International Art Adventures!
PERSPECTIVES IN COLOR AND CULTURE,
PERSPEKTIVEN IN FARBE UND KULTUR
curated by Marianna Buchwald and Piotr Wolodkovicz,
DANK Haus, 4740 N.Western, Chicago, Illlinois
Free art activities,Feb.22.5pm - 7pm with members of the group:
Spencer Hutchinson, Nichole Harrod, Marianna Buchwald, Kenya Rao Zen, Cherrie Lockett, Lindsay Brown, Kathryn Gauthier
Transforming objects into art, theater and dance in English and German
The exhibition features
works by Spencer Hutchinson, Kathryn Gauthier, Gregory Mejia, Javier Enriquez, Piotr Wolodkovicz, Kenya Rao Zen, Tim Jackson, Renee Baker, Nichole Harrod, Marianna Buchwald, Gale West, Cherrie Lockett, Nancy Strahinic and Timothy Rodanhisler.
Feb.15, 4pm, DANK house Performance: Art - Language-Sound, directed by Marianna Buchwald with the IAG group and the German Theater group at the DANK house, 4740 N. Western with Art and Sound composition by Spencer Hutchingson
Join us for an exciting event February 15, 4 pm at the DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave.
Readings of two theater plays in German,
TRILOGIE DES WIEDERSEHENS by Botho Strauss
and DAEMONEN by Lars Noren, directed by Marianna Buchwald.
Interpreted through mime, dance and mask theater, set in a fabulous installation by Spencer Hutchinson
with the International Art Group Performance Ensemble, composed of Cherrie Lockett, Nicholle Harrod, Lindsay Brown, Kathryn Gauthier, Michael McDonoghue and Daniel Weinberg.
Also, enjoy a presentation of art by the International Art Group:
EVENTS 2013. -2014.
Intl. Movement Theater classes every Sun next workshop Feb. 23.2014, 2pm - 4pm, 1545 W. Morse
IAG Salon, Jan.26.2014 4pm - 6pm
IAG Salon,Dec. 29.2013, 4pm - 6pm, 1545 W. Morse
IAG Salon, Nov. 24.2013, 4pm - 6pm, 1545 W. Morse
Mask Performance and music with Renee Baker,Performance at Ayala Leyser's Out of LIne gallery, 2812 W.Chicago 7pm,Early Halloween Party: Mime play : Little Red Riding-Hood meets Monsanto. Doors open at 7, play starts at 7:30 pm
Choreographed and directed by Marianna Buchwald. Live music composed and conducted by Renee Baker and two Chicago musicians. Narrative by Ayala Leyser.
Marianna Buchwald is a performance artist and a Mime instructor in Rogers Park IL. Renee Baker is a composer, a conductor and a viola player, sometimes all at the same time…Presently she is the director of the Chicago Simfonietta. She is an unsatiated innovator and experimenter, and will perform yet in another exciting experiment/concert at the gallery on Nov 6 & 7 2013
Masks and costumes are welcome as will a chance to introduce your disguised Persona.
On 10/27/13 Art Salon:
“The Art and Life of Hans Ulrich Buchwald” by Marianna Buchwald. Buchwald’s art in on display at the gallery as well. BYOB, 7 pm at the gallery, 2812 W Chicago avenue. Marianna is an artist and the late Hans Ulrich’s daughter. Please RSVP if you can at firstname.lastname@example.org or as a “comment” on this website.
The MAD HATTER TEA PARTY visual group art exhibit is on until November, and was covered again! this time in the September issue of Barnadersnatch, the newsletter of the Lewis Carroll Society.
As a diverse group of artists, musicians and dancers from different countries, we invite you to come and see our exhibitions, performances and special events.
We invite you to participate in special tours in Chicago, accentuating art and culture, and also to join us to participate in journeys to the countries and neighborhoods we originated from.
International artists, please come and join us at our monthly art salons. Travelers, tourists and tour operators, please join us to tour Chicago as a great city of art and culture.Everyone, join us to personally meet great artists from around the world, learn more about languages,
customs and stories, as we express ourselves in an ever changing world.
