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Fruition – Figurative Art by Julia Martin and Buddy Jackson

 

Fruition – Figurative Art by Julia Martin and Buddy Jackson

November 18 to December 16

Opening reception on November 18, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Closing reception on December 16, 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A selection of art by Julia Martin and Buddy Jackson will be featured in Fruition at 33 Contemporary Gallery, November 18 to December 16. Organized by arts writer, curator, and consultant Sara Lee Burd, the subject of Fruition is women approached by two artists whose content and form derives from their unique experiences, concepts, and relationships with women. Martin and Jackson’s figurative paintings are colorful expressions that evoke the beauty and energy reminiscent of the Post-impressionist art. Sculptures by Martin and Jackson will be on exhibit as well as Jackson’s gum dichromate prints.

Julia Martin

Julia Martin’s latest series of paintings focus on single figure female faces, rendered with expressive lines and tonal complexity. Guided by instinct she explores line and color to develop compositions. Using layers of non-objective colors, Martin realizes unique faces on canvas that communicate individual personality and identity. Her wooden sculptural work complements her paintings conceptually and enables her the freedom to explore a more hands on process. Martin searches for inspiration within herself to make art that expresses what she knows and feels as a woman. “The feminine flows freely out of me for obvious reason, but there’s a cocktail of deep-seated strength and vulnerability in women that I find utterly fascinating.”

Julia Martin Bio

Nashville-based painter Julia Martin works primarily in figurative art with an emphasis on color. She studied art at the School of Visual Arts before beginning her own studio practice. Her work has been exhibited around the United States, including La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, POP Gallery in Santa Fe, Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, and the Customs House Museum in Clarksville. In addition to making art, Martin owns Julia Martin Gallery in Nashville’s Wedgewood/Houston arts district. She curates monthly exhibitions that feature artists from around the country. For more information about Julia Martin, visit www.juliamartingallery.com.

Buddy Jackson

Buddy Jackson’s new series of paintings, gum dichromate prints, and bronze sculptures highlight body and facial expressions, which poignantly evoke the beauty, strength, and vulnerability that permeates the human condition. Jackson’s focus on representing women comes from his admiration of their perseverance despite inequalities “little boys are taught by society—by school, by coaches, by their dads, by their moms, by everybody—that feminine traits are bad. But then we expect these little boys to grow up and respect women. Jackson’s representations of women are guided by what he sees in himself and his rejection of binary gender stereotypes that restrict men and women from revealing their authentic physical and emotional selves.

Buddy Jackson Bio

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1952, Jackson spent most of his childhood learning the language of the South in the hills and mountains of East Tennessee. The grandson of a Tennessee sign painter, he found solace in the creativity that flowed through him as it did in his Grandad before him. He attended UT for oil painting before moving to Nashville and starting Jackson Design, a premier design firm which he owned and operated for over twenty-five years. He was largely successful due to his fine art approach and went on to earn two Grammy’s for art direction and countless other awards for his work in the field. Jackson eventually sold his design business to continue his practice as a contemporary fine artist. Since then his critically acclaimed sculpture, photography, drawings and paintings have been included in several exhibitions, public and private collections and publications all over the country.

Curator’s Note

One objective of this exhibition is to introduce artworks by two prominent Nashville artists to Chicago. I am interested in beginning a conversation about art from the South. While many Southern artists receive national and international recognition, many remain underrepresented in terms of prevalence and prominence. An exhibition such as this is an opportunity to see two artistic voices that are examples of the fine art being produced in Nashville, TN. Martin and Jackson do not represent the whole of art from the south. In fact there is no single narrative of southern art, but these artists are significant contributors to the fabric of the rich, diverse art being produced. Martin and Jackson create skilled, imaginative artworks with eclectic color and form and whose subjects and details provoke contemplative moments.

VIEW AVAILABLE WORKS FROM JULIA MARTIN

VIEW AVAILABLE WORKS FROM BUDDY JACKSON

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Common People by The Unwonted Artist Collective

Join us for the opening reception of “Common People”

An exhibition self-curated by The Unwonted Artist Collective.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 2016 from 7 pm to 10 pm

ARTISTS: Red Baker, Keith Bond, Jeffrey Brink, Richy Contreras, Veronica Napoli and Eric Roldan

It all started with an unofficial face-to-face rejection.

A recent recipient of a BFA and entry level employee at an established arts organization was left out of a company-wide visual art exhibition; omitted, forgotten, a name that fell between the cracks. No love lost, the curator at this organization, whose stated mission is to “improve the quality of life along the South Shore”, offered her employee a heartfelt something to take the edge off of this disappointment. The abandoned arts organization employee was told to round up a few fellow art school friends to squeeze together their own group show in October of 2014.

