Jun 5th 2015

Hanna Mandelbaum: Flightlines

@ Pen, Ink and Song

1579 N. Milwaukee Ave #344 Chicago IL 60622

Opening Friday, June 5th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, June 21st

Pen, Ink and Song gallery presents Hanna Mandelbaum’s “Flightlines”

Brooklyn-based visual artist, aerial performer and entrepreneur Hanna Mandelbaum sees a similarity between circus training and ink drawing- “Even what appear to be simple circus tricks can take years to master and require the coordinated engagement of every muscle. When drawing my subjects, I build them up slowly one small line at a time, much like one develops any difficult skill.”

Hailing from Kingston, NY, Hanna studied at the University of Chicago, and stayed in Chicago afterwards to paint while she worked as a bike messenger. After moving to New York, she took up trapeze. “I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, but circus entered my life seven years ago. I have a pair of angora rabbits to thank for my love affair with trapeze. What started as barter – bunny sitting for lessons – grew over time to be as much of a practice for me as visual arts.”

Hanna’s lines evoke the feel of lithography, and like circus itself, these images seem to hail from a time before photography. Hanna is primarily known for her paintings, which bring to mind everything from Franz Marc to Gustav Klimt. These ink drawings are a brand new body of work, created during a brief hiatus from training due to a shoulder injury (Circus people get hurt. A lot.) Hanna turned to her sketchbook – “I realized that even if I was temporarily grounded, I could still engage with circus through art.”

Hanna and her partner Noah Price (executive director of NY’s Gowanus Circus) have been heavily involved in the creation of New York’s newest circus haven, The Muse, an incredible circus school and multi-use space in a colossal warehouse near Harry Houdini’s grave. Hanna is also co-owner of Evermore Petfood, a small company that makes dogfood of a higher quality than most human food.

Join us for an opening reception set to coincide with Flat Iron Arts Building’s First Friday on June 5th, from 6 to 10pm.

We’ll be hosting an informal artist talk June 18th at 8pm, and the show will remain open during the entirety of the incredible, sprawling second annual Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival.

Pen, Ink and Song is located inside the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. We are publicly accessible by the Damen Blue Line station or the #56 Milwaukee and #72 North bus.

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