Chicago: One City Many Colors

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“Chicago: One City Many Colors” is a new solo exhibit featuring the works of local photographer, Dimitre.  Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, is proud to showcase 18 pieces which portray the ever-changing landscape of Chicago.  The exhibition will run from July 9 thru September 15. There will be an opening reception with the artist Thursday, July 11th from 6-9 PM.  Reception and exhibition are free to the public.

The skyline, architecture and brilliant hues of the city of Chicago are the subject of the exhibition by award-winning photographer Dimitre. Chicago: One City, Many Colors offers a brilliant overview of the artist’s career with 18 signature portraits of his adopted hometown.  Dimitre’s passionate landscapes do more than capture the city’s muscular beauty; they reveal a unique viewpoint that incites the mind and arouses inspiration and reverence.

Dimitre has lived and worked in Chicago for two decades, moving freely between the worlds of fine art, commercial art and architectural photography. His series of common perspective skylines, also titled One City, Many Colors, has been viewed by millions of people arriving at Midway Airport.

Over the course of five years, Dimitre took the same photograph from his studio window only to discover there was more to the scene that had initially seemed so mundane.  As the days pass, the clouds shift, the light brightens and fades, the cars appear and disappear, people flow in and out of the shots.  After five years even Dimitre changes.  The city itself is pervasive, becoming a recurring character in this quotidian scene; a constant.

This exhibit aims for the audience to come away with an appreciation of the scenes that surround them every day.  They will stop and smell the roses and realize there is no need to travel far and wide to find beautiful landscapes.  “We need to look at what is right before our eyes and learn to appreciate that which is unique to us and only us,” Dimitre explains. “We can then share our perspective with others in a way that is fresh and exciting.”

Exhibition Highlights

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This monumental photograph depicts the Chicago skyline from the broken and battered windows of an old grain elevator.  This is not the overwrought imagery marketed to tourists, but a reinterpretation of the iconic skyline transformed by an atypical perspective.  The sharp contrast between the busted windows and dark interior of the grain elevator is striking when juxtaposed to the sprawling bright city in the distance.

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In this piece, Dimitre captures the luminescent faces of three Chicago skyscrapers. With the evening sun glancing off its windows, the Willis Tower becomes a radiant rainbow, a stirring contrast to the Hancock Tower’s steely gray face and the violet sky. A deep orange sunrise silhouetting the Trump Tower fills the last third of this triptych, joined with the others in the artist’s signature stitching technique.

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The culmination of the exhibition is a new wall panel consisting of 54 images showing the view from Dimitre’s latest studio taken over the course of one year. While each image depicts a different day, mood, feeling and thought, together they express a continuity representing a fuller, more visceral and more satisfying portrait of a city through time.

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.

Footprints In Vertical Skies

Paintings of Chicago Cityscapes and International Landmarks by Anastasia Mak
Special Exhibit Jackson Junge Gallery February 29 – April 29, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, March 2, 6pm – 9pm

“Footprints in Vertical Skies”, a special exhibit at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave in Chicago, features vivid paintings of Chicago cityscapes and international landmarks by Anastasia Mak. Mak’s paintings illustrate the energy that travel itself often embodies. Her vibrant color choice emulates the excitement and apprehension of stepping foot onto new terrain. The skies, done in a contemporary fashion of layering vertical stripes of color, make the viewer regard her paintings through a mosaic lens of cascading lines.

These lines are ever present in the skies of Mak’s paintings. Their dismantled appearance, behind iconic scenery, seems to describe the difficulty of blending in when visiting a foreign place. The exciting exploration of unfamiliar terrain is conveyed through the bright color choices the artist infuses into the textured surface of her canvas.

From Istanbul to Chicago, Mak has allowed her surroundings to inspire her art. Whether it’s the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chicago Skyline or a cliff-side landscape, the artist lets the architectural structure or natural integrity of the landscape influence her brushstroke. Often working from her own photographs from a variety of angles, Mak commits the impression she has of the place to canvas. The newly created artwork then reciprocally inspires more travel in search of the next destination and painting subject.

Based in Chicago, the artist is continually inspired to paint the unique and beautiful characteristics of this city. The world renowned architecture, sculpture, and lakeside cityscape often appear in Mak’s paintings. “Footprints in Vertical Skies” will feature some of her most recent paintings, including an aerial perspective of the City of Big Shoulders, attained from a recent helicopter tour.

The exhibit runs from February 29th thru April 29th, 2012. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for the evening of Friday, March 2nd from 6-9pm. Reception and exhibit are free to the public.

The Jackson Junge Gallery features the work of Laura Lee Junge and other contemporary Chicago artists.

Exhibit Highlights:

“River of Big Shoulders”, A bird’s eye view over the Chicago River and surrounding buildings, incorporating vibrant blues and accent colors. Generously applied horizontal strokes of the water contrast sharply with the verticality of the iconic buildings of Chicago.

“Chicago Dusk”, A much softer play of color and line envelopes the Chicago Skyline as hues of yellow, orange, blue, purple and red descend from the sky. The John Hancock stands tall, pushing upward, away from the watery foreground and against the colorful sunset.

Websites: www.j2gallery.comwww.anastasiamak.com