Walkers XVI (Rhinoceros), 2008, oil on canvas, 68 x 48"
Knowing that the shows had changed, I dropped by the Chicago
Cultural Center this weekend, to see what was new in the Michigan Avenue
Galleries. The Michigan Avenue Galleries are three exhibition spaces on the
main floor of the Cultural Center. They typically show though-provoking work by
some local artists.
When I entered, I was greeted by an unexpected surprise…
Making my way to the second of three galleries, I was faced with paintings by
the painting duo, Igor & Marina. I had been introduced to the work of Igor
Kozlovsky and Marina Sharapova roughly ten years earlier, when I juried one of
their paintings into an exhibition presented at The Illinois Institute of
Art-Chicago. Since then, I have followed the work of this husband and wife
collaborative team—mostly via the Thomas Masters gallery on North Avenue. The
artists seem to have left Master’s Gallery and are currently represented by KL
Fine Arts Gallery in Chicago.
The five paintings in the Igor & Marina exhibition are
from the “Walker” series, which references various segments of the history of
fine art. Movement has been a subject in art throughout time. The presentation
of movement was attempted within cave paintings and Egyptian sculpture, through
the onset of photography and into film. The subject of motion continues in fine
art today. From the artist statement…
“Walkers,” is meant to open a new chapter in the long history of painterly
images of motion. We propose to build on a series of works we have been
creating over the past 4 years, works that in their painterly technique
synthesize many past epochs of artistic achievement in new and compelling
ways. In particular, our exploration of the paradoxical relationship of
motion and stasis is paralleled by a simultaneous consideration of the
relationship between abstract and figurative art and between conventionality
you’re in Chicago, take some time to see this work. While in the Cultural
Center, there is also a truly interesting photography show by Patty Carroll, in
the adjacent gallery. Carroll’s show is titled “Anonymous Women”. That work is
also pretty amazing.