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ADVICE. Works on Paper By Mays Mayhew (2/7/14 ~ 2/28/2014)

A Solo Exhibition
2013.03 Dinner
Dinner 27 x 30 Graphite and gesso RENDR paper 2013

Opening reception: Fri., Feb. 7th, 7 – 10p
Meet the artist: Sat. Feb. 8th, 12 – 4p

Our culture spends a lot of time and effort displaying how to fall in lust, fall in love, and start relationships. However, it spends little time showing how to remain intimate with a long term partner. When Mayhew got married in 2013 she asked her guests to advise her how to stay happily married. The solo show, Advice, is a visual manifestation of the written advice she received. Each image depicts the concept the well-wisher was advising. From communication to what to do when leaving the house, Mayhew uses graphite and gesso on paper to depict the ideas.
Mays Mayhew is known for representational figurative narratives. These narratives start with a single element of the human condition or emotion that is personal yet universal. Universal triggers form a biographical chapter that documents time. All of the work is based around relationships. The self as it relates to self or others or a lover. The goal of each image is to create a dialog with the viewer. Mayhew paints her figures in oils for their rich pigments and draws in graphite and gesso for its simplicity.
Mays Mayhew, born and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, currently lives in Chicago. She studied studio arts at UW – Madison, WI (BFA), Rhode Island School of Design, and Florence, Italy. She has had numerous solo exhibitions over the last twenty years, most notably, REFLECT, REFLECT, at the Chicago Art Loop Alliance and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel, Miami.

2013.07 Exposed
Expose. 20 x 26 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013

2013.06 Departing Kiss
Departing Kiss 25 x 20 Graphite and gesso RENDR paper 2013

2013.10 Communication
Communication 20 x 26 Graphite Paper 2013

2013.05 Awake
Awake 28 x 20 Graphite, gold paint, and gesso Paper 2013

2013.09 Friend
Friend 20.5 x 18.5 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013

2013.11 Centered
Centered 17 x 17 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013

2013.12 Forgive
Forgiven 19.5 x 17.5 Graphite, gold paint Paper 2013

Bio
Mays Mayhew (born 1974) an American artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is known for her narrative paintings, mostly based on relationships. These paintings combine figurative and conceptual elements in a way that’s dramatic and beautiful.
Mays Mayhew was born on a farm in Wisconsin. She studied at University of Wisconsin – Madison, Florence, Italy, and Rhode Island School of Design. Thereafter, she lived in Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Providence. She currently resides in Chicago. She first began to paint in watercolors at age 12, then in oil paint at age 17. The artist first showed professionally in Madison, WI in 1996, at age 22. Since then, she has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States, most notably, REFLECT, REFLECT at the Chicago Art Loop Alliance and Pulse Contemporary Art Fair during Basel, Miami. She has also participated in several group exhibitions. Mayhew’s art has been acquired by many institutions as well as private collections.

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AdventureLand Gallery presents A Solo Show By Charles Spurrier Opening Reception: 7:00pm – 10:00 pm Friday, November 1, 2013

Gold Monkeyps

Color and Desire
The current paintings and drawings in this AdventureLand Gallery exhibition involves a newly developed re-cognition between the two elements of color and desire. These elements are not new, yet my recent work has brought them together with new realizations of their direct inseparability. Claude Monet’s well quoted, “Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment”, bears this out and is revisited and renewed in my contemporary and urban landscape. The innate striving to make sense of my surroundings is connected from my eyes to my hands to create a manifestation of thought and action. My environment is not taken for granted, but rather, the literal building blocks of my color. The elements of paint in works such as Gold Monkey and Grown Out of History are found objects both in color and graphics as with Still Time and No Memory of the Liar. Any industrially manufactured plastic from toys to disaster barricades are not only my palette, but also my graphic hand to be worked with a saw instead of a brush. The landscape is collected as color in materials, and revealed as formal abstract poetry in intuition and desire. I have not been removed from nature, I am nature. Color is absorbed. I see paint as a piece of color and color as a piece of aspiration as well as inspiration. Desire is not connected to materiality as a state of having, desire for me is created and defined by the actualization of ideas with materials, thinking and making. My color is a presentation of nature and desire, both internal and external, turning my world, neighborhood, studio, and head inside out, not as a disruption but rather a revelation. The expression of this exhibition is a give and take of an instinctual cultivation and transformation. My life and surroundings are my process and my materials, my color and my desire.

