Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “Love Movement”, an exhibition featuring artists Max Sansing and Sentrock. Curated by Kimberly Atwood and Kimiko Kincade, “Love Movement” reflects a desire to bring works together that were created with passion and that demonstrate a message of love.
The curators met in 2016 and a conversation quickly began on co-curating an exhibition with a positive message. Their title choice was partly inspired by A Tribe Called Quest’s 1998 album “The Love Movement” but also by Sansing and Sentrock’s already existing styles that encompass a sense of acceptance, love and celebration for oneself and for others. “We felt it was time to put together an inspirational exhibition of works by 2 artists we both admire and who embody the concept of love through their work. It’s time for that message.” – Kimberly Atwood, co-owner of Elephant Room Gallery.
Sansing’s bold strokes of color worked into photorealistic portrayals of people of color through movement and expression is a statement on self-love and strength. The work is whimsical while at the same time seriously profound in its statement. Sentrock draws inspiration from the strength and freedom of animals like birds and wolves in order to portray half human half animal subjects while embodying a message of hope. Sentrock uses text over much of his work that contain inspirational messages like “Too Dope to Lose Hope” or “You Can Fly Higher”. The 2 artist’s work together is a powerful message of our own strength, beauty and resilience. “Love Movement” is a movement by artists that is for everyone.
“Love Movement” opens with a reception on Friday, May 5th from 6pm to 10pm at Elephant Room Gallery located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop. The exhibition runs through May 29th and open hours can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.
About Max Sansing
Max Sansing, a Chicago native, was raised on the Southside in the Avalon Park community. His parents were artists, and so he naturally grew to love painting at an early age. Fueled by the desire to create art, Sansing taught himself oil painting and later completed two years of formal college training at The American Academy of Art from 1999 to 2000. In addition to painting full time, Sansing has expanded his creativity and artistic talents into creating murals across Chicago and translating art into electronic media as a graphic design artist. Sansing’s work has been displayed at art galleries and special events in Chicago and in New York. His current art influences include Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Gustav Klimt, Thomas Blackshear, and his late father, Ellis Sansing. Max is the Co Founder of RK Design an art consulting group that specializes in mural and graphic design.
Joseph “Sentrock” Perez born in West Phoenix, AZ.Currently Based in Chicago as a full time artist and arts educator. He moved to Chicago in 2012 to pursue a change in scenery and obtain an Bachelors of Art & Design at Columbia College. Perez draws inspiration from his upbringing in West Phoenix, where he first picked up graffiti writing as a teenager to express his visual messages. Adopting the alias Sentrock, he now has shown in various galleries throughout the US but his highest moments of achievement for him come from inspiring everyday people with his murals/street art. He is known for using characters to symbolize his overall messages of hope and empowerment A believer in the quote “Art cannot deny the environment that it is in”, Perez allows his surroundings of currently living in West Chicago to influence his latest works.