FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Evanston Art Center 2017 Exhibition:
NATURE VS. NURTURE
DATES: Friday, March 17 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 17, 2017 from 6 – 8pm
GALLERY HOURS: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY YOUNSOO KIM FLYNN AND FEATURING WORKS BY NATHAN BRAUNFELD, JACK FLYNN, SAE JUN KIM, AND EVERYTHING IS COLLECTIVE (JASON LUKAS, ZACHARY NORMAN, AND AARON HEGERT)
The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to a transformative exhibition titled NATURE VS. NURTURE of works by five Chicago artists. From March 17th through April 23rd, the Art Center will proudly showcase artwork by Nathan Braunfeld, Jack Flynn, Sae Jun Kim, and Everything is Collective (Aaron Hegert, Jason Lukas, Zachary Norman). Each of the artists, chosen by curator Younsoo Kim Flynn, will focus on redefining the complex relationship between natural and urban landscapes. It will include works by emerging contemporary artists that experiment with perception and structure. Nature vs. Nurture aims to challenge the sensory value and powerful graphic practice of these artists as they reveal, conceal and create unique perspectives of their environment. These hybrid spatial conversations explore factual and fictional constructions that those living in modern cities employ to interact with the world around them.
Younsoo Kim Flynn received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. She has curated exhibitions at several venues including Richard J. Daley Center, Betty Rymer Gallery at SAIC and Thomas Masters Gallery. During her curatorial internship at the MCA Chicago, she assisted in the curations of Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Dan Flavin, Christo, Claes Oldenburg, and Dan Flavin. She accomplished her research internship at the Art Institute and assisted the exhibitions of Edward Hopper and Jasper Johns. She is currently the Assistant Director at Andrew Bae Gallery in River North, Chicago.
Nathan Braunfeld is a Chicago based artist whose practice addresses systems, spaces, and structures at the intersection of ecology and industry. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from the University of Washington. Nathan has exhibited works at venues including the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA, Method Gallery in Seattle, WA, and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, Il. He has completed public art projects for Spaceworks Tacoma in Tacoma, WA and the Bellwether Sculpture Exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum. He is currently the caretaker of nine houseplants, no cacti.
Jack Flynn’s works conjure a scene in which the heavy load of urbania projects into weightless lake and sky domaines. Despite such a juxtaposition of opposites, the coerced union is surprisingly apt. There is a learned appreciation for both the mute stillness of the natural setting and the bold positioning of human intervention within it. Flynn's background in graphic design is clearly evident within the flat color fields, contemporary tones, bold geometry and sleek compositions. Although the paintings are firmly seated within a contemporary ideology, he has chosen to render the work with a high degree of realism. By doing so, he has brought the existential experience of the composition into the rational world of the viewer.
Sae Jun Kim is Korean born artist, and explores existential thinking on the dilemma of civilization within natural environment. Kim’s sculptural installation work focuses on his personal fascination of nature that leads to the environmental sociology. His work has been included in exhibitions in the Chicago area including the Evanston art center. Kim is a graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a recipient of “Shaping the Future Award” by the Remet corporation. Sae Jun Kim currently lives and works in Chicago, where he is a co-founder of Fat City, a Chicago based artist commune, flux residency and gallery.
Based in Los Angeles and Chicago, Everything Is Collective (E.I.C.) is an ongoing collaboration between Aaron Hegert, Jason Lukas, and Zachary Norman. Since 2013 the group has worked together on numerous exhibitions, publications, and web-based projects, all of which address contemporary cultural issues through photography and digital images. The collective has exhibited their work nationally and internationally including recent exhibitions at the Aperture Foundation in New York, Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland, Filter Space in Chicago, and the Urban Arts Space at Ohio State University. The collective also runs a small book press that publishes works by members of the collective and also commissions experimental works by independent artists. Recent publications from Everything Is Collective Press have been featured and reviewed widely in print and on the web, and have been acquired by the collections of Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at SAIC and the MoMA Library in New york, among others. Everything Is Collective is committed to exploring and demonstrating the potential of collective art making and collective action, and all the works they create are attributed to the group as a whole.
NATURE vs. NURTURE will be exhibited in the main floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 17th from 6-8pm.
Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.
Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.
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