Charles Spurrier, Chicago, November 2013

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THIS GUY WALKS INTO A BAR, a show by Derek Haverland

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By using words and glass Derek Haverland expands the duality of meaning, overlapping words in order to create tension and conflict. Employing typographical processes, he creates illusory space. Inside this space Derek examines how we make the choices that define ourselves. This includes not only what others perceive on the surface, but also the reality that lies beneath. The text etched onto bottles is intended to leave the viewer questioning the relationship between the message and the vessel. A circular cause and consequence relationship exists and, not unlike the chicken-and-egg dilemma, the viewers are forced to impose their own extrinsic experiences upon the work. As a result, the interpretation is a direct reflection of the self. The flat glass pieces utilize similar or dynamically opposing terms as a point of departure. As common as the words may be, we must look at the relationship created by the juxtaposition of one word against the other. Derek’s work examines the framework that lies in grey areas that are contradictions. Artist Derek Haverland finds these ambiguities most intriguing. See Derek’s show catalog at:http://store.blurb.com/my/books/4605610-this-guy-walks-into-a-bar

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AdventureLand Gallery presents A Solo Show By Emily Burns Opening Reception: 7:00pm – 10:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2013

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Adventureland Gallery is pleased to present Vague, a solo exhibition of new work by

Emily Burns. Please join us on Saturday, September 6th from 7-10 pm, for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.

 

In her most recent body of work, Emily Burns explores the variety of ambiguous roles of the modern American female. With cultural ties rooted in Americana, kitsch, and classical portraiture, she deliciously weaves perpetuated ideals of commoditized females into a playful, fleshy game-land. Depicted in collaged dwellings both domestic and wild, her “Deergirls” speak to an insidious perversion with coy anonymity with a historical perspective. Burns’ paintings are ripe with notes of candyland desires, timelessness, and selective naiveté. Her characters engage the viewer with a dichotomous taste of the derisiveness of the use of the American female identity.

 

Born in 1986 in Warrenton, Va. and raised in Manassas, Va. and later the small town of Greencastle, Pa., Burns lived on a farm for most of her life, an experience that still influences much of her work. She studied painting at Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a BFA in 2008, the same year her first solo show was held in 2008 at University Park, Pa. In 2010 Burns moved to New York City to work for renowned artist Jeff Koons. In 2012 Burns returned to central Pennsylvania to open her studio and gallery in State College. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and was recently included in a solo exhibition at Kipp Gallery in Indiana, Pa., and group exhibitions at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco and Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong. She currently divides her time between Lemont, Pa. and New York City.

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AdventureLand Gallery presents Seriously Serious Unseriously, A Solo Show By Tyler Krasowski Opening Reception: 7:00pm – 10:00 pm Friday, August 9, 2013

Chicago artist Tyler Krasowski is fresh off a boat from the Baltics with exciting new relief graphics carved under the midnight sun. His solo show opens August 8th at Adventure Land Gallery in Chicago. While living in Estonia, he taught a course in relief printmaking at the Tallinn Art Academy. But the majority of his time was spent like a monastic scribe, meditatively engrossed in his work, patiently translating a burgeoning sketchbook into prints. If you ask Krasowski of his motivations, he’ll tell you he's chasing Flemish masters. As a distant cousin of both Pushead and Albrecht Dürer, Krasowski breeds a medieval compulsion for precision with pulp iconography. His work teeters with life on the edge and is saturated with mythology – flourishing landscapes, saints and snakes, all slithering with hypnotic vibration.

Chicago artist Tyler Krasowski is fresh off a boat from the Baltics with exciting new relief graphics carved under the midnight sun. His solo show opens August 8th at Adventure Land Gallery in Chicago.
While living in Estonia, he taught a course in relief printmaking at the Tallinn Art Academy. But the majority of his time was spent like a monastic scribe, meditatively engrossed in his work, patiently translating a burgeoning sketchbook into prints. If you ask Krasowski of his motivations, he’ll tell you he’s chasing Flemish masters. As a distant cousin of both Pushead and Albrecht Dürer, Krasowski breeds a medieval compulsion for precision with pulp iconography. His work teeters with life on the edge and is saturated with mythology – flourishing landscapes, saints and snakes, all slithering with hypnotic vibration.

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S3: EP13: 26:05

AdventureLand Gallery presents S3: EP13: 26:05
A Solo Show By Ellis Von Sternberg

Opening Reception:
7:00pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, July 12th, 2013
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Ellis von Sternberg’s work amplifies imagery of anime icons, the sleek predatory design of jet airplanes and the fictional universes of modern sci-fi. The motifs he utilizes are intended to produce their own cult following; they are objects that demand an introverted and avid commitment. They are ornate and sexual — synthetic idols standing at the intersection of humanity, religion and technology.

Work produced through digital production, von Sternberg’s work is created using CAD design and 3D printing. Printed in plastics and finished using enamels, the sculptures have a candy-car paint idolatry.

Artist Bio
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and recently graduated in Spring of 2013 with an emphasis in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ellis von Sternberg’s focus on fandom has been with him his whole life. Riding a thin line between fine artist and sci-fi model maker, his work being both fanfic and religious idol at the same time. He currently lives and works in Chicago.

