Studio visit and interview with Pleat Gallery. Read the full interview at pleatgallery.com.
"I’d say my work is visually childlike and playful, but has dark undertones about loss, addiction, and nostalgia for childhood. I usually work either in painting or installation and my art is informed by cemeteries I have visited or the neighborhood I grew up in. My paintings are abstracted observations of those visits, focused on the layout of the cemetery, tombstones I found interesting, and the piles of flowers, candles, balloons, letters, and dirt that are on plots or in recycling bins. My installations tend to reference those visits more literally with mounds of dirt, flowers, grass, and even tents and childhood games like hopscotch."
The Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches centered in the historic village of Oak Park, IL. This year, the Enos Park neighborhood in Springfield, Illinois will serve as an outpost site for the 3rd Terrain Biennial and will feature seventeen sites throughout the neighborhood.
The 3rd Terrain Biennial at Enos Park will launch with a preview night on Saturday, September 30th. On the eve of the official start of the 2017 Terrain Biennial, curators, artists, property owners and community members are invited to gather in Enos Park to tour the sites between from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. An after party will follow at the Springfield Art Association.
Participating artists and curators include:
James Pepper Kelly + Ruslana Lichtzier
Hideous Beast (Josh Ippel and Charles Roderick) + Lindsey Caplice
Sage Dawson + James McAnally
Amanda Bowles and Jesse Vogler + Jeff Robinson
Alika Cooper + STNDRD
Natalia Villanueva Linares and Noël Morical + Erin Hayden
Jason Reblando + Kendra Paitz
Jeffrey Michael Austin + Say Uncle
Gail Simpson and Aristotle Georgiades + Allison Lacher
Emily Ward Bivens + Guen Montgomery
Cassandra Davis + Greg Ruffing
Betsy Dollar + Corrin Smithson McWhirter
James Hatton + Jessica Bingham
Heather Brammeier + Mark Rospenda
Ahmed Oszver + Carrie Cooper
Dulcee Boehm and Cory Imig + Frances Lightbound
Dawn Gettler + Chrissy LaMaster
The Terrain Biennial in Enos Park is organized by Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson.
A map of all Terrain Biennial locations and the dates of the openings for each neighborhood will be posted to www.terrainexhibitions.com. The 3rd Terrain biennial at Enos Park will run through November 15th.
About the Terrain Biennial:
Founded in October of 2011 by artist Sabina Ott and author John Paulett, Terrain Exhibitions and The Terrain Biennial repurposes private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows, turning them into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. The projects at the 3rd Terrain Biennial will range from sculptural installations to time-based performances to public interventions.
Where: Roman Susan - Chicago, IL
About: My site-specific intervention photos from my "Traveling Studio" series were accepted for the Roman Susan "Slideshow". This means that my photos will be shown via projection through the gallery windows at times when the art space is not open to the general public. More information about the dates for these projections to come.
The Project 1612 Film Festival will be held at the Renaissance Park Community Garden on Saturday, September 3rd beginning at 7:00pm. This short film festival is a collaboration with Backspace Collective and will show films from artists around the world including the UK, Canada, Russia, and France.
The rain date for this event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st. Schedule of screenings TBA.
Where: The New Bohemian Gallery
Reception: Friday, June 10, 2016
This exhibition focuses on the societies that we live in and the structural surroundings that take shape around us. We live in a time where our landscapes are always changing, and many of our natural settings are evolving into urban populated environments. The artists selected for this exhibition, have created artwork that features imagery of cities, towns, metropolitan areas, urban settings, and other cultural aspects within these places. Whether it be the very different photography work of Jessica Bingham or Sean Andrew Pyle, one altering the natural environment with contemporary sculptural forms and photographing them, and the other capturing black and white images of everyday city life, or the mixed media paintings by Alessandra Sulpy, that are filled with rich color, texture, and backstories of decay and abandonment of city storefronts, each of the pieces on display show the diversity in the urban landscapes presented by artists from all over the country. Urban Landscapes blends together the aspects of human foundation, nature, and various architectural design elements throughout time, into one collective exhibition. Artwork created in the mediums of acrylic and oil paintings, mixed media, intaglio and relief prints, and photography will be on display.