Photo, featuring Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, reflecting the Brandenburger Gate Berlin,photo by our guest and curator in Berlin: Ina Lunkenheimer.
For more info:call at
International Art Group 2013
ONGOING:.2013, every Sun, with Marianna 2pm - 4pm
donations:5-10$ 1545 W. Morse
German Drama Reading and Acting at the DANK Haus,4740 N. Western
every 2nd Tues,of every month, ONGOING 2013,6:30 - 8:30pm fee $10 each time
Please RSVP with Marianna at email@example.com, or call: 773 507 1300
Please bring a piece of art, a photo CD of your work, a sequence of your music or performance or film for discussion.
Artists, poets, dancers, musicians, film makers and performance artists are invited to attend our monthly meetings to become part of exhibitions and art events.
Newly Posted Videos
International Movement Theater with Isaak Mejiaj, Adam Zeisler, Daniel Weinber,Marianna B.
The Movement theater workshop included three authors, Victor Le worked with us on his piece with flowing fabrics and wrtings perfomed and edited through short experimental monologues. Daniel Weinberg worked on very fun Clown material, inlcuding many impromptu props: chairs, cups, balls, food etc. Marianna worked on her Mime piece: developing from nature and wilderness transitioning to inner spaces and creating an imaginary still life, resulting in poetic transcriptions
" Victor Le interpreted the communal creation:"Collection of living non life objects arrayed against the backdrop of nothingness.Translucent Material that matters only in the moment."
The IAG forum was an experience of sound compostions by Christopher Preissing with text and poetry, Javier Enriqez, striking photograph , documenting a frozen over building, which originally had caught fire, Marianna's presentation of her exhibition at Flotte Lotte with Renee Baker, AlanE. Hicks and Alpha Bruton, in dialog with Iuna Lnkenheimer and Renate Brummer.
March 12. 2012
The Movement theater workshop was well attended at the newly opened gallery space.
the Salon featured my presentation about this year's excursion and art and performance residency in Germany during August 2012. A stunning presentation about the figurative works by Piotr Antonov as a preview for the upcoming opening, March 17.was exciting.The contirbution of Frank Morales paintings and drumming for future performances again initiated the dialog about interdisciplinary collaborations amongst artists from different backgrounds. Louise Cloutier interpreted Lewis Rice's and Piotr Wolodkovicz painting using her voice as an instrument for vocal instigations.Louise, Kathryn, Frank and myself created a short vocal and dance improvisation involving audience participation.
Movement theater workshops with Marianna, we enjoyed the opportunity by a small group of artists, exploring Imaginative objects, Body Language, Encounters and Space Movement.
At the following Meeting, we had the pleasure to see a presentation of Jim Mc Robers' work, installations and sculptures, intricately carved in variety of wood,and using 2 and 3 D Media, painting and wire.The content : Climbing figures, the juxtaposition of real space and illusionary spaces, the duality of figures and heads. We saw deeply saturated, textures landscape paintings by Lewis, I showed small imagist drawings, Piotr showed new works in progress, developing Portraits of Tree paintings, and works dealing with surreal figurers dressed in suits, using a minamilist color scale. Christine Perry, having returned from her Germany to Berlin, told us about her experience and excitment, visiting this amazing city Berlin, continguing our dialog with our friends Peter and Ina.
Dec.12.2011Thank's to the multi disciplinary and multi culti contributions, our event last Monday was a rich experience for all participants, the vibrant colored art works of Alpha and Debra and then the witty and thoughtful admissions by Tim 's cartoons, plus our experiment, dancing and creating sound scapes with Rebekkah Wolfram's expressive and dark drawings, opening up new aspects of performance and art The presentation of Piotr's new exhibition on the character of tree's embodying spirits and deities of nature.We are looking forward to alll new participants, dancers, musicians, artists and are going to create some interesting collaborative works, encouraging all to join us for the next year's projects. Please remember to join him for a reception this Sat. Dec.17. at the Atheneum Theater. MB
In our Nov. 14.2011 meeting, taking place in Rogers Park at Insight Arts, a small group of diverse and established artists met as well as one dancer and several musicians. Christine Perry, sculptor and installation artist is going to travel to Berlin in December and will be connecting with our friends there, new members Rebecca Wolfram is interested in opening her paintings to a performance piece with dancers. Matria from the Ucraine is interested in participating in a new multi media project with the group.
