With Springtime blossoms in full bloom, acclimate to the season’s bold palette by visiting some of Chicago’s beautiful art galleries, currently boasting artworks to brighten up your perspectives that span three different artistic mediums. Make sure to walk through the following three exhibits to see the works of painter Thomas Nozkowski at Bowman Gallery, photography by Michael Kenna at Catherine Edelman Gallery and sculpted artworks by Amanda Ross Ho at Shane Campbell Gallery.
New York based artist and abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski explores drastic yet playful combinations of lines, shapes, color and form in his most recent works at Bowman Gallery, the artist’s first time exhibiting in Chicago since 1992. After making a shift from sculpture to painting in the mid-1970s, Nozkowski’s two-dimensional oblong and angular shapes are nevertheless evocative of sculptural forms possessing three-dimensional movement. After being taught by both Abstract Expressionists and traditional Bauhaus teachers, Nozkowski’s paintings find a middle ground between the two styles as his color sensitivity and geometric precision collide with his own personalized and highly improvisational touch. Nowkowski’s works can be found in major worldwide museums and have been permanently housed in numerous collections. You can view the artwork in person from Thursday to Saturday, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday; the exhibit runs until June 15th.
Photographer Michael Kenna, best known for his signature black and white photos, has a fascination for his surroundings, particularly landscapes being his primary object of study. With a diversity of settings, Kenna’s photographs reveal the supple contrasts of natural sceneries, with photo studies spanning mountainous regions in Japan to the lakes and rice fields in China and even the many bridges and waterways of Paris, France. To capture misty scenes and achieve a pleasantly blurring continuity, Kenna often photographs at dawn or a night with longer exposures, some lasting up to 10 hours, and learned to express his own narrative throughout his works using a number of cameras including a Holga, Leica, Pentax and Nikon. Kenna has worked alongside professional photographer Ruth Bernhard and his photographs have been exhibited worldwide, published in many books and are part of permanent collections in various institutes and museums. Michael Kenna’s photography exhibit opens Friday, May 10th with an opening reception, and will be on display until July 6th.
Finding a teenaged girl’s backpack hanging from the side of a Chicago dumpster and the contents within it inspired Chicago-native artist Amanda Ross-Ho to create various works that make up her latest exhibit, CRADLE OF FILTH, which centerpieces an overgrown recreation of the found backpack to four times its actual scale. Alongside the monumental sculpture that serves as a symbol of early childhood development and self-expression, Ross-Ho’s paintings decipher the bag’s cultural markings, for it was found covered in band name patches and other cultural affiliations, representing youthful assertions of defiance and belonging. Ross-Ho will soon exhibit a large-scale public project at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in July, and has had work in various exhibitions throughout the nation. Amanda Ross-Ho’s exhibit is set to open on May 4th until June 22nd.
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