Saturday, November 13, 2010
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
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.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
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:
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."
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."
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
Free Regular Programs @ DWG
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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
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
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.
Hi! My name is Maria and I am a brand new intern at the David Weinberg Gallery. Thanks to Marwen, a nonprofit organization which offers free courses and learning opportunities to underprivileged kids, I was assigned to work for DWG for six weeks. I got the internship by applying for the Art @ Work program at Marwen. I had to select five internship sites, explain why I wanted to work for them, and what I could contribute to each site. I was fortunate enough to be chosen for DWG! For the next four weeks, I hope to post a few blog entries about my experiences in the gallery (good or bad!), personal opinions on the current show, as well as introduce certain areas of the gallery via photos that I will take and post.
I am about to finish my second week here, and I have to say, I feel quite comfortable in an environment I did not originally envision myself in. As I walk to the gallery from Marwen, I notice how busy and on-edge life can really be - crazy drivers, everyone running to the subway stations, etc. The city is very fast-paced, which to me can get fairly stressful after a while. However, when I come here, it's the indoors version of a breath of fresh air. Warm welcomes and happy faces greet me, mixed in with some casual conversation but serious work. There is a solid team of people here (as well as a strong leader and great photographer, Mr. David Weinberg) who run this gallery smoothly. I never realized how much really goes into operating a gallery, but these talented and dedicated people make it look easy (which I'm sure it's not!).
Today is different! First, I am making this post, which is totally awesome. Right after, I get to travel with Meghan to Horizons For Youth to assist with a printmaking lesson. Meghan has been doing a collaborative special summer program with Horizons for Youth kids as part of their summer school program, meeting nine times over three weeks. I'm really looking forward to being a part of it! I am sure I will be learning along with the kids. It looks like it's about time to go, so until my next post, enjoy some art and have fun!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
"Open Books is an award-winning nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond."They have an incredible store with 50,000 books to choose from (but I've heard they're processing more than 350,000) with very affordable options in any genre you can imagine.
Last night I attended one of their volunteer orientations and was impressed by the turnout. The bookstore itself is staffed almost solely by these volunteers. Click here to get a list of ways you can get involved including story time, school visits, book processing, tutoring, etc.
I'm pretty excited about their upcoming event - The Revelry 2010. Here is the brochure:
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Jordan Eagles is a very interesting artist considering his choice of medium. He creates his beautiful, vibrant works with a mixture of animal blood and resin. Lou Perez posted a fascinating excerpt that didn't make the article:
We are eager to get these works in the gallery to see them in person. Below is a sampling from his series New Blood:
Eagles asked that I keep the resin he uses to preserve the blood a secret. It’s taken him years to find the perfect one. Fearing my loose lips, I didn’t even venture to the corner of the basement where dozens of containers of resin were upside-down, draining into buckets.
Another secret I’m going to keep is how Eagles manages to get black “aged blood” without the horrible stench. He has horror stories of working with old blood, where the entire studio would reek of it. “If you were down here, you’d throw up,” he said. A brownie tin of dry black blood—months’ worth of layering—sits scentless on the table. It actually looks like a slab of uncut brownies.
The exhibit opens on November 5, 2010 with a reception from 5-8pm and runs through January 1, 2011. This will be Jordan Eagles' first exhibit with the gallery and Dylan Vitone's second. Vitone will be exhibiting work from his new series set in Miami.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The exhibit opens on July 23rd and runs through September 4, 2010. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 23 from 5-8pm. Below are a few examples of Miss Aniela's photography:
This is the first American gallery show for the artist known as Miss Aniela. Born Natalie Dybisz, the artist adopted the alter ego of Miss Aniela (taken from her middle name), as a way to distance her personal identity from the one she explores in her self-portraiture. Aniela first gained notoriety in 2007 when she started, as an untrained photographer, to take and then load her self-portraits onto the photo-sharing site Flickr. Within a year she had over one million hits and had earned a reputation as an inventive, playful and sometimes-brooding young artist. One of her works even graced the cover of the 2009 May/June issue of American Photo with a feature article on so-called “Flickr Superstars.” Aniela is also outspoken on her blog about the method of her work, which is often times manipulated in PhotoShop. Aniela is sometimes attacked for appearing “pretty” in her work (including by world renown photographer Martin Parr who posted just such a comment on her blog) and thus, as the criticism goes, not being concerned with any deep or formal conceptual considerations. On the contrary, Aniela has exhaustively and articulately outlined her point of view on her personal blog, which includes musings on feminist theory, issues of artistic craft, and thoughts on artistic intention vs. viewer bias. Aniela has also engaged audiences at numerous workshops and teaching events, including Photocamp at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England and at the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit in Seattle, with plans to expand her workshops in London later this year. This show will feature works from several bodies of work, including her Self-Gazing series of straight portraiture and her Multiplicity series, which features multiple iterations of the artists within the same image.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The CLA is set to reveal Tasset's two-part art installation on July 7th. One part is a three-story eyeball that will be installed in Pritzker Park at State and VanBuren, and the other is a series of street banners down State Street that will show the progression of the flight of a cardinal, as if the banners are individual frames in a video sequence.
An explanation from Tasset about the project can be found on the blog Chicago Art Machine.
The Chicago Loop Alliance has also recently turned vacant store fronts around the Loop into temporary art galleries studios. They call the project Pop-Up Art Loop, and each location is open on first Thursdays for opening receptions in the evening.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Last night was a great time for our opening reception of Wheatley, Kaiser-Smith & Glink. Rhona Wheatley, Yvette Kaiser-Smith and Marissa Glink were all here, and helped to make it a wonderful evening.
Wheatley's work focuses on language, the written word, and the act of translating inner feelings, thoughts and concepts into a particular language throughout history's cultures. Her current body of work focuses particularly on the concept of the divine. Kaiser-Smith has been working with fiberglass, which she crochets into geometric shapes, and then hardens through a process using polyester resin. These shapes are then constructed into larger structures that involve mathematical series and numbers such as pi, the Fibonacci sequence, and Pascal's triangle. Finally, Glink has installed her organic, soda fired ceramic groupings that are reminiscent of oceanic, coral reef life forms.
Wheatley, Kaiser-Smith & Glink will remain on display through Saturday, July 17. Our next show will be Friedman & Miss Aniela, with an opening reception the night of Friday, July 23.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The influence of nature and water are undoubtedly evident in Jennifer's work. This could be in large part due to her surroundings for many years. Recently Jennifer relocated from Colorado to Florida with her family and her husband became a full-time fishing guide and captain. It's hard not to see her inspiration in pieces like this:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Rumbolz once worked at a shipyard repairing sailboats. During this time, she undertook a project of self-documentation in a piece entitled "45 Consecutive Days, 6am to 9pm" (Detail on left). This piece is thus composed of the hourly photos she took over these 45 days, each measuring about 1" x .5", mounted on small wooden tabs and displayed in a landscape grid on panel. You can find yourself lost in examining the snapshots into the artist's life, trying to piece together a story that weaves together the hour-long intervals.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I think I need some structured posting deadlines on here.
Soooooo, I'd like to introduce a new weekly segment I will call "Know Your Artist Tuesday" (... or at least until I can think of a cleverer name). I'll post an interesting fact about one of our gallery artists each week... b/c who doesn't want to hear about the fun and exciting lives of artists?
Check back next Tuesday for the first installment: Tricia Rumbolz.
Friday, April 30, 2010
P.S. WE think the show feels like a "bang".
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Contact Meghan McCook, Education Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Limited slots available.
Hope to see you this weekend!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The 12th annual Chicago Art Open is already in session and continues through May 7. This show features 350 local Chicago artists selected by a jury of Chicago art experts at the River East Arts Center with no charge for admission. On May 2 from 12 - 3pm, there will be a panel discussion: "How to Collect: A Panel of Experts" followed by guided tour of the fair. The Chicago Art Open is sponsored by the Chicago Artists' Coalition. To see samples of featured work click here.
Artropolis, consisting of Art Chicago, NEXT and the International Antiques Fair kicks off this week at the Merchandise Mart. There are various preview events for each show on Thursday, April 29, with the official opening Friday, April 30 at 11am. Our gallery will be featured in Art Chicago, at booth #142.
Art Chicago (12th floor) features emerging and established galleries from around the world who show contemporary and modern art, NEXT (7th floor) explores the interaction "between art its public," and the Antiques Fair (8th floor) brings together over 100 of the finest international antiques dealers.
This is an event not to miss! Each fair will be open from 11am – 7pm on Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm on Sunday, and 11am – 4pm on Monday, with the Antiques Fair closing an hour early at 3pm.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
|the elusive HR|
|Kerri, Johnna, and Heather - pro art packers|
|New gorgeous paintings by Jennifer Scott McLaughlin.|
|Kerri and Aaron deinstall a delicate Noelle Allen piece after the Alumni (SAIC) exhibit.|
|New work by Jennifer Scott McLaughlin amongst the organized chaos.|
|Monday, ready for Judy's work to arrive on Tuesday.|
|Rob and Aaron unpacking on Tuesday. Rob has worked for Judy for 16 yrs and drove her work all the way from NY!|
|One of Judy's pieces. Rob said she will continue to work on it when she arrives on Thursday. This is how Judy often works, her process...a piece evolves up until the very end, before exhibiting. A true installation artist.|
Don't miss this amazing exhibit, opening this Friday, April 16th from 5-8pm.
Learn about and watch Judy's process on Art 21.
|Gorgeous SAIC Ballroom|
|Rhona, David, Aaron, Shannon, Larry and Duke.|
|Our info table, wo-manned by yours truly.|