Oct.10.: review by Marianna:
This meeting was extraordinary, it brought in Christine Perry with her presentation about her work as sculptor working with wood, canvas and other materials. She had a huge installation at the Harold Washington Library, involving an evolution of book and figurative work and her wall sculptures, floor sculptures and many various materials as well. Fotios work deals a lot with social issues and his expertise using a vide variety of media, wood carvings, prints, etchings, drawings, paintings. Lewis showed a comissioned abstract painting. We also were able to continue the reflection on our Intersection experiences in Mauersegler Park in Berlin with stunning photographs, documenting the painting in action process with musicians from Berlin and Chicago and I presented the video involving Alan E HIcks performance of a temporary suclpture along with our host's Peter Vicente's music on e guitar, and paintings by Alpha and myself, while skyping parts of the process to our members in Chicago.Kathryn just returned from many of her openings for Oct. artist month and she included her studies on Massage therapy.
We ended the evening with a communal music session with songs by Victor Cuellar and Tatiana.
Aug.8.2011, review by Kathryn:The International Arts Group meeting Monday August 8. 2011 was well attended, (16),with new faces and tremendous talent. Highlights of the evening include: a photo slide show and synopsis of the multidisciplinary event coordinated by Marianna Buchwald in Hanover, Germany. It was an enormous undertaking of 6 weeks with intensive creative process involving, both professional and amateur dancers, actors and musicians coming together from varied cultural traditions to create a unified performance entitled the “Transformational Travelers” under the direction of Marianna Buchwald and choreographer Olumuyiwa OJo.Dan Casillas provided a lovely musical backdrop to Marianna’s slide show presentation. A special treat was a musical performance by a progressive rock group calling themselves “MAHARA”. These highly skilled musicians mesmerized us with their unique sound and innovative technical skill involving a duet on guitar between percussionist Sven Oscar Hansen and guitarist Bob Macko. Also present was artist / vocalist / composer Linnaeus Bates who sometimes performs with the group. Their next performance is at a Yoga Festival. Guitar player and composer, Bob Macko wowed us with photos from his recent trip to Syria. Check out his work on www.LUX-PRODUCTIONS.COM. He has work on National Geographic website. We saw more photos and video of Alan Emerson Hicks Performance piece and sculpture creation from discarded plastics, snack bags and found objects, as part of the Kaleidoscope project between Chicago and Berlin, a commanding performance and undertaking containing elements of Alan’s marvelous irreverent humor. He worked for an astounding10 hours straight to complete the sculpture. More news and discussion of the Chicago Berlin Kaleidoscope Project will be shared at a forum in October at the Mess Hall in Rogers Park and also at Elastic Arts Foundation in Logan Square involving an exhibition of works from the Berlin Show. Multidisciplinary artist Josephine Lipuma introduced her video collage / sound and wordscape creations to the group. She also talked about her process and shared her insights into the nature of the art business. She has work in art museums in Japan and Russia, among other countries. She encourages all artists to get a page on Artslant.com, a site with international presence. Her husband, (“the Pope”) Stuart Stevenson, DJ extraordinaire was also in attendance. Amani Borah shared his latest creations, a festive display of decorated wooden purses. Javier Enriquez shared his latest crop of fashion photography. Kathryn Gauthier showed some mixed media pieces that were completed as part of the Kaleidoscope project. Kaphira presented art events about Insight Arts, which is the umbrella organization sponsoring IAG. The next fundraiser will be Sept.17. Thanks to all for sharing their talent and ideas.