And it is of those uncommon state of affairs that the unwanted became THE UNWONTED.

definition of Unwonted: (adj.)

1.not customary or usual; rare:

unwonted kindness.

  1. Archaic. unaccustomed or unused.

 

THE UNWONTED artist collective is made up of six former college art school students and current friends who decided to continue the spirit of someone who took a chance on them and are giving something a shot. Their goal is to renovate the gallery-going experience at what you’ve come to know as a fine art exhibit and reception.

The work produced by the members of THE UNWONTED ranges from, but is not limited to, semi-nude portraits purposely torched to express a feminist yell to thickly painted black-out scenes scraped down to the canvas used to provoke foregone memories. From huge horizontally laid canvases where paint is unconventionally tilted to produce something altogether quite natural to the flow of visual dialogue of one artists dune-land home painted in a stream of personal and social consciousness. And finally, the spray-painted and screen-printed pieces of a two-brains-are-better-than-one, street-and-fine-art-influenced collaborative duo who share the artistic plane, whether that be on canvases, wood, or previously pressed vinyl records, where classical beauty is re-represented by modern form.

This exhibit invites all of the gallery-goers out there to experience the collectives congruent and organic aesthetic, an introduction to the individuals who make up this strange circle, and, as with every other Unwonted Event, there will be several opportunities for the gallery-goer to play his and her part in the creativity being offered throughout the evening of the Opening Reception. In what will be an night where the experimental mixes with the traditional, where punk rock DIY attitude meets established classical painting techniques and gallery etiquette, the artist collective invites you to come and share what makes all of us common people… unwonted.

“Nature is orderly. That which appears to be chaotic in nature is only a more complex kind of order.” -Gary Snyder (American man of letters)

 

 

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From Here to There. Works by Sergio Gomez

“From Here to There” is a collaboration between ACS Gallery and Art NXT Level Projects. It will feature a selection of recent works by artist Sergio Gomez. Following a major solo show at the Zhou B Art Center, ACS Gallery invites you to an intimate encounter with the the work of Sergio Gomez. His figurative abstraction paintings often reflect on the human condition and invite the viewer to a closer personal introspection.

Additionally, Art NXT Level Projects will present a simultaneous exhibition featuring two large scale charcoal drawings along with a time lapse documenting their creation.

Opening Friday, September 16, 2016 from 7 to 10 pm.

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Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View. Self Portrait Exhibition

Art NXT Level Projects and GOSS183 Press are pleased to announce Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View. This exhibition aims to explore how we see ourselves from an external point of view. Artists are invited to examine and interpret the theme from a social, political or psychological point of view. We are looking for self-portraits that examine how you think others would see you as an outsider. This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. From high realism to abstract expression, Reinventing Ourselves from another POV exhibition will provide an open platform for self-exploration. The exhibition is curated by Dulce Menendez and Sergio Gomez. Award jurors: Howard Tullman, John Seed and Nicki Escudero.

Exhibitions Dates:  August 19 to September 10, 2016

Opening Date/Reception: Friday, August 19, 2016

Time: 7 pm to 10 pm

About Art NXT Level Projects

Art NXT Level (formerly 33 Contemporary Gallery) is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary space dedicated to equipping and coaching artists to manage their art career. The Project space provides national and international artists with a platform to present art projects and exhibitions of high quality and visionary scope.

Location: 

Art NXT Level (4th floor)

Zhou B Art Center 1029 W. 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Artists:

  • Beth Kamhi
  • Billy Pozzo
  • Bojana Ilic
  • Carrie Baxter
  • Christy Bomb
  • Cory Sewelson
  • Dan Addington
  • David M. Versluis
  • Diana Leviton Gondek
  • Jaime Foster
  • Karl M. Gerzan
  • Katherine Van Drie
  • Krista Varsbergs
  • Marissa Voytenko
  • Randal Stringer
  • Sandra Bacon
  • Adam Holzrichter
  • Cathy Engberg
  • Cecile Baird
  • Daliah Ammar
  • Elisa R. Boughner
  • Ellen Holtzblatt
  • Gabriel Mejia
  • Greg Halvorsen Schreck
  • Irene Bailey
  • Jamilah Adebesin Mason
  • Jean Lewis
  • Joyce Polance
  • Kelly Witte
  • Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern
  • Lorena Kloosterboer
  • Mary Kearney Hull
  • Matthew Cherry
  • Nadine Robbins
  • Natalie Roseman
  • Natalie Wiseman
  • Nicole Alger
  • Omalix
  • Paul Pinzarrone
  • Rebecca Griggs
  • Rick Sindt
  • Rine Boyer
  • Samantha Haring
  • Sara Nordmark
  • Stephanie Deshpande
  • Taylor Mezo
  • Terry Strickland
  • Thom Priemon
  • Tim Arroyo
  • Tina Newberry
  • Victoria Selbach

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Artist Name: Matthew Ivan Cherry
Title of Work: Who’s Your Father
Medium: gouache on paper
Size: 8” x 8” each

Selected Artists: Reinventing Ourselves from Another Point of View

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Art NXT Level Projects and GOSS183 Press are pleased to announce the selected artists for the Reinventing Ourselves From Another Point of View exhibition. The show will open on Friday August 19th at Art NXT Level Projects, 4th Floor, Zhou B Art Center. Opening Reception 7 – 10 pm.

