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  Gallery Talk: Steven Carrelli & Tim Lowly   

Gallery Talk: Steven Carrelli & Tim Lowly

  • Location: ISM Chicago Gallery, Chicago
  • Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for an informal conversation with two of the artists in our current exhibition, The Art of Description.

Steven Carrelli's still life paintings are realistic depictions of objects that you might find on your desk—a sheet of paper, a post-it note or a crumbled mailing envelop. They are skillfully rendered to fool the eye, and skillfully composed to tell a narrative of our every-day dreams and desires. Carrelli's objects tell stories about his engagement with events current in the news, places he has been and the idea of communication across great distances.

Tim Lowly's portraits of his daughter Temma, and the surroundings of her life, are meditations on existence. Lowly's atmospheric paintings carry many associations with the history of devotional and religious painting in tone and composition. These associations provide a lense through which Lowly looks at our relationship to compassion and understanding of what it is to be human.

The Art of Description exhibit addresses how visual artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point of evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. The works included focus on still life, landscape, and portraits that emphasize the quiet meditation of these subjects. Organized by Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton of the ISM Chicago Gallery

Artist: Sandra Binion, Peter Butterfield, Steven Carrelli, Richard Deutsch, Laura Letinsky, Tim Lowly, Michael Mahoney, Karen Perl, Zack Sabin.

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, 100 West Randolph, suite 2-100, is located in the James R. Thompson Center and is one of five art sites around the state featuring Illinois artists and works from the Museum’s permanent collection. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, closed state holidays. The Gallery is free and wheelchair-accessible. Tour and school groups are welcome. Please call for appointments for guided tours at 312-814-5322. Visit our website at:

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or upon request. Contact Doug Stapleton (312) 814-4320 or

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