Elke Claus “Skyscapes”

Above: Elke Claus “Cosmic Skyscape” silkscreen and monoprint

June 2nd – June 22nd, 6PM – 10PM
Morpho Gallery
5216 Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

EXHIBITION NARRATIVE

In “Skyscapes” handmade prints depict “the cosmic” in overlapping patterns, high-key colors and lush textures. Instead of stars, moons, and clouds being rendered as natural and universal; these skies are highly stylized and indicative of period graphic styles. Each piece combines the use of lithography and silkscreen printing and is made with handmade fluorescent ink or metal leafing. The result is an exploration of the essence of the hand- printed mark: a look that defies the flatness and limited palette of digital printing. Each print is one of a kind, yet all are created using repetition and photomechanical imagery. The artwork reveals a love of all things “printmaking” and a desire to celebrate the aesthetics of ink on paper.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Throughout my career, I have developed my own artistic style and techniques through printmaking. Though it is now an underrated medium, printmaking allows for infinite variations of the relationship between mechanical production and a human touch. Some of its more sensual and sculptural qualities are impossible to achieve with state- of- the- art digital graphics. Working in my studio means unveiling such qualities with handmade translucent, fluorescent and metallic inks and layered analog imagery. Science and occult textbooks have been the source for most of these illustrations and thereby convey what is normally “unseen”. The resulting hybrid of old- fashioned craftsmanship and cosmic beauty springs from the colors and textures of real woodcut, silkscreen, and lithography. It is my sincerest wish that the artwork I produce would offer something stimulating and compelling to the viewer, while sustaining printmaking’s tradition.

BIOGRAPHY

My career began at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where I worked in a professional print studio, The Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There I collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, I was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which I helped organize. These two formative influences have left me with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, I became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I currently teach printmaking at Lill Street Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center (both in Chicago). There my students will always gain confidence in their art skills while being challenged by sources beyond the sketchbook or easel.

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com
www.morphogallery.com

Marcy Kennedy Anderson at Morpho Gallery

Dates: May 12th – May 21st, 2017
Opening Reception: May 12th, 2017, 6pm – 10pm

Morpho Gallery will be exhibiting Marcy Kennedy Anderson in a Solo show featuring her latest artwork. Marcy, a resident of the Edgewater community has been a prolific figure in the Emerging Art scene in the area for years. She currently runs a successful traveling exhibit “Random Acts of Gallery”.

Created by artists, Random Acts of Gallery gives Chicago artists more opportunities to have their work seen by utilizing blank walls in unexpected places. Marcy also teaches art classes at Bottle & Bottega Evanston location. Marcy also actively curates at Morpho Gallery.

About Marcy

Born and raised (mostly) in Alton, Illinois, Marcy moved to Chicago in 2001 and graduated with her BFA from SAIC in 2003. Being from a small town, it was difficult to focus with the visual noise and bombardment of people, ideas, and commercialism. A mentor told her to “draw what’s inside you.” What started with tiny doodles of knots evolved into biomorphic abstract shapes and narratives referencing nature and scientific ideas. She found her voice by directing her focus inward to escape the noise.

About the Exhibition

Her new work focuses on the idea of using an object or person to open up a portal and escape to another reality, and in some cases, face the realities we cannot escape from. When you look through a mirror long enough, you are forced to look deep inside yourself and confront your own mortality. It can be downright scary. Sometimes a conversation with a stranger can open the mind to another world, their world. When you walk through a threshold, you experience a different space with its own energy. Windows give us a view into another world, and doors and souls give us an entrance. She paints on antique objects with memories and energy already attached to them to explore this idea.

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com
www.morphogallery.com

CALL FOR ENTRIES – 12th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
Dates: April 7th – May 10th, 2017
Opening Reception: April 7th, 2017, 6pm – 10pm
Juror: Doug Fogelson

About the Exhibition:

Morpho Gallery is pleased to announce its 12th annual juried photo exhibit. This years exhibit features 13 photographers from around the country using a vareity of techniques.

Artists Featured:

Brad Perkins, Danny Pena, Kristin Cass, Michael Bertin, Ryan Bourque, Steve Butzlaff, Tina Ward, Claudia Hallissey, Joan M. Ladendorf, Lindsey Altongy, Mike Callaghan, Stephen Jensen, Steve Geer, William Whitten.

About the Juror:

Doug Fogelson studied photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. His photographic manipulations are included in notable public and private collections such as The J. Paul Getty Center, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Cleveland Clinic and exhibited with esteemed galleries. He has been recognized by publications including Art News, Photo District News, Art Forum, and AfterImage. Doug Fogelson founded Front Forty Press, an award-winning independent fine art publishing company and has taught in the Photography Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an advocate for the fine arts, ecological sustainability, and currently serves as President of the Board for Filter Photo.

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com
www.morphogallery.com

Morpho Gallery: 12th Annual Emerging Artists Winter Sessions 2017

March 24th opening reception 6-9pm

March 24th – April 3rd

Morpho Gallery continues to exhibit local and midwestern artists in a series of shows this winter and early spring. Each show consists of 20-30 artists, photography, mixed media, sculpture and oil paints.

These shows are meant to provide knowledge to young artists on gallery procedures and how to exhibit their art in galleries. We do not take any commissions and provide a non-competitive friendly atmosphere.

March 24th Featured Artists:

Sheri Lee, Katharine Steinberg, Kate Snow, Mary Jo Nasko, R.M. Proce,
Neil Solomon, Ashley Schultz, Michael Claire, Eoin Cullen, Katelyn Crawford, Elliott Acosta, Levi Yutuc, Marta Mazur, S.E. Farnum, Ayza-Andriana Churina, Collett Hudeckek, Allison Yazel and Joanna Murphy

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com
www.morphogallery.com

Morpho Gallery: 12th Annual Emerging Artists Winter Sessions 2017

Morpho Gallery continues to exhibit local and midwestern artists in a series of shows this winter and early spring. Each show consists of 20-30 artists, photography, mixed media, sculpture and oil paints.

These shows are meant to provide knowledge to young artists on gallery procedures and how to exhibit their art in galleries. We do not take any commissions and provide a non-competitive friendly atmosphere.

March 3rd Featured Artists:

Paige Mostowy, Benjamin Martins, Mike Warnick, Timothy Hughes,Katelyn Crawford, Sarah Braden, Hunter Bell, Matt Fitzpatrick, Melissa Kucia, Ben Dorsz, Teresa Parod

March 3rd opening reception 6-9pm
March 3rd- March 23rd
Next show March 24th

Morpho Gallery
5216 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com
www.morphogallery.com