In a polarized world, what does it mean to be an ‘us?’ Is it grouping people together personally, as in the us of our family or community? Or is it political, grouping us by party, by race, by gender, or by place of origin? Artists, Robin Powers and Susan Block, define US by connecting all people, everything. Their sense of form represented in their work is based on the commonality of the human condition.
TAC Galleries put out an open call searching for the juried exhibition, THEM: All People Everywhere. Featured artists/guest jurors, Susan Block and Robin Powers, selected from submission work that explores how systems of labeling “other” lead to systemic discrimation, racism and conflict. In this extremely divisive era, how do we overcome the “us versus them” mentality? What brings US together? Inspired by the call to action by Toni Morrison,
“This Is Precisely The Time When Artists Go To Work. There Is No Time For Despair, No Place For Self-pity, No Need For Silence, No Room For Fear. We Speak, We Write, We Do Language. That Is How Civilizations Heal.”
TAC Galleries are replacing the word versus with the conjunction AND in order to break down these kinds of divisions. Our hope is to redefine “other” or “them” to encompass a larger use of “us,” reflecting a more realistic mirror image, providing feedback of what is around us in a more inclusive representational way.
Susan Block and Robin Powers are featured artists and guest jurors.
Chicagoland native, Robin Power received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Her primary areas of study were Figure Sculpture and Drawing. She is an exhibiting and teaching artist. Currently Robin holds a faculty position at Stirling Hall Art Center in Lake Forest where she teaches Ceramic Figure Sculpture and Hand-building. “The underling theme of my work is about the human condition and our interconnectedness.”
Susan Block is an Artist/Stage Actress/Painter/ Sculptor. She holds an M F A from The Art Institute of Chicago. Susan has appeared in dozens of stage plays. She was nominated for best actress of the year for her performance as Martha in, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee. Susan has shown her paintings nationally and internationally. She has had one person shows in galleries all over the United States. She has also had one-person shows in Europe; including across from the National Gallery in London and in Dublin. Susan has also shown her work in Paris. “I believe in the gift of being born in America. My work is always about breaking boundaries and being free.”
Contributing Artists: Kelly Burke, Lindsay Cronk, Faith Hagenhofer, Lisa Kinzelberg, John Kirkpatrick, Melissa Lampl, Tom LaPann, Jennifer Levine, Roberta Malkin, Elaine Miller, Tena Russ, Sarah Sipling, Cheryl Steiger, Nancy Wieting
Ephemera: The Power of Impermanence
May 7 – June 12, 2021
Benefit: May 8
Artist Reception: May 21, 5:30 (TBD Zoom or Outdoor)
The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) is looking forward to bringing the community together for an ‘alive and well’ art experience. For the last year, we have been extending work outwards into the community, from virtual exhibits to art in our windows. Now, we invite the talents of artists to fill our walls (and floors) with the many ephemeral art processes that span the range of impermanence.
The formal definition of ephemeral art includes, “art that only occurs once, like a happening, and cannot be embodied in any lasting object to be shown in a museum or gallery.” However, The Art Center Highland Park is looking to take street art off the street and bring it into the galleries, including chalk, graffiti, video and performance art, filling the center with art and energy.
We are expanding our definition to encompass art that reflects the transient nature of things existing in the natural world. It is not mandatory that work use ephemeral material if the work addresses or represents that which is ephemeral and/or impermanent.
The exhibit will coincide with our annual benefit. Community members will also have the opportunity to share in the exhibit both within our galleries as well as extending into their own homes by purchasing chalk art kits, spreading creativity with chalk art!
Featured Artists/ Nate Baranowski and Victoria Fuller (Guest Juror)
Nate Baranowski: Nate is a street painter, muralist, and fine artist based in Chicago, IL. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his passion for street painting began. Nate is a versatile artist experienced with a range of mediums, including large chalk murals, indoor and outdoor painted murals, acrylic on canvas, and various forms of digital painting and concept art. He specializes in creating 3D artwork that looks like it pops right out of the ground or wall. From temporary installations to permanent painted murals, Nate can add a splash of creativity to any environment.
Chicago artist Victoria Fuller has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2020 She was awarded the Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award at the Rockford Art Museum and Best of Show in the 2021 Evanston and Vicinity Biennial. In 2019 she was awarded the DCASE Independent Artist Project Grant and an Illinois Arts Council CAAP Grant, in 2009. She also received fellowship awards from Illinois Arts Council and from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. She completed artist residencies at both Ragdale Foundation and at Sculpture Space. Her large-scale public sculpture “Shoe of Shoes” is in the collection of Caleres Shoes in St. Louis. Her sculptures have been commissioned by Sound Transit in Seattle, Comed in Chicago, and Arts in Transit in St, Louis. Her large-scale public sculpture, titled ”Canoe Fan,” was purchased by the city of Ann Arbor and installed in Gallop Park. She has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Bad at Sports, Hyperallergic, Scientific American Blog, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, and Western Art and Architecture Magazine.
“My work focuses on systems of man and nature and the impact of that nexus, revealing the phenomenon of life and the science behind it. I play with appropriated objects, assembled into sculptures and installations, which reflect natural forms or explore human psychology, and I make direct depictions of nature contrasted with human systems. My most recent exhibition featured an installation of eight iterations of the sun with a NASA sun video. My new work is an inflatable sculpture of the Extinct Northern White Rhino, inflating and deflating on a three-minute sequence, showing its glory and decline.” Victoria Fuller