Best of 2018 EMA Exhibitions

Morpho Gallery presents five Artists from our Winter Emerging Artists Exhibits; each Artist was selected from a series of five shows from January- March 2018. We exhibited over 120 artists during this timeframe. Katie Meuser, Phillip Graff, Eric Kraybill, Kerry Lange, and Joan Geary each have their own distinct styles, with each artist complementing each other.

Joan Geary: her paintings begin with veils of solid color applied over one another, each one chosen to enhance or contrast with the previous layer. During the process of stacking these layers of paint, intuitive marks and shapes are also laid down, and at this early stage, I try not to get in the way of the painting. These components are constructed and deconstructed, etched, erased and glazed over. Eventually the color, line and form begin to suggest some sort of imagery that brings forth an internalized vision, as if my subconscious mind is showing me things that had been stored up for later use.  For the most part, these memories are from my own experiences and observations, but they may be enhanced by art I have seen, such as the memory of the edge between dark and light in a Rembrandt painting or a certain patina on a Richard Serra sculpture. These visions present themselves in the work as a distortion of reality or even invention, as in dreams.  In this way, the work often conveys a mystical version of the truth.

Kerry Lange: she is a self-taught artist hailing from Cleveland and a recent transplant to Chicago. Her most common mediums that she creates with are, but not limited to include watercolor, pen/ ink and pencil. Her themes can range from fanciful surreal illustrations to abstract wonders. She has been actively showing for the last 10 years with over 25 showings in galleries, special events and cafes in Cleveland, Baltimore, New York City and Chicago. I am looking forward to new inspirations, getting to know Chicago’s artist communities and new artistic opportunities here in my new city.

Eric Kraybill: is a printmaker raised in Northfield, Illinois who recently earned his Bachelors in Studio Art printmaking at Northeastern Illinois University. Kraybill has entered numerous exhibitions including the Found/Squared: Exhibition at Northeastern Illinois University at Chicago, and the Print Exchange & Exhibition for the Central Michigan University Print club at Mount Pleasant. In addition, he has won the Merit Scholarship from Northeastern Illinois University’s Art Department. He works with hand-on media such as linocut, and silkscreen. His subject matter engages in his own narrative and mythology. In addition, his work focuses on the historical significance of storytelling. Kraybill completed his first solo titled, “Aisling “in 2016 which displays mythical imagery with Gaelic phrases as tribute to Irish literature. Currently Krabill isworking on a new print series titled, “The Canpoy Series” which reflects the artist is struggle with speech and social anxieties.

Katie Meuser: started taking art lessons when she was nine and continued until she was fourteen. She started out drawing wildlife and eventually took up watercolor and continued to practice wildlife with an abstract twist by eliminating details. She is fascinated in abstract art and how one can take away from the realistic element of an object and replace it with colors and movement, manipulating the viewer’s perception and allowing them to create their own concept of the object. She received her bachelors in Fine Arts and Humanity at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It was there that she came up with her own style of painting by mixing water with acrylic and experimenting with different ratios of water to paint. Shortly after she graduated she moved to South Korea to continue her art through live paintings and various shows in art and music venues. She was becoming less restrictive with the water enabling it to do its own “thing” and adding a natural element to her pieces. In 2015 she moved to Chicago and started showing in coffee shops and eventually galleries, showcasing the continuous changes her style has evolved from as well as my free-flowing technique she has honed throughout the years.

Phillip Graff: paints to create something out of nothing. It’s been a progression of passion through the years but nonetheless has stuck with me. Seeing my perspective, my ideas, and my style, take form on what used to be a blank slate, makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. He’s not graveling for the monetary benefits of being a painter. He’s seeking a creative outlet, fulfillment, and stimulation. His style reflects a degenerate youth in a modern world with a dark ambiance to each piece.

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Chicago, Illinois 60625

The “Rejuvenate Series”

Morpho Gallery is pleased to present a pop-up exhibit featuring a diverse collection of artists. The “Rejuvenate Series” will run for just one day, October 20th with an opening reception from 6-11pm.

The “Rejuvenate Series” will feature: Adrian Amesquita, Ivonne Cruz, Giselle Mira Diaz, David Foster, Staci Jo Sterenberg, Ozzie Stern, Lindsey Summers, and Jerome Thymes.

The exhibit will feature a variety of different mediums: photography, mosaic, charcoal, stone lithograph, and acrylic.

All artists in the exhibit currently live in Chicago, many inspired by the city while others explore themes of gender, rejection & inclusion, self-identity, culture, and alienation.

The artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, October 20th from 6-11pm.

Please contact Ivonne Cruz;
773.512.6167 for additional information.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Morpho Gallery Presents Billowing Life

Exhibit Runs: October 5th – 15th
Opening Artist Reception: October 6th 6pm –10pm

Featuring Pablo Perea

“Billowing Life” is the first “Still Life” collection of Pablo Perea. The pieces are painted in the technique of oil pastels on paper and also acrylic on canvas.

