Dreaming In Color: New Work In Gouache

Show Dates: November 2 — December 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 2018, 5-8pm

Gouache (pronounced “gwash”) , is one of the world’s oldest painting mediums and revered for its radiant glow, high versatility and velvety texture. Dreaming In Color: New Work In Gouache is a look at contemporary techniques and possibilities in the medium.

Exhibiting artists are: William Conger, Nicole Gordon, Michael Noland, Nicolas Sistler, Gene Skala, and Eleanor Spiess-Ferris.

Hofheimer Gallery
Address: 4823 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: +1 847-274-7550
Website: hofheimergallery.com


Above: “The Map and the Territory” – artist Bruce Thorn

Artists – Betty Cleeland, William Conger, Donna Hapac, Vera Klement, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, and Bruce Thorn
Opening Reception with the artists – Friday, October 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
Exhibition continues through October 26
Essay by Kate Ingold

What does it mean to sustain an art practice for many years, to delve deeply into a medium (or mediums) and participate in the vibrant, millennia-long conversation with other artists into ‘retirement age’ and beyond? Hofheimer Gallery is honored to present “Salute,” a group exhibition featuring the artwork of six acclaimed artists: Betty Cleeland, William Conger, Donna Hapac, Vera Klement, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, and Bruce Thorn, in celebration of their contribution and commitment to making art in Chicago.

Abstract painters Betty Cleeland and William Conger work in exact lines and formal compositions to create work that can be both energetically playful and meditative. Cleeland’s strict patterns evoke the ordered presence of mandalas and other objects of contemplative practice while Conger’s architectural and organic abstractions seem to echo our interactions with Chicago’s robust and massive infrastructure. Fellow abstract painter Bruce Thorn explores the tactile and expressive nature of paint in works that explode with measured movement. His paintings propel shape and color, guiding the viewer through the medium’s inherent energies.

Donna Hapac’s twisting and curving sculptures, made of reed and linen and wood, evoke the living forms from which her materials have come from: the reaching of trees and other plants toward the sun; the flowing water that sustains them from above and below. Vera Klement’s paintings combine figurative and abstract elements to present what could be called a poetic logic, a logic that haunts not unlike a dream or distant memory. Pushing this poetic logic even further, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris paints in a surrealist, magical style, one that makes real the ‘unreal,’ and connects us to the mythic in surprising and sometimes ineffable ways.

In this exhibition, we see the expert work that results from a lifetime of practice and dedication. Come and celebrate these six remarkable artists with us during Chicago Artists’ Month, 2018

Address: 4823 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: +1 847-274-7550
Website: hofheimergallery.com

Judith Roston Freilich: Release

Above: Billowing (Mixed media, metallic paint, fabric, joint compound and fiberfill on sanded paper 75.5″x60″)

September 7 — September 30
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 5-8pm

The drawings and the textiles invite us to step inside the complicated journey within each of us. They reveal both the devastating parts of life and the overwhelmingly beautiful parts. The marks, stitches, and materials in the work reflect our complex rhythms, incongruities, and relationships. There are bursts of energy — fierce, uncontrolled, uninhibited urgencies — and beautiful swells of serenely floating calm and deep searches. In some work, the process seems unfinished, leaving traces of past journeys and exploration for the future.

Hofheimer Gallery
4823 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Hofheimer Gallery: Earth Bound

Above: Amanda Gentry “Curiosity”

Duration of the exhibition – August 3 to August 29, 2018

Artists –
Denise Bellezzo
David Criner
Amanda Gentry

Amanda Gentry, using earthenware for her sculptures, creates objects that clearly are of the earth. Using organic shapes, with small stones imbedded in the surface, she sands them mirror smooth, begging to be touched. “Brother John” is an installation of 28 earthenware pillows, that capture the impression of as many individuals in a state of endless sleep. Each pillow has an indentation where a head rested. The viewer becomes a witness to a past event. Calm presides.

In the drawings of Denise Bellezzo and the paintings of David Criner their expressive colors, whirling brush strokes and both specific and spontaneous mark making creates energetic and hypnotic compositions. Boundaries recede while colors and images charge forward. In Bellezzo’s drawings, there is an unexpected fusion that happens between the ground and mark making. In Criner’s work there is a suggestion of endless space.

Address: 4823 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: +1 847-274-7550
Website: hofheimergallery.com