December 5, 2012

Chicago Cultural Center’s Winter Exhibits

Michigan Avenue Galleries Host “frizzflopsqueezepop”
An Exhibit by artist Claire Ashley, January 12 – March 31, 2013

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Beginning in the New Year, the first floor galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) will showcase Oak Park artist Claire Ashley, whose unconventional work strains the boundaries between not only painting and sculpture, but between static and mobile.  Playfully entitled, “frizzflopsqueezepop," the exhibition features vibrantly colored works painted on tarpaulin: some hang on the wall, others occupy space on the floor, while still more can be inhabited by humans who will place the objects in motion in two scheduled performances.  The artist's reception is January 11 and the exhibit runs from January 12 – March 31, 2013.

The Chicago Rooms on the second floor of the Cultural Center will open January 26 – April 27 with an exhibition entitled INDIGO: New Works by Shelly Jyoti & Laura Kina. The two artists share a mutual interest in textiles, pattern & decoration, as well as Asian History. While Jyoti’s work utilizes traditional embroidery and embellishments from costal Gujarat to comment on the history of Indigo, Kina’s Sampler series brings it closer to home with imagery from her Desi/Jewish neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. This trans-national collaboration also engages artisans from MarketPlace: Handwork of India, a fair trade women’s organization in Mumbai for its creation. The Artists Reception is January 25 and a gallery talk with the artists will be at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 31.

Beginning February 1 – May 5, the Yates Gallery will host Shawn Decker: Prairie.  This sound installation mimics what one hears and feels on prairie lands, with computer generated programming, and a minimalist sculptural presence.  His recent three-week residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest allowed him to expand and produce a much larger version of this work to fill the Yates Gallery.  The Artists Reception is May 3.

Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi continues in the Exhibition Hall through February 17, 2013.  The final two platform shows are: Faheem Majeed: Planting & Maintaining a Perennial Garden III, December 16 – January 19; and Paige Cunningham/Anna Kunz: One Careless Gesture Away from Destruction, January 20 – February 17.

The former is based on the William “Bill” Walker mural; the latter is a collaborative dance project combining ordinary materials from art and design with those eras in dance and culture.

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