The objects that were part of our lives were once the notion of “Beauty and Harmony”, they were witnesses to our happiness and it’s the departure. We do not realize that those images that we perceived as “Still Life” were accompanying us and living!

About the Artist

Pablo Perea is a Cuban artist that has been painting for over 25 years, with an extensive body of work and is well known for his portraits of female images that began in 1995 through 2014. Pablo Perea moved to New Mexico in 2010 and his work has changed approaching the topic of nature with a touch of surrealism between the elements that are part of the stories.

Pablo Perea was born in 1970 in the city of Guines, Havana, graduated in 1995 from medical school and gave up his medical career to become a full-time artist. In 2001 he immigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago where he became an essential part of Havana Gallery for the next 10 years and helped promote the work of more than 100 artists from Cuba.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Morpho Gallery Presents ‘Tell Me When You Feel Something’

Above: “Solitary” by Frederick Nitsch

Exhibit Runs: September 28th – 29th 
Opening Artist Reception: September 29th 6pm –10pm

Featuring Frederick Nitsch 

Frederick Walter Nitsch combines photos with abstract painting to create work that is emotionally and intellectually evocative. This is his first solo show.

About the Artist

For most of my artistic career, I painted colorful abstractions and was inspired by the psychological concept of pareidolia, which refers to the human brain’s tendency to attribute pattern and meaning onto random or chaotic visual stimuli. But during that time, I was also consciously avoiding watching the news and thinking about social issues that made me uncomfortable. Since leaving graduate school (philosophy) years ago, I realized that I felt less, not more, qualified to make educated statements about issues like gender, poverty, war, and race. I had far more questions than answers, and felt a much greater urge to problematize than to prescribe – as the latter always seems to end in oversimplifications.

Reproaching these issues, then, by making art instead of writing papers has seemed like a way to open discussions without being pedantic. I believe that any photograph, if one stares at it long enough, will elicit a feeling of uncanniness as the static image is imbued with history and possibility. Despite this, we are so used to looking at pictures nowadays that the mystery can be lost. My photo-paintings are an attempt to tell stories, raise questions, and return the element of uncanniness to the cultural artifacts that we find all around us.

5216 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

7th Annual Encaustic Exhibit

7th Annual Encaustic Show
Show dates: August 24th – September 22nd, 2018
Opening Reception: August 24th, 2018- 6pm – 10pm

The 7th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work by encaustic artists from around the country, including California, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Quebec, Ohio, Tennessee, Colorado, New Jersey, Washington State and Illinois.

“Encaustic painting involves a beautiful combination of beeswax, pigment, and heat. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Unique because of its technical process, yet unifying because of its painterly and sculptural qualities, encaustic painting is being explored by artists today as a re-visitation to a traditional medium.”

Artists within the show offer a wide variety of styles of encaustic including portraiture, abstraction, landscapes, nature, sculptures, collages, and a wide variety of techniques including hand-drawn image transfers, spray paint, pastel, embellishments, and oil, encaustics on wood, panels, paper, arches, and birch (to name a few!).

Featured Artists:

Amelia Currier, Barry Katz, Cat Crotchett, Dianna Woolley, Elizabeth Schowachert, Jim Nulty, JuliAnne Jonker, Kathy Blankely Roman, Linda Foley, Lynda Ray, Megan Klim, Nancy Cusack, Rinat Goren, Sher Fick, Dan Addington, Ann Ino, Carol Myers, Clare Jorgensen, Elizabeth Harris, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Jody Paulson, Kari Hall, Laura LaRue, Linda Mayer, Mara Manning, Michael Teters, Patricia Lagger, Ritch Hanna,and Tracy Casagrande Clancy

About the Jurors/Curators:

Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning artist, whose expressive paintings have appeared in shows nationally, online and in numerous private collections since 2011. Using acrylics, encaustic or oil & cold wax, she is a process painter. Roman prefers a limited palette and works in layers, employing contrasts of texture, opacity and gesture to create tension and a sense of depth and history. Mostly small to medium in scale, her works have been described as “large paintings in a small space”. They suggest an intimacy which invites viewers to come close, to explore and experience them through their own personal filters.

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. His work has been featured in-group and solo shows across the US, and is in numerous public and private collections. Dan is owner and director of Addington Gallery, located in Chicago’s historic River North art district, and has included encaustic painters in exhibitions there since organizing their first national encaustic exhibition there in 1996. Addington’s own figurative work incorporates materials such as fabric, oil, wax, tar, gold leaf and various printed matter. The accumulation and layering of these materials echoes his interest in history and the relationships between the stratification of cultures and the layering of memory. In these constructed, overtly physical pieces, Addington seeks to engage the viewer through their own process of physical and spiritual excavation.

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5216 North Damen Ave
Chicago Ill 60625