Apr 29, 2010

The Return of 'Birds I Have Known' @ August House Studio

The Return of “Birds I Have Known”
August House Studios

Opening Receptions:
Fri. May 7, 6 - 9 pm
Sat. May 8, 6 – 9 pm
Sun. May 9, 3 – 6 pm

Over 90 artists showcase their unique interpretation of the birdhouse. Join Jason Messinger and over 30 of the other artists Friday night, or come to one of other free reception dates and see the work first hand.

August House Studio
2113 W Roscoe, Chicago
Show runs May 7 – 29, 2010
Gallery hours wed-sun; 12 noon to 5pm

Apr 17, 2010

'Old Hills' Edward Master at Las Manos Gallery

Viewers may remember Edward Master's large-scale paper wall pieces, first introduced at the Crazy 8 show and reviewed here, with their cascading fields of vibrant patterns, exuberantly detailed forms stitched together into landscapes of pattern and huge shield-like shapes. One of the many references one might take from them was a fleeting sense of aerial views.

In "Old Hills", an installation of eight sculptures currently presented at The Evidence Against Us, a group show at the Los Manos Gallery, Master returns to the obsessively detailed while expanding this sense of the landscape from above. The artist creates, in miniature, glacial mountains from arctic landscapes, including a timely lava-flowing volcano. Presented handsomely on a low white pedestal, the work creates a swooning sense of seeing a mountain landscape from high above.

Unlike the brightly colorful paper pieces, these small wool mountains explore an astonishing range of similar muted cool color tones, creating a verisimilitude to the natural world in their color restraint. The use of carefully chosen colored embroidery threads add even more detail to these three-dimensional constructions. This sense of cool ice and ground is visually exploded by the juxtaposition of one larger mountain covered with varying shades of red, and the speckled red 'lava' on others, creating a visual shock to the eye that both subdues and enhances the reference to the real world.

These fabric sculptures are constructed from recycled wool sweaters, cut into small jagged strips, then soaked and hand-dyed with acrylic paints thinned with water. Each small felted-wool strip is painstakingly hand-stitched with embroidery thread into larger plate-like shapes, backed with fabric, then sewn together around hidden interior wire forms, creating beautifully abstracted mountains.

Beside a conceptual irony and humor in presenting hard mountains and earth in soft wool, and conflating the gigantic into the small, the work reveals an aesthetic delight in the real world. As individual pieces, each is a wonder of detail and beauty, as a whole they present a startling prescient sense of the power and majesty in geologic forms.

While beyond the scope of this review, the entire group show is quite interesting and handsomely curated, and should be seen before it ends next Sunday April 25th.

The Evidence Against Us
Edward Master and other artists
Las Manos Gallery
Show ends this April 25th.  
5220 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-8910
Hours: Sat and Sun 12-5, or by appointment
Las Manos Gallery
Las Manos Gallery BLOG 

Edward Master on Crazy 8 

Apr 6, 2010

Jason Messinger Artist Talks at GoggleWorks Center for Arts

Chicago Artist Jason Messinger will be giving artist talks throughout the day at the GoggleWorks Second Sunday building-wide open-house event in April. 

Come out to hear the artist speak about his work, or stop by anytime for informal Q and A with the artist. 
Symbols & Sympathies
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street, Reading PA
Sunday, April 11
Artist Talks: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Informal Q and A : 11 am  4 pm
Show runs through April 18
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Symbols & Sympathies features Jason Messinger's signature ceramic tile murals and unique ceramic sculpture. The artwork explores the boundary between abstraction and representation, with the viewer becoming complicit in the 'meaning' of the work. All artwork at this exhibition are for sale, and for the first time ever, collectors may buy tiles individually - rather than only as sets - to make their own individualized mural. 

This solo show of signature ceramic tile murals and ceramic sculpture by Jason Messinger is scheduled to coincide with the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts 44th Annual Conference held in nearby Philadelphia, PA  NCECA 2010, 44TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 31-April 3, 2010 • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This program partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Review and Listings: 
Reading Eagle NEW 
BCTV.org Listing 
 ArtSlant Listing