Transforming Boundaries. Preview Chicago Artists Month Exhibition (CAM)
Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th St., invites visitors to a special preview exhibition of Chicago Artists Month, September 19th; 7-10PM. The exhibition, Transforming Boundaries explores five women artists approaches to the study of materials in art. Originating in non-western and traditional “craft” art traditions, this show takes on a new level of artistic interpretation and contemporary significance.
Transforming Boundaries artists:
Diana Gabriel is an artist and curator. She is primarily a painter but supplements this practice with large site-specific installations emphasizing linear things, patterns, and simultaneity. A native of Bogota, Colombia, she earned her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2004 and her MFA from Illinois State University in 2007.
Melissa Leandro re-hatches childhood memories, family emblems, and domestic gender roles of females that she at one time knew to be true but has since come to question. She explores these ideas in her work through a series of mark making, a collection of symbols and landmark images, using this inventory of images in ways that move across media of painting, drawing, and textiles.
Maggie Leininger incorporates cloth as a symbol using spinning, knitting, crochet, and weaving into her studio practice. She is most interested in processes that were once a highly visible part of pre-Industrial daily life. She often uses performance and textile production methods to explore the imbedded symbolism of cloth production and materiality.
Lindsay Obermeyer believes craft is a fine art as she studies a diverse range of topics, including environmentalism, medical ethics, microbiology and gender using textile practices. Through this lens, she looks for simple solutions with far-reaching ripple effects, seeking beauty in every corner. Sources for inspiration include ethnic and historic textiles, vintage ceramics and formal gardens.
Stephanie Anne Harris Trevor is a recent MFA graduate. Her large-scale installations use linen, paint, and light as people and the space changes as they become part of the art when they interact with it. People bring their memories and experiences to the art, which will inevitably change what affects them when they see it and, hopefully, walk through it, not just around it.
Also, visit BAC’s 5th Floor’s Fashion Design Center to see the newest additions to what Chicago designers are creating. Casually wander in and out of the studios, chat with the designers, and of course, have the opportunity to purchase one of a kind pieces.
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