Showing posts with label Spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spring. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit

Back in November of 2013, artists Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge approached me with the idea of putting together a proposal for an exhibition of our work.  What evolved was “Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran” at the Hairpin Arts Center in Chicago.  I was familiar with Hairpin having exhibited my encaustic and fiber Vessels in the center’s inaugural exhibition “Come Together”.  
Vessel 12, Vessel 14, Vessel 20 on shelves to the right.
Mary Ellen Croteau's work to the left
Come Together, Hairpin Arts Center
It is a beautiful light-filled windowed space situated in a historical building in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. In my last blog post "Winter Exhibition News" I mused about turning a new wall hanging sculpture, “Place”, into a multi-piece installation.
100+ feet of cotton rope for my ceiling hung sculpture, Spaces We Inhabit

My vision of the a multi-columned hanging sculpture was just the challenging project that would amply fill the long cold Chicago winter days.  And this is how my ceiling hung installation “Spaces We Inhabit”, named after the exhibit that inspired its creation, came to be.  In addition, I wanted to create a wall installation of 25 unique cubes.  Each cube began with a 3.5”x3.5”3.5” wooden cube form.  The materials for the cubes ranged from encaustic to fiber to paper, twine and wire. 
Cubes, in progress, for Infinite Possibilities
I entitled this work “Infinite Possibilities” as each cubes’ unique design stemmed from paintings and sculpture that I had made in the past.  The small size of my studio, which would likely be described as “cozy” in the real estate world, slowly shrank as each column and cube was completed. 
Pile of columns!
Detail of columns of
Places We Inhabit
As the drop off date for the exhibition approached I began to ask myself if I had bitten off more than I could chew with the decision to create two new large-scale sculptural installation works!  My initial plan to create 7, 15” columns was achieved but “Infinite Possibilities” shrank to 15 cubes.  While the final number of cubes made my plan of a grid-design impossible, I was very happy with the resulting asymmetrical installation.

“Spaces We Inhabit: Sculptures and Paintings by Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Emily Rutledge and Mary Zeran” at the Hairpin Arts Center, Logan Square, Chicago.  May 9-June 8, 2014
 Opening Reception: Friday, May 9th, 6-9pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Spring Exhibition News

Coming Together
encaustic, fiber, wire
I do not like the cold. I know that many people are eager for the start of winter. They are happy to embrace the snow and the cold and all things winter. Now don't get me wrong, I am not immune to the beauty of newly fallen snow and the wondrous vision of the world enveloped in a white veil during a snowstorm but I prefer to experience this while tucked away in my home without any need to head out into all of this splendor. Needless to say, I am one of the many people that are eager for the start of spring. I love spring. Nature comes to life, replacing the dull colorless landscape with polished green and lovely flecks of color. One of my favorite signs of spring includes the return of boats to our harbors. While sailing along Lake Michigan this early in the year would undoubtedly be chilly to say the least, this action speaks to the optimistic expectation of warmer days to come.  

It is with great expectation that I look toward the exhibitions that I will participate in over the next few months.

Within and Beyond
encaustic, hand-dyed fiber, wire

Eighth Annual Encaustic Invitational
Conrad Wilde Gallery
439 N. 6th Ave.   
Tucson, Arizona

I am happy that my sculptures will again be included in the Conrad Wilde Gallery’s Annual Encaustic Invitational.  This exhibition runs from March 2, 2013 – April 27, 2013.  There will be two artist’s receptions -   March 2 and April 6, 2013.   

Tendency of Thought
encaustic, fiber on panel

Two shows this spring are group exhibitions featuring members of FUSEDChicago.  FUSEDChicago is a group of Midwest artists that work in the encaustic medium.  These group shows are always outstanding, offering an engaging look at the incredible range of this medium.

Searching for The Infinite in the Finite
encaustic, fiber on panel
FUSEDChicago 3
Second Floor Gallery
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago          

FUSEDChicago 3 is the third exhibition of paintings by members of this group at Chicago’s Fine Arts Building.  This historical building boasts the last remaining manually operated elevators in the city.  The show runs through February 28, 2013. Opening reception February 8, 6:00-8:00pm                                                                                                

Living Together-But-Separate Lives
encaustic, fiber, wire, twine

FUSEDChicago: A Group Encaustic Exhibition       
Wright Gallery of Art
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washingon Street
Grayslake, Illinois

This exhibition runs from March 1, 2013 – April 7, 2013 Opening reception March 1, 7:00-9:00pm                                                                                                                                                           
Make No Little Plans
encaustic, fiber on panel