Yelena Fatkullina in front of her paintings at the North Lakeside Cultural Center, July 2010
Victor Cuellar and Dan Casillas in front of NlCC summer 2010
Shanti Kumari Johnson and Ching Yin as seahorses during a performance with the Chicago Mask Ensemble,directed by MB, 2008 at the Bucktown Theater Festival in Chicago
"We had a great meeting, Claudia Finn presented small portraits, dimensional and of excellent quality, Deirdre Fox, inspired the group to experiment with her large ink drawings on mylar, including light experimentations, showing the possibilities for backlit art and presenting translucent images blurring abstract and figurative works. Javier Enriquez was excited to present his involvement in an exhibition with Inspired Art, where poems of children inform works of visual artists and then become part of art auctions to raise money for children with autism. Piotr Wolokowidg, spoke about the possibilites for creating art shows in large commercial areas, creating a network of businesses and artists. Alan Emerson Hicks was interested in working on a structure to pinpoint the types of projects and exhibitions, IAG will present over the next few years. Marianna Buchwald showed parts of a film by R.P.Post about her father's works, a mask maker and addressed possible venues for presenting art in Germany and other countries. Hillary Jirka presented her mythological portrait of a woman for reflection and dialog. Victor Cuellar performed a beautiful Mexican song accompagnied with improvisational acoustics by Danel Casillas, who also presented a project about the toy making workshop in Wisconsin. Again, it was an exciting evening of art and discussion. MB
"Thank's to the lovely home of Sandra Simonson, music by Ted Ehnle, art by David Moscoso from Guatemala, Javier Enriquez from Mexico, weavings from Alex, political cartoons by Tim Jackson, science fiction cartoons by Pascal St.Clair, feed back by Claudia Finn, Sandra, Alan E. Hicks, Shirley Moore and Marianna B.'s review of art events and thank's to food contributed by the group, our holiday event was wonderful and diverse!"
"We were amazed by new artist's work Jessica Goldberg, had a challenging discussion about Lana's portrait from Russia, enjoyed an uplifting moment of laughter with Tim Jackson's critical cartoons, had an insightful demonstration about photoshop by Pascal St. Clair, and an inspiring presentation by Hillary about book making and her drawings. Sandra Simonson's blue painting of the profile of a man's face was truly exciting in its dimensional translucence of color and light. Melissa gave a nice presentation of her approach to painting and color,examining the relationship of series of smaller square paintings of abrstracted color and form pattern. We also talked about the opportunity to stage some events and exhibitions for December and next year in Edgewater and Rogers Park."
Aug. 11. "We discussed activities for the Glenwood Arts fair, and then had an exciting presentation of photographs, featuring details of plants by Steven Gilliam, many colorful and detailed drawings by Pascal, a critical discussion about the abstracted portraits of Carmen Sauciuc, an acrylic painting featuring Gary's passage through life, an intricate weaving by Barbara, who also talked about her life as a tarot reader, and the dvd of Tim's cable show, featuring our cable TV interview, where I am talking about the Glenwood Arts Fair, my drawings and my father's work."
June 8."This time, the variety of presentations , featuring delicate drawings by Rus, exciting sci fi drawings by Pascal, witty and critical cartoons by Tim Jackson, several short films by Brian Wyrick, who had lived in Berlin, and the creation of a carving of a watermelon by Rick from Cambodia. Gary worked through his diffcult life transitions with another giant canvas, which had other applications and collages featuring stages of his life journey. Claudia contributed with excellently executed dream catchers. The comments and dialog was also developed through the presence of artists Sandra, Melissa and Nora. Again, the evening was an incredible event, giving us an opportunity to learn more about each other's cultural and life experiences."
May 11."A lively and diverse goup of professional and outsider artists gathered, and it was exciting to see this time water colors by Russ Mc Andrew and Hillary Jirka, a large canvas about horses and romance by Gary Price, several colorful flower paintings by Melissa Bradly, great cartoons with a punch line about current events by Tim Jackson, a great presentation about 8 large drawings for a new story with Pascal Saint Clair and also his exquisitly executed visuals of the detoriating Chrysler building as part of his work. It was also refreshing to have outsider artists pop in, who are daring and brave to come to any public group and include themselves into the dialog, and Tosha, with her small drawing of a blond girl gave a perspective on beauty as a personal experience for inspiration. Kathryn Gauthier's paintings, and Deirdre Fox's installation at Peter Jones, included classic and contemporary themes on art. Pjotr, Alan and Greg participated and invited to their upcoming events."
