Sunday, April 18, 2010
"Fields", the Deanna Krueger exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago will be installed tomorrow. The exhibition presents powerful mixed media forms created from recycled medical diagnostic film layered with monotypes. The film is torn, repositioned, and then stapled together to create various multi-faceted surfaces. The semi-reflective surfaces create a mesmerizing, gem-like quality. Krueger's given titles hint at the conceptual nuances, which imply humanity's collective search for meaning.
Drop by Gallery 180 to experience this exhibition Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm. A catered reception will be held on Friday, April 23rd from 5:30-7:30. The reception is open to the general public and all works are available for purchase. Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago's Loop. The Krueger exhibition runs through June 3rd.
Additional work by Deanna Krueger may be seen at: deannakrueger.com
Friday, April 9, 2010
On April 15 the Alina Poroshina exhibition at Gallery 180 of the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago will conclude. This series of oil paintings symbolically explores the passions, desires, insecurities, aspirations and inspirations of woman. Typically inspired by historic and mythic events, poetic and often painful, the paintings examine the impact and reactions to sudden change, loss or separation. Born in Moscow and currently painting in New York City—Poroshina was a refugee who moved to Lancing Michigan when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she is working on a new series of paintings motivated by historic and contemporary incidents of genocide.
If you're in Chicago and have the opportunity to visit the exhibition, it will be worth your while. Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago's Loop. The gallery is opened Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-5pm. All works are available for purchase. The exhibition is on view until April 15, 2010.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Save the date... Friday, April 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm
In just a few weeks, "Fields" by Deanna Krueger will open at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Krueger produces powerful mixed media forms created from recycled medical diagnostic film layered with monotypes. The film is torn, repositioned, and then stapled together to create multi-faceted surfaces. These semi-reflective surfaces create a mesmerizing, gem-like appearance.
A loose and contemporary interpretation of the Color Field Paintings of the fifties and sixties, appropriately, Krueger draws upon the word “Fields” as a jumping off point for this particular body of work. The various meanings of the word can evoke actual, theoretical and—of course—technological implications. The latter reference speaks to the collection of data, which reflects back to Krueger’s intriguing choice of discarded medical film as creative material. Krueger offers insight of her creations with each given title—many referring to elements within science and technology with secondary implications to humanity’s search for understanding and purpose. Krueger explains:
"I am interested in humanity's collective search for meaning in the absurdity that is this life.” “…Serving as a marker of this time of transition, the materials speak to the recent evolution of information storage. When virtual documents replace paper, the lowly staple will become an artifact of an earlier information age. Modes of diagnostic imagery are shifting as well: X-Rays and MRI scans are increasingly being recorded solely in the digital realm."
Mocking obsolescence and questioning the purpose of life and death, the glistening imagery offers memorizing surfaces on which to focus, meditate and contemplate. The work of Deanna Krueger will be presented at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago through June 3rd. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Works are available for purchase. Gallery 180 is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-5.
Image: Deanna Krueger, "Sencha" - Detail, mixed media, 63"x 63", 2010