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Q&A with Aviva Alter: Fiber Art as Personal Reflection

New Work
New Work. Courtesy of Aviva Alter. Photo: Darrell Roberts.

Aviva Alter, 53 years young, is currently exhibiting in Soft Life at the Hyde Park Art Center. She recently created pieces for the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, which was on display at the Chicago Cultural Center last fall. Working in the fiber arts steadfastly for the last 3 years, Atler grew up in Waukegan but has lived in Chicago proper for the last 36 years, where she spent many years working with clay. She has upcoming shows featuring her textile art in Los Angeles, London, and New York.
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Chicago Cultural Center: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is on view at the [tag]Chicago Cultural
Center [/tag]until December 16th. This show is a stunning use of craft to make a wondrous work of art. Created as a collaborative crochet piece, the long coral-like re-creations explode with color, form, and texture that are tantalizing to the eyes. As you walk into the room displaying the coral reef project, you are met with two long stunning colorful replications of the Great Barrier Reef, which lies off the cost of Australia. Hanging on the walls are splendid dynamic colorful forms of the reef that are just majestic. In the second room is a display of jelly fish hanging from the walls and an example of a collaborative piece made by Chicagoland contributors.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef. NASA Satellite Photo.

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Art Series: Cool Globes (#5) – Cities Light Up

ArtStyle has been presenting a weekly art series throughout the summer on the participating Cool Globe Exhibit artists. In this last segment, we feature Matt Federico’s Lights without Limits.

Matt Federico

Background: BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Teacher at The Chicago Mosaic School (2 years). Company owner of Sublime Surfaces, custom mosaics. Website: http://www.sublimesurfaces.com

Matt Federico
Lights without Limits. Located near the Roosevelt under pass (bike path) just north of the Field Museum. Globe #56. Sponsor: Rosenthal Manufacturing.

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Magdalena Abakanowicz: Creating Giants Among Us

Magdalena Figures

Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz has 106 sculptures displayed in the South Loop at the corner of Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue. These sculptures are among the most powerful forms of public art I have experienced in Chicago. The figurative forms are gigantic and have a mammoth feel to them. Upon walking through them, I find that they are not even full figurative forms but rather cast forms of torsos, legs, and feet. The scale is gigantic and the legs and feet seem to be out of proportion and irregular but work to create a human presence. Upon close examination of the cast brown forms, textures of burlap appear in the “skin” of the hollow forms. The experience of meandering through the sculptures is bigger than life. The composition of the figures is well planned for the site. A mass of figurative forms are together, walking about aimlessly; most are walking outwards from the group, but as you travel through the forms, every once in a while, you are confronted with a large-waisted form with a mammoth foot facing you. There is plenty of room for people to move freely among the colossal forms without feeling claustrophobic and to maintain a sense of being in a large crowd. As you get to the end of the cluster, a few of the figures are placed randomly in the garden to carry the sculptured pieces into the Chicago skyline.
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Art Series: Cool Globes (#4) – Green Roofs, Drop by Drop

ArtStyle will be presenting a weekly art series throughout the summer on the participating Cool Globe Exhibit artists. In this fourth series, we feature: Carol Luc’s Gracie Greenroof and Mirjana Ugrinov’s DROP BY DROP.

Carol Luc

Carol Luc and Mini-globe

Background: Degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and Wayne State University, Detroit. Teaches design and illustration at American Academy of Art, Chicago, and chairs Department of Visual Communications.
Resident of Chicago who routinely exhibits her urban architecturally themed paintings and prints in the Midwest. She has been honored with several awards, artist’s residencies, and solo exhibitions.
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