Sunday, February 27, 2011

Promotion




We made some flyers and posters! Want to pass some out?


Meet an artist.... Michelle Villarreal




This is Michelle....
And this is what she says: The majority of my work is an abstraction of nature and geometric complementarity between objects, figures and lines. Portrayed landscapes or urban physicality are usually representations between actual places, but have no distinct characteristics that allow for certainty of location. I document and create using a 35mm or video cameras, in which the work is reflexive of contemporary society through ethnographic study, fabrication of characters, and re-enactment. In sculpture, natural and geometric aesthetics are also incorporated, but are represented through the photographic medium to viewers who were not bodily present at the time. The work in person becomes much more evocative of intended purpose through construction or constructs of spaces. There is self-reflexive humanistic concern in relation to our 'natural' environment in all works. I am interested in comprehensions regarding the natural and how it becomes an indefinable space. I created reactionary work that presents concepts, which have been contorted to satisfy an understanding of what is 'natural' and organizational qualities that are imposed upon our environment.















To see more of her work, come to Patterns & Portraits this March 12th at The Garden!
But in the meantime, look at this: www.ehmdeevee.tumblr.com

Friday, February 25, 2011

Meet an artist.... Katie Litteral











KATIE LITTERAL
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MISINTERPRETATION OF COMPLETE FIASCO TURNED FOOLS GOLD.
STUCK IN A TIME WARP AND THE MACHINE NO LONGER WORKS.
MY CREATIVE DESIGN AND ELUSIVE REPRESENTATION
IS CAPTURED THROUGH ODDITIES AND UNSKILLFUL ORACLES
FROM THE LANDS AND FANTASYS OF MY MIND.

To see more of her work, come to Patterns & Portraits this March 12th at the Garden!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Where it's at...

The Garden
2313 North Avenue





















Be here March 12th at 8:00 pm for the Patterns & Portraits show! It's one night only, so come sip a beer, view some lovely art, and listen to some nifty bands!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Meet an artist.... Erica Gamble

















I go by many names; Erica was my first.

I study libraries, educational philosophies, and transliteracy.

Follower of new imagism.

Dreamer by definition.



Sites:

http://librarywisdom.wordpress.com/

http://psykopsyke.tumblr.com/

http://noeranocontext.tumblr.com/

http://facebook.com/UFOerica



Meet an artist.... Morgan Lemel









Morgan makes masks....
To see more of his work, come to Patterns & Portraits this March 12th!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Meet an Artist.... Fred Henzel



This is Fred Henzel....

And this is what he says....I believe that images as we know them are only a part of a continuous surface. Human beings don’t perceive individual images in isolation, but rather we see the relationships between those images and develop an opinion of the situation as a whole.

When you go to Trader Joe’s, you don’t see an apple, a tray of sushi, and a frozen enchilada, rather you see the homey, artsy, co-op- like atmosphere that Trader Joe’s is trying to project. Then, you have to put effort into squeezing out of that store the individual items you want. And it doesn’t stop there: you look at the enchilada when you get it from the frozen foods section, and it has crazy little designs all over it that remind you of the Aztecs. You are looking at the expression which is telling you about the context you are in.

The designs don’t make any sense on their own, and neither does the enchilada, or the apple, or the tray of sushi, but in the context of Trader Joe’s, and Chicago, and Illinois, and the United States, and the World, it does make sense. Therefore, the images are part of a continuous surface, a larger situation.

The important thing is always looking for the human side of every situation. Jeff Koons said it best: art is all about people. There are two sides of everything: the distraction and the essence.

That’s what Patterns and Portraits means to me. The Pattern is the continuous fabric that leads your mind outward into the greater understanding of the universe, connecting your mind to disparate concepts. The Portrait is the human being that is behind every idea. As we grow older, we have no choice but to contribute to the Pattern in order to stay alive, but inside of our minds we must always strive to get back to the Portrait, the way the world seemed when we were kids.









To see more of his work check out his blog, and don't forget to come to the Patterns & Portraits show this March 12th!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

What it is.



Please take this brief statement into consideration as you create your artworks for the event.
It is very vague, but I enjoy that because it's open for lots of interpretation.

I also am trying to push artists to create new pieces just for this show.

And there is a limit to the number of pieces, only due to the size of The Garden.
I think 1-3 pieces would be ideal, but if you have a couple more and you're work isn't humongous, just let me know.