Jun 25th 2022

“Some Essential Paradigms and Critical Observations in Contemporary Art”  Sat, June 25, 1:00pm

David Reif, the Juror for “Consciousness of Abstraction II”, will offer a presentation on “Some Essential Paradigms and Critical Observations in Contemporary Art”, followed by an open Q&A discussion. This will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 1:00pm at ARC Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago. Professor of Art for 35 years and Emeritus Professor since his retirement from full-time teaching in 2001, David Reif has given extensive workshops on Contemporary Art and its theoretical principles. He has exhibited as a visiting artist and lectured as an invited scholar at numerous universities around the country including the University of Wisconsin, Yale, Michigan, Houston, Colorado State and Northern Arizona, among others. Reif has also held chairmanships and memberships on many arts organizations and boards including the Chair of The Wyoming Arts Council and the Denver Art Museum, College Advisory Board and has juried numerous exhibitions nationally and regionally.

If you are interested in understanding the intellectual framework that has shaped the ongoing evolution of Contemporary Art, this event is not to be missed.


About the exhibition

Consciousness of Abstraction II



The terms “Abstraction” or “Abstract Art” are perhaps among the most common references describing particular way(s) of understanding and perceiving the cosmic and daily realities in which we find ourselves. (We might note, too, that the terms are often mis-applied as though they are necessarily in opposition to “Realism” or “Realistic Art”.) The truth is, however, that the abstract art “movements” of late 19th and early 20th century (Impression, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, etc.) were driven by a passion to get closer to the complex realities of nature and human condition, not depart from them. Later, Minimalism, Neo-Dada, Geometric Abstraction, Conceptualism, Art Povera and other developments continue this “Big Bang” inquiry. Put simply, “Realism in Art” could no longer be described as an explicit fidelity to direct, observed, experience. This basic axiom remains, arguably, just as valid today: Reality is often far beyond simple, static appearance and can be highly counter-intuitive. Over the decades, the concepts of Relativity, Quantum Theory and the advent of photography – among many other ideas – have helped clarify, how and why this is so. Abstraction, of course can be many different things, driven by many different principles and suppositions: some conscious, some intuitive.

We opened our original “Consciousness of Abstraction” exhibition, in March 2020, and it was cut short because of COVID. We had a wonderful response to this call for work, and we are now presenting “Consciousness of Abstraction II” with the same outstanding juror. Please join us in celebrating this very important genre.


Jillian Albano, Mariona Barkus, Alice Becker, Darcy Berg, Lisa Bjornstad, James Bowden, Grant M Brownlow, Nancy Cusack, Hyunhee Doh, Anthony Failoa, David Feingold, Micaela Felix, Tori Foster, Shelley Gilchrist, Nicolei Gupit, C. Annie Hart, Kristine Hinrichs, Frederick Hovey, Alessandro Joabar, John Kirkpatrick, Carley Knight, Jamie Kost, Ginny Krueger, Louise Lamphere, Carrie L. Larson, Ryan Lewis, Elyse Martin, Margot McMahon, Jane Michalski, Katherine Nemanich, Bryan Northup, Brian Petrone, Darlene Poloniak, Joy Ray, Sara Risley, Kim Rorhs, Chris Ruys, Sabrina Sabella, Fran Sampson, Preeti Schaden, Howard Schwartz, Paarshav Shah, Philip Shapiro, Casey Sills, Gage Sixkiller, Anne Stagg, Jill Sutton, Diane Thodos, Karen Tichy, JA Vieux, John Zilewicz


DAVID REIF — Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Univ. Wyoming. BFA, Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, Sculpture, Yale Univ.; Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.; Chair and Board, Wyoming Council for the Arts, Visiting Artist: Univ. of Northern Arizona; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Univ. of Michigan; Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins, Centenary College of Louisiana; Univ. of Houston, TX., Wayne State Univ. Detroit.

Opening Reception, Friday, JUNE 24, 5-8pm
Exhibition dates: June 23 – July 16, 2022
Gallery hours: Thurs & Fri – 2-6 pm, Sat & Sun – 12-4 pm

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