Even So and Abraham: Being Mickey Receptions
@ Epiphany Center for the Arts
201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
Opening Saturday, January 14th, from 6PM - 9PM
On view through Saturday, January 21st
Join us at Epiphany Center for the Arts on Saturday, January 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. for a mid-exhibition reception for Even So in the Guild Room and Abraham: Being Mickey in the Catacombs! RSVP at the link above, and find out more about the exhibitions at the links below.
Curated by Chicago artist Czr Prz and Epiphany Center for the Arts, Even So showcases six Chicago-based artists whose works defy easy categorization.
The body of work in Being Mickey hearkens back to artist Abraham’s childhood memories, but with a more refined approach as his own creative process has matured. Abraham sees Mickey as a self-portrait, the evolution of himself.
December 9, 2022 to January 21, 2023
Abraham’s latest series is inundated with Mickey-like characters and references. Why Mickey? It is a recognizable character that has frequently made appearances in Abraham’s work since the early 2000’s. The artist’s love of Pop Art and cartoons from the 1950’s and 1960’s plays a large role in the types of characters he creates. In his college years, Pop Art woke him up. The style was different from normal landscapes and portraits. It was revolutionary in its sudden impact and it broke Fine Art and commercial art boundaries, something that really resonated with the artist. The body of work in Being Mickey hearkens back to that memory, but with a more refined approach as his own creative process has matured. Abraham sees Mickey as a self-portrait, the evolution of himself. The artist’s art making process is through automatism, as defined by the Surrealist movement. It is rooted in pop culture and incorporates the characters that enter his mind within an environment that is sometimes surreal, sometimes uncomfortable. The faceless figures constantly reappear in Abraham’s work but always include elements that give them some individuality. When he paints, he completely lets go of his conscious self and allows his subconscious to take over. The paintings are all of his thoughts, dreams and nightmares put on display. Many of the Mickeys represent Jungian Archetypes and are transformed within various surreal environments. Being Mickey transports us into the artist’s mind, providing a glimpse into that subconscious process.
The Guild Room
December 2, 2022 to February 18, 2023
Curated by Chicago artist Czr Prz and Epiphany Center for the Arts, Even So showcases six Chicago-based artists whose works defy easy categorization. Opening in the Guild Room on December 2 and running through January 28, the exhibition features paintings and sculpture by Sara Hoffman, Murrz, Nate Otto, Diego Penuela, Czr Prz and Rawooh. These artists make work that thrives in the fertile ground between figuration and abstraction, precision and painterliness, illustration and mystery. What results are lively objects that suggest a wide array of cultural relationships and potential influences, ranging from mid-century color field painting to anime, street art and hip hop.
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