Oliva Gallery

It Figures: New Work by Liz Laughlin and Scott Pearson
Apr
20
to May 25

It Figures: New Work by Liz Laughlin and Scott Pearson

 It Figures: New Works by Liz Laughlin and Scott Pearson

 

Best friends and artists, Liz Laughlin and Scott Pearson present new work that showcases their shared aesthetics of magical realism. Working in different mediums Liz and Scott, both, create figurative work that often displays an odd and fanciful notion of reality. This new work finds the artists working in a unique collaboration; each appropriating from the other quirks, techniques, and objects to imbue their own works with the sensibilities of the other.  This "borrowing" from each other creates a symbiosis between the works that mirror the relationship between the two artists. 

The simplicity of the paintings of Liz Laughlin belies their impact. At first glance, the stylized figures that inhabit her paintings feel primitive or naive. As you continue to look, you feel the impact of the expression and emotion she is able to transmit in her "simple" figures. The shape of an eye or the misshape of a mouth, intentionally skewed by the artist, inexplicably creates familiar and knowing portraits. 

Scott Pearson works within and outside the world of the "picture plane." His paintings and constructions, often the results of shamanic dreams, are filled with metaphors and symbols that recreate memories, realities, and experiences. Broad strokes, layered scribbling, an irreverence to both the picture plane and combination of objects, work in tandem simultaneously to produce his canvases and assemblages. 

 

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RECESS A Solo Exhibition With Mitch Clark
Mar
2
to Apr 6

RECESS A Solo Exhibition With Mitch Clark

Mitch Clark, professor emeritus at Blackburn College, will be showing his latest series of paintings at RECESS; a solo exhibition with 8 abstract pastels and 4 paintings with a bold use of color and fun whimsical shapes, like children at play. The opening reception is Friday March 2nd from 5-10 PM and additional gallery hours available by appointment. 

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"Immoral/Immortal" Solo Exhibition with Michael Thompson
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

"Immoral/Immortal" Solo Exhibition with Michael Thompson

This is a solo exhibition with photography by Chicago artist Michael Thompson.  Opening reception Dec 1st 5-10 PM.  Closing January, 1, 2018. 

Artist Statement: 

My work involves fake postage stamps, mono-prints, kinetic sculptures, kites, chine-colle prints, etching, assemblage, drawing, lighting, video, sound and faux objects cobbled together from discarded, appropriated, manufactured, objects, images, both in and out of the public domain, legal or il, good, bad and indifferent, carved, enlarged, stapled, pressed, copied, tied, transferred, welded, glued, perforated, hung, floated, sold, destroyed, confiscated, recycled, mailed, traded, kept as art or decoration or evidence, as junk, treasure or legal tender by art collectors, postal inspectors, State Security agents, prosecutors, family, friends, enemies and foes, for laughs, love, investment, color-coordination, evidence, re-use or just because...

 

 

 

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Broken Borders
Oct
6
to Oct 28

Broken Borders

This is a group show of 3 international female artists: Sharon Gilmore, Beatriz Ledesma and Mirtes Zwierzynski on immigration and the concept of home and displacement. Opening reception Friday October 6th from 5-10pm.  Saturday retail hours 11-4.

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The Felt Sense: Explorations of Wool In Iceland by Studio M For Good
Sep
8
to Sep 22

The Felt Sense: Explorations of Wool In Iceland by Studio M For Good

This show is the culmination of a month long residency at Textílsetur Íslands in Blönduós, Iceland. The felt sense of Iceland is one of palpable resilience in a forbidding yet rich landscape. I explored the "felt sense" of the landscape through wet felting with Icelandic wool.

Eugene Gendlin gave the name "felt sense" to the unclear, pre-verbal sense of "something" as it is experienced in the body. He was working with psychotherapy. In my work with wool I often float in this place.

 

Artist Statement:

I currently work with raw fiber (wool, alpaca, silk) making works of felt working mostly using wet felting technique. I am exploring wearable as well as sculptural art: Nuno-felted scarves and dresses (using silk & cotton textiles and fiber); vessels; wrapped found objects, stones, and driftwood; and larger pieces including rugs, wall art, sculpture, and game boards; bags; and hats. Much of my work is created over days or even weeks. I strive at all times to be conscious ofthe craft at play, my experience of the materials, and the awareness of the evolution of the felt work.

My inspiration is gathered from the world I experience, from nature, and from other artists’ work all of which inform my work in color and composition. After exploring many media I feel like I have come home when I work with felt. Fiber and felting feel like a perfect expression of what I want to create: objects of beauty which are satisfyingly tactile and which nourish the soul.

Education

Self-taught

Shows/exhibitions

• Textílsetur Íslands
• Blueberry View Artists Residency

Residencies

• Textílsetur Íslands
• Blueberry View Artists Residency

Teaching Experience

• I teach in my studio regularly

Professional Development

• Felters Fling 2013
• Workshop Cristina Pacciani
• Felters Fling 2015
• Workshop Charity Van der Meer • Workshop Martien Van Zuilen

Affiliations/Memberships

• National Museum of Women in the Arts, Charter Member • MCA Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago

January 2011-Present

April 2017 September 2011

April 2017 September 2011

2012-present

August 2013 October 2014 August 2015 May 2016 June 2016

1987-present Ongoing 

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Aug
22
11:00 AM11:00

Oliva Gallery at 22nd Annual Outsider Art Fair in Harbert, MI

Oliva Gallery will be attending Color Me Outsider 22nd Annual Outsider Art Fair with folk, visionary and outsider art.  Featuring works by Howard Finster, Richard Palider, Larry Collins, Fredda Burton and Corinne D. Peterson.  Preview party $25.00 September 1st Friday from 6-9pm benifitting the Michiana Humane Society.  Hours Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm.  

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Art Brut: Selected Works from Patrick Humphreys and Chris Heck
Jul
21
5:00 PM17:00

Art Brut: Selected Works from Patrick Humphreys and Chris Heck

Opening Reception: Meet the artists on Friday, July 21st, 2017. 5PM-10PM.

Gallery Hours: Saturday, July 22nd, 11AM-4PM and by appointment through Sept 2, 2017.

3816 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Logan Square neighborhood.

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Patrick Humphreys: Artist Biography

My formal training as an artist began with my receiving a BFA in painting from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It concluded with the attainment of a MFA in painting from Western Michigan University. While at school at Eastern Michigan University I had several shows at the university and other local venues. Also while at Western Michigan University I had several shows at the university and other local venues.

Since moving up to Bay City, I had a show during the Art Walk Series. I also had my paintings at A & J Gallery in Bay City, Michigan and a show entitled Youthful Playthings at the Creative Spirit Center (now called 360 degrees) in Midland, Michigan... The A & J Gallery is closed now. I have my artwork shown at C.A.T. Works Art Gallery in Bay City, Michigan and now here at the Art for Saginaw Gallery. I also had a part in a group show in Saginaw in 2011 and part of a group show in 2016 at the Greater Flint Arts Center.

Since getting my first book published I have had 30 book published through the imprint createspace . My most prized book is “ Jumbled: an artist’s view of Parkinson’s”. I was diagnosed in 2010. Before this diagnosis I couldn't even draw with my right hand ( I am righthanded). Now I can draw with both hands . In a way having Parkinson's has improved my artwork . It has become “ richer”. 

Chris Heck drip painting

Chris Heck: Artist Biography

A long-time antiques dealer and collector of outsider art, Chris Heck travels the Midwest and the South in search of unique objects, sculptures, and paintings. HIs collections, along with his formal studies in anthropology, have informed his own artistic practice. He handcrafts live edge wood tables with metal inlays that are both sleek and modern yet raw at the same time. Heck is not limited to one medium as he also produces large-scale, abstract drip paintings that call to mind primordial organisms and the Italian practice of book marbling. 

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Accidental Furnace: Selected Ceramic Works of Corinne D. Peterson
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Accidental Furnace: Selected Ceramic Works of Corinne D. Peterson

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31st, 2017. 5PM-10PM.

Gallery Hours: Saturday, February 4th 11AM-4PM.

3816 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Logan Square neighborhood.

ARTIST STATEMENT

For me, artmaking is a force for developing connections between the past and present, between opposing forces of nature, between the intellect and subconscious and between me and my artistic materials.  I have stripped away much of the overt symbolism of my earlier art to work mainly with the forms of architecture and nature. In my newest work, I use openings to explore elusive inner life, its shifts and mysteries, as it relates to outer life. 

