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–”

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.

6th Annual Encaustic Show at Morpho Gallery

Show dates: August 4th – September 2nd, 2017
Opening Reception: August 4th, 2017 6pm – 10pm

August 2017 (Chicago) – The 6th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work by encaustic artists from around the country, including Alabama, California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and even Canada!

“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:

Brad Hook, Cat Crotchett, Laura Graveline, Anna Wagner-Ott, Brenda Erickson, Candace Law, Carol Myers, Carrie Baxter, Cindy Lesperance, Claudia Hollister, David Brown, Deborah Martin, Derek Brennan, Jeannette MacDougall, Jodie Sutton, Karen Ruth Karlsson, Katelyn Patton, Kathryn Isbister, Kathy Blankley Roman, Kay Vinson, Kaylee Dalton, Lamia Holden, Laura LaRue, Linda Mayer, Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey, Patricia Lagger, Penny Park, Rinat Goren, and Teresa Foster

About the Jurors/Curators:

Morpho Gallery is pleased to welcome jurors Kathy Blankley Roman and Dan Addington.

Kathy Blankley Roman returns once again to jury our 6th annual encaustic exhibition after the success of past years’ exhibitions, Edges, Hot Wax in the Cityand Wax (in’) Blue, and Unbound (Ed). An award winning artist, her expressive paintings have appeared in shows nationally, online and in numerous private collections since 2011.

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been working with wax since 1989 and exhibiting encaustic work professionally since 1992. Dan is the 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.

Morpho Gallery
5216 North Damen Ave
Chicago Ill 60625

Intersect Artist Collective Presents FEED

Morpho Gallery, 5216 North Damen, Chicago, IL 60625
OPENING RECEPTION: June 24th, 2017 6-10 pm
June 24th- July 6th 2017

The INTERSECT Artist Collective would like to invite the community, art lovers and collectors, friends, and artists to join them on the evening of June 24th from 6 to 10 pm for an art event to benefit the hungry. 100% of the profits will go to the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry.

INTERSECT Artist Collective is a group of artists from Northern Illinois have worked collaboratively since 2012 on small and large scare curatorial projects and art exhibitions. The group has donated substantial work to sell at accessible prices in order to both make art affordable to everyone while supporting the needs of body and soul of those in need in the community. This is the perfect event for first time collectors and anyone with a philanthropic heart.

The work will continue to be for sale after the opening until July 1st.