Showing posts with label Chicago. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicago. Show all posts

Monday, October 24, 2016

It’s Your World For The Moment (Part One)

Artist Talk, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

Last week I spoke to a group of art students at Western Illinois University.  I told them about my work, about myself and about the paths that I had taken to get to that moment.  When asked to offer up any words of advice that I might have for emerging artists, I told them to "simply get yourself out there...that you never know who would see your work and what opportunity that may bring".  I shared my story of how doing just that has led me to where I am now and to an art commission that currently covers every open surface in my art studio.

In June of 2015 I received an email from Amy DeLap and Andrew Jendrzejewski of Art Space Vincennes. They were offering me a solo show at their gallery.  Now, to be perfectly honest, I had to Google Vincennes, not knowing where, exactly, it was located. Well, it turns out that Vincennes, is located in Indiana, our next door neighbor!  Founded in 1732 and home to Vincennes University, it is an almost straight 5 hour drive south of Chicago.  

Art Space Vincennes, Vincennes, Indiana

Amy and Andy, artists themselves, had retired from teaching in the Art Department at the University and converted a lovely historic home into a beautiful gallery space.  The story why they invited me to show at their gallery began a year earlier in 2014.  They became interested in my work when they saw it at the Swope Art Museum's annual juried show in Terre Haute.  I applied to that show when I saw that the juror was Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art and knew that this was an excellent opportunity to get my work in front of this leader in the art world.  Not only did my work in this show receive an Award of Recognition, but it caught the eye of  Amy DeLap and Andrew Jendrzejewski, leading to my solo show "Surfaces" at Art Space Vincennes.

Yah, that's me on the front page!!
The community of Vincennes was very welcoming and my exhibition was a great success.   Chris Jackson, the Director of Begley Art Source at the Evansville Museum, saw my work and reached out to me regarding the possibility of a commission for a new hospice that was to be built by the Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. I was asked to present a proposal for an art piece that would be hung behind the front desk of the lobby of this new facility.  Inspired by my fiber and encaustic wall-hung sculpture "Wallflower", this piece, upon completion will be 3' high and 7'wide and is titled "It's Your World For The Moment".

This story continues in my next post!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone

As many of you know, I am a big fan of right angles.  


Windows no. 34



My Windows Series consisted of small squares carved into square panels and my Tesserae paintings were created with many square-shaped encaustic tiles. 


Tesserae II
Moving Day

I designed custom wood panel frames to house my mini encaustic and fiber cubes.



detail, Spaces We Inhabit




My mixed media cubes grew and were hung in columns from the ceiling.


Perhaps my cube obsession culminated into the installation Infinite Possibilities.  Each one of these unique cubes is installed in a grid formation on the wall, hopefully by someone OTHER than me!

Infinite Possibilities

 In fact, you can find the square shape in many of my vessels and woven encaustic and fiber 3-dimensional works!
Vessel 6



So when the opportunity arose to participate in an art exhibition that was titled The Dot Show I jumped at it!
Dots!  
They are not in any way, shape or form square!  
The lack of right angles in dots make this theme definitely out of my comfort zone! 

Not only will I create an art installation that focuses on this theme, I will work in collaboration with artist Amy Van Winkle.  Amy and I are both members of FUSEDChicago; Midwest artists who work with the encaustic medium.  We will share an exhibition window in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.  With a total of 7 windows, these showPODS, run by the Chicago Arts District, offer 
 an instant art experience 24/7.

Each one of these encaustic and fiber dots is only 1" in diameter and will be installed on the exhibition wall.  My initial plan of making 200 of these little guys has grown to a lofty design plan exceeding 500!  We shall see!



The Dot Show
May 13th through June 23rd, 2016 - the showPODs are along the 1800 blk of South Halsted St. in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

The opening reception is during the Chicago Art District's 2nd Friday Gallery Night on Friday May 13, 2016 from 6-10pm in showPOD7. I hope to see you there! 





Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Art Exhibitions


I am so very happy to announce that I have a number of exciting opportunities to show my art in 2016!


February 26 - March 31, 2016
4th Annual Art Competition
Bridgeport Art Center
Chicago, Illinois

Persistence of Vision

April 2- May 21, 2016
11th Annual Encaustic Invitational: Length x Width x Depth
Conrad Wilde Gallery
Tucson, Arizona

The Power of Place

May 1- June 31, 2016
The Dot Show
Chicago Arts District showPODS
1822-43 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois

Detail, Flow

October 10-November 20, 2016
Solo
Space and Surface:  Sculpture and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm
Western Illinois University Art Gallery
Macomb, Illinois
  
Spaces We Inhabit, Art Space Vincennes


Friday, January 16, 2015

Transformed Spaces




I was thrilled to have had the opportunity for my first solo exhibition this past December.


My show Transformed Spaces consisted of two sculptural installations; Infinite Possibilities and The Spaces We Inhabit.  It considered the symmetry of the urban landscape and explored the physical and mental boundaries of the public and private spaces we inhabit.  


 Infinite Possibilities is a wall installation consisting of 30 unique wall cubes, each utilizing similar and familiar materials yet each recognizing its own distinctive space.  Spaces We Inhabit is an installation of a dozen, twelve foot high columns of encaustic and fiber sculptures created by altering 2-dimensional paintings.  This transformation acknowledges another kind of space; one of visual repetitiveness and change. 
 

Transformed Spaces was installed in the Art on Armitage Gallery window December 1, 2015 and was up throughout the month.  I was lucky enough to have the assistance of my husband Doug.  He did all of the ladder work, installing the ceiling hooks which held the sculptural columns. 


I had laid out the cubes of the wall installation Infinite Possibilities days earlier in my studio but found that once I was at Art on Armitage,  I ended up playing around with the final layout which involved popping outside a number of times in order to get the over all feeling of the piece. 

 


ART ON ARMITAGE is a window gallery in Chicago that brings art out of the confines of the traditional art gallery and into the realm of the public.

Many thanks to all of you who were able to see my show and thank you to Mary Ellen Croteau at Art on Armitage for this opportunity.