CV

Click to view entire CV or scroll down to browse recent exhibitions. CV updated April, 2013

Figurative vs. Abstract
Venue: 
Hyde Park Art Center
Date: 
06/29/2014 - 07/17/2014
Address: 
5020 S. Cornell, Ave. Chicago
Details: 

Figurative vs. Abstract at the Hyde Park Art Center
June 29th - July 17th

Join us for the reception July 10th from 5:00- 8:00 pm.
Kanter-McCormick Gallery
5020 S. Cornell, Ave. Chicago

Curator and artist Melody Saraniti investigates the relationships that shape artistic practice by inviting four artists who work primarily in figuration or abstraction to each select another artist from the other side of the aisle to exhibit alongside them in the gallery. The title for the exhibition comes from the epic battles of 20th century artists acting to define their world view by way of manifesto, exhibition or late night drunken brawl. Using this title as a jumping off point to explore contemporary artistic identity, the exhibition speaks to the fluid relationships among artists and examines the complexity of ways they navigate, appropriate and value the work of others with seemingly oppositional practices.

In the exhibition, the works of Midwestern artists Robin Dluzen and Amanda Joseph highlight how identity can inform artistic practice. Judith Geichman and Larissa Borteh illustrate how an immediate attraction to another’s work can present a new perspective on the possibilities of painting. The intersection of vibrant paintings by Maria Vergara and Cameron Harvey stresses the importance of formal considerations of color, composition and light. Anne Harris and Dana DeGiulio bring the visceral presence of a work to the forefront, setting aside attempts at classifications or hierarchies.

Images
Left: Robin Dluzen
Nichols Arboretum (pallet), Enamel and graphite on cardboard and wood pallet, approx. 60" x 60"

Right: Amanda Joseph
Detail of Virginia $lim (for Lonnie), Graphite on paper, framed, 16" x 14"
Image courtesy Zg Gallery, Chicago.

2014 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial
Venue: 
Evanston Art Center
Date: 
06/08/2014 - 07/20/2014
Address: 
2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60201
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Opening Reception, June 8, 1–4 pm
Jurors: Allison Peters Quinn and Sergio Gomez

Our Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by two talented curators;Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center and Sergio Gomez, Owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery and Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B.Art Center. Our Biennial will be promoted and viewed by hundreds of visitors, including gallerists, curators and collectors.

Jason Ackman, Noelle Allen, Aviva Alter, Joanne Aono, Jill Birschbach, Blaine Bradford, Gillion Carrara, Margaret Carsello, April Dauscha, Robin Dluzen, Sarah Faust, Amanda Genrty, Barbara Goldsmith, Elizabeth Gomez, Samantha Haring, Cameron Harvey, Jesse Howard, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, James Kao, Taehoon Kim, Victor Lopez, Jordan Martins, Juan Molina Hernandez, Dan Paz, Robert Porazinski, Allison Reimus, Jeff Rhodes, Dominic Sansone, Katie Shaw, Sanaz Sohrabi, Megan Sterling, Katherine Webb, Bart Woodstrup, Jennifer Yorke, Ana Zanic.

Gallery Hours Monday thru Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm Sunday: 1 – 4 pm
First floor galleries are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Spring Exhibition at Stairway Studios
Venue: 
Stairway Studios
Date: 
05/03/2014
Address: 
2548 W Lake St, Chicago IL 60612
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One night only Spring Exhibition
May 3, 2014, 7pm-11pm

Robin Dluzen Solo Exhibition
Venue: 
Lee E Dulgar Gallery, South Suburban College
Date: 
03/10/2014 - 04/03/2014
Address: 
15800 South State Street, South Holland, IL
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Robin Dluzen Solo Exhibition

March 10th through April 3rd

Closing Reception: Thursday, April 3rd at 1:00 p.m.

The Art & Design Department at South Suburban College is delighted to present the work of Robin Dluzen in a solo exhibition in the Lee E. Dulgar Gallery. The exhibition runs March 10th to April 3rd. Please join us for a closing reception with the artist on Thursday, April 3rd at 1 p.m.

