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Dianna Frid, Creating Playful Sculptures and 2D Works

I have been following Dianna Frid’s progression of work for the last 6 six years, and I have to say that her current exhibition is the most exciting to date. The Vertical Shadows is showing at Devening Projects + Editions, with a gallery talk on April 12th at 1 p.m. The exhibition is up until May 7, 2008 and will be available for viewing on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

Untitled Number 1
Dianna Frid. Untitled #1 (Cloud, Mountain), from the series
The Vertical Shadows. 2007. Cardboard, wood, cloth, plaster,
plastic, paper, acrylic, wax and papier-mache, 5.5' x 2' x 2.25'.

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Howard Fonda: Alla Prima Dualities


Howard Fonda. Untitled. 2007. Oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″.
Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Chicago-based artist Howard Fonda, whose work is collected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, is currently exhibiting a thorough body of work from the past 2 years in a solo show, Nothing to Live Up To, at the Hyde Park Art Center until May 4, 2008.
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Michiko Itatani: Lyrical Works on Paper

Michiko Itatani
Work by Michiko Itatani. Permission by Printworks Gallery.
Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Michiko Itatani was born in Japan and came to the United States in 1970 to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently a professor of painting and drawing. Itatani (pronounced EE-tah-tah-nee) had aspirations to be a fiction writer, and in her youth studied philosophy and literature. It appears this early interest has fueled her current body of work, with scholarly subject matter. Her works are on display this month at Printworks Gallery in Chicago’s River North gallery district.
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Soshana, Artistic Passages in Life and Spirit

Shosana Now
Soshana on her 80th birthday at the honorary exhibition
and a house warming party at Kunstdepos, Vienna, 2007.
Courtesy of Soshana.

Painting is the language I speak, the only one I think, I speak well, the only way in which I can express myself about the life I feel consciously, subconsciously. — Soshana

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Q&A with Ludwig Wilding: Spectacular Spatial Art

Ludwig Wilding Poland
Ludwig Wilding (sitting) with Ingeborg, his wife, standing
next to him, at a recent museum show in Lodz, Poland.
Courtesy of the artist and NAB Gallery, Chicago.
Ludwig Wilding PSR 28 90
PSR 28/90, 1981. Photo: Amy Rudberg. Permission: NAB Gallery, Chicago.

Stereoscopics, a selection of Ludwig Wilding's retrospective show at the Museum of Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany, is being shown at NAB Gallery in Chicago through February 2, 2008. His last large exhibition in the Chicago area was at the Gilman Gallery in 1981. Known for his moiré illustrations, geometric creations, and “stereoscopic” images, Wilding introduces the viewer to a compelling series of 3-D “optical illusions,” using black-and-white lines in grid arrangements viewed through plexiglass. He also presents a series of detailed geometric graphic illustrations. The viewer is totally engaged in “creating” the “3-D” art with Wilding, as the art changes depending on where the viewer stands. From various angles, grids seemingly turn into familiar objects such as kaleidoscopes, spinning wheels, subway tunnels, Japanese shoji doors, and city towers.
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