Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dock 6 Design and Art 4: the Artists

Ron Villani

Michael Imlay

Russ White

Jeff Forsythe

Edra Soto

Catie Olson

John Preus

Gabe Lanza

Amy Loeffler-Gaw

Snow Parking

Fritz Horstman

Golden Spiral Path, Station 5 (Arch)


John Baker
Rocks - Oil

Ryan Thompson

Nate Otto
Neighborhood connections

Jeremy Pettis

Jamie Thome

Dock 6 Design and Art 4: October 12,13

Dock 6 Design and Art 4

Friday, October 12     6pm-midnight
Saturday October 13     11am-4pm

Dock 6 Presents the 4th show in the Design and Art Series.

New furniture from -ism Furniture, Carson Maddox Studios, Lagomorph Design, Navillus Woodworks, SAP Design, Thomeworks, and zakrose will be displayed alongside art from Ron Villani, Michael Inlay, Russ White, Jeff Forsythe, Edra Soto, Catie Olson, John Preus, Silverio Hernandez, Greg Gaw, Gabe Lanza, Amy Loeffler-Gaw, Fritz Horstman, Groundwork, John Baker, Ryan Thompson, Ellen Browning, Nate Otto, Jeremy Pettis, and Jamie Thome.

Food by Brimstone BBQ, Jo Snow, and Half Acre Beer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

James Jankowiak at Dock 6 Design and Art #3

Painter James Jankowiak will present acrylic paintings on wood panels for his exhibition at Dock 6 this Friday.  James states about his work, "Over the last seven years, my work has centered around my fascination with the visceral reaction of seeing and observing the processing of perception.  My process has been guided along by a life long interest in natural history, specifically palenontology.  Just as a paleontologist meticulously scratches at a chunk of stone to reveal the prized fossil, my physical approach emulates the repetitive process required to arrive at that moment of discovery.  When a new work commences, it immediately announces that this will be a slow journey of transformation and there will be no quick answers, but if you stay true to the path, something worthwhile just might reveal itself as a reward.  At first glance, they appear as graphics, but if you look closer, my hand is revealed, as each line changes size, angle, contour and color.  I believe in the biochemical aspect of how color plays a role in our lives... how it affects our being, whether it feels intrusive, calming, chaotic or inviting."

James Jankowiak was born (1969) and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.  After a decade of developing his own visual language through graffiti wild style lettering as Casper, he decided to make his studio practice his first priority.  He still lives on the south side with his wife Jennifer and sons James and David, and his two dogs, Isabella and Luca.

Taylor Hokanson at Dock 6 Design and Art #3

Taylor Hokanson is a DIY engineer, CAD/CAM evangelist, and an Assistant Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago. Like the digital media at the center of his research, Hokanson's practice blurs the boundaries between conceptual art and the hard sciences. He frequently works with hacked electronics, changing the function of common consumer gadgets so that they become alien and unfamiliar. His Sledgehammer-operated Keyboard (which will be on view at Dock 6) is a popular example: in changing the scale, material and interface of a common device, Hokanson asks the user to reconsider a communicative medium devalued by ease of use.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Anna Reich at Dock 6 Design and Art #3

Anna Reich is an artist living and working in Chicago. She was born in Woodland, a small town in Northern California. Her B.A. in Photography was received from University of California at Davis. Subsequent to that she attended a Post-Baccalaureate at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. Reich received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College.

Her work has been exhibited across the United States including in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York and she has an upcoming show scheduled in Reykjavik.

Reich will be showing a piece at Dock 6 called "Stifle or Digital Noise 1". Reich states that she continuously searches for sincerity in photography by exploring assumptions, why we have them, how we construct them, and what specifically we feel when they are not met - on all levels; viewer, subject, and artist.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

M.Tuteur at Dock 6 Design and Art #3

Photographer M. Tuteur has spent the past decade documenting hundreds of historic structures in various stages of abandonment and destruction throughout Chicago and other parts of Illinois.  Shooting with a sense of urgency, Tuteur feels compelled to preserve the memory of these buildings and places by photographing them in natural light before they're demolished.  Tuteur has also embarked on various photojournalism projects including photos of Chicago housing projects, a long-term series on former governor Rod Blagojevich's trial, as well as one on residents of the 46th ward of Chicago. 

For his installation at Dock 6 Tuteur will present work featuring the hidden beauty found in places like the abandoned parade float warehouse pictured above and the south side church pictured below.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jo Dery at Dock 6 Design and Art #3

Jo Dery’s wildly inventive animated films explore and push at the techniques and boundaries of animation. Dery uses everything from collage, illustration, digital manipulation, photomontage, puppetry, and printmaking to tell short, fantastical tales that often resonate with the tone of folklore and mythology. At the root of her stories is Dery’s own life and location, be it Providence, RI (where she co-founded the seminal feminist collective Dirt Palace) or Chicago, IL, her new home since the fall of 2011.
In her newest work, Chapter Three, Dery uses the effectively direct materials of pencil, ink, and paper to create an animation around the theme of chance – depicting an anthropomorphized snake, a play off the double-roll turn of the dice called “snake eyes.” The installation at Dock 6 will incorporate original drawings which are the basis for the film that will be projected in the room.
Dery holds a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Animation in DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media.