Opening Reception Friday, October 5, 2012, 6-11pm. Live music from 8-9pm. Ugly Step Sister Gallery announces its Grand Re-Opening with an exhibition of new work by Robin Dluzen in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Pilsen East Artists Open House. In her second solo show at the gallery, Dluzen presents a new body of work centered around her long-time engagement with the notion of identity and how it is shaped by place, time, labor and landscape. The multi-media works in "Soot in the Glow" address an alternate view of the place where the artist was born and raised: the rural Midwest and the man-made structures that punctuate and define its static landscape.
Opening reception: Saturday, October 13 from 7pm to 10pm. 22Berwyn is incredibly proud to present their most ambitious project yet, Modular22. Modular22 is a large-scale installation featuring work from over one hundred artists, designers and architects, displayed on interlocking wooden panels. Measuring over 8 feet tall and 25 feet long, the Modular22 project brings the infrastructure of a gallery display system to the foreground, treating it as equal to the artwork it’s used to display. The artwork was created by artists and designers from Berwyn, Chicago, and beyond, representing a massive variety of styles, perspectives, and working methods. The structure is a monumental tribute to the power of collaboration, organization, and the overlap of art and design. Designed by 22’s director Jessica Calek, Modular22 was funded with a successful Kickstarter campaign, lasercut by Advanced Laser Cutting Technologies in Grand Rapids, and built over the summer by Calek, Dan Streeting, and Erin McGuire. We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Saturday, October 13 from 7pm to 10pm, where you’ll be able to meet many of the artists and purchase their work. Modular22 will then be on display until December 22.
Opening Reception Friday, March 16 at 6pm. This show will feature work that focuses primarily on one material: corrugated cardboard. Drawing from the worlds of art, design and architecture, the show includes exciting projects from 20 different creators, from the Chicago area and around the world. Cardboard serves as both a practical material for engineering purposes and as an expressive material in contemporary art. This duality, coupled with cardboard's inherent impermanence, brings up issues of longevity, change and the passage of time. The standardization of cardboard also touches on the influence of mass production and industry on the built landscape and our own identities, themes explored by the show. Some of the work features interactive elements, so we urge you to check out the opening reception. We'll also have limited-edition laser-cut posters available.
The Charnel House Chicago, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2012, 6pm-9pm. Cocktails and hors d' oeuvres
Employing salvaged cardboard to construct her water tower support structures, Dluzen draws parallels to the scavenging history of the forms. The individual sculptures are lined up and stacked on top of one another to create a skyline composed entirely of these formerly functional objects. In this way, Dluzen presents the supports and the city’s landscape in a new light, and restores a bit of this outmoded architecture's glory.
Viewing hours are from 12pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.