Ampersand Cowork invites you to the opening reception for “This Is Not A Rug”, an exhibition of tufted textile artwork by Chicago artist Gabe Lanza on Saturday, September 28 from 5-8 pm.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Lanza’s paintings, mixed media works and fiber studies introduce a simple story that freezes the dialogue of the artwork while allowing the viewer to imagine his process. While drawing inspiration from travels around the world as part of his work at a rug manufacture, Lanza’s interest in folk and textile art offers an aesthetic richness full of colors, narratives and textures. With that inspiration, the artist combines his work with a certain subject matter that he finds familiar such as robots, linear faces, and bold dark outlines. His process straddles the playful exploration of the medium being used against a formal, planned goal for a finished project. This process allows the artist to work toward something slightly abstract that becomes more focused as his decisions with the materials and sketches play themselves out.
“This Is Not A Rug” runs September 28 – November 23, 2019 at Ampersand Cowork, with gallery hours Saturday, October 19 from 3-6 pm. A closing reception will be held Saturday,
November 23 from 3-6 pm.
All events are free and open to the public.