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David Weinberg: Mr. Wild's Garden

David Weinberg, Mr. Wild's Garden01.06.12 - 03.24.12

Mr. Wild’s Garden is photographer David Weinberg’s provocative re-envisioning of his mysterious childhood
neighbor, Mr. Wild. Weinberg’s narrative body of photographs tells a story about a dilapidated greenhouse, a yard of towering weeds and a solitary, enigmatic man who inspired a range of emotionally charged images. Weinberg’s exhibition acts as a meditation on the natural process of growth, overgrowth and decay.


Carolyn Ottmers: Splice

01.13.12 - 03.10.12

Splice, Carolyn Ottmer’s installation of hanging vines and branches cast in stainless steel create a canopy of silver growth in EAM’s Hostetler Gallery. A hybrid of organic form, technical process and the use of specialized material, plant life that thrives in urban environments inspires the sculptures—like veins breaking through cracks in a sidewalk to clamber up inhospitable concrete walls.


Molly McCracken Kumar: Blooming Atmosphere

Molly McCracken Kumar, Evocative Stillness01.13.12 - 03.10.12

Molly McCracken Kumar contemplates the birth, death and regeneration of the natural world in her exuberant paintings. McCracken Kumar’s paintings embody themes from Hindu philosophy and spirituality. Her whimsical compositions represent Shiva’s cosmic dance of the dynamic tension and change of the universe. McCracken Kumar says she “experiences this dynamic tension most keenly while gardening and observing plants.”


Meghan Q. McCook: Terra Hive

Meghan Q. McCook, Terra 401.13.12 - 03.13.12

Meghan Q. McCook’s Terra Hive series of blown glass terrariums seamlessly blend artistic exploration with functional craft. McCook creates flowing organic environments by blowing hot glass into a copper-wire structures. With the higher melting temperature of wire, the frame stays intact as the molten glass billows around the structure.

Stephen Eichhorn: Floral Burst

01.13.12 - 03.31.12Stephen Eichhorn, Orchid Stack III Drape, 2011

Chicago artist Stephen Eichhorn creates delicate hand-cut paper collages from photos of foliage—palm fronds,
grasses, leaves and flowers. Quiet and poetic, Eichhorn’s work radiates a complex harmony between the natural
and handmade world. Eichhorn’s new work has on black backgrounds creates a floating image in cosmic space. Though complexly layered and intuitively organized, the work exudes a simple elegance. Eichhorn’s floral arrangements suggest an underlying structural rhythm to growth, adaptation and accumulation.


Collection Highlights - New Acquisitions

Michael Parker, Buildings at NightElmhurst Art Museum is proud to present this group show exhibiting a wide variety of works by 14 artists whose work has been acquisitioned within 2011. 

Elmhurst Art Museum is a collecting institution that seeks to present and acquire works by a diverse community of artists that expresses the vitality and scope of the current cultural and artistic climate.

This show will feature photography, works on paper, painting, sculpture, and installation works that reflects the Museum’s comprehensive interest in all forms of creative expression. Artists with work to be exhibited include Jerry Cargill, Helen Maurene Cooper, Mark DeBernardi, John Dempsey, Jordan Eagles, Judith Geichman, Beverly Kedzior, Daniel Kim, Jennifer Scott McLaughlin, Michael Parker, Alexis Rose, Michael Ryan, Eric Stephenson, and Billy Tokyo.


Firat Erdim: The Arbor

09.16.11 - 12.30.11Firat Erdim, Post Series

Firat Erdim's work engages a practice in sculpture as well as architecture that explores the transformation of objects and places between states of nature, raw material, construction, and ruin. In his most recent series, Erdim systematically takes apart standard 4x4 and 6x6 wood posts through cutting and splitting to re-build them as sedimentary constructions that act as a commentary on states of arrangement and deterioration. The rawness of his wood material serves as a method of retaining the memory of their original state, development, and metamorphosis. Erdim's objects are fragments suspended between different phases of existence, the past, addressing how they began conceptually, and the future, where the objects anticipate and participate in their own construction.

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