As I mentioned in my previous post, this past weekend I installed The National Juried Exhibition, titled "red", at Gallery 180. It's always interesting to see the actual work, once the selections process is complete. You see, during the selection process, the Juror is looking at a relatively small visual image, which is either a slide format or digital file. So when the work arrives for the installation, it’s a little like opening a room full of packages on Christmas morning.
One of the amazing gifts I received was from Chicago-area Artist, Claudia Craemer. Craemer’s “The Path Was Chosen For You”, is a forty-inch square oil painting with tendencies toward O’Keeffe. The unfolding forms in nature influenced work by both Artists. Craemer writes:
“I am often inspired by plant forms – blooms, bulbs, roots, and leaves – as well as paper and cloth forms. The works suggest organic layers or veils, peeling away, tearing, hiding and revealing, opening and releasing, and they usually develop in a layered, organic way as well, through a process of both spontaneous mark-making and deliberate decisions, of both intuition and choice.”
Craemer’s “The Path Was Chosen For You”, can be seen—along with the works of thirteen other artists from around the country—at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago from September 14 through November 11. The Reception for "red" will take place on Friday, October 9th from 5:30-7:30. Gallery 180 is located at the corner of Lake and Wabash in Chicago's Loop. The exhibition is free to the public and all works will be available for purchase. Craemer’s work is also shown at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights.