Naturalia: New Paintings & Drawings

“Two-headed Hereford, (Alva, Oklahoma)”
oil on panel, 2012
9″h. x 12″w.

For the past few years, I have been at work on a series of paintings informed by my interests in natural history, 19th and early 20th century illustration, 17th century painting, and wunderkammern – early art and natural history collections that are the precursors of modern museums.

In the collections of the 16th and 17th century, objects such as preserved animal specimens were displayed alongside small, finely rendered paintings. I am fascinated by this easy marriage of objects, now completely separated by taxonomic developments that began during the Enlightenment. These early collections can be viewed as microcosms, in that they attempt to represent the whole of the world on an intimate, human scale. They allow viewers to recognize the connectedness of seemingly disparate objects, and possibly their own connectedness to the natural world.

Collections can also be viewed as a kind of storytelling. The arrangement of objects and the objects themselves are embedded with narrative. These narratives are often as much, if not more, about the collector than the objects collected. I have made multiple long-distance moves over the past few years. As part of the adjustment process post-move, I learn to identify the animals present in my new environment. It’s comforting to know the names and habits of the new creatures I see when I don’t know much else about my new home. These animals and the stories I’ve invented about them often make their way into my images.

As a child growing up in and around Chicago, I was fortunate to visit the Field Museum of Natural History on a regular basis. I can remember being completely transfixed by the taxidermy dioramas glowing with their soft, yellow light in the darkened museum rooms. The fact that you could stand and look as long, and as closely as you liked at the creatures’ beautiful bodies, allowed me access to pure wonderment. The endless variety of color and form was and is beautiful magic.

Brandice Guerra received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL and her M.F.A from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Naturalia: New Paintings and Drawings” will be Guerra’s first solo show with Zg Gallery in Chicago and will be on exhibit from April 10 to May 30, 2015.

Naturalia: New Paintings & Drawings
April 10 – May 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 2015, 5:30 to 7:30
Artist will be present.

Zg Gallery
300 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654
T. 312-654-9900
www.ZgGallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30 CST

Jackie Tileston "Field Guide to Elsewhere"

Jackie Tileston “Field Guide to Elsewhere” New Paintings & Works on Paper

Jackie Tileston "Field Guide to Elsewhere"

Jackie Tileston “Field Guide to Elsewhere” mixed media on linen, 2014 60″h. x 72″w. courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago

September 5 to November 1, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, Sept. 5th, 5:30-7:30
artist will be present.

Zg Gallery is pleased to present Jackie Tileston’s fifth solo show “Field Guide to Elsewhere”. An American, born in the Philippines and raised in Asia and Europe, Tileston’s new series of paintings continue to incorporate the diverse elements from both eastern and western aesthetics, creating a visual metaphor for her multi-cultural upbringing. Through the use of oil, dry pigment, enamel, collage and transfer items, Tileston’s paintings are rich combinations of texture, tone, gesture and control.

Website: www.ZgGallery.com

Season Opening at Zg Gallery

Please join us for our Season Opening!
Friday, September 6th, 2013, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Artist will be present.

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
CHEAP $KIN$
New Paintings & Works on Paper
September 6 to October 19, 2013

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph has high friends in low places.  Her new paintings and drawings explores the intersection of class, race, and gender through the lens of “white trash,” which can be best understood as a complex set of social representations and stereotypes.  She states “Placed within varying and often ambiguous backdrops, the female subjects of my paintings are accompanied by carefully chosen objects and articles of clothing that subtly speak to a codification of our bodies, identities, and environments based on our level of access.

Each image begins by establishing an environment and choosing a model to occupy it, providing her with props and a role to play.  These images are informed by both research and personal experience, culminating in portraits of young women that explore the intricately woven relationship between one’s class, race, and gender in America.  I purposely choose to construct the images in this manner as a way to assert that our understanding of others, based on their class standing, is just that – constructed.

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph recently received her M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. from the University of Saint Francis in Indiana.  This will be her first solo show at Zg Gallery.

Preview more works:  http://www.ZgGallery.com/joseph.htm

Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60654
T. 312.654.9900  |   www.ZgGallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Joseph_ Muscles's_ $ister_ 24x18_12

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Muscles’s $ister”
oil on panel, 2012
24″ x 18″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago

Joseph_Cheap_$kin$_8x8_2012

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“CHEAP $KIN$”
oil on panel, 2012
8″ x 8″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago

Joseph_Ingrown_14x11_2012

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Ingrown”
oil on panel, 2012
14″ x 11″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago

Joseph_Pork_Queen_24x18_2012

Amanda Elizabeth Joseph
“Pork Queen”
oil on panel, 2012
24″ x 18″
courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago