Feb 2nd 2018

Karen Lange: Connected

@ ARC Gallery

2156 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Friday, February 2nd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Wednesday, December 31st

After years of collecting Mexican Folk Art and studying Abstract Expression Karen Lange brings “Connected,” a body of work combining these very different art forms. Karen has been researching and traveling to Mexico in a quest to find out more information about an art form that she has been admiring but not creating. She found and learned that the spirit of folk art is rooted in culture, family, environment and religion. Miss Lange has been a long-time painter in the school of abstract expressionism studying artists as Pollock, DeKooning, Rothko while moving to more contemporary artists such as Rauschenberg, Johns and Stockholder. Studying these artists Lange has been inspired by the bold gestural mark, pairing every day and found objects into paintings, and being fearless with paint and color manipulation. In 2017 Lange showed two pieces of art that were influenced by Mexican Folk Art, but in “Connected” she investigates further to bridge these two seemingly different art forms into harmonious art pieces. Karen Lange is quick to recognize that this is the first of a much larger scope of research, dialogue, and study of these two fascinating art forms that are creating a new visual language.

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