NIGHT BLOOMERS BY SEAN WARD
Opening Reception JUNE 4, 2-5p
I remember my mother grabbing the dandelion from my sister’s mouth. Picking pretty things was her interest - wild flowers and flowering weeds her favorite.
- Sean Ward
Night Bloomers at Compound Yellow will be the second iteration of Finger Flowers, a project developed by Sean Ward. Fastnet in Brooklyn, New York hosted the premiere entitled Container-Container where Ward's Sensei Yoshie Takahashi, her students, and her husband, ceramicist Marc Isaacs, collaborated on an exhibition of Ikebana arrangements in a shipping container on the Red Hook docks.
At Compound Yellow, a group of artists abroad were asked to create containers for artists residing in the vicinity of the Compound to use during an Ikebana workshop led by Ward. The workshop is held the night before the opening and the arrangements are placed throughout the Compound. Flowers will be renewed throughout the year by other exhibitors.
Finger Flowers is an experimental project and a question about adopted ancient arts in contemporary culture, Buddhism in Transcendentalism's legacy, and an east to west movement rather than a westernization. The completed *objects*, container and flowers, being singular and ephemeral allows for meditation around economy, preservation, and spirituality.
Hand out heads, I rebuked on a platter sniffling drowsy fat
I have enough cash to get damp, silver later
While snipping orchids Saturday
- Moribana poem 2016-01-12, Sean Ward
(Moribana poem, invented form based on 167 characters or less divided across three main lines. Shin, soe and tai the three main parts structuring a Moribana flower arrangement which goes from longest, strongest plant material to the shortest.)
Artists: Winslow Smith, Brian Hubble, Nate White, Tim Portlock, Pooneh Maghazehe, Diego Leclery, You Ni Chae, Fatima Haider, EunJi Kim, Chinatsu Ikeda, James Powers, Seth Hunter, Magalie Guerin, Erin Washington, Alberto Aguilar, Maddie Reyna, Peter Fagundo, Dan Gunn, Karolina Gnatowski, Michael Bill Smith, Allison Wade
About Ikebana, The Japanese Discipline of the Art of arranging flowers traces its origin to the 15th century when it began to coalesce into schools. Ikenobo is the oldest school with 550 years of unbroken tradition. Its spiritual base comes from the Senno Kuden or oral tradition. The spiritual link stands firm in the Rokakudo which is a temple on the grounds of its headquarters to this day.
The Ikebana practitioner seeks to quietly share in the universal life force during the creation of an arrangement. The brief interaction with live materials is both a meditation and an art which must happen precisely and in one sitting. The beauty of each season is expressed through a vast knowledge of techniques and a firm understanding of a plant’s place in nature. While many westerners look to the flower in full bloom as an ideal, the Ikebana practitioner sees this as the end of life. Buds, branches, and leaves just beginning to peak out from their origins are sought after as they express the wheel of life.
Local co-operated design collective DOCK 6 is pleased to announce the 10th edition of its Design & Art Series occurring Saturday, June 3rd, 2PM–9PM.
Hosted at their sprawling Austin/Belmont-Cragin neighborhood headquarters, the entire studio will be open to the public, filled with local art and original designs ranging from custom metal and woodworking to functional objects, sculptures, and select work from professional artists working throughout Chicago. This wildly popular design & art showcase first premiered in 2010 (beginning as a semi-annual), and has since invited hundreds of artists, designers and curators to create fascinating, diverse shows of contemporary art and design pieces installed amongst the tools and machinery throughout the raw, working studio space. The event is free and open to the public.
Featuring works by Navillus Woodworks, Carson Maddox Studios, Lagamorph Design, zakrose, -ism Furniture, and SAP Design, Alberto Aguilar, Jean Alexander Frater, Stephanie Brooks, EC Brown, DEMO projects, Jeff Forsythe, Diana Gabriel, Dan Gunn, Erin Hayden, Daniel Hojnacki, Jaclyn Jacunski, Raul de Lara, Allison Lascher, Nazafarin Lotfi, John Preus, Jeff Robinson, Matt Siber, Edra Soto, Norman Teague, Hannah Vaughn, Amanda Williams, Russ White, and more. Frequent DOCK 6 collaborators Range Design & Architecture are also participating.
I Have Feelings to Express
January 22– February 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 22, 12pm – 3pm
“I Have Feelings to Express,” Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s second group exhibition in Chicago, brings together members of the LA branch of the four-city TSA collective, and an invited selection of outside artists from Chicago. Carl Baratta, Vanessa Chow, Dan Gunn, Karolina Gnatowski, Erin Harmon, Stacee Kalmanovsky and Mindy Rose Schwartz each practice with vastly differing media, content and making processes, though when their works are viewed together, a variety of formal relationships emerge.
