Please join me this Sunday, February 12, at Firecat Projects gallery in Chicago. For those of you who missed the official opening of "Synchronicity," or have been meaning to see the exhibition or want to come back again, I will be at the gallery hosting this special Sunday open gallery time. I look forward to seeing you there.
Special Open Gallery Event at Firecat Projects
Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 11:00am-3:00pm
2124 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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A great turnout for Opening Night at Firecat Projects in Chicago for the "Synchronicity" exhibition. Photos: with fellow artist Darren Jones and Michele Jahelka, Curator, and Stan Klein, Gallery Director.
Exhibition dates: January 27-February 18, 2017
Gallerist and Artist Extraordinaire Stan Klein in motion and putting the finishing touches on the "Synchronicity" exhibition at Firecat Projects in Chicago.
Synchronicity - The Art of Paper
In philately, this is considered a Cinderella stamp or any paper document resembling a stamp but not issued for official postal purposes. I discovered it in an otherwise unexciting box of miscellaneous worldwide stamps. The stunning imagery, including the predominant swastika and the subtle details of the barbed wire fence and imprisoned man, initially got my attention. The wonderful coloring also adds to the powerful effect of the stamp. From the minor amount of research I did, I learned that the writing is Portuguese and states: “if Hitler won, there would be no freedom”
Jim explained that the shells fired from the Sherman tanks would bounce right off the sides of the German Panzers and leave little more than a big black dent in the reinforced steel. “Bang! And that didn’t slow them down a bit,” he said. “We had to try and corner one, confuse him, with at least three or four of our tanks to every one of those bastards. It was the only way we could stop them. We had to maneuver around as fast as we could without getting blown-up until we got one into the right position with its front end directly towards one of us. Their front-end was the weakest spot on the whole tank. A good direct hit to the very front of a Panzer was the only way to penetrate those bastards.”
He continued. "Not only were our tanks lighter and quicker, but the first thing I’d do was take the governor off the engine block. The army put a governor on the carburetors on all the Shermans. It’s was supposed to keep us from running the diesel too hot and burning it out, blowing the engine completely. But most of us knew how to remove it. That way, when we needed the speed, we could get one of them really moving”
Jim was my manager at the local hardware store I worked at all through high school. He took a liking to me and would often take me aside to share his war stories. I felt honored and privileged that he did this.
“I think I once had one of them up to at least fifty-five miles per hour.” He thought for a moment. “The only problem was you only had a few minutes pushing it at those speeds. You had to get the job done and your ass out of trouble quick, then throttle down the engine or it would blow. Then you were really in trouble. If you blew the engine you were in real trouble. That’s what the engine governor was for, to keep us from blowing them out.”
And that governor always came off first thing on Jim’s tanks. First thing.
Interesting article on a beautiful Northport, Michigan, rehabbed cottage that I had the pleasure of visiting recently, featuring one of my large map pieces in the main room.
Northport’s Chetonka Cottage Rocks a Rustic Industrial Vibe
By Diane Kolak on June 1, 2016
I was pleased to visit his studio just up the road from the gallery during my last visit to Northport. Of course, I brought my camera to add to my ongoing “Artist Studios” photography series. Enjoy the new images of Tom's studio below. More from the "Artist Studios" series can be seen here.
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Top row: "Chemistry" used U.S. postage stamps and resin on wood 10" x 10" x 10" 2016
Bottom row: "Shakespeare" used U.S. postage stamps and resin on wood 12" x 12" x 12" 2016
"With a love for unconventional materials, used out of context, Jordan Scott produces mesmerizing imagery through the repetition of postage stamps. He uses thousands of canceled U.S. postage stamps producing meditative surfaces that allude to communication and the interconnectedness of humanity. When seen from a distance, his technique produces beautiful surfaces of rich color, and as the viewer approaches the work, they are met with the surprising realization of unexpected intricacy."
Please read the rest of this interesting article on Chuck's Chicago Fine Art blog.
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Below: "Kettle Moraine", "Waiting for the Rain", "Ancients" and "Omnis" waiting to be hung at ARTSPACE8.
I am pleased to be a part of the "Mixed Media" show at Roan & Black Contemporary in Saugatuck, Michigan, with several other amazing gallery artists. If you are in the beautiful Art Coast of West Michigan area, please visit this show and also spend some time exploring their beautiful sculpture garden. This short drive makes a great day trip this time of year!
November 14 - through December
Roan & Black Contemporary
below right: with Judy at her last gallery show, Fall 2015
below left: "Twin Towers" used U.S. postage stamps and resin on canvas 60" x60" diptych 2006
Saturday, November 7, 6-9PM.
From Sidetracked Studio Blog:
"Sidetracked Studio is proud to present Undiscovered Species, an exhibition featuring doodles, drawings, collages, and paintings that reveal the obsessive and repetitive mania of their makers, all of whom happen to be Chicago-based artists. Rory Coyne is exhibiting a selection of nature based works that subtly detail the sublime repetition of leaves, trees, and endless skies. Coyne is a founding director at Sidetracked Studio. Lauren Levato Coyne presents new work in colored pencil on paper and maple panel including her “cluster drawings,” an ongoing series of insect wings that form swarming, irregular, flower-like shapes. Levato Coyne is a founding director at Sidetracked Studio. Julie Murphy invents and interprets new species of human/monster/office worker hybrids in her expressive and slightly manic drawings. With ink and markers Murphy transforms manila folders, legal paper, and sundry office materials into her own sort of taxonomic record of her crypto-creatures. Murphy earned a BFA degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design, as well as a BS degree in radio/television/film from Northwestern University which lead to years of diverse work experiences that fueled the desire to escape reality, in addition to supplementing a rainbow of character studies for drawings. Vito Desalvo presents work from his current series, International People in the Know, which contain his reflections on interpersonal relations in today’s world. He has chosen both fictitious and actual faces of real people in his life. The backgrounds suggest no clue as to place, identity or nature of the conversation. The artist only offers the finality of the implied statement. In some of the faces is a lingering hint of relating the knowing implication of their comments. Others possess only a sense of innocent use of common use phrases. Desalvo has made comments related to these pieces that all serious conversations eventually lead to a confirmed answer form of “no”. Jordan Scott presents his current series of collaged works inspired by the Jungian theory of the Collective Unconscious coupled with his many years of martial arts training and teaching. The series pays homage to his belief in the interconnectedness of the universe. While Scott uses many materials outside of their typical context his specific material is canceled U.S. postage stamps, typically using thousands of individual stamps to form what appear to be abstracted landscapes and color fields to create a sum greater than its parts."