Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer Exhibition News

Well summer has taken it's time getting to Chicago but it is finally here!  The cool rainy weather has kept me indoors and in the studio creating work.  I am happy that many of these new pieces have been included in area exhibitions. 

Staci Boris, Chief Curator for the Elmhurst Art Museum juried two of my sculptures, Vertical Lines and Considering Mies, into the Summer Show at Water Street Studios in Batavia. I am thrilled to learn that I was chosen as an Honorable Mention artist in this show.

The show was beautifully curated.  I was particularly pleased to see Vertical Lines hung out in the open.  Given the small size of my studio this piece was never afforded the space that gives it it's sense of floating.
 The Water Street Studios Gallery Summer Show runs July 12-Aug 24, 2013

Vertical Lines
 The name of this sculpture, Vertical Lines, was influenced by the artist Robert Mangold.  He is known for translating basic elements such as line and shape into paintings that express simplicity of form yet evoke complex ideas.  I loved that he described a circle as being 2 bent vertical lines. 

Considering Mies
Chicago is known for it's architecture and we embrace the influence that architect Mies van der Rohe’s has had on our city.  His architectural style is noted for its extreme clarity and simplicity followed a “less is more” philosophy. He sought structural order and balance in his architecture; seeking a balance between interiors and exteriors through the use of free-flowing open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture.  Considering Mies indeed does "Consider Mies"!
Unfulfilled Dream
Unfulfilled Dream was featured in my May 2013 blog post
and it will be included in the exhibition "Fluidity" at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.  This regional juried show will feature art that is "calm, quiet, subdued, and peaceful".
It will run from August 7-September7, 2013. 
The opening artist reception is August 9 from 6-9pm.
 Closer to home, I have two sculptures in the exhibition Encaustic USA at ARC Gallery in Chicago.  I was so happy that my Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law, Marion and Roland Boehm were able to attend the opening artist reception!  Jurors Shelley Gilchrist and Paul Klein chose Make No Little Plans and Living Together-But-Separate Lives for inclusion in this outstanding show.  These two pieces were also exhibited together at the Wright Gallery of Art at the College of Lake County earlier this year.

Make No Little Plans
 "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
— Daniel Burnham (1846-1912)

Architect Daniel Burnham, whom some consider the inventor of urban planning, offered a vision of what he believed a civilized city should look like at a time of urban disorder. He believed that a city could be both beautiful and efficient.  His work sought to merge things often thought of as opposite such as business with art and the practical with the ideal. Burnham’s influence is strongly felt in Chicago as well as across America.

Encaustic USA runs from June 26-July 20, 2013

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