Robin Dluzen received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting and Drawing in 2010. She also holds a BFA in Painting and Literature from Adrian College, Adrain, Michigan. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest and Chicago in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gallery is closed on college holidays, weekends & Summer Fridays.

For additional information, contact Eric Tucker at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2300.

Cultivate: an RxR Collaboration
Venue: 
Ground Control Gallery
Date: 
January 25, 2014 - February 5, 2014
Address: 
3315 W Armitage, Chicago
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"Cultivate"

by Robin Dluzen and Rine Boyer

at Ground Control Gallery
Reception: Saturday, January 25, 7-10pm
Exhibition through February 7th, 2014
3315 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

Special thanks to participating urban farms:
Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm - W Altgeld & N Sawyer
Bon Appetit Farm - N Kedzie & W Crystal
Armitage and Richmond Farm - W Armitage & N Richmond

Art at Morton College: Robin Dluzen
Venue: 
Morton College
Date: 
11/04/2013 - 12/14/2013
Address: 
3801 S Central Ave. Cicero, IL 60804
Details: 

Robin Dluzen was born and raised in Southeast Michigan. In 2008, she received a BFA in Fine Arts and Literature from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, before coming to Chicago to pursue a graduate degree. In 2010, Dluzen received an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently maintains a studio practice in the city of Chicago, exhibiting at venues throughout the city and the Midwest. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Art Critic at Chicago Art Magazine, Dluzen is now a Chicago critic contributing to Art Ltd. Magazine, Visual Art Source, and Art F City.

Caulk, wire, tape, and cardboard are just a few of the materials Robin Dluzen uses to create her work. The pieces depict factory buildings with smoke stacks, electrical towers, and hardware used in construction. The familiarity of the media and her laborious process conceptually tie the work to the Midwest and pay a beautiful homage to the honest labor of the working people of Michigan.

Robin’s work will be at Morton College from November 4th through December 14th. Building C, First floor, across from the bookstore.

Morton College. 3801 S Central Ave. Cicero, IL 60804

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Curated by Diana Gabriel. Click here for more information.

In Disclosure
Venue: 
EB Projects
Date: 
11/1/2013 - 11/3/2013
Address: 
1550 N. Honore Street, Chicago IL 60622
Details: 

IN DISCLOSURE: Work by Ewa Bloch and Robin Dluzen
EB projects
November 1-3, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2013, 6-10pm

“In Disclosure” features a selection of multimedia works by Chicago-based artists Ewa Bloch and Robin Dluzen based on personal and cultural histories, and the relationship that both have to the construction of contemporary identity. For Bloch, her personal photo archives, old wardrobe pieces and images from contemporary fashion magazines provide starting points for investigations into the notions of present day feminine beauty and self image. For Dluzen, manmade and natural structures are indicative of the ways that a landscape can embody the labor, class and economic realities of those who inhabit it. For both artists, the integration of found and sourced imagery and material is paramount, entwining additional histories and meanings into the artists’ individual narratives.

About the Artists:

Ewa Bloch received an MA in Art Education from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Barat College of DePaul, Lake Forest IL. Recent exhibitions include such venues as Presidents Gallery at Chicago State University, Reicher Annex Gallery in Lake Forest, IL, the Polish Museum of Art in Chicago, and the Illinois State Museum. She is represented by EC Gallery in Chicago.

Robin Dluzen received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA in Fine Art and Literature from Adrian College in Adrian, MI. Recent exhibitions include such venues as the Union League Club of Chicago, Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Chicago Artists’ Coalition and Artlink Gallery at the Auer Center for the Arts in Fort Wayne, IN.

EB projects is located at 1550 N. Honore Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Gallery hours: Saturday, November 2, 12pm - 4pm and Sunday, November 3, 12pm - 4pm.

Where the Road Begins
Venue: 
Artlink Gallery
Date: 
6 Sept 2013 - 9 October 2013
Address: 
Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 East Main Street Fort Wayne, IN
Details: 

Opening Reception: September 6, 6-9pm

Feature Gallery – Robin Dluzen: Where the Road Begins is an installation exhibit in the Feature Gallery. Southeast Michigan-born, Chicago-based artist Robin Dluzen uses industrial and everyday materials to “explore the confluence of landscape and labor.” Her work is autobiographical and familial, focusing on her “family’s labor history and a shared identity that is defined by place and time.”

