Dreaming in the Doldrums
Solo Exhibition by Jennifer Cronin
MAY 17 to JUNE 15, 2013
Exhibition Opening: Friday, May 17 from 7 to 10 pm
Gallery Artist Talk: Thursday, May 30 at 6 pm
Time passes. Days come and go. At some point, routine can creep in, grabbing a tight hold of our lives. And as time ticks by, sometimes it can seem as though we are not moving. As if everything is frozen, motionless and entangled in a humdrum existence.
It can be difficult to remain interested, excited, engaged, and true to oneself amidst the backdrop of routine. Dreaming in the Doldrums is about personal fantasy and escape amidst everyday experience. It is a reimagining of everyday life into something more playful, dramatic, and true.
In many of these paintings, the figure struggles to make sense of the outside world and its inconsistencies, with painterly abstractions illustrating an estranged, complicated, and sometimes humorous relationship with the environment. The paintings entitled Customer Service reflect the beauty of our dreams and aspirations, and the relentless hope and optimism that we all hold amidst setbacks and frustrations. These images juxtapose worn-down service workers with images that represent thoughts, escapes, fantasies, or illustrations of who they are and what actually matters to them. These portraits put the customer service worker on a pedestal that unfortunately isn't often there in real life, transforming the hardened service worker into a cherished object and showing that there is often more than meets the eye. It is about the beauty that exists in the human mind, and the persistence of the human spirit.
Ashes and Incense: The Enduring Art of Pedro Palacios
MAY 17 to JUNE 1, 2013
GOMEZ & ROSSETTI STUDIO, LOWER LEVEL
Opening: Friday, May 17 from 7 to 10 pm
On April 6, while Joliet-based artist Pedro Palacios worked away in his studio, his family home unexpectedly caught on fire. Along with his family's personal possessions, his faithful dog was also lost in the tragedy. The only thing that survived out of the ashes was a selection Pedro's works which he had stored in the home's basement.
"Ashes and Incense: The Enduring Art of Pedro Palacios" is an exhibition of recovered works celebrating the resilient and enduring heart and faith of artist Pedro Palacios. Although the tragedy destroyed material possessions and family memories, the restless desire to overcome the hardships of life endures in the works of Pedro Palacios.
Please join us to celebrate life with the artist. A selection of small artworks donated by Chicago artists will be available for purchase as well as signed limited edition posters of the artist's work. All proceeds will go to the recovery fund of Pedro Palacios.
Shadow Matrix Evolution by Dana Major
May 17 from 7-10pm
PROJECT X SPACE, FOURTH FLOOR
Dana Major in collaboration with Sergio Gomez & 33 Contemporary Gallery present:
Shadow Matrix Evolution, Summer 2013 is a continuously changing, walk-through, interactive installation of light and shadow. Artist Dana Major uses LED technology to cast an immersive, responsive shadow environment through woven metal sculptures. Shadow Matrix Evolution, Summer 2013 will show for four consecutive months, beginning Friday, May 17, 7 -10pm during Third Friday Events at Project X Space, 4th floor of the Zhou B Art Center.
Sergio Gomez, Director
Zhou B. Art Center
Monday through Friday: