DreamBox Gallery // Cup & Spoon present Chicago Artist Month 2015:
PROXIMITY – Nearness in Space and Time
October 16 – November 15, 2015
Opening reception with artists present: Friday, October 16, 6-9pm
The exhibition, PROXIMITY – Nearness in Space and Time, is a visual narrative of FIVE POLISH WOMEN ARTISTS who refuse to be defined exclusively by language as their cultural identity, and who assert themselves into being and belonging by creating from within the multicultural experience. Their identity is never static but is always in the making,stimulating the creative exploration. Language and cultural memories can be adopted and translated into images that transcend spoken language. The presence of the past always alters reality, but our perception of reality leaves a lot to the imagination. Whatbridges memory of the past with the present is the willingness of artists to confront boundaries and transform them within their work.
Art opens new possibilities of understanding the differences and similarities between cultures and people. It keeps us engaged by participating in the dialogue with community where we live and work. Our experiences may be different, but within the creative proximity we continue to marvel in the mystery and simply find what is human in all of us.
Like a new memory, a new sense of place is created, and the exhibition offers diversity of visual styles:
The poetic and blurry content of Iwona Biedermann’s photographs penetrate the landscape and views of the Bloomingdale Trail with passage of time, of long exposures, of a pinhole camera.
Katarzyna Derda enriches the dark shadows of the lith print with a playful melancholy. Her images resonate with moments of solitary emotions. By placing dolls in urban settings to tell the story, she creates photographs that are imaginative, illusive and unconventional.
It is the layered horizon that divides the canvas in Jola Nawrocka’s paintings and though the proximity is seemingly absent in her work – the journey through the layers connects the viewer closer to its own horizon.
Lidia Rozmus uses an ancient technique of sumi-e (ink and brush) to create abstract paintings. Her work relies on simplicity of thought, action, and form to create works of understated beauty.
Drawings by Irena Siwek transform the ordinary to elevate the simplicity. The creative authenticity of her work is intriguing, engaging, whimsical and introspective.
DreamBox Gallery is a Chicago gallery, which engages in a creative range of art and cultural exchange that celebrates the diversity of emerging and established artists. Transforming the traditional gallery space, DreamBox opens its door as an alternative for showcasing artists. Its mission is to create, inspire and be inspired by cultural link between artists and their creative currency: Word | Image | Idea