Art Show Opening

Monotype aquatint etching 1/1

Monotype aquatint etching
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Showing one of my aquatint etching monotypes from the series:”Natural History”,’Natural History: Memories”.

Group exhibit juried by Ginny Sykes With concurrent group exhibit Humans Being II curated by Riva Lehrer

May 10 – June 20, 2013 / Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6–9 p.m.

CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery (WMG) presents a group exhibition with works by 21 artists, juried by Ginny Sykes. Body and Brain is an exhibit that focuses on the relationship between mind and body, with interpretations in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, video, and photography works.

Ginny Sykes’ work includes painting, performance, installation, film, and public art. She has exhibited in national and international exhibitions. Her public artwork includes private commissions, community based projects, schools, parks, and civic spaces. Sykes has taught in both the Museum and the School of

the Art Institute of Chicago, the Evanston Art Center and Lill Street Arts Center and is an Illinois Arts Council Roster Artist. Sykes is a core artist with Chicago Public Art Group. Her work is included in the publications A Guide to Chicago Murals, Urban Art Chicago, andThe Chicago Public Art Guide. Sykes is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Included artists are Nicole Alger, Aviva Alter, Marcia Babler, Sharon Bladholm, Robin Carlson, Jennifer Chammas, Susan Emmerson, Sharon Gilmore, Polly Greathouse, Judith Hladik-Voss, Hannamari Jalovaara, Elizabeth Jameson, Hannah King, Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer, Roberta Malkin, Maryellen Murphy, Sally Raab, Nirmal Raja, Kathryn Shinko, Jennifer Tiner, Kathy Weaver, and Gail Willert.

Woman Made Gallery 685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 Website: www.womanmade.org

Gallery Hours: Wed–Fri noon–7p.m. / Sat–Sun noon–4p.m. / Admission: Free

Woman Made Gallery is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; a CityArts Program II grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs; the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, a donor-advised fund of the Chicago Community Trust; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund; a major anonymous donor; and the generosity of its members and contributors.

Work in Progress Update!

I did it!  Started work on the monster project this weekend.  Had no idea I had already done so much of the work. The thinking, conceptual part of this work has been solid for a long time.  The manual “arting” part is more developed than I remembered. Huzzah!  I am at the part I really enjoy.  Serene weeks of work ahead with little or no thought!  Except for the dead ends/surprises/shedding of long held certainties/tweaking and the odd ideas I get in the middle of the night!

MY personal belief, arrived at over years of painting, printing, etc., comes down to one question.  Why does this need to be made?  I started painting very realistic acrylic paintings-local scenes, etc.  They sold well, but took too much time.

Acrylic painting

I decided to make a change and returned to printmaking.  I started my monoprint series: “Natural History”.  Some of the examples are on this blog-more on my website:  http://www.hladikvoss.com

monoprint etching

Most good artists are capable of many different types of work in different media.  I don’t see the point in making more of the same work that other people can make.  Ask the question-what do I do that is unique?  Maybe you experiment with media.  Maybe you have an idea for a project that is outside of your comfort zone?  ( My painting clients didn’t like my prints-my print clients might not like my new work.)  I think that the more you open up to those odd thoughts, the happier/ better you will be.

I don’t think that any work I made was a waste of time.  I needed to learn to paint-print, etc,. so I would have the tools I need to create what I need to make next.  ( same feeling about the rest of my life, too!).

More to come–

Have a great day and start writing down those crazy ideas of yours.  I have a feeling they will lead you someplace fantastic!