Exhibition curators: Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez. Award Jurors: Howard Tullman, John Seed and Nicki Escudero

Award winners will be announced the day of the opening on August 19th.

  • Beth Kamhi
  • Billy Pozzo
  • Bojana Ilic
  • Carrie Baxter
  • Christy Bomb
  • Cory Sewelson
  • Dan Addington
  • David M. Versluis
  • Diana Leviton Gondek
  • Jaime Foster
  • Karl M. Gerzan
  • Katherine Van Drie
  • Krista Varsbergs
  • Marissa Voytenko
  • Randal Stringer
  • Sandra Bacon
  • Adam Holzrichter
  • Cathy Engberg
  • Cecile Baird
  • Daliah Ammar
  • Elisa R. Boughner
  • Ellen Holtzblatt
  • Gabriel Mejia
  • Greg Halvorsen Schreck
  • Irene Bailey
  • Jamilah Adebesin Mason
  • Jean Lewis
  • Joyce Polance
  • Kelly Witte
  • Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern
  • Lorena Kloosterboer
  • Mary Kearney Hull
  • Matthew Cherry
  • Nadine Robbins
  • Natalie Roseman
  • Natalie Wiseman
  • Nicole Alger
  • Omalix
  • Paul Pinzarrone
  • Rebecca Griggs
  • Rick Sindt
  • Rine Boyer
  • Samantha Haring
  • Sara Nordmark
  • Stephanie Deshpande
  • Taylor Mezo
  • Terry Strickland
  • Thom Priemon
  • Tim Arroyo
  • Tina Newberry
  • Victoria Selbach

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HORROR VACUI. Samantha Haring and Adrian Cox

A Two-Person Exhibition

Paintings by Adrian Cox and Samantha Haring

June 17 to July 29, 2016

Opening Reception: June 17 from 7 to 10 pm
Artists Talk: July 15 at 8pm

Walking Big Dreamer by Adrian Cox

Walking Big Dreamer by Adrian Cox

The term horror vacui literally means “fear of empty space.” This two-person exhibition juxtaposes the sublime and the grotesque in order to speak to contemporary global issues. The world is full of distractions; with smart phones in our pockets and the Internet at our fingertips, it is almost impossible to tune out the noise and find true quietude. Both artists show the effects of this relentless distraction: Cox through dense, layered imagery and richly detailed creatures, and Haring through the inevitable gathering of detritus and dust in the studio.

Cox’s paintings situate the grotesque within the beautiful, creating a complex narrative of seemingly incongruous juxtapositions. His jewel-like colors and painterly application reward looking; yet his flayed and deformed figures speak to the darker side of human nature and earthly reality. Haring’s paintings, on the other hand, strip away the noise and distractions of the world to rediscover universal truths in the mundane. Her empty studio spaces and quiet tones reflect both a meditative simplicity as well as the overwhelming burden of isolation.

Together, the two bodies of work speak to the same experience of vulnerability through opposing lenses. Both show a clear commitment to contemporary painting, perception, and storytelling. Haring’s work embraces the clarity and minimalism of empty space, while Cox’s work uses horror vacui aesthetics to revel in the chaos of the world. Seen together, the works raise questions about mortality, accumulation, and the inevitable ravages of time. The sublime and the grotesque are two sides of the same coin: in both exist great beauty and great loss, simultaneously. Balancing the two is an ever-present, complex, and universal struggle.

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Charybdis by Samantha Haring

About Adrian Cox

Adrian Cox (born 1988) is a painter living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. Adrian’s studio practice involves a continuing exploration of transgressive bodies in figurative painting. In his recent work, he seeks to create a mythology of the grotesque, representing the morphic body as a heroic and empathetic subject.

Cox attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate studies, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors in 2010. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2012, and was awarded the Desert Space Foundation Award upon graduation. Adrian has exhibited work nationally, recently including the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Modern Eden Gallery in San Fransisco, and Zg Gallery in Chicago. His paintings have also been printed in the nationally distributed publication Direct Art and the International Painting Annual 3 published by Manifest Press, as well as reviewed online by Hi-Fructose Magazine. Adrian currently works as a lecturer in painting in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in Saint Louis.

