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    Descriptive info: Marjorie Woodruff: Rack and Ruin.. March 6 - April 16, 2009.. For a larger view and/or more information, click on the thumbnails below:.. My work focuses on the process of constructing visually appealing objects that attempt to evoke an uncomfortable emotional response through addressing difficult political and social concerns, and that also play with the notion of decorative forms.. Whether by embracing traditional functional forms for utilitarian use or by stretching the idea of their function into unconventional sculptures, my aim is to provoke conversations � to hopefully �whet the appetite� for dialogue among diverse groups of people within my community and in the larger global community regarding issues of power, greed and injustice.. About the Artist:.. After receiving MA and MFA degrees in ceramics from Northern Illinois University, I moved to Chicago in 1989 to complete a four-month artist residency through an Illinois Arts Council grant in the West Town neighborhood.. For  ...   Arts Center, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs� Gallery 37 program, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Harold Washington City College of Chicago.. Along with teaching, I have produced four temporary public-art installations in my Chicago neighborhood, funded through grants such as the Regional Artists� Project Program Grant and the Community Arts Assistance Program Grant.. These include �Installation on Division�, a 10-month installation in two vacant lots on Division Street, and �SPIRAL: The Life of Lucy E.. Parsons in Chicago, 1873-1942�, a nine-year installation in Wicker Park, the subject of a 1995 Chicago Reader cover story, �Dangerous Women.. � My mixed-media work has also been shown in the 5th and 6th annual Gross Park Sculpture Invitational, an outdoor summer exhibition in a North Side Park.. In all of these pieces, I have worked to spur interaction and dialogue regarding important issues facing the community and our nation as a whole..

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    Descriptive info: Solo Show by Marjorie Woodruff.. This project is partially supported by a Community Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.. NEXT..

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    Descriptive info: Nicole Hollander: It s Enough to Make a Cat Laugh.. January 23 - February 26, 2009.. Nicole Hollander is a cartoonist best known for her nationally syndicated comic strip Sylvia, distributed by Tribune Media Services and appearing in over 50 newspapers.. Hollander has also published numerous cartoon collections, including, �My Cat s not Fat He s Just Big Boned� and �The ABC of Vice� with Regina Barreca.. She has illustrated the  ...   and I m Not Sleepy by Robie Harris.. She has written two musicals: �Sylvia s Real Good Advice� and �Female Problems.. � Her most recent book is �Tales Of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial,� published by Broadway Books.. Hollander earned a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and holds an MFA.. degree from Boston University.. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with a difficult, but adorable cat Sally Cookie..

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    Descriptive info: Kathy Weaver: After the Soup.. Trained as a painter, Weaver actively practiced her art while raising a family and having a career teaching art in the public schools.. Her paintings were of a political nature and involved issues of apartheid, feminism, and anti-militarism.. In 1988 she gravitated to the medium of fabric as a way to engage a larger audience to view the message of her works.. An example of her early fiber work is a series of three quilts, �Guns are Us� portraying the number of children killed by violence in Chicago in one year.. These quilts are in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.. A later and continuing body of work involves issues of technology in the form of the robot.. In order to render the mechanistic surfaces for the robot, Weaver employed the airbrush as a painting tool.. The incongruity of soft painted satin for hard objects provides an element of humor to the work.. Her worldwide travel, her interest in robots, popular art, comic books and, in particular, the daily contact with children�s artwork are her prime resources and inspiration.. The artist has recently built a new studio, is retired after  ...   of a tilted stage or shadow box and in this environment the robot is a translator of events, an alter ego, a doppelganger.. The robot can be an observer, a soothsayer, a malcontent or a destructor.. The viewer is invited into the picture plane to see the modality of the robot�s disposition as it reflects human nature.. Humor, satire, and whimsy add human aspects to the robot and provide the aside, the ironical reference, which is shared by artist and viewer.. This humor underscores the suspicion that more is afoot than suggested at first glance.. Satins and velvets, embroidery and hand sewing give an intimate touch to the hard-edged, supra-natural airbrushed and painted forms.. There is an incongruity in the use of soft materials for hard objects and sharp thoughts.. During the past year, I have focused on inventing the robot�s world, using plant and cellular forms that are stranger than life and pregnant with meaning.. These works consist of intricate collaged embroideries, egg tempera paintings on wood panels, and gouache paintings on paper.. The robot�s environment of oversized botany is steeped in a visceral, atavistic aura.. The natural and pseudo mechanized images represent the dichotomy between issues of fatalism and hopefulness..

