Amy, Becca, and I have installed a "Dia de los Muertos" show at Re-Invent gallery in Lake Forest! See MORE info below these images! We hope to see you tomorrow!
From October 25th to November 9th, Re-Invent Gallery will feature the work of Amy Lynn Ross, Becca Zastany, and I in a "Dia de los Muertos" exhibition entitled Re-Live. The opening reception will be held on October 25th, from 7 to 10 pm. This is a CUE THE STUDIOS production.
The idea for Re-Live grew out of my dear friend Amy's amazing brain. Re-Invent is a multifunctional art space founded by Kristin Mikrut and Cecilia Lanyon. This contemporary space was the perfect choice for this exhibit. Amy said "Re-Invent is a beautiful and unique space. It's the opposite of stuffy, which we really appreciate." The versatility of this exhibition space will allow for a fun, party-like atmosphere during the Reception.
While the theme of this exhibit is "Day of the Dead," the imagery of the artworks included are not limited to skulls and skeletons. Using a wide variety of media, we further examined this holiday with an intuitive approach and have included themes of re-birth, respect, irony, faith, and fate.
“Dia de los Muertos,” or "Day of the Dead" takes place from October 31 to November 1st (but the exhibit will run from October 25 to November 9). “Dia de los Muertos” is the Hispanic tradition of honoring ancestors with costumes, altars, marigolds, dancing, sugar skulls, and picnicking on graves. The intent is to encourage souls to visit loved ones waiting by their graves.
All work will be for sale, including paintings, drawings, small sculptures, and ornaments. Becca, Amy, and I welcome you to celebrate with us on Friday (and even dress up if you like!)
The content of this show meant more to me than any other exhibit I have had. I did not care if I sold anything. And it was interesting, the monoprints I made to actually "SELL," hardly sold (about 10 out of 56). The larger pieces, which I never intended to sell....those are what meant something to others...those sold. I did not care about making money, but it was wonderful to see that. This show is a little bit about grace, a little bit about anger, a little bit about guilt, and a little bit about joy. :) The profound events of 2013 have despaired and dazzled us. I am including the many difficult and wonderful personal events, as well as global events. Below are more images from my current exhibit. It is located at 109 S. Genesee St. in Waukegan at Dandelion Gallery, if you want to pop over and see it on a Friday or Saturday (or make an appt.) It will be up until October 12th.
The wall below, containing 56 prints (two layers of 28), is meant as an interactive installation. This installation contains NO WORDS. The purchasing patron chooses a "title" and I write it directly on the piece. It is entitled Paintings are $35, Words are Free.
See more work in the "gallery" below. The Public Service Announcement paintings (pieces with text on them) are meant as cautionary advisements, due to both my disbelief and reverence.