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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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Interview with Dale Washington: “The Power of Creation Is the Act of Doing”

Dale Washington has turned his cozy apartment into a self-made gallery with his paintings, drawings, ink work, assemblages, and new art hanging on nearly every square inch of wall space. His work deals with everyday people and situations from nudes to landscapes, from jazz clubs to fish fries, and everything else in between depicting the urban Chicago lifestyle. A self-professed “obsessive-compulsive,” Washington creates when he is driven to do so and is talented enough to work “in all media” or uses “whatever is available at the time.” Featured in Daniel T. Parker's book African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, Washington has exhibited at Gruen Gallery, Steele Life Gallery, South Shore Culture Center, Southside Community Art Center, Beverly Art Center, Hyde Park Art Center, and other galleries in Chicago and throughout the U.S.

Landscape. Oil pastel on panel board. Courtesy of the artist.

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Interview with Amy Lowry: Painter, Illustrator, Author, Mosaic Artist

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Chili Peppers. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Amy Lowry, a painter, illustrator, children's book author, and mosaic artist, reflects: I always knew I was going to be an artist. Growing up, I was the class artist. I carried sketchbooks everywhere I went. After graduating from college, I moved to New York City and worked in a variety of jobs while maintaining a studio in my apartment. I never went to art school, but took classes at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Student's League. I married in 1982 and moved to Beijing in 1990 with my now ex-husband. It was right after Tiananmen Square. We lived in China for 4 years, and it was there that I studied scroll making and learned traditional methods of working with rice paper using wheat paste, ink, and gouache. I moved to Chicago in 1994 with my three daughters and have been here ever since.

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