Jessica Labatte, Untitled_2, 2012
CHICAGO, IL (May 2013)- Elmhurst Art Museum presents FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern, an exhibition of new work by four Chicago-based artists Leslie Baum, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Jessica Labatte and Adam Scott, and Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig from May 4 - August 18, 2013. Elmhurst Art Museum is located just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago. The Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. A list of free exhibition-related public programs follows at the end of this release. For more information please visit www.ElmhurstArtMuseum.org.
The artists in FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern mine and digest bits and pieces of visual culture from sources such as printed advertisements, urban debris, common pictorial symbols and the history of art. These visual samples, manipulated and placed into large-scale paintings, appliquéd textiles, paper collages, and photographs, are treated with the bold and colorful visual language reminiscent of early and mid- 20th century modernist abstraction.
With knowing reference to artistic precedents, the artists construct their own hybridized formats around these fragments of contemporary culture. The resulting work pays homage to their forerunners and contributes to new conversations about the relevance of abstraction, the meanings behind materials and signs, and, above all, compels viewers to keep looking.
Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig on view from May 4 - August 18, 2013. Artist and graphic designer Cody Hudson fills EAM's glass-enclosed Hostetler Gallery with new, large-scale sculptures. Built from scrap wood and metal, Hudson's totemic structures suggest their modest origins and modernist leanings. Influenced by pop culture, the urban environment and abstract art, Hudson combines bold color schemes and roughly hewn shapes with found objects and poetic titles to produce works that allude to the world today and our struggle to make sense of it all.
About the Artists:
Leslie Baum has shown her work nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York at CRG, in San Francisco at Gregory Lind Gallery, in Chicago at Devening Projects and the Tony Wight Gallery, in Rome at Barone Odom Gallery, and in Pyung Teak, South Korea at the Sosabul Art Expo. Her drawings are in the Art Institute of Chicago's permanent collection, and her paintings can be found in numerous private collections. She has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and the Chicago Tribune, and was named "Best Emerging Artist" by Chicago Magazine in 2004. Baum has had artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo and was an Artadia Chicago Finalist in 2012. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art and received her BA from the University of Vermont. Baum lives and works in Chicago.
Diana Guerrero-Maciá has had solo exhibitions at Three Walls, Chicago; Artpace, San Antonio; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis; and Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA. Her work has been included in group shows at the Pera Museum, Istanbul; The Bronx Museum, New York; Arena, LA; The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; and MOCA Detroit. She has created several public art commissions for the Public Art Fund in New York, and the Chicago Public Art Foundation. She is currently Associate Professor in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Guerrero-Maciá earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA from Villanova University, and studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago.
Jessica Labatte has had solo exhibitions at Golden Gallery, New York and Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Humble Arts Foundation, New York. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Chicago and across the United States and will be part of the MCA Chicago's upcoming Think First, Shoot Later: Photographs from the MCA Collection. Labatte was selected as one of Newcity's Breakout Artists in 2010. Labatte received her MFA in 2009 and her BFA in 2004 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently teaches photography. Horton Gallery in New York represents Labatte and featured her in a two-person exhibition, with a solo exhibition planned for next year. Labatte lives and works in Chicago.
Adam Scott has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago and Berlin; Dogenhaus, Leipzig; doART Gallery, Seoul; Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt; and Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage. His work has been part of numerous group exhibitions in Chicago and around the country as well as in Berlin, Oslo, Prague, and Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Scott is Associate Professor of Contemporary Practices in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also co-owner and director of Deluxe Projects, a curatorial collective. Scott received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BFA from California State University in Long Beach. He lives and works in Chicago.
Cody Hudson is a Chicago-based artist, also known for his graphic design work under the name struggle Inc. His graphic work, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center and Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, where an exhibition of his paintings will be on view from June 8 - July 27, 2013. Hudson has also had solo presentations at Guerrero Gallery and Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco; New Image Art and fourxfour, Los Angeles; Reed Space, New York; and The Lazy Dog, Paris. He has collaborated with artists such as DZINE, Juan Angel Chavez, and Mike Genovese on site specific installations in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Juan, Madrid, and Gateshead, UK. His work is permanently installed in Chicago's Sox/35th Red Line CTA Station. Hudson's work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including idN, Arkitip, Anthem & Juxtapoz.
New this summer!
Elmhurst Art Museum is open on Sundays from 12-5 p.m.
May 4-August 18
Inspired by EAM's newest exhibition Fragment: Sampling the Modern, Artivity welcomes families to design a collage on EAM's windows. Taking a new spin on the popular mid-century toy "colorforms" guests can create original designs by layering images of popular toys and household items directly on the windows of the Museum. Use decals of cars and tools to design a house that will overlook the adjacent park or rearrange the decals of toy animals to tell a story. See it all illuminated by the summer's sun. Fun for all ages.
FREE programs held in conjunction with FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern
Art on the Run (all ages)
Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - no registration required
Families are invited to make art inspired by FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern and Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig. Enjoy the exhibitions before sharing a free creative experience with your children led by EAM's staff and volunteers. Projects change every two weeks.
Opening Reception for FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern and Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Please join us for the opening reception of FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern and Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm.
Better Photos = Higher Return. Photography Workshop with Jessica Labatte
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:30 am
Adult Program, Free with Museum Admission
Looking to raise mad money for the summer? Join exhibiting artist and photographer Jessica Labatte to learn simple styling and lighting techniques to elevate the quality of your images for Ebay, Craigslist, or any online marketplace. Your unwanted objects will never look so good! Please bring your own camera and object(s) to photograph. Please email email@example.com to register.
Friday Night Artist Talk: Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Diana Guerrero-Maciá discusses her fabric collages of borrowed symbols and forms that are reminiscent of modernist paintings and graphic design. No registration required.
Fear No [Abstract] Art with Adam Scott
Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Though avant-garde abstract art emerged more than one hundred years ago, specifically in painting, what is encompassed by the term "abstract" has long been questioned and never tightly defined. Join exhibiting artist Adam Scott for a lively discussion about what makes abstraction important, powerful, and relevant today. No registration required.
Modernist Textiles with Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:30 am
Ages 3-10 accompanied by adult, Free with Museum Admission
Create your own Modern Art Masterpiece! In this workshop exhibiting artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Diana Guerrero-Maciá will show you how to create textile collages using simple techniques like line drawing, cutting shapes, ironing, and stitching. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Friday Night Artist Talk: Leslie Baum
June 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Leslie Baum selects and reworks particular passages of modern
paintings, incorporating them into her own work. Baum shares her art historical sources in addition to thoughts behind her installation in Mies' McCormick House. No registration required.
Friday Night Artist Talk: Adam Scott
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Painter Adam Scott explains his new collage-based work that translates the materiality, and often the peculiarity, of our cultural landscape into dynamic, undulating abstractions. No registration required.
Friday Night Artist Talk with Jessica Labatte
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Learn more about Jessica Labatte's photographs of carefully arranged found objects and materials that play with reality and illusion. No registration required.
Collaborative Collage with Leslie Baum
Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:30 am
Family Program, Ages 5 and up, Free with Museum Admission
Explore the galleries at the Elmhurst Art Museum like never before. Based on her process of painting from the work of other artists, exhibiting artist Leslie Baum will take you into the galleries to draw directly from works in the exhibition Fragment. You and your family will return to the studio to cut up your drawings, editing out favorite fragments and recombining these sampled pieces to make a wholly unexpected family collage. Please email email@example.com to register.