Opening Friday, August 20th, at 6PM
On view through Thursday, September 30th
A new apartment gallery in Evanston will open its doors to the public on Friday, August 20, 2021. It is conceived and will be run by Chicago and New York-based Latvian-born artist Maria Dimanshtein (www.MariaDimanshtein.com). Before moving to New York in 2014 she has completed the MFA program at NIU and participated in residency programs in small towns across the country. Turning her spacious first-floor apartment into a gallery and art teaching space she wants to combine the knowledge of art that she brings back from NYC with a desire to build a local community in a way that is possible in a small town – through personal connection and frequent interaction. The gallery will host group and solo shows of art that is personal, moving, and thought-provoking.
The inaugural show will feature a selection of Ms. Dimanshtein’s work created over the past decade. Maria creates mixed media drawings on black paper where she incorporates her short poems and poetic phrases; they range in size from 6×6” to 6 feet tall. Another ongoing body of work is titled “Space Pussy” and features various designs of a morphed grid with an opening in the middle; some are cut out of paper and others – out of wood. The work expresses the beauty and tragedy of living as a human in our contemporary world. Poetic, humorous, and personal, it is about a quest for closeness in a disconnected and dismissive culture, mental health in a rapidly changing and demanding way of living, sexuality in a society of taboos and wrong expectations… and most recently – the unprecedented challenge of the pandemic. The exhibition title “Beyond Patience” reflects the intense state of yearning to find a way of the ever-elusive happy and fulfilled life.
Maria Dimanshtein is a multi-disciplinary artist and poet. Her installations, mixed media works, and paintings have been shown in seven solo and numerous group exhibitions across the country at venues including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Arts, Art on Paper Fair, Radiator Arts, Local Project Gallery, Trestle Gallery, 440 Gallery, Tides Institute, Woman Made Gallery, Evanston Art Center, Galesburg Civic Art Center. She participated in seven artist residency programs, including LindArt in Slovenia and Studioworks in Eastport, ME. In 2016 she was a recipient of Individual Artist Grant from Queens Council on the Arts. Maria holds an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University.