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FEBRUARY 2002 EXHIBITIONS
Main Gallery: JENNIFER van BEELEN, PAINTINGS ;
DIANE CUMMINS, LIGHT TO DARK PLACES
Jennifer van Beelen and Diane Cummins are two Illinois artists who both seek out light and environment as source material for their work. However, whereas van Beelen's paintings address ideas of light and its conversation with an organic surface, Cummins' photographs first look towards an environment as the influence of darkness becomes the background music for her images. Although each artist approaches the audience from a different perspective, ultimately, they both present us with their taste for the ephemeral--the impermanent passing moments of time.
Gallery A: GEORGE TKABLADZE, FROM ZERO TO THE
Sculptor, George Tkabladze, comes to Artemisia Gallery from the Republic of Georgia. His intimate, abstract stone sculptures are fraught with personal observation, delving into the age-old unanswered questions of existentialism. Tkabladze's fascination with stone derives not only from its history as a piece of the larger whole, but also due to the fact that as it has an "unforgiving nature, it becomes a challenge to bring it to a new life." Mixing a variety of media and technique (stone, wood and steel) Tkabladze identifies ideas of past, present and future, thereby formulating his internal creative process for self-discovery.
Gallery B: JUDITH A. HLADIK, REPEATING HISTORY -
Wallhangings and Monoprints
Chicago-area artist, Judith Hladik's presents us with her latest series of monoprints that whimsically toy with the idea of illusion and historical truths. As Hladik challenges yesterday's assumptions, she asks the viewer to explore "how history is 'made' and how distortions and propaganda have seeped into the canon of received knowledge." In tandem with her playful edge, yet veering not far from her historic ideology, Hladik's wall hangings investigate the changing status of women's cultural roles through time, identifying a different facet of women's experience through each piece.
Gallery C: MELANIE A. FEERST, INFORMED CONSENT
The seeds of Melanie Feerst's provocative work were first planted while working as an assistant to a cardiac surgeon. In her most recent body of sculptural work, she continues to examine today's medical culture by exploring the notion of informed consent. Her investigations through bioethics literature along with past and present health care controversies, firmly advocate patient rights with respect to the "universal fears of suffering and illness." Feerst is this year's recipient of the Linda Kramer Award.
Gallery D: KAREN HANMER, SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP 104, RANGE
28, FAIRBAULT COUNTY
"I give and bequeath the building site and grove which I own, located in the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 19, Township 104, Range 28, Fairbault County, MN...."
so state the words that point to the newest works by Artemisia member, Karen Hanmer. Her textile installation and artists' books are an eloquent collage of familial storytelling, exposing mythologies that lie behind the ancestral land belonging to her immigrant grandparents, their children and their grandchildren, as well as "their connection to it, and my connection to them."
Gallery web site address http://www.artemisia.org
For additional information and press packets,
call the gallery 312 / 226-7323