11/2007CRAZY 8 showcases eight of Chicago's wildest artists
"Carve - Cut - Layer - Drip, Splash - Scrape - Stencil - Stitch, Brush - Tie - Press - Twist, Blend - Create - Emotional State - Crazy Eight," reads the tag line for the Crazy 8 show, summing up the wide range of physical approaches to art featured at this event. Crazy 8 brings together eight of Chicago's wildest artist working in surprising ways with both traditional and non-traditional art mediums. Curated by artists and participants Jason Messinger and Alan Emerson Hicks, the artwork showcased is "Crazy in the wild sense, not totally insane!" says Messinger. "These artists are the bomb," says Hicks, "They are nuclear."
Crazy 8 takes place at the Peter Jones Gallery, located on the second floor of 1806 W. Cuyler, by Ravenswood. Gallery is located one block north of Irving Park and two blocks east of Damen, and two blocks from the Irving Park Brown Line train stop. The show runs from November 3 through December 2, 2007. Regular gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, from 3 to 6 PM, or by appointment (773)501-7730. A closing party will be held on Sunday Dec 2 from 4 - 8 PM. www.Crazy8Art.com
Joey Wozniak, Frank Fruzyna, and Bruce Noel Mortenson use the traditional medium of paint, but Wozniak uses hand-cut stencils and then scrapes, layers, and builds up thickly rendered and complicated compositions of representational imagery in abstracted fields of bright colors. Fruzyna positions dark bold brush strokes against atmospheric washes to create tensions of emotional resonance in beautiful works both small and monumental in scale. Mortenson's surrealistic and post-contemporary paintings, seen recently in a solo show of larger works at the Chicago Cultural Center gallery, are peopled with both abstract organic blobs and carefully rendered silhouettes in colorful vistas of the imagination.
James Kuhn, Izzo, and Edward Master reinvent the painting. Master creates intricate and complicated decorative patterns of paint on paper, then cuts and stitches them together with embroidery thread into complex and massive wall hangings that link our collective cultural pasts of traditional art forms with a vibrant and total now. Izzo takes printed-pattern fabric, then uses paint to alternately embellish or obscure the patterns, bridging background and foreground and the flat plane with spatial depth. He layers dots and spirals of bright color into visual explosions of energy and light. Kuhn creates painted mosaics, cutting painted paper into small squares, then gluing them into a larger composition, almost quilt like in its layering. The scenes depicted reference Biblical stories, and the artist's talent turns ideas of energy, faith, and the supernatural into visual and visceral experiences.
Curators Alan Emerson Hicks and Jason Messinger similarly reinvent their mediums. Messinger shows ceramic tiles that are more painting than pottery. Framed to float off the wall, the artist takes the graphic forms of letters, the simplistic shape of circles, or the pragmatic construction of utility poles, and turns them into startling objects of aesthetic beauty. Hicks uses found objects and heat-manipulated plastic to create compelling sculptures and wall pieces. The flotsam and jetsam of the modern world are twisted into objects of singular vision; plastic bottles stretched into soldiers, bottle caps woven into vases, a man made of clear plastic sheeting and buckled plastic coat hangers, a time machine from free-flowing video tape.
If you can't visit the gallery, the art work of Crazy 8 can be previewed or purchased on the web site; www.Crazy8Art.com
. The curators can be contacted directly for more information by calling Jason Messinger (773)255-0993.
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