asks us to consider celebrating our diverse make-up as a culture of its own. “Every city I go to has segregation issues. While creating this work, I was trying to grasp why in America there are Americans that don’t have the same legal rights as other Americans. I wondered if we would ever look at each other as one and bridge our differences.” – Sam. “Multicultural America” is an exhibition of work that speaks to a diverse audience by addressing our segregation issues when it comes to race, class, sexual orientation and gender inequalities.

About the Artist

Provocation is a common theme for Sam Kirk, a multidisciplinary and multicultural artist. It is at the center of not only her work but also her personal journey. Unintended at times and wielded at others, Sam uses art to provoke people to feel, see or understand things differently.

After graduating with a BFA in interior architecture and marketing, she got a job in advertising. This was her bread and butter. At the same time she worked her way into an artist community through gallery connections and studio interactions. Attending readings and lectures taught Sam about mediums, brushes and how to handle the materials she works with today. Using moments of mentorship as a guide, she discovered how to extend materials, play with texture and perfect her creative process as an artist.

In Sam’s world, the art she creates is meant to create change and then celebrate it. For this reason, Sam will continue to push boundaries and generate awareness to help causes that help people. She will continue to create art that is accessible to all, especially those who inspire her work.

Website: www.elephantroomgallery.com

Rahmaan Statik at Elephant Room Gallery

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Rahmaan Statik’s “Coltan” on Exhibition at Elephant Room, Inc. in the South Loop of Chicago

“Coltan” is an exhibition of new work by Chicago-based artist, Rahmaan Statik that is on exhibition now through June 28th at Elephant Room, Inc. located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. The closing reception will be on Friday, June 28th from 7pm to 10pm.

“Coltan” analyzes and explores global free trade, technology, consumerism and the tragic beauty of the modern African American cultural identity in relation to the mining of the black gold, Coltan. Mined in the Eastern Congo, Coltan is a vital component in cell phone electronic circuits and therefore is an essential yet overlooked part of our everday lives. Through the illustration of contemporary African women, Statik not only confronts society’s idealistic interpretations of African culture, but also gives the viewer a glimpse into the Coltan trade. By addressing the power of seduction in society, Statik is able to bring attention to the brutality of the Coltan trade through the universal language of art.

At first glance, it may be a stretch to connect the “Coltan” series to the brutality of the Coltan trade in the Eastern Congo. In this series, Statik takes on the theme of the empowerment of contemporary African women by placing his subjects within an alternative universe where they carry the weight of an industrial and consumerist society. Statik sees society’s objectification of women as a misinterpretation of the power of sensuality. Thus, he’s painted these women of confidence, poise and sensuality all in positions of power among consumerist society. Statik’s choice to title this series “Coltan” and openly share his drive to create this series with the viewer, allows us to look beyond the vibrant paintings and consider his motivation.

Statik is not a stranger to creating work that reveals his passion for and knowledge on a certain subject. “I live a lifestyle of observation and creation. I believe that being well informed on the subject of your work and having an organized strategy produces a more intriguing work of art.” -Statik. Through this new series, Statik is able to parallel the objectified yet powerful woman with the abuse of the Coltan trade by referencing our obsession with being consumers of products of which we remain unconcerned of their origins. In this case, the tragedy falls onto the people of the Congo in Africa.

Website: www.elephantroomgallery.com