Power Trip: Exhibition extended to October 24, 2020
Join Bryana Bibbs in the gallery on Saturday, Oct 3, during the West Town Art Walk!
Bryana Bibbs is a textile artist and painter. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2014, Fiber and Material Studies) and is currently a teaching artist at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center.
Power Trip is a body of work about exploitation, relationships, and self-validation. The exhibition features six new textile pieces and paintings.
Juror: Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University
In this time of isolation and confinement – when we can often see only a portion of another’s face – we are creating this juried exhibition to celebrate faces – and the people behind them. We would also like to examine the ways in which people mask themselves or masquerade. We are looking to define this genre as broadly as possible: self, other, representational, abstracted, likeness, current, past, psychological, emotional…
We are interested in all forms of mark making; and all media are welcome. The show will be juried by Dr. Kryssi Staikidis, Professor of Art and Design Education at Northern University. The exhibition will run from Oct 28 thru Dec 19, 2020. We encourage everyone to enter (details below).
Entry fee: $40 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students — High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $25 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID)).
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.
Exhibition contingency plans:
At this time, we plan to have an actual exhibition at the gallery. There will be no in-person opening, though we will have a virtual opening event on Zoom (parameters to be determined). The gallery will be open, but both hours and visitors will be somewhat restricted until it is safe to do otherwise. The show will also be online with all artists identified, along with their work and their statement. If the city closes all businesses again, due to COVID -19, the gallery will be closed, but we will still have the entire show online visible to everyone who visits our website; and we will send out a link to everyone on our mailing list, potentially around 4000+ viewers.
The new Gallery hours (starting Sept 4) will be: Fridays, 3-7; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4. Masks for all visitors are required and no more than 6 people will be allowed in the gallery at one time.
FEES: $25 for one to three images. $10 for each additional image (lower charge for students — High school or college students can pay a reduced fee of $20 per 3 entries with $10 for each additional entry (Please include copy of Student ID))
If paying by check, it must be received prior to jurying.
Juried by David Reif: Opening Reception Fri. Mar 6, 6-9pm
The terms “Abstraction” or “Abstract Art” are perhaps among the most common references describing particular way(s) of understanding and perceiving the cosmic and daily realities in which we find ourselves. (We might note, too, that the terms are often mis-applied as though they are necessarily in opposition to “Realism” or “Realistic Art”.) The truth is, however, that the abstract art “movements” of late 19th and early 20th century (Impression, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.) were driven by a passion to get closer to the complex realities of nature and human condition, not depart from them. Later, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Geometric Abstraction, Conceptualism, Art Povera and other developments continue this “Big Bang” inquiry. Put simply, “Realism in Art” could no longer be described as an explicit fidelity to direct, observed, experience. This basic axiom remains, arguably, just as valid today: Reality is often far beyond simple, static appearance and can be highly counter-intuitive. Over the decades, the concepts of Relativity, Quantum Theory and the advent of photography – among many other ideas – have helped clarify, how and why this is so.
Abstraction, of course can be many different things, driven by many different principles and suppositions: some conscious, some intuitive. This exhibition invited artists to submit, through the qualities and implications of their work, some conscious exploration of this question.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Martin Altman, Kayla Bailey, Zoe Beaudry, Gretchen Beck, Curtis Anthony Bozif, Nancy Charak, Shuwan Chen, Miles Chumley, Chris Cinque, Lexi Coffee, Simone Collins, Barb Cone, Sally Duback, Gary Duehr, Ashley Edgerton, Jack Flynn, Judith Roston Freiilch, Alice George, Zack G Goulet, Mille Guldbeck, Carol Hamilton, David Hauptschein, Paula Henderson, Kate Hendrickson, Susan Hensel, Megan Hinds, Nancy Hlavacek, Kate Pollard Hoffman, Neil Kalmanson, Jamie Kost, Sarah Kreuter, lialia Kuchma, Carrie L. Larson, Chris Law, Denton-Peter McCabe, Jon Merritt, Nabil Mousa, Socorro Mucino, Jen Pagnini, Denise Presnell, Gina Lee Robbins, Sabrina Sabella, Fran Sampson, Judith Shepelak, Eunhye Shin, Casey Sills, Pamela Simard, Marion Sirefman, Jim Sloman, Jeff Stevenson, Sharon Swidler, Nils Timm
JUROR: David Reif, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, Sculpture, Yale Univ.; Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.; Chair and Board, Wyoming Council for the Arts; Visiting Artist: Univ. of Northern Arizona, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Univ. of Michigan, Colorado State Univ. Ft. Collins, Centenary College of Louisiana, Univ. of Houston, TX., Wayne State Univ. Detroit.
VIDEO LINK TO VIEWING EXHIBITION: https://youtu.be/fTFgw3RG05A
Massive in scale and retrospective by nature, What Remains is the first exhibition of Defibrillator Gallery’s 10th anniversary year. Curated by Netherlands-based ieke Trinks, this visual art exhibition and performance art series features a cohort of artists from around the world who responded to an open call to reanimate Defibrillator’s collection of objects from performances that took place over the past nine years.