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Into the Deep

BrammerJason Brammer is a visual artist known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, Brammer creates a unique melding of painted imagery with sculptural elements, such as antique parts, reclaimed wood, and salvaged materials he finds in the alleys by his studio. Described as a “magician with paint”, he experiments with illusionism and trompe l’oeil. Painting flat, 2-dimensional imagery to look folded, photographic, or otherwise 3-dimensional, Brammer then further “fools the eye” by seamlessly integrating real objects and layering paint and plaster on wood surfaces to replicate the look of aged, weathered metal. He enjoys making pieces that look like found artifacts, deteriorating archived relics, or antique “machines”, and strives to capture the feeling of glimpsing into another dimension or time.  

Brammer has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, and has created prominent commissioned works, including a large-scale public mural for the city of Chicago, a live painting for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, installations for LinkedIn and Dark Matter Coffee, and concert posters for My Morning Jacket, Todd Rundgren, and Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy. He was born in 1974 in Lancaster, Ohio and grew up primarily in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, but his current work evolved mainly from years of independent practice and experimentation. Brammer currently lives and works in Chicago, and has a private storefront studio in Humboldt Park, which is filled with ever-changing piles of rusted chains, antique pulleys, vintage gauges, and other found treasures that inspire his work.
 
Objects of antiquity have fascinated me since childhood and I am consistently drawn to relics that show how time has weathered them over the years. Rusting surfaces, water damage, and oxidized brass all play a part in creating a nautical feeling from a bygone era that I aim to capture in this body of work. I am also interested in evoking a timeless nostalgia that you can’t quite put your finger on, but gives you the distinct sense that you are observing an artifact from another time or place. My latest works plunge us below sea level through the eyes of a cartographer from an indeterminate era. This map maker’s archaic visions of oceanic beasts and living portals writhing with tentacled creatures seem to be salvaged from a sunken sea vessel, hundreds of years ago. Now, these vestiges are archived under museum glass in order to preserve them for future generations. Ruminating on bestiaries, medieval manuscripts, and antique hand-drawn maps, I’ve created a series of paintings and drawings exploring humankind’s quest to explain the unexplainable as we dive “Into the Deep”………
- Jason Brammer, Chicago, May 2013
 
Opening Reception:

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, June 7

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White Nights

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

White Nights

New Work by Antony Anderson.

Antony Anderson is a visual artist currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. A Minnesota native, he received his BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010. That summer Antony was awarded an internship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. He has exhibited both locally and nationally. Much of his formative years were spent exploring the experimental music scenes of Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, and Fargo. His influences are broad and include design, music, architecture, literature, and DIY culture.

White Nights represents a continuation of Antony’s exploration of the act of deconstruction as creation. This series is comprised of stark digital photographs of collages.  Magazine, advertisement and newspaper cutouts were assembled primarily end to end, as stained glass would be, to create abstract compositions that recontextualize our relationship to the media from which they are made. The work is repetitious, meditative and teeming with introspection and analysis. Ultimately these pieces explore color, surface and form, as much as they address power and perception: think less what we see, more how we see it.

You can preview Antony’s work, and contact him directly at http://www.antonyanderson.com/

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 3

On view May 3 – May 24, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

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New Fables

AdventureLand Works On Paper Proudly Presents:

New Fables

Recent Collages by Lou Beach

“A few years ago I got to meet the great Lou Beach, who, for my money, is one of our greatest living collagists.”

-Tony Fitzpatrick, Artist

 

“…beautiful, thoughtful, and intelligently absurd collages …”

-A. Moret, Art Critic

 

“Beach doesn’t know how to make a dumb picture.”

-Steven Heller – Co-chair of the MFA Design Program, The School Of Visual Arts

 

“The collage art of Lou Beach is probably smarter than you.”

-Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

 

“Original, provocative, definitely outside the box.”

-Jeff Bridges, Actor

 

“Funny, smart, twisted, brilliant…”

-Terry Gilliam, Film Director

 

“…Precise hallucinations…”

-George Saunders, Author

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, April 5

On view April 5 – April 26, 2013 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

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Foundations

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

Foundations

New Work by Lauren Whitney.

Chicago based architectural photographer and digital illustrator, Lauren Whitney
has a distinctive style that is all her own. Being a Chicagoland native, Lauren
grew up with midwestern values and a strong family support system. Trained
as a commercial photographer and photo editor, Lauren Whitney’s passion is to
highlight the beauty in architecture that exists all around us.

In 2005 Whitney enrolled at the Illinois Art Institute of where she set goals to
become a Graphic Designer. She continued her education at The Art Institute
of Atlanta where she graduated with a degree in Architectural Photography
and Photo Manipulation in 2009. Lauren soon found her way back home to
Chicagoland where she began her career in commercial photography. Lauren is
the owner and creator of Chateau Whitney a production company specializing in
photography and photo manipulation.

You can preview Lauren’s work, and contact her directly at http://www.laurenwhitneyphotography.com/

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, March 1

On view March 1 – March 23, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.