It's hard to believe that already two weeks have passed since the opening of my "Old Medium, New Tools" sculpture exhibit at The Society for Arts, 1112 Gallery in downtown Chicago.
Reflecting back on my trip, everything went off without a hitch.
I am most pleased with the exhibition debut of "Water Garden", a piece I had completed only a few weeks prior to the opening. The placement of the trees is done in such a way that you can't see all the figures all at once. Similar to my "Family Trees", I intend the viewer to play a "hide and seek" game in order to appreciate the work. As you walk through or around the installation, each trunk shifts in its presentation of the child figures, giving the viewer multiple perspectives of a single work. "Water Garden" is a new favorite of mine and I hope to exhibit the work elsewhere in the future.
One of my favorite photographs taken during the opening is that of a young girl, drawn into my work. Every time I look at the photo, I can't help but to smile because of her interest and natural curiosity.
My daughter Mika was present at the reception. She has become such a pillar of support and thanks to her, an influential audience was drawn to the opening, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Walter Massey - President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Christie Hefner - a great supporter of the arts, among others.
The person who ultimately made this show possible was Christopher Kamyzsew, Society for Arts Executive Director. Without his creative resourcefulness, moving such installations to the Windy City would not have been possible. I am most grateful for him, and his entire staff, for the help they gave me.
"Old Medium, New Tools" is open for exhibit through November 1, 2015. The Society for Arts, 1112 Gallery is conveniently located and accessible in downtown Chicago. I hope you have the chance to view the installations while they are there. The exhibit is generously in part sponsored by Star Tech Glass