Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Come out to Urban Art Retreat's street festival this Saturday, 12-5pm!  We will be there!

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The URBAN ART RETREAT
1957 S. Spaulding Ave. Chicago, Il. 60623
contact@urbanartretreat.com
www.urbanartretreat.com
(773) 542-9126

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Elephant Room is excited to have a table at this exciting community event!  A special thank you to sam.kirk and Phero!  Come out and enjoy the day! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CIEN EVENT WITH SAM.KIRK

cien, a retail event brought to you by sam.kirk, will arrive at  Elephant Room on July 15, 2011.  Elephant Room, 704 S. Wabash, will open it’s doors from 6-9pm for this one night only event.

sam.kirk is a painter, sculptor, freelance architect and designer that works with canvas, wood, metal and glass. The city of big shoulders certainly put a chip on hers and she uses it to create culturally relevant work that provokes not only thought but also spirit. kirk believes that art should be accessible to those who love it, particularly the community that’s the catalyst for her artwork.

“For cien I’ve taken pieces of my original artwork and I’ve produced everyday goods, like t-shirts, cards and prints, that anyone can afford to buy.” – kirk. The event will include merchandise that until now hasn’t been available for purchase including artwork, illustrations and framed prints.  sam.kirk worked in conjunction with Elephant Room Inc., an art retail store that already sells her pieces, to create a special retail event that rewards her audience with, well, more art. To those who spend $100 or more, kirk plans to give away prints from her up and coming series “The Hunter” as a special thank you.

This event is not only a demonstration of kirk’s commitment to continue creating thought and culture provoking work, but also to make her art accessible to the community that inspires it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Upcoming Solo Exhibition with Jennifer Cronin

This summer, local Chicago artist Jennifer Cronin will be exhibiting her recent paintings in a solo show entitled "Wandering Around in a Small Place" at 119 N Peoria #3A in the West Loop. Elephant Room, Inc. is proud to be hosting the exhibition and R. Hanel Photography is graciously donating the space. The exhibition is 2 days only with an opening reception on Friday, July 8th 6:00pm - 9:00pm and additional viewing hours on Saturday, July 9th 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

Jennifer Cronin is known for her large scale, realistic self-portraits with surrealistic elements. "Wandering Around in a Small Place" takes this surrealist theme further into fantasy through Croninʼs use of setting and the subjectʼs playful, almost child-like interaction with other elements in time and space. “It is a re-imagining of everyday life, based on often small, seemingly inconsequential frustrations. These frustrations can be the growths of the seeds of worry, fear, amusement and minor upsets based on our daydreams while at home and at work. It is about what a mind does with what it is given.” - Cronin. Her self-portraits are less about the fact that they are self-portraits and more about the figure being a representation of all of us within both the realistic world and our personal world of fantasy.

The work from "Wandering Around in a Small Place" demonstrates Croninʼs fantastic ability to realistically paint the human form in a multitude of gestures while painting a realistic world of fantasy around her. Her painted interaction between these 2 worlds
feels effortless and natural, likely a result of her studies in both psychology and art. While each painting reveals her experiences of daydreaming, they simultaneously draw out our own experiences with daydreaming in our everyday life. Cronin has this uncanny ability to continuously paint her own portrait in a way that universally represents the viewer because of the commonalities of our experiences. This exhibition of Croninʼs latest work elevates her art to the next level as she continues to establish her own niche in the art world.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Greetings!

We are excited to announce our new venture in artist management and representation!  This blog is going to be dedicated to the talented artists we are working with so that their fans and other curious folks can see what they're working on, where they're exhibiting, and where they'll be next!