13th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16th, 6 – 10 PM

Morpho Gallery is featuring a variety of different artists for its annual Emerging Artist Exhibitions. The gallery features many different medias, from ceramics to etchings, paintings to sculpture.

Each year we select 3-5 artists from each exhibit in a group exhibit during Chicago Artist Month in October 2018.

Morpho Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and exposure of emerging local artists. We offer our space as non-competitive, supportive system, open to all types of artistic media and age groups.

We are in our 14th year of EMA exhibits, giving young local and second career artists exposure. We offer our space as a stepping-stone to procedures in the art world and how to exhibit and present your art in a professional manner.

These exhibits bring artists into an established gallery, most for the first time, giving them experience and making connections, networking with other artists while trying to break into the ever-difficult art world.

These are no commission shows based on a nominal fee only after being accepted into the show. We will be having more exhibitions thru the winter months.

Additionally, we offer leasing packages at affordable prices for artists, musicians and artistic groups who wish to stage their own shows or rehearse. We are active members of the Andersonville, Bowmanville, and Ravenswood communities, and are dedicated to their enrichment via the visual arts.

Join us on opening reception night for some appetizers, drinks and fantastic new artwork. Shows featuring different artists and will be taking place throughout the winter months. See our website for updates and applications. morphogallery.com

About Morpho Gallery:

Morpho Gallery prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community. We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together.

Kathy Blankley Roman Solo Exhibition: “New Explorations”

December 1st Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Show Open: December 1st – January 2nd

Chicago artist, Kathy Blankley Roman has been making art of one kind or another as far back as she can remember. Mostly self-taught, Roman learned her craft through classes at local art centers and workshops. Her personal art making was mostly relegated to spare time status until her retirement in 2010, when she finally had the time to pursue art for herself. It was then that she stumbled on a course in expressive, nonobjective painting and has never looked back.

Her preference for an earthy palette reflects a connection felt since her childhood introduction to the prehistoric cave art of Lascaux. She still carries with her that first sense of awe and wonder and references to it often appear in her paintings. Influences from Kathy’s background in calligraphy are also evident in her work. She uses acrylics, encaustic or oil with cold wax medium, scraping or dissolving back through the layers to reveal what lies beneath, exploring gesture and contrasts in texture and color. Her expressive paintings pulse with energy, history and a sense of depth, often evoking feelings of peace and calm.

ARTIST STATEMENT – This collection is a compilation of works resulting from experimentation with new materials and processes…encaustic and oil on paper, acrylics on TerraSkin (a paper made from stone), monoprints, ink brushwork and the combination of some of these elements. Essentially, as with all of my work, the paintings are about gesture and memory and often evoke a sense of place. Words, feelings, and “aha” moments: things that make an impression on me become the source that I draw from when I paint. Responding intuitively to random marks, I am driven by an exploration of the materials as much as by my emotional response to the evolving painting. Ultimately, it is all about the process: finding a sense of order, refuge and letting go, becoming immersed in the moment, the visceral physicality of engaging the surface and then finding just the right balance between intention and intuition to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion. I don’t plan a painting when I start. I respond intuitively to the marks, strokes and textures that have been laid down, editing now and then for composition and what “feels right.” Mostly, I let it take me where it will. I’d like to think that others might respond to the dance and the meditative aspects of my work and perhaps be drawn past the surface and into the painting, to experience it through their own personal filters.

Kathy’s paintings have appeared in juried, solo and small group shows nationally and online. She was awarded finalist status in the Annual Competition of The Artist’s Magazine 2014 and 2016 in the Experimental/Abstract Category and was accepted into the highly competitive biennial National Art Encounter 2015, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL. She recently won the Bronze Award in the Abstract issue of ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, Vol.26, August 2017. Kathy currently has work on exhibit in the 14th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition of the Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

November Best of Juried Photo Show 2017 at Morpho Gallery

November Best of Juried Photo Show 2017
November 10th Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: November 10th – November 29th

Morpho Gallery presents four artists from our 2017 Spring National Juried Photography Show, where juror Doug Fogelson selected: Kristin Cass, Lindsey Altongy, William Whitten, and Joan Ladendorf as the best of the show. We exhibited 14 artists and over 50 photographs in the National Juried Photography Show.

Kristin Cass is a Chicago-based photographer. Her work is animated by her concern for social and human rights issues, and her relationship to urban life. With a background in art history and design, Kristin believes in art as a medium for change. She is also trained as a lawyer, defining her commitment to social justice. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Kristin Cass’s photo series is titled, Landscapes of the Imagination, where in the dark times, she has often retreated to places she imagined. Although these images themselves seem lovely, they all contain dark memories of times of intense struggle throughout history. They are pages from a journal of difficult journeys in hard times. These are some of the places where she has stepped out of ordinary life, trying to escape, only to come face to face with her deepest emotions. From these places have come revelation, inspiration, healing, and hope.

Lindsey Altongy is a photographer from Springfield, New Jersey, currently residing in Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Studies from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Using 35mm black and white film as her medium, Lindsey appreciates the tools of the past and the careful processes of the darkroom. She photographs inanimate objects, discarded oddities, and fringe scenes with a portrait-like perspective, glorifying places and things that may otherwise seem insignificant. In addition to her photographic pursuits, Lindsey has practiced and studied finger style guitar technique and theory for nine years.

William Whitten: “I see what others cannot, I am a photographer.” William Whitten is a portrait, street-dance photographer who likes to observe the world around him. He takes pride in researching his subject matter in order to bring out the full story in his pictures. William is currently working in a portrait studio in Chicago, where he is able to work with his clients and retain the best part of their lives in a photograph.

