Focus 4: 4 Solo Shows - ISM Chicago Gallery & Illinois Artisans, Chicago
All our exibitions are organized and developed by our curatorial staff and participation in an exhibition is by invitation of the curators. We are happy to consider your work or your exhibition proposal if you are an artist that resides in the state of Illinois, or your proposal has a connection with Illinois history. Proposals should be sent to:
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James R. Thompson Center, Suite 2-100
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Focus 4: 4 Solo Shows
Focus 4: 4 Solo Shows, February 25, 2013 – June 21, 2013
Focus 4 features the work of four Illinois artists: Preston Jackson (Peoria and Chicago), Michael Onken (Carbondale), Steven Robnett (Elgin), and Suellen Rocca (Romeoville).
Preston Jackson's exhibition, curated by ISM Assistant Director of Art Robert Sill, features recent sculptures and paintings. Jackson tells poignant and sometimes personal narratives of African American experience—both past and present—in a distinctively bold and expressive realist style.
Michael Onken's exhibition, curated by ISM Associate Curator Debra Tayes, features a selection of paintings and several wood cut prints, created mostly in the last five years. Onken creates narratives that reflect the quiet and sometimes isolated mysteries of our day to day lives—rendered in delicate, jewel-like images.
Steven Robnett’s exhibition, curated by ISM Director of Art Jim Zimmer, features paintings and drawings that tell ambiguous stories of our human existence. Inspiration for Robnett’s work comes from personal observations, news photos, and art historical references. His subjects range from the whimsical to the unsettling and skillfully rendered in his distinctive style.
Suellen Rocca's exhibition, curated by ISM Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton, features a selection of drawings and paintings that explore the symbolic realm of dreams where abstracted figures become entwined with trees, boats and birds. Rocca's images are codes with metaphoric relationships, rendered with delicate precision.Public Reception: March 8, 2013, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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