I took no picture of this artist's work. I have no idea who it is. My son loved the one with the gorilla in the video below. I believe i noted that my notes for this day were horrific. I just couldn't find who or where or anything about this. But I still wanted to share.
Robert Bills Contemporary, at 222 N. Desplaines Street (lower level at Lake St. under the “L”), have an current exhibit that anyone in Chicago should pop by and have a look at: visitors, locals, hobos hopping trains.
The show is Visual Narration: Contemporary Forms of Storytelling and it closes on Tuesday, July 5. The gallery has summer hours of noon til 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. As you will note this means you can go today, Saturday or Tuesday!
I confess I was not originally sure which Gallery exhibited David Fertig's work. My notes from Day 2 (for me) of Art Chicago/Next 2011 look like a monkey wrote them (Paul Thiebaud Gallery did). The reason I was interested in Fertig was that his paintings look like something from another era, an earlier era. But if you look closely the style is much more modern. Fertig rolls past and now all rolled into one
David Fertig received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), at Artists for Environment in Delaware Water Gap, NJ and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
His recent solo exhibitions include one in 2009 at James Graham & Sons in New York City and in 2007 at Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco.
Tomas Watson studied at Huddersfield College and Slade School of Art in the UK. He has also lived and worked in Greece. His work was shown at Art Chicago/Next 2011 by the Jill George Gallery. The gallery is also where he held his first solo show.
Robert Kushner was a performance artist in the 70s, has become a painter of flower paintings, beginning in the 1980s. Many are on paper. His work has, obviously, a variety of influences ranging from O’Keefe, Klimpt, Demuth, Bonnard, Matisse and Japanese painting. I am not pulling this out of the air. I stole it from his profile on the Jerald Melberg Gallery website.
Kushner has been widely exhibited and his work can be seen at MOMA, the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the National Gallery of Art in D.C, The Tate Gallery in London and the Uffizi in Florence. A pretty impressive list (and I left some out).
Ronny Moortgat's paintings of tall ships will appeal to some folks and not to others. But they are, for what they are masterful works. You know that paintings of the sea where they seem to be moving? This painting this is one of those.
And, when you see this painting, you will notice that its subject also seems to be the sea and not the ship. The ship is incidental, or at least to me it is.
Leonard Koscianski's mystical works--my term no one else's--are natural and otherworldly. They works I have seen are based on real world animals but Koscianski makes their forms his own and not just the form;he makes the colors and the very world his creatures inhabit his own. No photo can do this work justice (and this is even more true than it normally is).
Koscianski is from Cleveland and was a student of R. Buckminstter Fuller and Wayne Theibaud. He was educated at Cleveland Institute of Art and later at the University of California at Davis. He is represented by a small selection of galleries and his pieces are in many large museums (Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Chicago Art Institute and the Philadelphia Museum).
The one thing I thought of when I saw The Annointment by Michael Scoggins was "How the hell would you display this?". What do you do when the artist hasn't framed it? If you own this work do you frame it to protect it? Should you. It kept me up at night. Actually it did not but it did occur to me for an instant.
When artists agonize over pigments (or send me a message to ask me to take details on clay or pigment--this has happened) I appreciate the intricacy and the research. But I also appreciate a work that is simply blue maker on paper.
This work was displayed at Art Chicago/Next 2011 by Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.
Zhao Shaojiang's Itch is captivating (a word I used to often, I know but, hell, I am often writing these at 1 a.m.). The reason, in part, for this six part piece being captivating is that who doesn't gain satisfaction from smashing a mosquito, especially pre-bite?
Itch is a six part mixed media piece on cardboard and was presented by the Tallybeck Contemporary. The specialize in contemporary art (as you might expect) from Asia.
Shaojiang was born in Kuerle, Xinjiang in China and studied at Sichuan Fine Art Institute. Exhibitions include not only Next but this year's artMRKT in San Francisco and Asian Art 2010 in NYC and Mobile.
Swoon is a noted street artist who doesn't work with many galleries. She funds her larger works through the work she does with galleries however. Remember the rafts floating in the Hudson and East River? Those were Swoon's brainchild. Basically the rafts were wood sculptures complete with performers ( Dark Dark Dark, performed on the rafts...we have written about them in the music section!) Marie Samuels of Christina Ray gallery was the one who reminded me of those and I looked them up.
Swoon is someone who seems to cultivate a little mystery--or is private. Samuels mentioned she also does relief work. Good for her on all counts. Look her up and look at the actually GOOD photos of her street work. It is neat.
Galleries, shows and more on ART. Part of the aim of this is to "demystify" art. You are allowed to enjoy art even if you weren't an art major in college.