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    Descriptive info: Mary Stoppert: Artifacts 1973 - 2008.. November 21 - December 18, 2008.. Mary Stoppert: Artifacts 1973-2008 presents a selection of sculptures and photo documentation of installations produced during her 35 year career.. The exhibition includes works from 1973 when Stoppert was a founding member of Artemisia Gallery.. Also included is photographic documentation of eight site-specific installations and select related sculptures that were inspired by the sites, including The Queen s Ring Temple which was an installation created for The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 1982.. The exhibition ends with a brief glimpse into her most recent series:.. Rituals and Reliquaries.. Mary Stoppert has been named one of America’s Outstanding Sculptors by Contemporary American Women Sculptors (Oryx Press) and, if  ...   2 years, and serving as gallery director for 15 years.. Her lengthy exhibition history includes the New Museum in New York, DePaul University and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, and nearly all points between.. She was a founding member of Artemisia Gallery and also the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art.. Stoppert is the recipient of many awards, including an NEA grant, the Art Institute of Chicago’s John G.. Curtis Prize and the Frank G.. Logan Award.. Her work is in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Northeastern Illinois University, and the State of Illinois.. In addition, Stoppert has served as an instrumental advisor, curator, and mentor to Woman Made Gallery and gallery staff since its inception..

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    Descriptive info: Carmen M.. Perez: La Figura Inspirado Por.. The Figure Inspired by.. La Figura Inspirado Por.. is an exhibition of Carmen M.. Perez’s series of cast and fabricated metal figurative sculptures that explore themes inspired by human experiences.. The human form is the central visual element in Perez’s sculpture.. Her ideas are generated by life experiences and reactions to those experiences.. Her materials of choice are copper, silver,  ...   when one is raised bi-culturally.. My work addresses the tensions that arise from accommodating to the expectations that traditional Latin culture has for a woman, and my own needs and ambitions that are a result of growing up and being educated in a contemporary urban American setting.. ” In addition to her artistic endeavors, Perez works as an arts educator and teaches ESL at Malcolm X College..

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    Descriptive info: Perez.. Entwine.. silver, copper, brass, marble.. 6.. 75 x 6.. 5 x 3.. 5 inches..

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    Descriptive info: Ginny Sykes: Divided Beauty.. October 10 - November 13, 2008.. Ginny Sykes work explores contemporary notions of visual art and performance collaboration.. She has exhibited in the US and internationally, including “Transcultural Exchanges: The Tile Project, 2004-2008” (a permanent tile installation in 22 countries), and “Pandora Meets Sarajevo,” an exhibition she co-curated featuring artists from Bosnia, Vietnam and the US.. Sykes’ performance work incorporates dance, sound, text and visual art installations, most recently in “Velocity” by the collaborative group VIGA.. “Lessons of Water and Thirst” was co-created with Pont des Arts Ensemble and their newest work, also entitled “Divided Beauty,” will premiere on October 24th at Woman Made Gallery.. Sykes has completed over 30 public art works, often initiating them  ...   O’Hare airport and a mural for the Latin School of Chicago’s new middle school.. A respected educator, Sykes has taught in both the Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as through Gallery 37, the Illinois Arts Council, and Beacon Street Gallery residency arts programs.. Sykes has received honor awards from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and has been awarded several Ragdale Foundation residencies.. Her expertise ranges from traditional European painting techniques to contemporary and conceptual studio practice.. Sykes is Artist Liaison for the Chicago Public Art Group.. Her work is included in the publications “A Guide to Chicago Murals,” “Urban Art Chicago,” and “The Chicago Public Art Guide.. ”..

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    Descriptive info: Jean Nerenberg: Our World and Beyond.. September 5 - October 2, 2008.. Jean Nerenberg’s delicate and transparent watercolor and mixed media paintings reveal her increasing concern with the future of our planet, threatened by nuclear destruction, global warming, and man’s own inability to peacefully co-exist.. Nerenberg is a Chicago artist with an arts degree from Nortwestern University.. She has exhibited her work in Arizona and Illinois..

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    Descriptive info: Leslie Sobel: Phase Change.. I am concerned about climate change and the vulnerability of our environment.. My work starts with aerial landforms - satellite images downloaded from the NASA website.. Manipulating these images digitally, I merge them with other informational systems, such as topographic maps and climatologic charts that relate to the geographic area of the images I choose.. Then, I print the images on my large format archival inkjet printer and mount them on cradled panels.. The imagery chosen highlights changes, vulnerabilities and loss due to climate change.. The next stage of my process is the painterly phase, where  ...   often print on tend to disappear when combined with encaustic.. The two-part process of my work integrates technology and nature, echoing my thematic exploration of the interconnected environment.. Encaustic lasts for thousands of years with colors remaining vivid and bright, yet the surface is a bit soft and vulnerable.. The result is that the final works are both durable and fragile, much like the earth.. Some of the pieces are three dimensional - shrines and reliquaries meant to capture the unique and transient qualities of areas endangered by climate change.. These pieces incorporate sculptural elements made of wax and other media..

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    Descriptive info: Lynda Cole: The World Between Black and White.. Using black and white altered photographs transferred to the back of half inch plexiglas, Lynda Cole s images are the visual equivalent of the sound of rain on the roof on a melancholy day..

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