Feb 4th 2017

Karen Perl: Place

@ Space 900

1042 Wesley Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Opening Saturday, February 4th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, February 5th

The experience of place becomes enmeshed with memories and imagination until the location where you find yourself standing can no longer be defined by its physical attributes. A place saturated with the familiarity of personal memories can be comforting and reassuring. Or it can be as strange and disquieting as contemplating how it must be for a guide dog who no longer has anyone to guide.

Karen Perl began her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while still in grade school. After several years in various colleges studying everything from physics to psychology, she finally returned to the Art Institute, where she earned a degree in drawing and painting. An exchange program took her to Dublin, Ireland, for a year. There, inspired by a foggy, dreamy landscape and under a spell of homesickness, she began to paint from her dreams and imagination. Years later, warm golden sunlight brought her outdoors with her easel for a two year period in the south of France. But her relationship to the mystical, emotional dimension of painting that she took refuge in while in Ireland would come to life again. After nearly 10 years of painting in the streets of Chicago, she brought her easel back inside. Cityscapes began to morph into dreamscapes, no longer merely descriptive of a physical location, but something deeper and mysterious.

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