Apr 22nd 2022

Earth Abundance

@ Oliva Gallery

3816 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Opening Friday, April 22nd, from 5PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, May 14th

Oliva Gallery presents for Earth Day 2022, “Earth Abundance”, an exhibition that features the works of local and national artists curated by Pauline Kochanski.  A local artist herself, Pauline uses elements from nature in her drawings, ceramics and daily rituals.  In this exhibition, she invites the audience to pause and reflect on the beauty of the planet.  Pauline recalls, “In 2020, a walk in nature was my only remedy to counteract the feelings of isolation, loss and grief. So Earth Abundance was initiated (born).”

Participating artists were chosen for their personal and creative relationship to nature, either by their choice of materials and art rituals celebrating the Earth or singularly for documenting a weed flourish even when left to its own devices.

The Earth’s Abundance is omni present in the flora, fauna and the waters of our planet.  This exhibit is a reminder of its beauty and a call to be kind to her. One art exhibition cannot change the world. But art can be compelling and cause us to pause.  It has the power to reflect who we are and who we want to be.

Earth Abundance will be on show (April 22 – May 14, 2022) at Oliva Gallery, 3816 W. Armitage.

Earth Abundance, curated by Pauline Kochanski, will feature Pinar Aral, Ruby Barnes, Sharon Bladholm, Curtis Anthony Bozif, Monica Brown, Makeba Kadem-Dubose, Anne Farley Gaines, Bill Friedman, Layne Jackson, Corinne Peterson, Cathi Schwalbe, Casey Sills, and Ginny Sykes.

Image: Dune, Number 5, 2021, oil and found pieces of polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride on panel, 58 x 38″ (147.32 x 96.52 cm)

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