Aug 18th 2020

Charles Gniech – Transitions

@ 737 North Michigan

737 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Opening Tuesday, August 18th, from ongoing - ongoing

On view through Monday, November 30th

737 North Michigan (the Neiman Marcus building)
August 2020 – November 2020
Gallery Hours: 24/7

Britain is littered with more than four-hundred-and-thirty prehistoric stone circles. Most people are familiar with Stonehenge, yet there are areas concentrated with these architectural structures as far to the north as the Scottish Islands, throughout the Lake District, and as far to the south and west as Cornwall. The unique characteristics of the stone circles—and the surrounding environments—have influenced my work for the past thirty years.

This body of work, titled Transitions, explores the similarities of rippling water with the meditative qualities of the fluid surface patterns found on many of the prehistoric monuments. Working on canvas, the application of multiple layers of diluted pigment produces a translucent effect—the glistening surfaces evoking feelings of tranquility.

While taking some artistic liberties in the replication, manipulation and abstraction of the surface patterns, the imagery continues to convey the serene qualities regularly associated with nature. Like that of Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko, the imagery conveys the tranquil qualities of meditation and inner peace.

Image: GNIECH, Breath, acrylic on canvas, 60″ x 72″

The work of Charles Gniech is represented in Chicago by Hofheimer Gallery, 4823 N. Damen, Chicago, Illinois 60625. For inquiries, contact Teresa Hofheimer at 847.274.7550

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