Saturday, November 13, 2010

JE & DV Press, Plus New Video Shot Onsite for Jordan Eagles

We've been getting some great press on the Jordan Eagles & Dylan Vitone exhibit in it's first week, including an interview with Jordan from Newcity's Valerie Piotrowski. She spoke with Jordan about his series, New Blood, from which comes the work we are currently exhibiting. You can read the article in full on Newcity Art.

Paul Klein wrote a bit about the show on his blog, Art Letter, the show was one of Flavorpill's Editor's Picks.

Also, Christopher Knight wrote a review for the Los Angeles Times on Dylan's new body of work, the Miami Project which is also being exhibited at DNJ Gallery in LA. Knight describes the work as "[inviting] participation in a perceptually heightened dance between seeing and being seen."

Also, Jordan arranged for a video to be produced on location here at the gallery that can be seen on Vimeo. You can watch another video showcasing his work there from the same videographer, Leo Herrera that reveals some of the processes Jordan uses to make the work. Check them out, they're awesome!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Jordan Eagles & Dylan Vitone - Opening Friday

Aaron has been working hard over the past couple days to get our next exhibit ready for Friday. We are so excited to reveal this show Friday, and we can't wait to hear your questions and feedback.

Both artists will be here for the opening - Friday, November 5, 5-8PM, so don't miss this chance to ask them about the work.

This is Eagles' debut Chicago exhibit. We will be showing work from the past 3 years, showing a variety of Eagles' experimentation within his self-invented process. The work is made using combinations of UV & white resin, plexiglass, copper and blood. Jordan suspends, encases and permanently preserves cattle blood, salvaged from slaughterhouses, in a manner that is designed to retain the blood's natural colors and textures and to expose its finite details.

This will be Vitone's second solo show with the gallery, and will show a selection of work from his new series, the Miami Project. In this series he explores the heightened sexuality, spectacle and income-based disparities that exist throughout the city of Miami. This marks Vitone's first body work in color, but he sticks with his tradition of assembling large-scale panoramic photographs that simultaneously show the details and relationships at multiple special and perceptual levels.

Check out our website for more images, and to read further about the two artists' work in the press release.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

David Burdeny

October is here, and through the end of the month, David Burdeny's photography, along with a selection of work from the Yale University School of Art MFA Photography graduates will be on display.

Burdeny's work comes from his series Sacred & Secular in which he is using long exposures to "see" and present the world in a way that our cannot. Shooting with 8x10 transparencies, Burdeny is able to produce large, highly-detailed prints in vivid color of the man-made landscapes he is exploring. Images in the show come from world cities including Shanghai, Dubai, Venice, New York, Cairo and Uummannaq, Greenland. Through his images, Burdeny aims to show the viewer how each location has its own unique identity but becomes related through its common connection to humanity.

See what others have had to say about the show:

ArtLetter 9/10/10
by Paul Klein
"David Burdeny’s show opening tonight is of wonderful landscape photographs/documentation of international cities and locales. The detail is exquisite and the color and tones exist in a range from flamboyant to whisper. It’s kind of like being there, but they never look quite this good without the refinement of a gifted photographer."

Hyperallergic 9/17/10

by Ian Epstein

"Similar to the vertiginous, disorienting blurs of a tilt-shift lens, the effect — done more or less by hand and not some trick of mechanics or optics — creates an image that is toy-like. The effect on a cityscape, like a tattoo sinking ink beneath skin to take an image and make it flesh, is soft and somehow naturalizing."

Newcity 9/27/10
by Michael Weinstein

Although Burdeny depicts compelling configurations when he snaps at middle distance or from above, his most arresting images are panoramic ribbons of skyline taken from afar that bisect expanses of water and sky, revealing in a frozen moment the energizing experience that we have when we approach the towers of a city’s center."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Education Opportunities at DWG

Free Regular Programs @ DWG

Check out our snazzy arts education Fall Program for 3rd grade - college. You're missing out if you haven't brought your students for a program! Any one of our three program options are guaranteed to enrich your students education and offer a new perspective on contemporary art.

Download our Brochure with all of the details HERE.

Special Collaborative Program w/ One of our Fave Groups - Open Books!

*Click on image for larger view!

Hope to see you in the gallery soon!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Natasha Egan on Miss Aniela

Natasha Egan, Curator at MoCP Chicago and judge of the 6th annual Art of Photography Show at the Lyceum Theatre, recently spoke with Maureen Cavanaugh on the program "These Days" on KPBS radio. They spoke about what distinguishes great photography from the countless number of images being produced on a daily basis in the current age of prevalent digital media. This discussion is also the basis of the exhibit, the Art of Photography, which is free through November 7 if you happen to be in San Diego.