What Remains will take place from February 7th to the 28th, 2020 at Defibrillator’s former home (now ARC Gallery) in Noble Square – framing the site itself as a relic or record of ephemeral practices. Gallery hours for the visual art exhibition are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6pm and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Events at ARC Gallery are free and open to the public. Satellite events may request a small donation at the door.
What Remains features 40 local, national, and international artists:
FRI 28 FEB | 6-10PM | Performance Program + Finissage
About What Remains ::
What Remains explores the connection between performance and relic. Instigator and artist ieke Trinks conceived of a curatorial project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. The project is structured around proposals from artists to re-interpret the relics in the Defibrillator object archive and provide a framework for reconceptualizing their value and meaning through new works.
What Remains tackles several questions, including: What impact does history have on a performance object’s status? What value does an object have when it is not specifically an artwork itself, or not intended to be, but is now being framed as such? How much will the relic tell us about the performance for which it was originally used? What is the purpose and value of the collection? These questions and more are addressed through performances and discussions throughout the month.
The exhibition will focus on a different theme each week: FIXING, MERGE, REFERENTIAL, and CONSUME. The presentation of objects will change from week to week, with new pieces added when relics are reactivated as performances or installations. The relics that aren’t yet activated will be on view downstairs in the basement on shelves waiting to be used and displayed. The overall idea for the exhibition is to keep it vivid and in a constant flux, just like the nature of performance art itself. Transformation of the space and installation of objects will be done during open gallery hours, underlining the performativity of the accumulation and exhibition of relics. There will also be space given to display the 91 submitted letter-size proposals from around the world.
Participating artists ::
What Remains features four Netherlands-based visiting artists Nina Boas, Jolanda Jansen, Frans van Lent, and Kirsten Heshusius; all other artists have been selected from an open call. When putting out the call Trinks wrote, “Proposals can be bold, daring, (un)conventional, conceptual, personal, insightful, (de)constructive, (ir)responsible, monumental, fleeting, portable, technical, emotional, minimal, and all of the above.”
About the curator and organization ::
ieke Trinks | Curator (b. 1977) is an artist living and working in the Netherlands where she received a Master of Fine Arts. In 2017 she finalized her second Masters degree in Critical & Pedagogical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. Trinks has performed extensively at international venues, including: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst [Leipzig, 2019]; 13 Festivalen [Gothenburg 2018]; Performance Site [The Hague 2017], New Performance Turku Festival [Finland 2015]; Amorph!14, performance art festival [Helsinki 2014]; Bienal Internacional de Curitiba [Brazil 2013]; Out of Site Chicago ; FADO Performance Art Centre [Toronto 2013]. And since 2013 Trinks has been a returning performer at DFBRL8R. In the past three years Trinks has done research on performance art documentation, and wrote on performance art initiatives in the Netherlands as a contribution for the publication ‘Art Action 1998 – 2018’ by Le Lieu, centre en art actuel [Quebec City]. Trinks is since 2010 co-organiser of PAE (Performance Art Event) and works since 2008 in collaboration with the all-women performance troupe, TRICKSTER. www.ieketrinks.nl.
Defibrillator Gallery [www.DFBRL8R.org] is an international platform for Performance Art known for bold and courageous programming that aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding experimental time-based practices. DFBRL8R actively contributes to a global dialogs about conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic modes of expression – aiming to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art. DFBRL8R LTD is a 501c3 arts organization made possible with support from The Tanne Foundation Award; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.
A Life of Art, A Life of Joy: Opening Reception Fri. Jan 10, 6-9pm
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Roth graduated from the Boston Museum School on scholarship, earned a BFA from Tufts University.Another scholarship was awarded before her senior year to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Later she took classes at theSchool of the Art Institute (SAIC) and the Hyde Park Art Center.
Roth taught figure drawing and painting for many years at institutions including SAIC, Columbia College in Chicago, Suburban Fine Arts Center (now The Art Center) in Highland Park IL; The Figurative Art League, founded by Fred Berger, in Evanston IL; and Adler House in Libertyville IL.
She has been the recipient of many awards & purchase prizes including an Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant which culminated in a one-person show at the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago IL.
Widely exhibited, Roth’s many exhibitions include Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia; Trenton State College, Trenton NJ; National Academy of Design, New York; Wright State University, Dayton OH, College of Lake County, Grayslake IL; J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Ltd., Chicago IL.
Some of the many private and corporate collections that hold her art are: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois; Sandoz/Novartis, AG, Switzerland; Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL; College of Lake County Foundation, Grayslake IL ; Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago IL; Whole Health Management, Inc., Cleveland Ohio, Abbott Laboratories, etc.
Selected by the Illinois Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, her drawing “The Dance” was included in the exhibition “Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium” a show which traveled from the John Thompson Center, Chicago to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC where it was on view for three months; then continued to travel to museums and galleries throughout Illinois for two years.
Her painting “War” was featured in an exhibition at the Spertus Museum in Chicago, IL. ”Engaging With the Present: The Contribution of the American Jewish Artists Club to Modern Art in Chicago, 1928-2004”.
