The House: image of the home, family, and community. It exists as the most personal space of our lives, and yet in its nature as a piece of property it is also a political subject. In a new series of drawings Jennifer Cronin engages these subjects with carefully wrought portraits of foreclosed houses located on Chicago’s far south side. Their cold density clashes with the idea of a home which we wish the houses to fulfill. Emotive in their stillness, the houses call us to see the conspicuous absences; the pieces missing in communities, families, and in ourselves. The echoes of lives not led but taken away.
“Landscapes can tell a story about the larger world they inhabit. These houses were once cherished beauties, filled with life and warmth. A beacon of the American Dream. And now, these drawings show the houses as they are, as shadows of their former selves. Still standing, as symbols of what they they once were, and the people they once held. They are relics of a culture of inequality, in which the most privileged are enabled and encouraged to live in excess, while the most vulnerable are forced into increasingly desperate situations.” – Jennifer Cronin
The show will be up at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S. Wabash Ave. in the South Loop from November 13th to January 2nd. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 13th from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The gallery is open Saturdays 11am-5pm or by appointment. More information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com
About the Artist
Jennifer Cronin is a Chicago-based artist, born and raised in Oak Lawn, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a dual BFA
in painting and art education, and studied painting at Camberwell College of Art in London, completing her education in 2009. Since graduating, Cronin has become known for combining an uncanny realism with psychological depth to create large paintings that capture extraordinary encounters amidst the backdrop of ordinary, everyday life. She has exhibited widely in the Chicago area, as well as nationally and internationally. She has had solo exhibitions at Elephant Room Gallery and 33 Contemporary Gallery, among other galleries. She has been featured in many publications, including New American Paintings, and has earned numerous awards for her work.