Showing posts with label exhibition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label exhibition. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Award of Recognition

I am pleased to follow up my last post with this announcement that my encaustic and fiber sculpture  "Passages" received an Award of Recognition in the 70th Annual (WVE) Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition at The Swope Art Museum.


Juror Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, wrote this statement for the exhibition program.

"Surrealism is alive and well.  Whether through startling disjunctions of scale, eerie elimination of detail, strange juxtapositions or simply playful twists on observed reality, many of the artists I chose for this year's exhibition find endless richness in tinkering with the world while remaining fully part of it, without resorting to abstraction.  Some mined their psyches or that of an imagined other quite playfully and optimistically, without the darker undercurrents often common in this type of work.  On the other hand, the terror of the mind's unknown or blacker recesses was not feared at all by others.  Art has the privilege of distance bringing even the unspeakable to our protected selves.

Surrealism is alive here in painting in particular, though some of the most intriguing examples are three-dimensions, with a fetishistic, reliquary-like quality that is appealing and original.

Painting's elasticity and durability was also a strong constant.  I was thrilled to see such a thriving community of oil painters.  The medium's demise is always overstated-flexibility and practically means that once one masters its technical basics, endless interesting riffs are possible, and there was no shortage of that among the rich trove of image types submitted to this exhibition.  The long tradition of exploring pictorial space and finding a tension between flatness and depth is richly apparent and beautifully mined with much variety.

It was heartening in general to find an interest in mastering the craft of making, whatever the medium.  Ceramics is clearly having it's moment in Indiana as with the rest of the world-it seems to be thriving everywhere these days, laudably so.  I also enjoyed seeing certain artists push the use of language and the body, a mini-theme for this show.

In a world truly saturated with images, in which the image seems to be overtaking and ruling so many aspects of our daily lives, and over which we seem to have less and less control, even while gaining more and more access, it is a real pleasure to find those who are willing to take control themselves and use imagination fearlessly and with great confidence."

The exhibition runs from June 28-August 23, 2014.
Swope Art Museum 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Exhibition

With much of my time spent creating new works, I have expended little energy on submitting to summer exhibitions.  The Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana has had an annual exhibition for the past 69 years.  The 70th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition includes the work of artists residing in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.


This year's exhibition was jurored by Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  The opportunity to position my work in front of this jurors eyes was all the motivation I needed to find the time to submit to this show.

Unfulfilled Dream

I entered three encaustic and fiber sculptures;
"Unfulfilled Dream", "Passages" and "Living Together-But-Separate Lives".
The first two were chosen and included in this exhibition. 

Living Together-But-Separate Lives

The exhibition runs from June 28-August 23, 2014.

Swope Art Museum

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spaces We Inhabit part two

In my last post I talked about my preparation for the exhibit "Spaces We Inhabit" and the two sculptural installations I created for this show.  This post is a collection of images from the exhibition.  

"Spaces We Inhabit" at the Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago.

Me with my installation Spaces We Inhabit.  It consisted of 7 ceiling-hung columns, each 15' long.  The cubes themselves vary in size from 1.5"x1.5"x1.5" to 4.5"x4.5"x4.5".

Infinite Possibilities on the wall to the left.  The Power of Place and Make No Little Plans on pedestals.  On the wall - two paintings by Mary Zeran between two paintings by Emily Rutledge.

Moving Day on the wall to the left, Place on the pedestal, paintings by Emily Rutledge on the wall and a peek of my installation Spaces We Inhabit between the wall and column.

Emily Rutledge (left) and Mary Zeran.

The 7 columns of Spaces We Inhabit .

A detail shot of Spaces We Inhabit.

This side of the display walls are viewable from the street and include three paintings in the foreground by Emily Rutledge and a painting by Mary Zeran.  Two columns of Spaces We Inhabit are visible at the end.

Make No Little Plans on the pedestal and Infinite Possibilities on the wall in the background.

The artists of "Spaces We Inhabit" - myself, Mary Zeran and Emily Rutledge.

Four of my sculptures were displayed on pedestals.



