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.

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/

Art on G+ – My Painting Is Featured On Google Plus This Week

Preacher Man

This portrait painting continues my push to use high contrasts of light and dark to present a quickly readable abstract pattern, which in turn contains realistic details and modeling in the shaded and highlighted areas.

Arty Pics Of The Week

Google Plus has many artists and art themes that are open to all G+ artists.  I’m pleased that my abstract, figurative painting, Preacher Man, is featured on Google Plus Arty Pics Of The Week.

It is also on display at CornerStone Art Center & Gallery this May.

Struggle For Art IV:  CornerStone Art Center & Gallery

The exhibit,The Struggle For Art IV, is at the CornerStone Art Center, in the Centier Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana. This exhibit is being held with 119th Street Artists, with curator, Jim Panos. The gallery is located 30 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.

Links

Arty Pics Of The Week
https://plus.google.com/u/0/102778907837667910296/posts/eB7ZKZYRP2j

Art exhibit organized by 119th Street Artists.

http://www.119streetartists.org/

Artwork by Leon Sarantos
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/

More figurative art by Leon Sarantos:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/figurative-paintings/

Black Cloud Gallery: Natural Selection

BlackCloud Gallery presents Natural Selection. Works from Jessica Hogberg, Kristen Maniscalco, Grace Scott, and Mark Yee revolve around the theme of nature, the systems within it, and our impact upon it.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4th, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
2nd Fridays: Friday, May 11th, 6:00 – 10:00 PMOpen during business hours: Friday, May 4th – Wednesday, May 30th

Jessica Hogberg:
My artwork focuses on the systems, variations, and interactions between marks. The work can be viewed as a visual documentation of marks and movement that inevitably creates a system. Ranging from earthy and gestural to sterile and mechanical, marks become forms that evoke an existence. They mimic events such as mutation, micro-systems, and reproduction. Systems and marks become the building blocks with which I disassemble, reconstruct, and reinvent structures.

Kristen Maniscalco:
Since humans have lived on this planet, they have been using and exploiting resources to the point of exhaustion, and without respect for other life. My work is a reaction to our exponential population increase, and communicates the importance of respectful forethought regarding our natural resources. Using clay, glaze, wax, and metal, I create sculptures that deal with environmental, health-related, and social concerns.Grace Scott:
Observations of the deep forests and rolling hills of Northern Michigan I grew up in, combined with my creative right brain, have created a new myth I live and work by. This ‘myth’ is an ongoing and growing creation. It represents a spiritual connection with nature, and is influenced by folklore, native myths, religions,and science. By integrating the ‘myth’ into my work, I am able to juxtapose it with the harsh realities of the modern world. I see the damage inflicted on the environment and animals, and view them as martyrs. I intend to show viewers nature as I see it, and remind them of our beautiful world’s fragility.

Mark Yee:
My work explores the ideas of energy and rest; peace and strife; yin and yang co-existing and occurring simultaneously in natural phenomena. Depth, layering, and b

alance are explored while creating spatial tensions in landscape-related compositions. Large-scale abstract work concentrates on creating as well as capturing movement. Allusions to windswept night skies or where a rocky shore meets the ocean can be found in the work, yet it remains purely abstract. My work is about balance and having the viewer finding peace for themselves in the paintings.Michigan Avenue Magazine says, “… local artist Mark Yee whose stunning abstract paintings stand 6 feet tall have the power to transform …”

Please visit www.blackcloudgallery.net or http://blackcloudart.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Jessica Hogberg

Grace Scott

Kristen Maniscalco