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Living Artists Invitational:
Fine Arts Building Gallery
The Living Artists Invitational, on exhibition through June 30, 2005 at the Fine Arts Building Gallery, presents a selection of thirty-three artists featured in the new book Living Artists by Ivy Sundell (Crow Woods Publishing: January 2005), itself a juried selection of fifty-six artists exhibiting in Chicago and Illinois. There are delightful surprises in this exhibition, not the least of which is that it does not simply duplicate art represented in the book, but offers a mingling of new works as well. Drawing, painting, and three-dimensional artworks in a variety of media are represented. One need not have read the book to enjoy this exhibition, though seeing the exhibition might tempt one to purchase a copy (available for purchase at the gallery, as well as at local bookstores and Internet sources such as Amazon.com).
From contemporary constructions such as Yvette Kaiser Smith's A Sum of Its Parts: Identity 2 (crocheted fiberglass, polyester, resin, lacewood, poplar) to the still life tradition as represented by Chad Wooters's The Caulk Gun (oil on canvas: 16x20 in.: 2002), The Living Artists Invitational is a well-curated show, full of unexpected harmonies and a diverse and stimulating range of work. Thirty-three works by thirty-three artists will be on exhibition at the Fine Arts Building Gallery through June 30, 2005. It is well worth a special trip.
Artists featured in The Living Artists Invitational are: Maureen Bardusk, Christine Basick, Geoffrey Bent, Scott Bullock, Grace Cole, Antonia Contro, Barbara Cooper, Sean Culver, Sandra Dawson, Melanie Deal, Brian Dettmer, Bob Emser, Beatrice Fisher, Katherine Grossfeld, Cynthia Hellyer Heinz, Nancy Hild, Nikkole Huss, Laura Kina, Kathleen King, Roland Kulla, Renee McGinnis, Pamela Paulsrud & Marilyn Sward, Deborah Pieritz, Eric Semelroth, Vanessa Smith, Yvette Kaiser Smith, Doug Smithenry, Jozef Sumichrast, Jill Sutton, Atsushi Tameda, Charlie Thorne, and Chad Wooters.
The book Living Artists was reviewed by ArtScope.net in May 2005 (http://www.artscope.net/VAREVIEWS/livingartists0505.shtml).
--Katherine Rook Lieber
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