January 18 – April 27, 2014
SpotLight presents ten artists whose use of light amplifies a specific site and its history, a private experience of place, or a response to an architectural space. The light-based sculptures, installations, and videos in SpotLight transform something ephemeral, commonplace or often overlooked into poetic statements about memory, perception, technology and the built environment. LED lights, laser levels, light boxes and neon tubes serve as sculptural material for some artists, others record or recreate the light conditions of a particular place or moment. SpotLight presents new and recent work by Paola Cabal, Dana Carter, Spencer Finch, Dana Major, Daniel Miller, Jeroen Nelemans, Jason Peot, Morgan Sims, Jan Tichy, and Monika Wulfers.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday
Opening May 11, 2014
Lifelogging is a term used to describe the extensive archiving of one's personal experience. While often used for scientific research, the impulse to track, map and graph also animates artistic practice. Throughout history, artists have used a variety of techniques to document life in a systematic way in an effort to examine the nature of being. By focusing on a particular aspect of their lives, the artists in Lifeloggers
mediate and synthesize their experience in concrete objects and conceptual projects. Some chronicle the passage of time, some record belongings or surroundings, some chart their movement through the world around them. Some create graphs, diagrams, or lists, others create image inventories, and some translate their data into unique formal systems. This exhibition explores the many ways that lifelogging has entered contemporary art practice, and how artists use this chronicling impulse, not as an uncritical record of every second lived, but as a thoughtful and studied approach to revealing the complexities of human existence.
Inventory_The EAM Collection
September 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Elmhurst Art Museum presents Inventory_The EAM Collection from September 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Inventory_The EAM Collection unpacks the Museum's vault and fills the galleries from floor to ceiling with art and objects from its collection. Never before has the entire building been dedicated to EAM's holdings--until now. This ambitious exhibition provides unprecedented access to EAM's unique collection and includes work spanning three centuries by such notable artists as Thomas Eakins, Frederic Remington, Sonia Delaunay, Abbott Pattison, Tsuguharu Foujita, Peter Saul and EAM's own founder, Eleanor King Hookham--all ripe for interpretation and discovery.
FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern
May 4 - August 18, 2013
Fragment: Sampling the Modern, is an exhibition of new work by four Chicago-based artists Leslie Baum, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Jessica Labatte, and Adam Scott.
Similar to the contemporary musician’s process of making new material from samples of familiar music, the artists mine and digest bits and pieces of visual culture from sources such as printed advertisements, urban debris, common pictorial symbols and the history of art. These visual samples, manipulated and placed into large-scale paintings, appliquéd textiles, paper collages, and photographs, are treated with the bold and colorful visual language reminiscent of early 20th century modernist abstraction.
Cody Hudson: Flip Your Wig
May 4 - August 18, 2013
Artist and graphic designer Cody Hudson
will present an exhibition of new and recent sculpture in EAM’s Hostetler Gallery. Built from scrap wood and altered with printed material and house paint, Hudson’s totemic structures suggest their modest origins and modernist leanings. Influenced by pop culture, the urban environment and abstract art, Hudson combines bold color schemes and roughly hewn shapes with found objects and poetic titles to produce works that allude to the world today and our struggle to make sense of it all.
Open House: Art About Home
January 19 - April 20, 2013
EAM’s winter exhibition programming focuses on artists’ representations of home. Inspired by the museum’s McCormick House, a mid-century modern home designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, the new exhibitions consider experiences, contents, memories, and realities of home today.
No Rules: Contemporary Clay
September 7 , 2012 - January 5, 2013
No Rules: Contemporary Clay is the second in a series of three exhibitions at Elmhurst Art Museum exploring ceramic tradition and new creative developments. No Rules focuses on clay-based work of a nonfunctional nature and includes an international group of artists. Taking a variety of forms—from large and small-scale sculpture to community-based walks to performance, video, and photography—the work in this exhibition underscores artists’ enduring relationship with clay and its adaptability to contemporary concerns.
Join us to celebrate the opening reception of No Rules Contemporary Clay on Friday, September 7 at 6:30 pm.
Billy Tokyo: The Shape of Things to Come/John Dempsey: Urban Nature
06.15.2012 - 08.25.2012
Billy Tokyo is John Dempsey. John Dempsey is Billy Tokyo. But you can call him Jack.
Billy Tokyo is the alias John Dempsey created in 2008 when commissioned to create illustrations for the Chicago Cubs. Concerned with pigeonholing himself in the world of commercial art, Dempsey created his alter ego to make artwork for festivals like Lollapalooza and South X SouthWest. Heavily influenced by Japanese Pop Art and the Chicago Imagists, Tokyo’s work is bright and complex. Embracing a psychedelic rainbow palette, Tokyo packs every inch of space with commentary on contemporary culture and skewers stereotypes with ample wit and humor.
John Dempsey’s paintings are equal parts graffiti and illustrative patterns that create vibrant and approachable landscapes. Using the landscape around him as inspiration, Dempsey abstracts landmarks into splatters, curves and outlines that reflect the artist’s inner feelings about urban locations.