About Samantha Haring

Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. She makes quiet paintings that discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence. Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) andher BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied

in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring’s work has been shown nationally. Recent group exhibitions include the Wet Paint MFA Biennial at the Zhou B Art Center, the Rockford Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Art Museum, and New American Paintings: Midwest Edition at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Her work is published in issues #119 and #123 of New American Paintings as well as the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5. Haring was an Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery from 2015-2016. She currently lives and works in Cincinnati.

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Parallel Lives (New York-Chicago)

 

Chicago Opening –  Friday May 20, 2016 at Next Level Gallery

New York Opening –  Saturday June 4, 2016 at Parenthesis Art Space  

Parenthesis Art Space is pleased to present PARALLEL LIVES, a traveling exhibition series that swaps Artists work between two distinct cities to initiate conversation and context about Artist’s practices and their communities.

Parallel Lives is created and curated by Luis Martin, Founder and Chief Curator of Parenthesis Art Space currently located at Brooklyn Brush Studios in Brooklyn. The exhibition kicks off in Chicago at Next Level Gallery at the Zhou B Art Center co-curated by Sergio Gomez, Founder and Director of NXT Level Projects.

This collaboration invites the audience of both cities to think about art and the Artists that made the work in terms of context and questions the influence of place and time. Furthermore, the PARALLEL LIVES series will create a platform to expand the Artist’s reach to forge a wider sense of community and visibility.

Both events coincide with established community art events. The Chicago opening will occur on May 20th, during “Third Fridays”, a longstanding monthly program initiated by Sergio Gomez that has created a robust audience around the Artists at the Zhou B Art Center. The New York opening takes center stage in Bushwick during an annual weekend summer arts festival, that is now a major attraction for the New York art audience.

 

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Same Difference by Lisa Goesling

Opening: Friday, April 15 from 7 to 10 pm

In this exhibition, Chicago-based artist Lisa Goesling presents two bodies of work in two different styles with two very different results. In both cases her goal is to inspire the audience to pay attention to details. To leave marveling at how she creates her art and gain new insight into what makes artists tick.

Lisa’s Interaction series is undeniably fun. It takes a few minutes to figure out that what looks like abstract forms are actually multiple layers of people interacting with each other. Just like how people’s body language can change your mood, her characters have the same power when you interact with them. Most of Interaction is created with permanent paint markers on 1/4” thick acrylic. Some are mounted away from the wall in shadow box frames so that the shadows from the people appear on the wall.

Her other series, Environment Movement, concentrates on nature. Eco-Psychology is the study of the relationship between human beings and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. Lisa’s art seeks to expose the emotional connection between individuals and the natural world and remedy our alienation from nature. Paying close attention to nature sharpens our senses to the greater world.

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About Lisa Goesling

Lisa was awarded an Artists Residency at the Studios of Key West for 2016. She was one of six artists awarded a two year Residency from 2010-2012 at the Merchandise Mart of Chicago. Her art appears on the cover of NY Times Bestseller, Colum McCann’s novel, TransAtlantic, which won the 2015 D&AD Award of Excellence in London, England. Domenic Iacono awarded Lisa Best of Show in the 2014 Less Is More Exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis, MD. She is featured on the Cable TV Show, Artist to Artist, is a multiple Award Winner through Manhattan Arts International, exhibits throughout the United States and has her art in private/public collections throughout the world.

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What Is Gone | Mandy Cano Villalobos

In this exhibition, Mandy Cano Villalobos mingles cultural histories and personal narrative to make sense of nostalgic sentiments and life’s ephemerality. Her materials include dirt, human hair, and pig blood, which she employs as a dual symbol of filth and redemption. In the Sisyphus series, the artist repetitively marks the paper with circular patterns, thus transforming the action of painting into a meditative ritual. Erogenous and mournful, Modern Day Magdalene is a bed of burlap and human hair, a quiet reflection upon the disappointments and desires of an aging woman. Among these pieces and others, Cano Villalobos provides a thoughtful, somewhat sad pause, through which viewers might recognize their own vulnerabilities amidst her visceral materials and the stories she grafts into her work.

Bio: Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores the passage of time and collective memory. Her work has been featured in numerous venues including the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum (Clinton, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), Van Der Plas Gallery (New York, NY), Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago), The Museum of New Art (Detroit, MI), Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC) and La Casa Pauly (Puerto Montt, Chile). Cano Villalobos has also received grants from multiple organizations including the Puffin and Frey Foundations. She earned her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. and currently resides in the Midwest.

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