Joan Ladendorf: “Photography is the current stop on my creative journey. It’s a place I’ve visited before, back in the old days of film and darkrooms. My focus is on local sites, including my backyard creek, auto junkyards, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Spring Valley Nature Center, the Illinois Railway Museum and many other great facilities. It’s a pleasure to return to image capturing pursuits, as it allows one a finer appreciation for the beauty of our planet and the many visual opportunities it offers. Although the switch to digital was tough at first, I have now fully embraced it and all the accoutrements, like Photoshop, which was used to create all of these featured works. A collector at heart, I traipse around adding details, landscapes, patterns, textures and colors to my toolbox, for use as straight images, as layers, or as ingredients in my composite work. Please visit my website to view more of my work– http://www.jmlfiberart.com.”

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Best of 2017 EMA Exhibitions at Morpho Gallery

Above: Bob Proce, “INTO THE ABYSS V / Wall of Despair” Acrylic, 9 x 12

October 6th Opening Reception 6pm-10pm

Oct 6-Nov 4th

Morpho Gallery presents five Artists from our Winter Emerging Artists Exhibits; each Artist was selected from a series of five shows from January- March 2017. We exhibited over 120 artists during this timeframe.

Marty Trejo, Jose Bolet, Melissa Kucia, Howard McMackin and Bob Proce each have their own distinct styles, with each artist complementing each other.

Bob Proce an alumnus of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy or Art, and the Institute of Lettering and Design, has produced art in various different fields.  Specifically, he has worked as an art director, letter artist, portrait artist, instructor at the Institute of Lettering and Design, private drawing instruction, and has always worked in the field of costuming/ corporate logo design and construction. Exhibited extensively in the Chicago area in both the private and public arena, Proce typically works in acrylic, graphite, oil, wood, plaster, plastic, sculpted cloth, and paper-mache.

Howard McMackin has always fascinated by nature’s fractal rules such as the map of veins in a leaf, how different trees choose to branch, or the shapes of crystals and mountains. During a walk, a very long time ago, I noticed how beautiful the water in the street had become.  Engine oil swirled within the puddles glistening with intense neon moving colors.  The colors lined-up in rainbow patterns as the water flowed and trickled into a pattern of streams toward the drains.  This day I marveled about the patterns of rivers and the shapes of mountains as the oily water chose paths across the pavement. And for the first time, I wondered how it could be captured in a painting.

Melissa Kucia is a contemporary painter.  Her work is about color, light, movement, texture and emotion.  She paints until she is moved by something outside herself where the color, composition and the whole piece unite to match what’s in her mind’s eye.

Melissa’s technique consists of layering colors on canvas and paper.  She attacks her surfaces using brushes, palette knives, her fingers and any other tool that will do the job, while working and reworking the surface until she obtains the desired effect.

Marty Trejo is a 22-year-old artist living in the suburbs of Chicago. He double majored in art and exercise science at Concordia University Chicago, where he received Bachelor of Art degrees in both fields. Currently, he is back in school at Concordia acquiring his master’s degree in applied exercise science; although, he is still unsure what specifically he want to do with that master’s degree.  He is also currently work at Concordia as a graduate assistant for the human performance department, and, in addition to that, he works at Erickson Art Studio in Lisle and is a bartender and server at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet. Although he is young, he has experience working in his school’s art department and gallery, as well as assisting artists in their studios. Two of the artists he has interned with are Tom Robinson and Scott Gordon Wills. He has also shown his own artwork at several galleries and other art events. On top of all of that, he is a father to a one year old and tries to maintain his own artistic practice. All in all he’s just an average guy trying to make a living like everyone else.

Jose Bolet has been featured among others at Peripheral Arteries Biennale, in the 2017 edition online magazine, 11th edition of International Contemporary Masters 2017.  He is also the author of the book “Rendering in Black, 25 Drawings Across US”, Xlibris, 2015, which is a recollection of his experiences traveling around US and various other places he has traveled. The artist is now working on his second book that is a political theme graphic Novel, while also exhibiting his paintings and drawings in local, national, and international venues.

Morpho Gallery
5216 North Damen Ave
Chicago Ill 60625

David Alan Sisk “Recent Paintings”

September 2017 (Chicago) – David Sisk is a visual artist that has been actively creating and exhibiting in Chicago since 2000. David is a mixed media artist who creates abstract, conceptual and representational works. His main styles are intricate abstract ink/watercolor drawings and paintings.

These works are often simple dense patterns of intricate lines, fluid shapes and harmonious colors, all of which are intended to evoke a mood. The subject of these works is often alluded to in the titles. Other works have a more narrative and symbolic structure, pointing directly to psychological states and interpersonal or environmental events. The approach toward all these creations is a meditative and self-reflective relationship between the artist, the medium, and the thoughts and feelings that arise in a stream of consciousness during the creative process.

In this particular show, David is exhibiting paintings created between 2015 and 2017. These works include abstract ink/watercolor drawings, large-scale abstract works on canvas, and a few representational paintings and photographs, which stem from or relate to the paintings in the exhibition.

The ink/watercolor pieces range in size and emphasis. Some are focused on presenting a simple aesthetic pattern or feeling while others include narrative/linguistic elements, which offer more representational playfulness and reference to concretely identifiable ideas/situations. The large-scale abstract works on canvas are focused on pursuing a balance of forms, positive/negative space and translating the method of the ink/watercolor pieces to a different medium.

David is a recurring artist at Morpho Gallery that has been represented since the gallery’s opening in 2004, with a show each year. He is a psychotherapist and scholar in psychoanalysis. David uses art as a means of exploring ideas, relationships, and the nuances of human experience. He is a process-oriented artist, allowing his works to be shaped by the subject and demands of the ideas and emotions being expressed. His painted works are often obsessively detailed and richly mysterious.