October 23, 2017 - January 6, 2018 In the Abstract
A group show of Encaustic Painting & Sculpture. In the Abstract will feature the encaustic works of Michele Thrane www.michelethranesart.com, Shelley Gilchrist www.shelleygilchrist.com, Karen Tichy www.karentichy.com and Jeff Hirst www.jeffreyhirst.com, all Chicago area artists. While each uses the encaustic process in his or her work, they each have a distinctive language and handle materials uniquely. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Encaustic painting is one of the oldest painting techniques, dating back to the ancient Greek, the word "encaustic" means to heat or burn in.
October 23, 2017 - January 6, 2018 Fragile Codes
A new media and video exhibit: The electronic image transmits a series of linguistic codes that form into narrative and metaphor within the mind's eye. Embedded within the moving image is a hidden structure which implicitly organizes the values of the dominant culture, reinforcing the conditions that enchant and transform the viewer into a consumer of mass media. The work of Eric Souther and Jason Bernagozzi actively breaks, hacks, and restructures images to expose the authority of media transmission as a fragile and impermanent signal.