Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Non Identical twins of Grant Park

 
 
Small little things can amuse me! Yesterday, working on the Eagles photos in Grant Park, I realized that the two eagles on the north and south of the Congress Plaza in Grant Park are not identical [somehow I had always assumed they were!].  This provided an incentive for a small quick post..
 
The non-identical twins of Grant Park!
 
The Bowman and Spearman - by  Ivan Mestrovic
The Eagle Fountains - by Frederick C. Hibbard
The Lions - by Edward Kemeys

 
 
 
  The Bowman and Spearman - by  Ivan Mestrovic
Location: Congress Plaza Gardens, Grant Park
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The Eagle Fountains - by Frederick C. Hibbard
Location: Congress Plaza Gardens, Grant Park
For more, click here..
 
One has it's beak open, one close.Frederick C. [who is the sculptor's grandson]  points out that the eagle on the north side is a Golden Eagle and on the south side is the Bald Eagle.
 
 
 
The Lions - by Edward Kemeys
Location: Art Institute of Chicago
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Frizzflopsqueezepop - by Claire Ashley

 
 
 
 
Fizzflopsqueezepop - by Claire Ashley
at Chicago Cultural Center - First Floor
Temporary Exhibit: January 12th - March 31st, 2012.
Opening Reception: January 11, 2012.

Frizz-Flop-Squeeze-Pop!!! Whimsical, vibrant, cheerful, sprightly splash of colors on inflated canvases occupy first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center! The exhibit has an equally playful name Frizzflopsqueezepop!!!

Here are some images from the Opening Reception on Friday, January 11, 2012.
 

 
 Artist Claire Ashley
 



From left, curator Nathan Mason, artist Claire Ashley and Commissioner Michelle Boone..

Claire Ashley is Scottish-born, Chicago based artist, with MFA from SAIC, where she currently teaches in the Comtemporary Practices and Painting & Drawing Depatment.  Michelle T. Boone is Commissioner of the  City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events,  and Nathan Mason is the Curator of Exhibits and Public Art at Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago.





From left, curator Nathan Mason, artist Claire Ashley and Commissioner Michelle Boone.



A typical meet-n-greet shot from the Opening Reception.
 
I had this great opportunity of meeting with Calire's family members, who were there to support her.
 
 
 
 
Claire Ashley with her family.
 
 
 
Claire with her kids..
 
 
And here is Claire's mom with her grandkids!
 
 
 
 
And I spotted a few members of the Project Onward team in the opening reception.
 
 
 
The incredible girls of Project Onwards team!
They really are INCREDIBLE!
Each one is an artist in her own right and work with artists at Project Onwards!

 
 Below are some images of her work. As Danny Orendorff, Independent Critic describes..
Ultimately, howere, the production of the inflates comes back to Ashley's unwavering curiosity in color, paint, and the possiblities of abstraction. Like most art, the proff is in the process: in how aerated paint applied to canvas that is then, itself, aerated can produce washes, belnds, textures and composites of colors.
 
 

Beauwoahzeau [one], 2012
Spray paint on PVC canvas tarpauline and fan. Dimensions variable.
 
 

Beauwoahzeau [two], 2012
Spray paint on PVC canvas tarpauline and fan. Dimensions variable.
 
 
 
Untitles Sintra 2, 2012
Spray paint and acrylic paint on sentra panel
 



RUD, 2012










Names and more information will be filled-up as I get them.