Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ripple – Cause and Effect ...opening July 2nd

The Art Center—located in downtown Highland Park— is the venue for a three-person exhibition titled "Ripple~cause and effect" which will be opening on July 2nd. The exhibition is a powerfully inspirational collection of painting and sculpture, which presents imagery focused on the meditative surface patterns found within nature. The works of Yelena Klairmont, Paula Kloczkowski Luberda, and myself have been compiled to create this peacefully compelling exhibition.

The oil paintings of Yelena Klairmont are the most literal of the group. Klairmont captures the result of a compromised pool of water—portraying the ripple effect as a beautiful thought-provoking moment in time.

Paula Kloczkowski Luberda creates powerful stoneware rock forms with intriguing surface features. The wonderfully glaze-washed forms are manipulated and organized to create intriguing compositions in space.

Influenced—for almost two decades—by the hundreds of the pre-historic stone circles throughout Great Britain, I use the surface patterns of the Megaliths to create meditative imagery...

Britain is littered with more then four hundred and thirty of these prehistoric sites—most people are familiar with Stonehenge— yet there are areas concentrated with megalithic structures as far to the north as the Scottish Islands, and as far to the south and west as Cornwall. The largest complex of circles is just to the north of Stonehenge, at Avebury. My work is influenced by the meditative qualities of the fluid surface patterns found at some of these monuments. I have taken some artistic liberties, in the replication, manipulation and abstraction of the surface patterns found on these massive stone slabs, yet the work continues to convey the serene qualities regularly associated with nature and inner peace. The pieces included in this exhibition are representative of some of the fluid markings found within the rock surfaces. The process of creating each piece is as centering as the imagery itself.

“Ripple – Cause and Effect” will be presented at The Art Center of Highland Park from July 2 through the 22th. An Opening Reception will be held on July 2 beginning at 6:30pm. The Art Center in Highland Park is located at 1957 Sheridan Road. For additional information, contact The Art Center at 847.432.1888. I hope that you have an opportunity to experience this amazing collection of work.

Images, top to bottom:
Yelena Klairmont, "Ripple #7" oil on canvas, 40 x 30"
Paula Kloczkowski Luberda, "Three Goddesses" ceramic, 40 x 36 x 12”
Charles Gniech, "Meditation II" acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36"


  1. Congratulations, Chuck. It looks like a great show. And thank you for subscribing to my blog. Once again, I will be out of town when the show opens, teaching in Interlochen. But I am sure that one day we will actually meet in person! Maybe we can meet at Highland Park some time with a view to doing an interview for my blog? What do you think?

  2. Thank you for your interest... I might be open to an interview. The show continues through July 22nd. Let me know when you're available and we'll try to work something out.

    Thank you for reading!