April 13."A small group of dedicated artists gathered with work and refreshments and with news about upcoming shows. Alan brought in a large piece made out of colorful bottle caps, Tim Jackson shared a variety of humorous cartoons, and I bought one of his handsigned books OBAMORAMA. Colorful flower paintings by Melissa, and a portfolio with photographs by Chris Oberist of close ups of buildings, body parts and nature; Claudia, Piotr and Mark shared in the discussion and Stephen Biale shared a portfolio of his graphic work."
March 9." It was great to see Claudia donate one of her abstract water color paintings to Insight Arts. Alan Emerson Hicks, Melissa, Ruyell Ho, Sonhan, Sandra Simonson, Hillary Jirka, Tim Jackson, Pascal Saint Clair and two Pjotrs from Poland all came and shared art for discussion. I received so much sympathy and compassion on behalf of my father and had a chance to share an excerpt of a performance with the help of Claudia. It was an enchanting evening."
Jan.12. 2009 Our International Art Party was a celebration of art, video, music and food. Ted Ehnle played a dramatic Chopin concert on piano, followed by Eric Amadju's Beilafon and drum talk from Benin. Tim Jackson presented insightful and humorous cartoons and Alan Emerson Hicks shared a video with dance and creation of one of his recycable works: Test Piece. Peggy Lipschutz's retrospective, a presentation of her paintings to music, and Tom and several others shared their portfolios and sketch books. We also had an inspiring discussion about children behaviour in the class room, learning about art and music and also talked about the political climate of our time and how it effects our art world. "
"Dec.8.,2008, I was surprised to see so many friends and artists, I had invited over a long time and also artists come again, who had come in the past, Ken Kouba, Kathryn Gauthier's photograph's of her paintings, Greg Mejia, who presented an extraordinary collection of miniature landscape paintings of the Indiana State Dunes, a vibrant portrait by Sandra Simonson, several abstract and impressionist acrylic paintings by Melissa, a large portrait by Laura Cerf, Claudia Finn's portfolio of classical black and white figure drawings, Tim Jackson's critical and humorous cartoons, Chris Drew's silk screen T shirts, David Moscoso's acrylic painting of an abstracted male transforming from a rare orange flower from Guatemala, Marianna's lively color drawing "Celebration" celebrating dancers in masks, a theme of her performance work. Anette, Hillary and Michael Moore came also and Maritza and Celina from Insight Arts came, looking and learning more about our group.
"The Nov. 10. meeting brought together a diverse group of artists: Claudia Finn, Steven Gilliam, Hillary Jirka, Jeff Baumgartner, Michael Moore, Sandra Simonson, Marianna Buchwald and Anette Niebelsiki. Jeff, an actor and painter at the flat Iron building had a dynamic and interesting style , presenting his figurative paintings in connection with his theater experience. Peter Piotr, a painter from Poland related his experience exhibiting and painting landscapes. Steven Gilliam presented a power point presentation of his photography traveling through the vast and montaneous landscape of Alaska, Sandra Simonson presented soft colored guache paintings of landscapes and people, Michael presented a preliminary drawing and paintings in progress of politiical discussions. Claudia presented black and white caricatures and drawings. Feedback was generous and encouraging, and we truly enjoyed the art activity before the meeting."
Photo by Ina Lunkenheimer, featuring the silver bean (Cloud Gate) by Anish Kapoor in Chicago, reflecting the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
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The artists exhibiting in November 2012 were Alpha Bruton, Alan Emerson Hicks, Piotr Wolodkowicz, Marianna Buchwald and Lewis G. Rice.
Robert Buono and Alpha Bruton during our last Intl art Salon, Monday. May 14. at Phantom Gallery and International Art Group Gallery , 4161 N.Damen,
Berlin-Chicago Kaleidoscope “Cultures Connecting”
October 1, 2011
Elastic Arts Foundation & AMP- CHI “Intersections”
4:00 PM Artists Discussion “Cultures Connecting”
6:30 PM Reception and Opening Exhibit Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery 8:00 PM Concert –“Hanah Jon Taylor Artet and do Wop singers for the “L”. Cover for music: $7
Sunday,October 2, 2011
Chicago Calling Arts Festival
6932 North Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60626
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Location Insight Arts, International Art Group
1505 W. Morse, Ave, Rogers Park
Chicago Artists Month is a citywide, collaborative effort showcasing Chicago visual artists and their work throughout the month of October. Coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Chicago Artists Month showcases over 200 events, ranging from exhibitions to open studio tours and neighborhood art walks presented by museums, galleries, cultural centers, artists collaborates, and other organizations throughout the city. The primary goal of Chicago Artists Month is to raise awareness of the extraordinary quality and depth of our visual arts community.