Working with nature and clay connects me to my early roots of growing up on a Minnesota farm. Cracks, fissures, scars and pools of glaze are all part of my personal artistic vocabulary. The colors I use come primarily from rocks, leaves, and other bits of nature I’ve collected and studied since childhood.  I use layers and layers of color and fill the cracks with dark tones for a sense of history. I intend for each work to expose the evidence of its own past, much as a person reveals an accumulation of his or her experiences.

CORINNE D. PETERSON BIOGRAPHY

Corinne D. Peterson grew up on a farm near Anoka, Minnesota, and attended North Park University in Chicago.  She earned a M.A. in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980, and then developed a psychotherapy practice. While preparing to study Jungian analysis, her dreams about clay led her to take a clay class at Lillstreet Art Center. 

Captivated by the possibilities of artistic expression with clay, Peterson took more classes, developed her skills, and shifted her career focus to art.  She was awarded several residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and was in residence at Tegelgården, Sweden and Taiwan Normal University.  Her studio is at Lillstreet, where she produces her sculpture, works with interns and teaches classes.  Peterson also has presented her work in many panels,  lectures, seminars and workshops. 

Peterson’s sculptures are in numerous private and public collections, including Kirkland & Ellis, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Deloitte, Burrell Communications and Oakton College.  Her clay tile murals and mosaics can be seen at many Chicago area locations, including the CTA station at Roosevelt and State, Latin Middle School, Portage Park Senior Center and other Chicago Park District facilities. 

Peterson has exhibited throughout the country and in solo shows at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago; Noyes Cultural Art Center and Dittmar Gallery at Northwestern University, Evanston; University of Notre Dame in Indiana and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.  Recent group exhibits include CSI at Art Chicago and Bridgeport Art Center,  Antonovych, Niespodziewana, Peterson at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and outdoor installations at Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational 2008-09Chattanooga River Walk 2009-10 and Form in Flora at Garfield Park Conservatory 2010.

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Feb
3
to Feb 4

Snake Emporium by Janie Bootsie Stamm

365 Snakes a Year Project. Paintings and works on paper.

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2017. 5PM-10PM.

Gallery Hours: Saturday, February 4th 11AM-4PM.

3816 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Logan Square neighborhood.

 Janie Stamm was born on the soft and sandy shores of Miami Beach and raised in the heart of the Everglades. She draws inspiration from the creatures she interacted with growing up such as alligators and snakes, which many people misunderstand.    Janie graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 with BFAs in Printmaking and Animation.  She moved to Chicago shortly after to pursue a job working for Tony Fitzpatrick at Black Shamrock Press.  After four years of living in Chicago, Janie returned to Florida for an extended stay in the spring of 2016 to recharge and focus on making art that reminded her of home. She spent every possible second immersed in Florida’s nature. She slogged through cypress domes, witnessed male alligators bellow and perform their ritualistic water dance, and took a moonlit bike ride through the Everglades.   Janie has since returned to Chicago and her goal is to make a piece of art every day. She’s done this with her Snake-A-Day and Object-A-Day projects.  Her work has been shown across the country, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles and can be found on the cover of  Poetry  magazine’s December 2016 issue.

Janie Stamm was born on the soft and sandy shores of Miami Beach and raised in the heart of the Everglades. She draws inspiration from the creatures she interacted with growing up such as alligators and snakes, which many people misunderstand.  

Janie graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011 with BFAs in Printmaking and Animation.  She moved to Chicago shortly after to pursue a job working for Tony Fitzpatrick at Black Shamrock Press.

After four years of living in Chicago, Janie returned to Florida for an extended stay in the spring of 2016 to recharge and focus on making art that reminded her of home. She spent every possible second immersed in Florida’s nature. She slogged through cypress domes, witnessed male alligators bellow and perform their ritualistic water dance, and took a moonlit bike ride through the Everglades. 

Janie has since returned to Chicago and her goal is to make a piece of art every day. She’s done this with her Snake-A-Day and Object-A-Day projects.  Her work has been shown across the country, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles and can be found on the cover of Poetry magazine’s December 2016 issue.

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Jun
24
to Jun 25

Deva Suckerman & Tangerine Vintage, Rockin' Robin & Estate Chicago

This will be a group show with Deva Suckerman from Art by Deva which will feature original artwork on reclaimed wood. Also there will be ladies accessories from Deva Suckerman & Tangerine Vintage, Rockin' Robin & Estate Chicago. Opening reception from 5 to 9pm on June 24th and open studio from 11am to 4pm to June 25th. 

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