During the discussion, Miss Aniela's "The Smothering" is compared to another artist's image, quite literally entitled "Chris helps his girlfriend, Mona, smoke crack in their apartment in Hackney, London" by Sebastian Meyer. Cavanaugh, referring to the Photoshop manipulations of Aniela's image in contrast to the documentary style of Meyer's image, purposes the question of, "I wonder how do you compare such two different photographs?"

Egan responds that they are not so different after all. She explains, "I actually don’t think they’re quite different because for me both of them are very psychologically challenging," and goes on to say, "They’re both in a box, both pictures are taken in these tight quarters, and yet the results are different people experimenting with... life’s challenges."

Read or listen to the conversation in it's entirety on the KPBS wesbite, and check out the many links available there for more information about the show, Egan and the 111 chosen images, narrowed from thousands of submissions from around the world.

Images: (Top) Miss Aniela The Smothering (Bottom) Sebastian Meyer Chris helps his girlfriend, Mona, smoke crack in their apartment in Hackney, London

Friday, August 27, 2010

Amanda Friedman & Miss Aniela Reviews, Season Opener

Next week marks the conclusion of our current exhibit, Amanda Friedman & Miss Aniela.

Read reviews by Michael Weinstein in Newcity, and by reporter Lauren Veira in the Chicago Tribune and come out by next Saturday to see the show.

Our next exhibit features a solo show from David Burdeny's new series Sacred & Secular and a group show in galleries 2 & 3 with prints from the Yale University School of Art 2010 MFA Photography candidates. Check out the press release on our website, and come out for the season opener on September 10. Galleries in every district will be open; this is a night to clear your schedule and make sure you get out and see some art!

You can find a complete list of galleries that will be premiering new shows for the season opener (September 10), and a schedule for the rest of the year on Chicago Gallery News' website. They also now organize the Saturday morning art tours around River North, and you can find that schedule here.

Images: (above) Amanda Friedman, Santa Monica #8
(below) David Burdeny, River Nile, Cairo, Egypt, 2009

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Educational Program Experience

Written Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Maria the intern here with more good experiences to share!

Wednesday's visit to Horizons for Youth was a success in my eyes. As mentioned in the earlier post, we worked on a printmaking project with first through third graders. I later found out how this is connected to the gallery. As the Education Program Director at DWG, Meghan reaches out to nonprofit organizations, like Horizons for Youth, to provide students with art education (not just 'gallery school'). When I look back to my elementary years, I can't say that I remember much at all from my art class. Students these days may not even be exposed to art because of the recent economic crisis. If educational funding gets cut, art or music seem to be the first to disappear. Therefore, I commend DWG for reaching out to the community in such a great way.

Anyway, about the class. At around 3:30PM, students began to slowly file in to the cafeteria (substituting as an 'art room'). As I walked around each table to make name tags for students, I noticed many of them were gloomy, quiet, and even irritated. Some just shook their heads when I asked for their name, while others said, "I don't want to do art," under their breath. It made me feel bad, especially since it was one of my first teaching experiences and none of these kids were even close to excited. Meghan explained a simplified version of printmaking. She took a soft, thin block, rolled paint onto it, and drew designs on the block using a wooden pick. She then placed paper on top and pressed down. Tada, a print! Eyes began to light up, mouths began to chatter about designs and patterns. The energy completely changed! The kids had a really good time creating prints at each station. Each station had a different color of paint - the young students could barely wait to get to the next table for the next color. Time quickly passed, leaving many students disappointed that they couldn't continue printmaking. After being in school the whole day, their disappointment faded when they realized it was time to go home.

This educational program made me realize a couple things about myself. As an incoming freshman at Columbia College, my future plans are to become a photography teacher and give students a creative escape when life throws crappy obstacles at them. I've never thought of myself teaching crafts to elementary students. In fact, I have always found little kids to be, let's say, quite challenging. Although I won't base my changed thoughts completely on this experience, it has definitely sparked ideas for potential opportunities. This experience mainly helped me realize that I do love to help, a whole bunch, in any way shape or form, which is obviously important for teaching. And even though my public speaking skills could use some work (as well as my patience), teaching seems like the right field for me.
I hope Meghan takes me along on another trip to Horizons!