October 1. 2011, we will have panels, presentations, discussion groups and films, music and painting sessions at Elastic Gallery starting at 4:30pm, 2830 N.Milwaukee and Oct.2.6932 N. Glenwood at 4 pm at Mess Hall as part of our project with Phantom Gallery about the Exhibition Oct.1 - Oct.30.2011 Chicago - Berlin/Kaleidoscope at Elastic Gallery, 2830 N.Milwaukee,Chicago
16.July,18 -21 hr, Intersections (Alpha Bruton ) Musikern und Kuenstlern aus Chicago und Berlin im Mauerseglercafe, Mauerpark, Berlin
8.August,18 Uhr, IAG Treffen in Rogers Park, Chicago,1505 W.Morse
12.Sept.6pm, IAG Treffen in Rogers Park, Chicago,1505 W.Morse
October 2011: Filmpraesentation in Chicago ueber das Projekt:Chicago-Berlin/Kaleidoskop,Connecting Cultures.
Alan Emerson Hicks , assembling "American Tower" made from plastic cast offs at Ina's Atelier , June 29.2011.
Piotr Wolodkowicz, hanging American Landscapes, Alan E. Hicks, buidling American Tower at Ina's AtelierJune 29.201
Tali Farchi and Alpha Bruton aqcuiring props for the exhibition at a flea market in Pankow,East Berlin right before the opening July1.2011
Marianna Buchwald, founder of IAG and Ina Lunkenheimer from East Berlin, in front of Ina's photograph "Freedom"
Yoona Lim from Korea in front of Eve Brownstones's paintings and her own surrealistic collages, talking about her work with Andrew Hannigan (NLLC, summer 2010).
Review about the exhibition Cultures Connecting 2010 at the NLCC,6219 N. Sheridan, Chicago by Felissia Capeletti July 21. 2010
"Fat dragonflies form a loose cloud maneuvering in slow, delicate chaos above the bouldered lakefront shore. Shades of blue give way to one another, shifting the gridded waves. A picture-esque sailboat slices through the milky skyline. The captain and I breath Chicago’s summer up. I’m in the backyard of the North Lakeside Cultural Center, waiting for tonight’s event to begin. I’m here to see International Art Group presents “Cultures Connecting” and “Where Do I Belong?” a show curated by Marianna Buchwald, Mary Quian, and Dorty Nowak. The old building, in a classic Chicago design, has character built right in. It’s stuffed with rooms in an eccentric array. The lower level front room is warm and flooded with light from the bay windows. The hors d’oeuvres table announces itself in another room but the real party is upstairs.
As I scale the steps, several portraits of glamorous women painted by David Moscoso onto rustic, woven mats gaze at me. The ultra-chic, fashion-ista images contrast harshly with the warmth of the ruddy mats. This contrast is to be a broad reaching theme of the night. Offsetting the painted mats is a large-scale abstract of parallels and perpendiculars. It echos the glassy geometry of city tower windows, a cool, stoic piece. Over 35 artists are represented tonight. The halls are amply lined with pictures from a clear variance of artists ranging from graphic-novel caliber post-apocalyptic ink scenes to quaint pencil sketches, to figures in chunky dabs of oil. I’m taken by one piece in particular, the back of a nude female from artist Sandra Simonson. Bold colors are mixed into the skin tone and the strokes are heavy, thick. The image has weight, but the curve of the pose is sweeping and light.
