Feb 4th 2023

Joanne Aono: Prairie Passage: Artist Talk

@ Geneva Center for the Arts

321 Stevens St, Suite Q, Geneva, IL 60134

Opening Saturday, February 4th, from 2PM - 3PM

On view through Thursday, February 9th

Joanne Aono – Prairie Passage Artist Talk
Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2PM

Geneva Center for the Arts
321 Stevens Street, Suite Q, Geneva, Illinois
On View: January 3 – February 9, 2023
Reception: Friday, January 20, 2023
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2PM
Curated by Rita Grendze

Please join us for an talk with Joanne Aono and Rita Grendze in conjunction with Aono’s solo exhibition at the Geneva Center for the Arts. Prairie Passage consists of drawings and an installation referencing the native and cultivated plants that have grown on the prairie, providing food for the area’s inhabitants throughout history.

The installation consists of large scale drawings on material normally used to cover farm crops, from Aono’s on-going “Harvesting Ethnic Roots” series. She contemplated the Geneva site in relation to its history as prairie and the residents’ reliance on harvesting the native and cultivated plants. A passageway is created with the large drawings, following a crack in the floor running parallel to the nearby Fox River and former Potawatomi trail, alluding to time and food sources.

The smaller drawings depict moments of peak harvest for the area vegetation. Like the installation drawings, the images fade to reflect impermanence.

Joanne Aono is a visual artist, curator, and holistic farmer. Her research-based drawings, paintings, and installations address identity, immigration, and the environment. Her solo exhibitions include Boundary (Chicago), Mosnart (Chicago), Images (Chicago), and Lee Dulgar Gallery (South Holland). She has been included in two-person and group exhibitions at Firecat Projects (Chicago), the Illinois State Museum (Chicago, Springfield, and Lockport), Terrain Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, and O’Connor Art Gallery, Dominican University. She has received several Chicago DCASE grants, an Illinois Arts Council, and an Artist Run Chicago HPAC grant. Her art has been reviewed in publications such as Hyperallergic, Visual Art Source, Chicago Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Aono directs the alternative art project, Cultivator – Chicago Art Exhibitions & Farm Art Projects and serves as gallery director for the Riverside Arts Center. She maintains a studio at Bray Grove Farm in north central Illinois.


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