Amongst the works of TSA LA members Baratta, Chow and Harmon, and Chicagoans Gunn, Gnatowski, Kalmanovsky and Schwartz, a viewer can spot glimpses of common threads: invented landscapes, stressed figures, peculiar palettes and tactile material. It’s not so much that these seven artists embody a theme that unites their disparate practices, but that their individual formal explorations intersect like Venn Diagrams. “I Have Feelings to Express” is indicative of the kinds aesthetic dialogues that transcend geographical boundaries.
319 N Albany Ave, Chicago IL 60612
Hours: Sat 12 - 4pm and by appointment
University of Toledo, Center for Visual Art
September 6 - October 30, Opening Reception September 15, 6 - 8 p.m.
Curated by Austin Radcliffe
The University of Toledo Department of Art is proud to present this group exhibition of artists working and living in Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago and Findlay, Ohio. Midwest Mindset examines Contemporary Art practice in the once-thriving Heartland. The decline of the Midwest is evident in the crumbling remains of the Industrial Age. Once well-oiled and strong, these rusting factories stand as reminders of prosperity in America, of the hard work of generations past, and of opportunity for reinvention. In the 19th century, the Midwest was a land of opportunity. New factories fortified the region with jobs. Craftworkers and innovators pushed the Industrial Revolution forward, and the American Dream manufactured itself. Many of the factory jobs that created these cities have disappeared conglomerated, moved overseas. A sense of pride, hard work, and craftsmanship still pervades. People carry the Midwest Mindset. Artists in this exhibition share a nostalgia for craft, manufacturing, transportation, and an American dream that didn't necessarily work out.
Austin Radcliffe is a Cincinnati-based curator, writer, and photographer best known for his blog & book titled Things Organized Neatly. Radcliffe has worked in galleries since 2010, with his curatorial debut at Mt Comfort in Indianapolis in 2012. He has gone on to work internationally including projects at Tate Modern and Art Basel, Switzerland. Radcliffe holds a BFA from Herron in Indianapolis and currently splits time between the Midwest and New York.
- Cudelice Brazelton
- Erin K. Drew
- Dan Gunn
- Clara DeGalan
- Nathaniel Foley
620 Art Museum Dr, Toledo OH 43620. http://www.utoledo.edu/al/svpa/art/galleries/
Opening reception January 14, 6-7:30PM (5-6PM VIP Reception)
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Monique Meloche Gallery will feature work from SAIC alumni and faculty represented or exhibited by the gallery. Winter Experiment: SAIC @ MMG provides a platform for celebration and acknowledgement of the wide-range of prolific artists and insurmountable faculty that SAIC generates. These sixteen featured artists all demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to their respected practices which defies the misconception that Chicago artists fall within a regional aesthetic. This survey of work invites into question the ever-shifting practices of contemporary artists who have been affiliated with SAIC. We invite you to celebrate and help support the longstanding symbiotic relationship that galleries in Chicago and SAIC share. A portion of the sales on the opening night will support student scholarships at SAIC.
Carla Arocha (Venezuelan, b. Caracas 1961, lives Antwerp, Belgium) received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.
Sanford Biggers (American, b. 1970 Los Angeles, CA, lives and works New York, NY) received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999.
Rashayla Marie Brown (American, b. 1982 Toledo, lives Chicago) is a current MA Candidate in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Justin Cooper (American, b. 1976, lives NY) received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.
Davis/Langlois: Robert Davis (American, b. 1970, lives New York) received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. Michael Langlois (American, b. 1974, lives Chicago) received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998.
Karolina Gnatowski (b. 1980 Poland, lives Chicago) received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.
Michelle Grabner (American, b. 1962 Oshkosh, WI, lives Milwaukee, WI) is our feature on the wall artist for January—May, 2016, marking the nineteenth on the wall project for the gallery. Grabner is an artist, curator, writer, and the founder of The Suburban, which was recently relocated to Milwaukee, WI. For this exhibition, Grabner presents Chicago Gingham, an expansion of her practice where she indexes and transposes gingham fabric patterns and reconfigures the material as painting. Grabner is also the curator for The Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art, which will take place July 9, 2016—September 18, 2016. Grabner is currently a Professor in the Painting and Drawing department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Support for the on the wall series is funded in part by a grant from the Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33S.
Dan Gunn (American, b. 1980, lives Chicago) received an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.
Sheree Hovsepian (American, b. Isfahan Iran 1974, lives NY) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002.
Rashid Johnson (American, b. 1977 Chicago, lives New York) attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2003-2004.
Maya Mackrandilal (American, b. 1985, lives Chicago) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011.
