Katherine Nemanich’s piece Duality 1 is composed of collage and ink on paper. Though only two colors are featured in this piece - black and white - the intense contrast of flat ink next to 3D paper construction results in a simplistic yet incredibly engaging final product. If we look at the natural world around us, whether it is the dark space behind a blue sky or the abyss beneath a glistening surface of water, darkness tends to fall behind and light is seen in the forefront.
JASON BROWN is a visual artist who investigates the ideas of place and space and how they intersect with identity through his 2D work in both public and private spaces. As The Zip Code Kid, he has three pieces in the Evanston Made show, each representing the main zip codes of Northwestern. During a visit to the Evanston Art Center, we were able to sit down and chat more about the ideas behind his work and his unique study of how we are formed by the places we inhabit.
IMANI DAVIS: What was your inspiration for creating this art piece?
RITA SHIMELFARB: It was driven by the idea of both separation and connection between Love and Faith. Which sustains which? When one collapses, will the other one pick you up and hold things together? Are they two sides of the same coin?
Sarah Kaiser’s piece titled Quite a Pair represents a pair of pears laid down among an undefined horizontal and threw to an infinite sky characterized by weightless clouds.
This painting is principally an oil painter, and the jewel-like colors in the work were made by a glazing technique.
It’s brightness is build up by transparent veils of color and a deep plasticism is reached trough the clearness and well defined profile of the subjects.
Javier Jasso’s installation based sculptural work at the Evanston Art Center examines how humans respond to their surroundings, and their natural inclinations to seek a sense of home. The materials utilized by the artist mirror those used in construction ; metal, plaster, concrete, plastic and wood.
At the Opening Reception of Nature vs. Nurture, curator Younsoo Kim Flynn gave a talk about her research and process on curating this exhibition, which aims to redefine the complex relationship between natural and urban landscapes.
Read a copy of Younsoo Kim Flynn’s speech below:
It started as a question or an experiment to gain multiple views from artists I respected on how they perceive and experience nature while living in highly urbanized environments.
Interviewed by Leah Spears
Over the past week, some of our Evanston Art Center interns interviewed an artist from our Evanston Made Exhibit that caught their eye.
Learn more below about: Vanessa Filley, Stephen Murphy, Kristen Neveu, Jevoid Simmons and Dorit Jordan Dotan.
First is an interview with Lisa Degliantoni, the creator of Evanston Made.
How did Evanston Made start, what was the inspiration for the project?
Pedro Velez is the first of six in house resident artists participating in the Evanston Art Center’s Society! Artwork In-Residence Program. Pedro is a multidisciplinary artist whose work merges his interests in journalism and art criticism into visual essays that take the form of large sculptural paintings, photographic collages, and limited edition posters. Velez’s work focuses on many topics branching from race, politics and other aesthetic concerns.
We loved having Jon Hansen with You & Me (WCIU) at the Evanston Art Center this week. Watch him create some art in our Ceramics Studio with our very own Mollie Morris and Paula Danoff.
Partial exhibition shot on the first floor of the EAC's "Studio Exhibition."
The “Studio Exhibition,” featuring an amalgamation of artwork produced by students of all levels, opened last weekend at the Evanston Art Center (EAC). This two-level exhibition includes an impressive range of work from students that recently completed an EAC class, and features paintings, sculptures, printmaking, jewelry and ceramics, among other media. Although the show reflects the EAC’s many course offerings, it also emanates creativity and offers visual variety for viewers.
- Don Miller, from Mad Lab Industries, displayed drones and discussed the drone camps and classes the EAC offers. Miller explained that Mad Lab Industries created a buildable drone kit for Einstein by Design, who has partnered with the EAC for its drone camps for kids. During these camps, kids have the opportunity to put together and fly a small drone; at the end of the camp, kids can take their drone home. Why drones? This is just one way the EAC is merging technology with art.
Rob Mulholland, Operation Specialist Project Manager.
The Evanston Art Center (EAC) welcomed Rob Mulholland to its staff in March as EAC’s Operation Specialist Project Manager. Programming is foundational to his work: assisting to create “an environment for members, students and guests to have the opportunity for creative experiences and personal growth,” as he describes it. According to Mulholland, his primary duties include researching, evaluating current programming and recommending new programming for the EAC Maker Lab, which features innovative and design experiences, movement and yoga initiatives and the culinary arts center.
Change is in the air at the Evanston Art Center (EAC). The most exciting change this spring is our move to 1717 Central Street in Evanston at the end of May. The new location features a contemporary design, open space and a coffee shop to facilitate community interaction. Its central Evanston location and updated programming will make the Evanston Art Center a place where creativity meets community.