Rooms are decked out in charcoal sketches in a style quite near German impressionism, bizarre sculpture, and oils in the schools of realism, impressionism, abstraction, even art deco. Carmen Sauciuc pulls her style straight from the ‘30’s. The simple grace of the lines, chopped into blocks of thick color and the cool disconnectedness of the subject give her piece, ‘Girl’, a mysterious “there - not there” presence. It’s also hard not to notice Amani Borah’s work in the corner. I love it right away. Amani creates a fun-house visual for the imaginative viewer. Repetition of shapes and patterned intricacy in stunning, abrasive color including bright neons, matched with a focus on abstracted organic forms make these nonsense drawings pop. The line work, presumably ink, although medium is not specified, is so delicate and fine that the color gives motion to the design and manages to attain an unexpected hair-like quality.
One of the rooms is designated to a sister show, sort of a gallery within a gallery. There is a theme for this show, all the artists were prompted by the question “Where do I belong?” and were able to choose from about ten sub-themes, including religion, geography, and inner-self. The prompt has worked well to inspire some very exciting pieces. There are a few conceptual-realism pieces, a genre of which I am particularly fond. Here is a canvas divided in half to juxtapose a stern-browed bust with a meek looking fellow in trousers. It is bathed in sepia tones which loan a nostalgic contemplation. Here is a strange mixed media sculptured hodge-podge babydoll perched on a suitcase, odd and nice to look at. Here is a piece by co-curater Mary Quian featuring a self-portrait of the artist from behind, gazing into a gaping sea of faces and a mist of creative possibility.
Besides the wild gambit of styles, this show is special in another way. The creators of the show, Mary Qian and Dorty Nowak wanted to make it full-experiential. Fine artists of many practices were invited, including singers, musicians and poets who were matched with painters in the hopes that collaboration between the artists might enrich both pieces. In some cases, the partnership worked well, in others, not so well. The poems were posted next to their respective paintings and a few were read out loud by the authors. With the writers reciting next to the parallel image, I noticed that, for a few at least, the impression made by both pieces was taken to the next level when experienced together. Especially exciting was Gerry Lucas’ recitation of her two pieces. They trip, singingly along rhythmic emphasis. Normally, a viewer has only the painter and him or herself to point him or her towards a conclusion while considering some work. The third party involvement gives perspective on a stranger's interpretation of the same piece, while providing an extra medium for viewers to connect to.
I hear some lilting, meandering music stylings from the next room and find my way to where acoustic guitarist Dan Casiallas is charming art goers adjacent a wall of panoramic photography. I have to slip behind him in order to get a closer look at Yoona Lim’s collage art. Yoona’s work is delicate, with funky patterned shapes and a nod towards surrealist imagery. The attraction is definitely in the color and images used, however, the viewer is also nudged to appreciate the well-placed negative space around the images.
Downstairs, an operatic soprano floats in the higher reaching registers of the front-room. Live musicians have the floor for the rest of the night, continuing with Victor Cuellar’s acoustic guitar and spiced voice singing ‘40’s era tunes from Mexico, then some sweet, folky blues sung by Katherine Gauthier. This, accompanied by a short, fluid dance by masked and costumed co-curater Marianna Buchwald. Later on, enthusiastic pianist Ted Ehnle shows off his Chopin. So much talent, beauty and art in one place seemed to please the laid-back crowd of casual patrons and turned out to be, in my book anyway, a fun and successful gathering of multi-layered creative forces. You can visit the show Wednesdays from 5 to 8, Saturdays from 12 to 5 (except August 7th), and Sundays from 3 to 8 at 6219 N. Sheridan in Chicago. If you want the holistic experience, you can attend the closing event on August 14th where live music and poetry will be performed.
"Our art discussion, Oct. 14.2008 was exciting and diverse. Contributions of a mythical painting and lithography techniques demonstrated by Ken Kouba, satirical and insightful political charged cartoons by Tim Jackson, guache and etchings by Sandra Simonson, landscape photography by Jeff, photos of paintings by Guatemalan painter David Moscoso, water colors by Hillary Jirca, African Rites and Traditional dance by Eric Ahmadji from Benin, an elaborate slide presentation on the retrospective of 45 years of work of paintings and sculpture by Chinese artist Ruyell Ho at the Asian Pacific Museum in California, and also a work in progress of my new performance piece: Journey 2008"inviting many great critical comments, made for an insightful and interesting evening and a great International Art Salon."