Monday, May 13, 2013

New Exhibition Catalog: IN A BROKEN TONGUE at Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe

New Catalog for the Exhibition IN A BROKEN TONGUE at Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe.
Opens May 24, 2013 
$35.00 - 62 pages, full color

New City Art: Review of Medley/Chicago Urban Art Society

Review: Medley/Chicago Urban Art Society

New City Art: Reviews, profiles and news about art in Chicago 
What first comes to mind when I think of collage? I picture adhesives and ephemera being used in a two-dimensional scale. Unfortunately, I also think about Pinterest and capitalism, and how the general population has hijacked the collage, turning the medium into a selfish “board” of desires. Chicago Urban Art Society’s second installment of the group show “Medley” is a much needed palate cleanse for me. It reminds that collage is much more than nostalgia and ephemera ((I promised (promised!) myself I wouldn’t use the word “ephemera” in this review, and now I’ve already done it twice.)). “Medley” shows that the art form of assemblage is amorphous and untethered. This is the good side of collage.
Here, there are three-dimensional artworks composed of bike reflectors, destroyed iPhones, nuts and bolts, and metal springs. There are unframed collages where cutout photographs of animals project outward like a pop-up book. Some of the artwork has been coated in resin, giving it the sheen of a tabletop in a diner. There are collages that step away from analog techniques, digitally printed pieces that are surreal and meticulously detailed.
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But don’t let me dismiss the endeavors of adhesives, clippings and the second dimension, because some of my favorite pieces at the gallery were two-dimensional compositions made from disparate (yet wonderfully harmonious) cutouts. Whenever artists like John Whitlock and Richard Vergez—both are featured at “Medley—can execute shape and texture and color as well as they do, I don’t really care what dimension they choose to work in.
Not only does “Medley” showcase different techniques, but it also gives the viewer a global understanding of the collage, featuring international artists like Caco Neves from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Ashkan Honarvar from Trondheim, Norway, while also representing local Chicago artists like Emily Haasch and Michael Waraksa. The variety of country and culture provides some insight as to how the art is evolving worldwide, and it also creates a diverse panorama of iconography throughout the exhibition.
It was the wide breadth of interpretation that made this show linger in my head. As I left the gallery it began to snow on that April night, but I didn’t care. I didn’t care about the ugly side of collage that mucked up my search engine, either, the wedding boards and baby-shower planning, because all of the images and thoughts in my head were fresh and unexpected. (Todd Renier)
Through May 31 at Chicago Urban Art Society, 600 West Cermak, unit 1B.

Medley: A Collage Group Show #2 - Announcement in Kolaj Magazine



12 April-31 May 2013
The Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) presents a new group exhibition entitled “Medley: A Collage Group Show #2″. This group exhibit, featuring national and international assemblage artmakers, marks the gallery’s first 2013 exhibition. The exhibition is curated by Peter Kepha, Director, Chicago Urban Art Society Gallery.
This is the Chicago Urban Art Society’s second installment of the inaugural group show “Medley” that opened on 11 May 2012. The “Medley” series presents artists who work within the genre of collage or assemblage. Contrary to the general public’s understanding of this medium as simply affixing papers, ephermera, or objects to a two dimensional surface, Kepha selected a grouping of national and international artists who practice collagework in both two and three dimensional techniques.
Looking beyond the expected and pushing constructing boundaries within the digital, analog and sculptural collage culture, “Medley” encourages viewers to consider the notion that “What you think of collage can always change.”
Participating Artists:
Emily Hassach, Chicago; Richard Vergez, Florida; Peter Kepha, Chicago; John D Whitlock, New York; Tom Tebby, United Kingdom; Jirayu Koo, New York; Leonardo Ulian, London; Tamar Cohen, New York; Michael Waraksa, Chicago; Caco Neves, Sao Paulo; Fred Free, Massachusetts; David “Netherland” van Alphen; Ashkan Honarvar, Norway; Jennifer Gunloc, Los Angeles; Cecil Touchon, Colorado; Sammy Slabbinck, Belgium; and others to be announced on the gallery’s website.
(from the exhibition’s press materials)

INFORMATION

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600 West Cermak Road
Chicago, Illinois 60616 USA
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

New works for the exhibition: 'In a Broken Tongue' at Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Title: Cominfousposan - PDP601CT13 - 57.75 x 57.75 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panel

New works for the exhibition: 'In a Broken Tongue' at Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Title: Gragglicapast - PDP601CT13 - 66x44 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panel
  Title: Cadiciatte - PDP601CT13 - 66x44 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panel

Title: Brodwarremempe - PDP601CT13 - 57.75 x 57.75 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panel

New works for the exhibition: 'In a Broken Tongue' at Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Title: Eleablatell - PDP613CT13 - 57.75 x 115.5 - paper and acrylic on birch panels

 Title: Junbereekimissentir – PDP610CT13 - 30x24 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panels

 

Title: Jacytortipers – PDP611CT13 - 30x24 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panels

Title: Jewaingyals – PDP612CT13 - 30x24 inches - paper and acrylic on birch panels