As president of the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art (CWCA) 2001-2005, she founded The Ravenswood Corridor Arts & Industry Walk (now the greatly expanded Ravenswood ArtWalk (RAW), to engage her community via the CWCA, with Chicago Artists’ Month, and in 2006 was appointed by Alderman Schulter to the CTA Brown Line “Arts in Transit” panel.
That year she was also honored by the Ravenswood Community Council “in recognition and appreciation for outstanding dedication and service to the Ravenswood Community.”
Featured in a two person show “Figures” at College of Lake County in 2009, she is an affiliate member of ARC Gallery, Chicago Illinois, one of the longest running women’s cooperative galleries in the country, and showed a major collaborative piece at the gallery’s Member’s Show “Collaboration” in October in conjunction with the 2009 Chicago Artists’ Month.
From 2004-2009 she had a large body of work on view at the Berman Center, a women’s health and wellness facility founded by Dr. Laura Berman, at 211 E. Ontario St., Chicago IL, and in 2010 was honored by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art for “Excellence in the Arts” as an artist, artist advocate, and founder of Ravenswood ArtWalk.
La Resistencia “ The Resistance”: Opening Reception Fri. Jan 10, 6-9pm
This series of portraits is inspired by “La Resistencia,” the young men and women on the front lines of Venezuela’s protest movement. Noble warriors. Mostly young men, many of whom have college degrees and career aspirations. They use homemade weapons and shields to battle the police, national guards and military on the streets of Caracas in the fierce struggle for the future of Venezuela.
50% of the proceeds from the sale of these artworks goes to the leaders of the opposition. It will be used to aid the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis.
Many artists ‘begin’ their careers as artists not only in their early twenties but in later decades and for a wide variety of reasons—rediscovery of a long suppressed drive, delayed ability to focus on creating, a return to art school later in life, or a moment of enlightenment.This exhibition called for EMERGING artists of all ages and features the diversity of work that they are currently creating. All media was considered by the juror, including film/video/new media, mixed media/multi-disciplinary, installation and performance.
Artists selected by the juror to participate in the exhibit:
Malak Alraygi, Brooke Aruffo, Jenny Balisle, Amy Bernard, Jonathan Beskin, Rose Bonacorsi, Matthew Boonstra, Jonathan Bout, Michael Brooks, Paula Bullwinkel, Kristin Cass, Jeanne Ciravolo, Cheyenne Coston, Kimberly Dubsky, James Evans, Robert Fields, Daniel Gamez, Lindsay Garcia, Ashley Gardner, Jeanne Garrett, Parisa Ghaderi, LucyJulia Hale, Jeffry Dean Hinton, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Amanda Jean Iverson, Julie Johnson, Delphine Keim, Jill Kramer, JeeYeun Lee, Marisa Lewon, Sally Machlis, Camila Marianela, Eric Millikin, Socorro Mucino, Darren Oberto, Judith Ornstein, Kurt Palmquist, Louise Pappageorge, Holly Pettersen, Anna Reed, Karen Sako, Fran Sampson, Gretchen Schreiber, Marcos Serafim, Ebrahim Soltani, Emily Somoskey, Rhonda Urdang, Jennifer Velarde, Jonathan Ware, Czeslawa Wojtkowski, Christine Wuenschel, Hyewon Yoon, Jason Zhao
Juror: Laura Rudolph Cloud, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Art, Art History and Design. Sculpture Coordinator
RETROSPECTION Coming in Late Nov-Dec. 2019—AFTERNOON RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST, SUNDAY DEC. 15, 3-5PM
Iris Goldstein is a Chicago-based artist who has experimented with various sculpture formats. She worked with hand tools to carve wood sculptures alluding to human forms, then moved on to work with plaster and other hardware-store materials allowing her a freedom of expression that belied the humdrum nature of her sculptural tools.
After working for a number of years creating painted plaster wall-relief sculptures, Goldstein more recently has experimented with using colored pencils on paper to see whether she can create a sense of three-dimensional space on paper. This exhibit features a collection of drawings meant to mimic and elaborate on some of her sculptural ideas and is also a mini retrospective of the variety of her earlier work.
Exhibition dates: Wed. November 27 to Sat. December 21, 2019 . Opening Reception: Friday Nov 29 6-9pm
ON DEC. 14, 6-9PM AT ARC RANDI SHEPARD WILL HOST MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS! An evening of performances related to the themes of the printmaking work of Randi Shepard including: dance, music, theatre, and creative writing PERFORMANCES START PROMPTLY AT 7PM
In the age of social media, people are experiencing more anxiety than ever, and more commonly being diagnosed with depression. How has the human experience changed? What motivates us in how we choose to spend our time?
Randi Shepard’s current work questions the value of our experiences and explores the theme of loneliness. The most valuable and fulfilling experiences are those where there is a strong connection with others. And, sometimes the loneliest feelings can occur not when we are alone, but when we are actually with others.
Just as these images change when you view them up close, and bring your attention to the flat shapes laying on the paper, we also need to step back, look beyond the surface and tap into the world that opens up when we let the stories, the personalities, and the feelings unfold.
Exhibition dates: Wed. November 27 to Sat. December 21, 2019 . Opening Reception: Friday Nov 29 6-9pm