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
773-878-4255
morphogallery@gmail.com

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.

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