Jul 30, 2009

Marya Veeck

Marya Veeck creates elaborate and beautifully detailed tableaus of dollhouse furniture, natural objects, and old toys that reveal elliptic metaphors of submerged feelings. Her skillful renderings of objects forgotten and small, place us in a world as detailed as a novel and as personal as a memory. Her oil paintings create a sense of inner radiance, as scintillating colors emerge from the edges of objects, glinting from behind their surfaces, in a manner that suggests an undeniable vital or life force animating seemingly inanimate objects. The glow of florescent color keys the viewer to the objects' metaphoric strength, and gives the viewer an altered emotional perception.

Veeck's paintings are part autobiographical, but with the names and places changed into wind-up birds and wooden toy clowns, dried seed pods and antique farm implements. Broken winged birds and dollhouses point, perhaps, to emotional losses and childhood environments, tiny cages and chairs to relationships stilted and supportive. Never overt, Veeck's paintings reveal their moods slowly, with everything cloaked in their own hidden significance, creating moods alternately wistful, nostalgic, and ebullient. Marya Veeck recreates the classic still-life into a unique snapshot of memories, as emotionally and densely narrative as her fascinatingly detailed picture plane.

Find Marya Veeck's gallery on line at: MaryaVeeck.com

Images- from top:
"We Had Some Good Machines But They Don't Work No More"
"Calling Up Childhood at Will"
"deail of Calling Up Childhood at Will"
"Etui Woman"

Jul 18, 2009

Other Sites by Jason Messinger

If you enjoy Artists Of Chicago,
you might also enjoy these sites

- news and notes of artist Jason Messinger

- short fantasy fiction, poetry, and biographical essays
by writer and artist Jason Messinger

- the main site for Jason Messinger;
including full gallery of artwork both sold and available,
links to other sites, CV/bio, and more

- a virtual Gallery of several Chicago area artists

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Jul 14, 2009

Absolute Fantasy @ Mars Gallery, featuring Alan Emerson Hicks

Absolute Fantasy
Artwork by Alan Emerson Hicks,
Sean Williams, and Sabina Cosic.
Curated by Susan Aurinko of FLATFILE galleries

Opening Reception
Friday, July 24
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Mars Gallery
1139 W. Fulton Ave., Chicago, IL
Show runs July 24-August 22, 2009

Shown: ETMMMVII20088K
(Emerson Time Machine) by Alan Emerson Hicks

"Time machines are conceptual sculptures built biannually. They are created in odd numbered years and displayed the following even numbered year. They are a part of the "temporal sculpture" series (sculptures with a time element). Time machines are partially audience participatory. The viewer is given the opportunity to sit on or stand in front of the piece and have a temporal experience with it. A reel of video tape is destroyed during this experience which will eventually get used on the piece."