Sunday, October 2, 2011

Write Now - Group Exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center - Opening Sept 29, 2011

Write Now

"Write Now: Artists and Letterforms" is a major exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, that showcases a diverse range of recent works by more than 60 artists utilizing letters and text in a wide array of mediums.

Featuring primarily existing work, along with some exhibit-specific installations, the artists exhibited are predominantly, but not exclusively, Chicago-based, and range from well-established to neophyte. Among the expansive survey of styles and mediums is painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, photography and video.

Joel Ross lights up the exhibition with his Torture Sounds Incredible LED installation; Chicago photographer Doug Fogelson presents a new work titled Dissolve; Aviva Alter presents Shield, a textile work made of recycled materials; Jason Messinger presents Nine Letterfields, a ceramic work consisting of 2”x12” tiles and glazes on wood backer frames; and Dan Grzeca presents a silkscreen image titled @MayorEmanuel. Rick Valicenti, recipient of the 2011 National Design Award for Communcations Design from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, presents Sumi Calligraphy, an extraordinary ink on paper artwork.

The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project is showcased in one section of the exhibition, featuring work by more than 100 artists from international Fluxus and Mail Art communities who submitted artwork via the postage system.

Related Events:
  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Chicago Rooms. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Artist Talk: Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. " Write Now" artists Mike Genovese, Christine Tarkowski and Bernard Williams will led an artist discussion in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission is free.
Artists include: Actual Size Artworks, Nick Adam, Teresa Albor, Dylan Allread, Aviva Alter, Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes, Catherine Bouzide, Drury Brennan, Stephanie Brooks, Tom Burtonwood, Derek Chan, Erik DeBat, Louis DeMarco, Michael Dinges, Dzine, Ken Fandell, Samuel Feinstein, Doug Fogelson, Mike Genovese, Aron Gent, Mario Gonzalez Jr., Dan Grzeca, Matthew Hoffman, Jo Hormuth, Cody Hudson, Industry of the Ordinary, Matt Irie, Carol Jackson, Kathleen Judge, Amos Kennedy, Chad Kouri, BJ Krivanek, Jason Lazarus, Harold Mendez, Adelheid Mers, Jason Messinger, Eddwin Meyers, Ray Noland, Todd Palmer, Jason Pickleman, Jaume Plensa, John Pobojewski, Karen Reimer, Bud Rodecker, Matt Rose, Joel Ross, John Santoro, Zach Shrey, Matt Siber, Nicholas Sistler, Buzz Spector, Christine Tarkowski, Scott Thomas, Michael Thompson, Tom Torluemke, Cecil Touchon, Rick Valicenti, Nathan Veach, Daniel Warren, Ian Weaver, Ian Whitmore, Bernard Williams & Fluxus Mail Art and Concrete Poetry.
Keep yours eyes open for ongoing artist talks and other happenings through the run of the show. The first one of which will be an artists talk with Mike Genovese, Christine Tarkowski and Bernard Williams on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6PM at the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center.

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