Heidi Norton (American, b. 1977, lives New York) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. She currently assists in Admissions Portfolio Reviews and Counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cheryl Pope (American, b. 1980, lives Chicago) received her Master’s in Design: Fashion, Body and Garment from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Karen Reimer (American, b. 1958, lives Chicago) is currently a professor in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Joel Ross (American, b. 1966, lives Urbana, IL) was a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Carrie Schneider (American, b. 1979, lives in New York) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She currently is a program mentor for the MFA Low Residency Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
*Monique Meloche and all current staff are SAIC alumni as well!
Opening Reception: Thursday Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Art by... Greg Binder, Ann Blaas, Mies Boone, Peter Bosy, Benjamin Buchenot, Robert Buitron Alexandra Eiva, Adam Fotos, Karl Fresa, Magalie Guerin, Dan Gunn, Alexander Herzog, Seth Hunter, Katherine Jost, David Linneweh, Nazifarin Lotfi, Cherith Lundin, Lily Mayfield, Min Pak, Teresa Parker, Russell Philips, Kate Pszotka, Gary Schirmer, Christopher Schneberger, Michael Taylor, Olivia Schreiner, Paul Shukin, Don Sout.
For more information on the exhibition, please contact Cleve Carney Gallery Art Director/Curator Justin Witte at email@example.com.
September 28, 2015
Split Difference, a group exhibition featuring the work of Chicago-based artists Dan Gunn, Sterling Lawrence, Arianna Petrich, and Min Song, to open Friday, October 2, in the historic Mallers Building, parallel to the first Chicago Architecture Biennial
Organized by Samantha Topol for Original Features, Split Difference presents the work of Chicago-based artists Dan Gunn, Sterling Lawrence, Arianna Petrich, and Min Song, whose work navigates a continuum between image, sculpture, and functional object. Situated in the landmark Mallers Building on Jewelry Row, the exhibition draws on the history of its context by exploring works that push and pull at the conventional boundaries of design and sculpture. While these artists depart from different training and concerns, their objects share a resistance to easy categorization. Their material handling challenges, expands, and frustrates the expectations of painting, sculpture and utility. All of the artists have produced new work, which will be exhibited here for the first time here.
These Chicago artists seen together gains particular relevance in the larger context of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, opening to the public October 3 at the Chicago Cultural Center and other locations around the city. While the Biennial will elaborate international concerns and developments in the fields of architecture and design, this exhibition references the vernacular of design, yet steers the conversation toward more undetermined ends. The work of these artists approaches the nature of objects with a hybrid or multiple position, across and in between disciplines.
The exhibition opening reception will be held from 6-8pm Friday, October 2, and will be open for public viewing 11am-3pm each Saturday in October and by appointment. There will be a panel discussion with the artists on Saturday, October 24 at 2pm.
Original Features is a project-driven collaboration founded by Samantha Topol and Benjamin Chaffee in 2011. Working in relation to the needs and interests of peers, Original Features encourages formal inventiveness, situational responsiveness, and connections across wide-ranging discourse. Samantha Topol organized this exhibition and wrote the exhibition essay, which will be available online when the exhibition opens. www.originalfeatures.org
Dan Gunn is an artist, writer and educator living and working in Chicago. He received an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Recent exhibitions include Impromptu Airs, a solo exhibition at Monique Meloche Gallery and New American Paintings Midwest Survey at the Elmhurst Art Museum. www.dangunn.com
Sterling Lawrence is an artist living and working in Chicago. He received his MFA in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently an instructor in the Print Media Department at SAIC. He has exhibited in Chicago with Document Gallery, Tony Wight Gallery, Devening Projects, New Capital via Forever and Always Gallery, and outside
Chicago at Soloway Gallery in Brooklyn, Scotty Enterprises in Berlin, Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland OR, and Launch F-18. in New York. www.sterlinglawrence.com
Arianna Petrich is an artist and designer whose materially-driven work looks at the instability of meaning in objects and situations, particularly those that allow for a generative misreading. Her work has been deeply shaped by her experiences in New Orleans and India, where flexibility, economy, and adaptability are key virtues. Her work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Surface Magazine, Design Milk, Refinery 29, Architectural Digest, and the Times of India. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Tulane University. www.ariannapetrich.com
Min Song received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Tromp l’Oeil Depression at Young Art, Los Angeles; Small Scale Lifestyles at Seerveld Gallery, Palos Heights; Small Scale Lifestyles II at Happy Collaborationist, Chicago; and Min Song at Michael Jon, Miami. She worked as a Co-Director at Julius Caesar, a project space in Chicago, IL from 2011-2013, and has been an instructor at the School of the Art Institute and Northwestern University. www.minsong.info
WITH SPECIAL THANKS to Jay Richman at Spectrum Properties, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Benjamin Chaffee, Michael Savona, Greg Ruffing, Michelle Puetz, Sibylle Friche, Billy Joyce, Karolina Gnatowski, Savannah Jubic, Eala O’Se, and Joey Scher.