     The Power of Place

Make No Little Plans

Monday, December 2, 2013

Winter Exhibition News

Place (detail)
I’m sending two of my newest sculptures to Florida this month.  I am especially pleased that both were accepted as it was the first time I had submitted either for an exhibition.  Place is the largest work I have created to date, measuring 6’7”, twice that if it is laid out from end to end.  I plan to pursue Place as a series that will be hung as a multi-piece installation.


 encaustic, cheesecloth, cotton cord, foam  

Passages has been a work in progress.  I made the base last year and it sat off to the side in my studio waiting for inspiration.  Over time this base changed shape until I came upon the decidedly boat-like form it is today.  It then returned again to that “place of contemplation” off to the side in my studio until one day I spied the roll of copper wire I had in a container of wire and cords.  I really like the combination of metal with wax and fiber.  The small sections of copper wire impale the smooth waxed surface of the form bringing a menacing sense to this simple, still and serene form.  This certainly might be my love-hate relationship with water coming out.  Nothing would make me happier than to sit on the porch of a beach house looking and listening to the ocean all day but you would be hard pressed to get me in that same water.
Passages (detail)
Place and Passages are both included in "Big Bad Wax" at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, Florida.  This national juried encaustic exhibition was juried by Kim Bernard and Susan Loden.  This exhibition runs January 10 – March 2, 2014.  The opening reception is January 10, 2014, 6-8pm. 

encaustic, cheesecloth, copper wire

As many of you know, I am a member of FUSEDChicago, a group of Chicago area artists using the encaustic medium.   One of our missions is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through exhibitions of member work.   This is a group of extremely talented artists and so the many group exhibitions that have been held have been truly excellent events.
               Make No Little Plans    
9”x9” cube
encaustic, cheesecloth on wood panels  

I am happy that Make No Little Plans is included in the next FUSEDChicago group exhibition, “Fused” held at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  The show is curated by  Jessica Segal and will run from January 15 – February 8, 2014.  The opening reception is January 17, 2014.

Holiday wishes to everyone and many thanks for your support!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Fall Exhibition News



                                                   Vertical Lines                                                                       15”hx15”wx8”d                  

Encaustic, Cheesecloth hand dyed by artist, Hemp cord, Wire, Found metal   


[v. in-vahyt; n. in-vahyt]    verb, in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing, noun
verb (used with object)
1. to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something.

                                                      Unfulfilled Dream                                                        6"hx32"wx7"d

Encaustic, Cheesecloth hand dyed by artist, Hemp cord, Wire, Found metal
It is always nice to receive an invitation.  Although, today it is usually in the form of an evite, non-the-less it is always nice to be asked. 

As an artist, it is especially nice to be asked to participate in an exhibition.  I was very happy to receive such an invitation last month from Beate Minkovski, the director for Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.  The jurors for the upcoming exhibiton. From the Earth, Mary Stoppert and Carmen Perez have invited me to exhibit three of my sculptures; Vertical Lines, Unfulfilled Dream and Coming Together.

Coming Together


Encaustic, Cheesecloth, Wire

This will be my first exhibition at Woman Made Gallery.  From the Earth runs from November 15 to December 22, 2013.  The opening reception is November 15, 2013, 6-9pm. 

Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642


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

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Exhibition News

I love Fall. I love the cooler temperatures and I love the changing colors & falling leaves and I really love the annual tradition of switching out my summer clothes for my winter clothes. The sight of a favorite comfy sweater almost makes me yearn for chilly Chicago winter days…almost. Not only does the weather change but the city changes. The beaches close, school resumes and in general, the number of visitors is vastly reduced. Now I love living in the city, but the sheer number of tourists that visit every summer can be overwhelming at times. There is a small pocket of time between summer and holiday shopping season where downtown Chicago feels more intimate. The sidewalks are just a little easier to navigate and the restaurants in our neighborhood are actually filled with neighbors. I am particularly happy to welcome Fall this year with a number of exciting exhibitions!

Tactile Encounters: The Influence and Appearance of Textures
I am pleased to have five 3D encaustic and fiber pieces in this show at the Kemper Gallery at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Artwork in this show exemplifies how meaning and depth, real or perceived, is brought to a work through the use of textures and layers. This show runs from October 1st through November 16, 2012.

Four of my 3D encaustic and fiber sculptures have been accepted into the show Encaustics at the Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois. The show will run from October 19 through November 17, 2012.

The Buzz
For the second time, I am pleased that my art is included in a featured program during Chicago Artists Month. This year I am happy to be a part of The Buzz, an exhibit featuring artworks using the encaustic medium. The show will be in Gallery 303 at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago and runs throughout October.

Pattern in Painting
I am delighted to be included in this online juried show that showcases work that relies on pattern as a basis for communication.

You can also find my art at the Illinois Artisans Shop at the Illinois State Museum in the Thompson Center (100 W. Randolph) in Chicago.

Image Information: Top image: Living Together-But-Separate-Lives, (5"x8"x9", encaustic, cheescloth, wire, twine) Second Image: The Mane (7”x12”x8”, encaustic, hand-dyed cheesecloth, wire), Vessel 27 (11”x9.5”x6”, encaustic, cheesecloth), The Pillow (on wall) (9’x9”x4”, encaustic, hand-dyed cheesecloth, wire), Vessel 30 (3.5”x14”x14”, encaustic, cheesecloth, wire), Vessel 29 (8”x10”x10”, encaustic, cheesecloth) Third Image: Considering Mies (16"x16"x5", encaustic, cheecloth, wire) Bottom Image: Tendency of Thought (18"x18", encaustic, cheesecloth)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Challenges are a Good Thing

Tendency of Thought (18"x18", encaustic, cheesecloth)

A number of months ago I looked at a call that I wanted to apply to and saw that it specified “Only 2D” submissions. Now given that I have focused on 3D work over the last year or so, I thought this was a nice little challenge. Challenges are a good thing. They encourage us to experiment and they test our willingness to step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes these challenges emerge as mere questions; how can I hang this sculpture on the wall, how can I use this material differently, how can I convey this idea? A good number of these deliberations remain ‘on the back burner’, so to speak, waiting for that spark of inspiration. Sometimes that spark happens right away. I see something new that hints at an answer, or look at the problem in a whole new way. Sometimes it’s just that infamous 'happy accident'.

With this submission challenge, I knew that I wanted to incorporate both encaustic and cheesecloth, the two mediums I use in all of my 3D work, now the question was how.

In my last blog post I talked about the little encaustic and cheesecloth cubes that made up my piece Moving Day. Well, one day while I was making some of these little boxes, I decided to remove some of the sections of the painted cloth cube forms in an attempt to alter their shapes. While I worked, I absentmindedly placed the resulting small rectangular pieces onto a small board.

As the number of these small rectangular shapes increased, the beginnings of an image appeared- a decidedly accidental image! I loved the feeling of flow that came from the formal repetition and the resulting sense of rhythm in the pattern and texture. This needed further examination and so I set my cubes aside and began to paint large sections of cheesecloth and proceeded to cut them into MANY small rectangular shapes. Once again, as with my Tesserae Series, I found myself reformulating the harmonious whole into smaller elements, giving it new order. In my Tesserae series, I make encaustic tiles by creating many similar multi-layered encaustic paintings, systematically strip the painting from its wooden substrate into narrow ribbons and cut these ribbons into tiles which make up the final painting.

Tesserae VIII (18"x18", encaustic tiles)

Tesserae X detail (18"x18", encaustic tiles)

Does this mean that I have the secret desire to redesign my make, out of fragments, symbols of incompleteness, something that is complete and whole!?!

Tendency of Thought detail (18"x18", encaustic, cheesecloth)

Tendency of Thought, seen at the top of this post, is the result of this ‘happy accident”. It has been included in Hot Wax in the City at Morpho Gallery in Chicago and in Evans Encaustic online show Patterning in Painting. It will be included in the Chicago Artists Month exhibit The Buzz this October in Gallery 303 at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.