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835 S. Wolcott, Rm 144
Chicago, IL 60612-7260 
 

The location of the Gallery is a bit unusual place but after walking through the works I realized the aptness. Her works easily leads us to believe that they are an ornithological study but they have deep roots of human character (that are bought out slowly). The paintings are related to extinct exotic bird species and mythic unicorn, we can infer humaneness of it to our own lives of having lofty dreams as oppose to what reality is. 

In terms of technical skills the handle of watercolor medium is jaw-dropping (considering the she works in really large format). The use of negative space and fresh vibrant colors bring out the notion of extinction and existence. 

Hope we see your bigger paintings in your next show, soon!

Artist: Ashley Claire

Gallery: Chicago Culture Center

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenter.html

http://www.claireashley.com/

 

I didn’t spend too much time here, but overall it seemed like my niece’s toys suddenly grew big. It was like Ashley Claire used a machine to blew up her kid’s toy (just like in the movie “Honey, I blew up the Kid”). The works were colorful, gay, playful and really BIG. I left the room with a smile on my face and I’m sure kids would love to see this. It kinda gives you a glimpse of the world from a kid’s eye. Something InterestingImageImage

Artist: Craig  Norton

http://www.hammergallery.com/Artists/Norton/norton_craig.htm

Carl Hammer Gallery

740 N Wells Street

Chicago, 60654

http://www.HammerGallery.com

This is Craig Norton’s first Solo show in Chicago and he has really impressed the audience with his Mixed Media three dimensional Wall Art.

In Dropping Mom Off at the Old folks Home, Norton draws attention to the insecurities that come with old age. He also highlights the mentality of our society towards old people. We think of them as an outcast and neglect them.

His works are mainly a combination of drawings and collages layered on top of wood cutouts. The work touch the Robert Rauschenberg’s idea of ‘combines’. Each work stands out from the wall as they are framed in a box. Few others are like sculptures. The gallery space is transformed into an open landscape where each work stands out individually yet connected in a poetic manner. There are intricate details in each work which are just mind-blowing.

Its really unbelievable that that Craig Norton is a self taught Artist.

http://www.hammergallery.com/Artists/Norton/norton_craig.htm

Prairie

Artist: Shawn Decker

http://www.shawndecker.com/

Chicago Cultural Center

Shawn Decker’s recent exhibition at the chicago cultural center mainly focuses on recreating the natural environment that has become extinct like the dinosaurs. This is an attempt to bring us close to nature. It makes us realize of the “Art” that is there in the world outside the museum. Though the setup is an artificial setting mimicking the grasslands in Prairie (near Amazon river basin) the artwork independently can generate a different response if the context of the subject matter is subtracted.

The artist has used electronic media to elevate the beauty of natural world which we never noticed (unnaturally).

While viewing the artwork we are left specchless and wonder “how did he do?”

here’s the info of the project: http://www.shawndecker.com/content/rhizome-proposal-prairie-shawn-decker.

Shawn Decker is a faculty of SAIC and he is really cool. I always wanted to mimic a dinosaur’s roar and scare the shit out my roommate, I’m surely gonna take his class next fall semester! 0230_001 0231_001