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Reception, Mezz S Lounge, 19 N & S :
Colin Matthes, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, grew up on a farm on the outskirts of a village with three bars, a post office, and the world’s greatest junk parade. Installing electric at small-town county fairs, wiring trailer parks, and photocopy machines formed the way he makes things and views the world. His activities include bringing his daughter too close to bears, making graphics for activist campaigns as a member of Justseeds, communicating essential knowledge, and curating exhibitions.
Recently his work was shown at the Charles Allis Museum (Milwaukee, WI), Roots & Culture (Chicago), Mulherin (New York), The Queens Museum (Queens, NY), The Science Gallery, Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), and the Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin, Ireland). He has participated in numerous residencies including Werkkamp (Belgium) and Cow House Studios (Ireland). He won the Marl L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in 2102 (Established) and 2007 (Emerging). An artist and curator, Matthes is currently the Gallery Director at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Muralist Lisa Gray’s work can be seen around Chicago and beyond. Gray’s body of work consists of larger than life botanic imagery all painted with colorful spray paint. The banner that is on display was originally shown at @baderbrau in 2016.
When I began this project, I started with a new intention— I started setting my alarm with the sunrise. While stringing some 65,000 ponybeads or so, I found myself constantly moving around and repositioning my work space to find any sort of comfort possible. I’ve been wanting to make my own version of beaded curtains for some time, and here is my first attempt. I had no idea that the physical object itself would be tied to the idea of renewal (and how much it would push me to try and take better care of myself—by making sure to stretch more, take my vitamins, drink more water, etc.) through the setting of intentions and though you will not be able to physically walk through this piece, I hope to invite that feeling. It’s been interesting paying close attention to how my body feels, and why it may feel that way. I too often begin my day already working right when I awake (if not dramatically oversleeping) and so I can’t think of a more beautiful way to start the day… with some extra time for just me and whatever is next after passing through that sunrise.
Jane Georges is an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in paying close attention to nature and nostalgia, subconscious feeling and intuition, memory, the senses, inner dialogue and healing. Through such subjects, she creates curious works of exploration with a spectrum of unlikely fibers, textures, and in general, commonly overlooked everyday objects/materials.
In late 2016, Georges created Oh And Also, linking the diversity of her portfolio to her passions for fine art, interiors, fashion, installation art, travel, and philanthropy. Jane currently supports the West Humbolt Park mixed use arts space and 501(c)3, Silent Funny, as Gallery Manager, and on top of her own creative endeavors, she continues to support other Chicago-based artists through the painting of murals, art process assistance and prototyping, as well as management and assistance in the installation of gallery and museum exhibitions (Amanda Williams, Jeff Zimmerman and Kerry James Marshall, Industry of the Ordinary, Renee Robbins, and AMFM Gallery).
Ronan is a Filipino-American painter from Chicago, Illinois. His passion for the art started at an early age, but a moral obligation to assist the family financially caused him to put this passion to the side. He was taught as a kid to study hard and get a job, and art was not a viable way to earn a living. Though the path he has taken has brought him a successful career in the field of business, his passion for the art was reinvigorated when, starting to wonder about doing something different for himself, he created a painting to commemorate a sentimental moment in his personal life.
Though oil is his preferred medium, he also utilizes other mediums such as charcoal, conte crayons, acrylic paints, and materials such as paper, linen, and everyday materials.
As part of his process, he will create art based on an item he found interesting, an observation in his environment or an idea that he thought of; then focusing on a specific angle, a moment or an emotion. Sometimes, he would just let himself get lost in the process and create something by letting his mind or his feelings dictate where the brush takes him.