Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reception: Breaking Criminal Traditions at the Beverly Art Center, May 3rd 7-9pm

Please join me for the reception of "The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions" at the Beverly Art Center, this Saturday, May 3 from 7-9pm. The exhibition includes; paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture by fifteen accomplished fine artists. They include: Corinna Button, James Deeb, Sheila Ganch, Clair Girodie, Sergio Gomez, Andrea Harris, Paula Kloczkowski Luberda, Richard Laurent, Kathy Liao, Zoriah Miller, Nancy Rosen, Lorraine Sack, Valerie Schiff, Barbara Simcoe, and Anne Smith Stephan.

The exhibition was created to raise awareness of global criminal traditions. Criminal traditions are ancient, ongoing rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet are rarely considered crimes. Each piece of art included in the Breaking Criminal Traditions exhibition has been selected to allude to these issues without being overtly obvious. The content of the show walks a blurred line between the horrifying reality of the world in which we live and the intense beauty of empowerment and freedom.

The Beverly Art Center is located at 2407 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60655 The exhibition continues through May 18th. Learn more at: BreakingCriminalTraditions.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Art of Influence... Breaking Criminal Traditions at The Beverly Art Center

Installation View: Foreground: Paula Kloczkowski Luberda, "Connected" ceramic stoneware, 12 inch diameter Background: Kathy Liao, "Little Feet" oil on canvas, 40 x 30"... and two pieces by Sergio Gomez: "Mask of Fear", acrylic on paper/canvas,  and "Mask of Deception"  acrylic on paper/canvas, each at 33 x 84". 

I spent yesterday installing the latest adaptation of the Breaking Criminal Traditions exhibition at the Beverly Art Center. The expansive space of the center, allows for more than fifty works-of-art to flow from the main gallery through the adjoining corridor and into the ground-level social area. The works included in the exhibition, imply issues associated with global criminal traditions. These traditions are ancient, ongoing rituals that kill or maim millions of people each year—yet go unpunished. The intent of the exhibition is to utilize the beauty of high-quality fine art to raise awareness of these criminal traditions and—in doing so—begin a dialogue that may encourage change.

A reception for the Breaking Criminal Traditions exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd from 7-9pm and the show continues through May 18th. The Beverly Art Center is located at 2407 West 111th street in Chicago. The Center’s business hours are Monday through Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 1-4 pm. Hours are subject to change so call ahead… 773.445.3838

Foreground: Valerie Schiff, "Venus" bronze, 27 x 6.5 x 9".

Breaking Criminal Traditions includes the work of artists: Corinna Button James Deeb Sheila Ganch Claire Girodie Sergio Gomez Andrea Harris Paula Kloczkowski Luberda Richard Laurent Kathy Liao Zoriah Miller Nancy Rosen Lorraine Sack Valerie SchiffBarbara Simcoe Anne Smith Stephan

Additional Information can be found at BreakingCriminalTraditions.com

Friday, April 4, 2014

Breaking Criminal Traditions ~ In its Final Days at IIT Chicago - Kent College of Law

Nancy Rosen, Dreaming Comes True, Mixed Media, 44 x 30"

The Breaking Criminal Traditions exhibition, currently on view at IIT Chicago - Kent College of Law, will come to a conclusion on April 12th. The exhibition, which is being presented on the third floor of 565 West Adams in Chicago's Loop, has been on view since October 10th. The show presents the work of eleven artists, ranging in media from painting and drawing to photography and sculpture. The work presented, alludes to global criminal traditions... traditions  that are ancient, ongoing rituals that kill or maim millions of people each year. These rituals typically go unpunished because they are rarely considered crimes. 

I've compiled pieces that walk a fine line between beauty, and the horror of the traditions. Only one of the represented Artists—Richard Laurent—has intentionally created imagery, defining the traditions. The other Fine Artists were invited to participate specifically because of my interpretation of their content... content that can represent one or more of the many issues at hand. These issues include: Honor Killing, Human Trafficking, and Forced Child Marriage. The show approaches many others. 

The intent of the exhibition is to raise awareness of criminal traditions and begins a dialogue. In doing so, the exhibition—and the various events that accompany it—may encourage change. 

The Art of influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions is on display through April 12. The gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, located at 565 West Adams Street in Chicago [the corner of Adams and Jefferson]. Street Parking is abundant and entry is free. The gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-11pm, Friday 7:30am-9:30pm, and Saturday 8:30am- 6pm. Most of the pieces included in the exhibition are available for purchase. Additional information can be found at BreakingCriminalTraditions.com.

Nancy Rosen was born in Chicago and—except for her four years at the Kansas City Art Institute where she earned a BFA in painting and sculpture—this is where she has remained. Her mixed media imagery—mostly figurative—is created using a blend of oil bars, china markers, graphite, and oil paint. Each unique piece is created with combinations of these materials applied to the surface of hand-made papers or linen. The images emerge from an infinite number of rich colorful layers. Rosen’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the country. Recent venues include the Kansas City Art Coalition, Elmhurst Museum, Milliken University, The Post Family, and The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Nancy Rosen continues to devote her life to painting, exhibiting, and teaching.