With long historical significance, light has been the subject of artwork throughout a variety of cultures through centuries. “Radiance” investigates the contemporary use of light in a wide variety of media to not only explore its physical properties and uses, but also as a way to convey meaning and engage emotionally. Karen Azarnia, an artist, curator and educator who serves as the Director of Exhibitions at the Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery, selected the works in this show from an open call for art.
Artists in the exhibition: Madeleine Bailey, Emily Beck, Jessica Bingham, Kate Blomquist, Whitney Bradshaw, Maika Carter, Katie Claiborne, Elena Dahl, Jean Fernandes, Jessica Fu, Gina Hunt, Caitlin Margaret Kelly, Anna Kunz, Lily Mayfield, Bobbi Meier, Mike Nudelman, Lorraine Peltz, Carly Ries, Julie Rozman, Cassandra Stadnicki, Allie Stone & Kristina Daignault, Lauren Sudbrink, Eileen Rae Walsh, Julie Weber and Connie Wolfe.
On view simultaneously in the lower level galleries is “Aesthetics of Wellness”, curated by Woman Made’s Executive Director Sydney Stoudmire. The stereotypical images used by the mass media to portray good health are usually of young, slim, able-bodied white women, a model that ignores people of color and caters only to those who can afford costly wellness-related services. “Aesthetics of Wellness” addresses this racial bias, income disparity and social inequity by exploring a variety of holistic healing practices taking place in Chicago’s diverse, multi-ethnic communities.
Artists in the exhibition: Zakkiyyah Dumas, Alexandria Eregbu, David Anthony Geary, Masani Landfair, Shelby Stone, Rhonda Wheatley