Note: Opening night receptions have resumed, and typically take place River North on the first of second Friday of every odd month (ie Jan, Mar, May etc.). Most of the galleries in River North coordinate these openings on the same Friday nights, usually around 5-8pm. Please feel free to call or text us at 312.664.3406 for more information.
In addition, Addington Gallery co-sponsors a River North Gallery Tour with the Chicago Gallery News and other galleries in the neighborhood. They take place on the second saturday of EVERY month. Tours meet at Addington Gallery at 11AM on the second Saturday morning, and visit 4 galleries. The tour is free and open to the public. Kids are welcome. Please RSVP by calling or texting 312.664.3406, and letting us know how many will be in your party. Addington Gallery also offers private organized tours of the gallery district in River North. It's a great idea for private or company events. Contact us for more information.
The paintings of Chicago artist Joan Holleb occupy an exciting place between process and image, between poetry and narrative. The material qualities of these works set them apart from most paintings, generating the unexpected effect of slowing down our gaze and causing us to look carefully at the interaction of copper, patina, and paint on the surface of the work.
Holleb begins the act of painting by pouring a patina solution on the surface of the copper and letting it run in various directions and oxidize. Typically, this process dictates the direction the composition will develop, and the use of chance and spontaneous activity becomes the foundation for all that follows.
The gallery will also feature a selection of new work by Sandra Dawson. Dawson presents images from the natural world in a lovingly rendered, imaginative, layered, and often surreal manner to create work of both physical and emotional depth and complexity. She employs a variety of mixed media techniques, including collage, drawing, and a very physical approach to painting, resulting in surfaces that are etched, scratched and subtracted to create a history and to conjure memories.
Julia Katz creates work that consistently explores the movement of our bodies in our day to day lives. her current series of paintings are based on her observation of human activity around public places in chicago. Images featured in this body of work are derived by watching people congregate for concerts and public events as well as along the lake shore. While the artist's presence at these specific locations and events serve as the initial inspiration for the work, the paintings quickly become universal, as we search through the faces of the subjects of her paintings, and identify gesture, attitude, and body language. Katz's active, gestural brushwork is strongly in evidence here, and the overt textures and aggessive painterliness of her compositions engagingly echo the subject matter, exhibiting vibrancy, action, and energetic life.
Says LaChance about her current work: "My paintings are a personal declaration aimed at ameliorating our modernity. When I paint, I compose visual anthropological essays that bridge the past and present for a contemporary acculturation. The colors and symbols I use are adopted from many stations, ranging from folk traditions to street art. Further manipulation recontextualizes them as both graphic ornament and Esperanto. Initially, these paintings were organized according to open-source graphs describing patterns of social human interaction. They have become a way for me to filter the urgency and collective scramble of contemporary life."