Saturday, July 4, 2009

Save the date... Nancy Rosen

A reception for the Nancy Rosen exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, will be held on Friday, July 31 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Rosen’s large-scale mixed-media portraits—mostly women—are rich with quiet moments of humanity. Distorted and twisted, the figures seem to be visually influenced by the haunting portraiture of the early 20th century artist, Egon Schiele. While each artist has used the subject’s gaze to force a somewhat awkward moment with the viewer, Rosen’s—less tawdry—depictions capture introspection as well as the intimacy of tender human encounters. The encounters can range from a soft embrace to the hidden, reassuring brush of an index finger at the edge of the picture plane. Rosen’s painted and drawn figures tend to evoke a strange curiosity … an interest in the concealed thoughts behind each distorted face. Keep this in mind when experiencing the exhibition for Rosen points out that “...What you see in these paintings is your own reflection...”

The work of Nancy Rosen will be on display at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago from July 27 through September 11th. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Works are available for purchase. Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art is located at 180 N. Wabash—at the corner of Lake and Wabash—in Chicago’s Loop. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-5.

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