The question of what drives the artist to create will be explored at Chicago Art Department in February. Many of us have passions and fixations, the drive of the artist to express and create often goes beyond that to the point of compulsion. The label of “artist” itself has always been a tricky one – is “art” a profession or an obsession? The six artists in this multidisciplinary group show have spent their own time and energy to make something. They were fixated on a subject, some know why and some don’t want to know, but they all did it because they had to. OCD – [Obsessive Compulsive Drive] Todd Frugia Nat Soti Lauren Feece Asia Rusztowicz Edyta Stepien Chuck Przybyl. Curated by Edyta Stepien and Chuck Przybyl Chicago Art Department 1932 S. Halsted #100 Friday February 8, 6-10PM
"Body in Flux" Show @ CAD January 2013 Frol Boundin, Lauren Carter, Galina Shevchenko Opening reception: Friday, January 11th, 6 - 10 PM. This exhibition focuses on different modalities of body representation in contemporary creative discourse. The three Artists: Galina Shevchenko, Lauren Carter and Frol Boundin present three approaches to the use of the body image in different medium and concept. The themes of memory, sensuality, decay and rebirth play out through the range of visual methods and forms. From subtle two dimensional reflections on the historical transformation of our perception of direct representation of the body, to the baroque colors and patterns of the moving image, to a sensual treatment of raw materials in construction of enigmatic forms, this exhibition laments and celebrates the human form.
As a culminating event for 3 months of discussion on critical visual arts education and the idea of artist as teacher, DePaul University Visual Arts Education students exhibit original works of art to further explore their own ideas on what it means to be both an artist and a teacher. Guided by mentor and instructor Jim Duignan, the group has been considering the idea of City as Classroom, and they bring this concept to Chicago Art Department as they gather one final time to reflect on past discussions and consider future endeavors. Artists include: Dominique Brazeau Jessica Hoskins Michael Morrison Sarah Murphy Alyssa Nastych Elizbeth Neurauter Vanessa Prachack Cynthia Saucedo Randy Simonds Catherine Zaworski This exhibition will be open for one night only, from 6-10pm on Friday November 16, 2012.
Daniel’s Dreams :: A Video installation by Galina Shevchenko :: Opening Reception November 9th 6 -10pm Featuring live audio performance by ValUme and guests Appointment Viewings November 10th - 11th. Daniel’s dreams is an immersive video experience. Multidimensional sensory feast of explosive color and diverse iconography. Spectacular Chicago Art Department Gallery is going to be transformed into a glowing tabernacle of images moving and still, subtle and expressive. Immerse into this constructed reality, playful and seductive. Galina Shevchenko is a Chicago based Video & Multimedia artist. www.gsterritory.com