LUMA at 10: Greatest Hits Celebrates Favorite Works from Museum’s First Decade
CHICAGO, – Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) celebrates its tenth anniversary with a special exhibition reprising many of its most successful and innovative exhibitions from its first ten years. LUMA at 10: Greatest Hits will run August 22 through October 11.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 28, 5:30–7:30 p.m. | $15 • Members & LUC: free
More than fifty artists will have works on display, including Edward Gorey, Georges Rouault, and Andy Warhol. Warhol’s popular Silver Clouds, comprised of helium-filled, pillow-like forms floating on soft currents of air, will fill LUMA’s largest gallery. To complement Warhol’s inflatables, Lewis deSoto’s 25-foot reclining air-filled Buddha, Paranirvana, on loan from Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, will also be on display.
Additional featured artists include: Teresa Albor, Jean-Christophe Ballot, Benjamin Bergery, José Bernal, Catherine Cajandig, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Castellana, Marc Chagall, William Conger, David Lee Csicsko, Bruce Davidson, Lewis deSoto, Michele Oka Doner, Minnie Evans, Era and Donald Farnsworth, Andre Ferrella, Nat Finkelstein, Kenneth Gerleve, Nancy Gershman, Eric Gill , Jessica Gondek, Edward Gorey, Adolph Gottlieb, Archie Granot, Dan Gunn, Theodore Gilbert Haupt, David and Hi-Jin Hodge, Rosalee O. Isaly, Michiko Itatani, Donald Jackson , Indira Freitas Johnson, Anish Kapoor, Vadim Katznelson, Hassan Khorasani, Vera Klement, Gary Kolb, Lewis Kostiner, Janet McKenzie, Juan Mora, Gabriela Morawetz, Kisho Mukaiyama, Stephen Prina, Auguste Rodin, Georges Rouault, Andra Samelson, Sarite Sanders, Molly Schiff, René Romero Schuler, The Shakers, W. Eugene Smith, Doug Stapleton, Doug and Mike Starn, Jean Morman Unsworth, Adriana Varejão, Andy Warhol, Glen Wexler and Emily Young.
Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. The museum is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. The museum is located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, and occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Michigan Avenue. For more information, please visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.
*These programs are generously sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Join us for an exhibition of Karolina Gnatowski and Dan Gunn's artwork at Hammock Gallery LA.
Hammock Gallery, 2038 Bay St. #2, Los Angeles
Opening: Sunday August 9th, 4-7pm
Additional open hours Sundays, August 16th and 23rd from 2-6pm. Or by appointment.
For the first time in its 20 year history, the critically acclaimed publication, New American Paintings, which presents a juried exhibition-in-print with each issue, will jump from the page to the Museum walls. New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by Elmhurst Art Museum Chief Curator, Staci Boris. This exhibition made possible by the generous support of Kim and Bob Eck. Additional support provided by Steven Zevitas.
Vermont Studio Center, May 2015 Fellowship
A big thanks to INSIDE/WITHIN for coming by the studio for an interview. INSIDE\WITHIN is a constantly updating web archive devoted to physically exploring the creative spaces of Chicago's emerging and established artists. INSIDE/WITHIN are photos by Ashleigh Dye \ words by Kate Sierzputowski. You can read the article here, "DAN GUNN'S IMPLIED MOBILITY."
About the Exhibition
Public reception with the artist: Thursday, November 6, 6-8pm
Artist talk: Saturday, December 13, 4pm
Through painterly abstraction and formal invention, Dan Gunn creates two and three-dimensional objects that are inspired by vernacular patterns, craft materials, and set design. Thick, laser-cut wood strips, overlaid with various pigment stains, form the foundation of many of his low-relief, wall sculptures. He draws his sources from materials in motion, from the buckling of a fabric curtain, the sleeves of a garment, or expanding screens. His gestures, at once seamless and non-conforming, gently manipulate the materiality of wood to occupy a space between restraint and release. Gunn’s diverse practice continues to develop in many directions, but here, for his second solo exhibition at moniquemeloche, the focus is on the expansion of two series in particular – his “fan” paintings and “draperies.” In both bodies of work, he plays with scale while exploring the full spectrum of color. Gunn squeezes and swells the silhouettes of his fans, abstracting from his previous renderings while upholding the visual identity of humble materials and exquisitely composed shapes. Gunn’s works are playful spectacles, each with their own malleable mannerisms or impromptu airs.