Also opening at Artlink Gallery:

Main Gallery 1 & 2 – Great Outdoors: an all media art exhibition with a focus on the Maumee River.

Betty Fishman Gallery – Paintings by David Buenrostro

Artlink Gallery is located at:
Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 424-7195 artlinkfw.com

Click here for install shots from the opening.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival 2013
Venue: 
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival
Date: 
28-30 June 2013
Address: 
2747 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Details: 

2013 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Work from 40 artists in four South Logan Arts Coalition pop-up galleries, curated by Gwendolyn Zabicki

Friday June 28th from 5pm to 10pm
Saturday June 29th from 12pm to 10pm
Sunday June 30th from 12pm to 10pm

Artists in 2783 N. Milwaukee, (formerly Mirna's Jewelry )

Simone Chagoya
Stephanie Del Carpio
Ariel Winholt
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Artists in 2779 N. Milwaukee, (formerly Sensé Boutique)

Clarissa Bonet
Gregg Evans
Stacee Kalmanovsky
Natalie Krick
Lisa Lindvay
Jamie Steele

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Artists in 2747 N. Milwaukee, (formerly Pierre's Bakery)

Karen Azarnia
Garrett Baumer
Amanda Brown
Maurene Cooper
Robin Dluzen
Paige Fetchen
Diana Gabriel
Zachary Davis Mory
Kelly Riker
Dmitry Samarov
Melody Saraniti
Carly Silverman
Stephanie Tisza
Matthew Woodward
Noah Vaughn
Nathan Vernau
Gwendolyn Zabicki
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Artists in 2634 N. Milwaukee, (former shoe store)

Evan Baden
Garth Borovicka
Stephanie Burke and Jeriah Hildwine
Sarah Holden
Gabriel Mejia
Jake Myers
Jeff Prokash
Macon Reed
Morgan Sims
Raeleen Tseng Kao

Habitus: An Event of Focus and Futurity
Venue: 
Zhou B Art Center
Date: 
June 21, 2013
Address: 
1029 W. 35th Street Chicago, IL, Second Floor
Details: 

Opening Reception: June 21, 2013 7PM - 10PM

Join Growing Home’s Stephanie Douglass and Urban Canopy’s Alex Poltorak (guest speakers), Kate Corby and Dancers, Poems while you wait wunderkinds (Kathleen Rooney, Eric Plattner, and Kenyatta Rogers), artists Rine Boyer, Robin Dluzen, Jenny Kendler, Heather Marie, Heelmysole Daniel, Suzette Bross, poets Lana Rakhman, Phillip Jenks, Matthew Corey, and others in an exciting eco-event of storytelling, urban renewal, and investigations of self, other, animal, home and world.

The environmental humanities have arisen in the past decade as interdisciplinary movements that examine cultural production as mediated by one’s physical environment: instead of accepting our historic moment as “post human,” eco-artists and activists create a competing ethic (solidarity) to commodification. Habitus, along with eco-themed conferences, festivals, scientific research, and literature and critical theory all testify to a growing need to challenge profit-based global capitalism by the reestablishment of a model or self – and other awareness based on indigenous philosophies of interrelation between nature and culture, urban and pastoral, humans and other species and ecologies. In today’s state of environmental exigency, the choice to live with the abstractions of conceptualism or the lived praxes of community and political engagement is ours.

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Chicago-based artists Robin Dluzen and Rine Boyer collaborate for the first time with a pair of works that find a conceptual common ground amongst their vastly differing media. Both artists have long been engaged with the notion of how mankind interacts with the landscapes in which they dwell, and for this collaborative project, Dluzen's engagement with functional material and structural imagery is punctuated by Boyer's graphic, figurative drawing. Together, the artists explore the conundrum of the contemporary urban farming trend with works that blend inside with outside, city life and rural practice, and the organic and the man-made.

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