Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements

DECEMBER 12, 2015 - FEBRUARY 21, 2016

Chicago artists have something to say. Taking on the role of cultural commentator, facilitator, advocate or activist, many artists in Chicago are actively engaged with their communities and the pressing and often highly-charged social issues of our day. Celebrating this artistic approach, Elmhurst Art Museum’s inaugural Biennial, Chicago Statements, provides nineteen artists with a wide-reaching public platform for their messages, their voices and their revelations that address imbalances of power, access and resources. Through drawings, sculpture, video, photography, text and documentation of public projects, the Biennial intends to raise awareness, encourage discussion and promote the power of individual and collective expression and healing. 

Participants include Lise Haller Baggesen, Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes, Doug Fogelson, Maria Gaspar, Matthew Hoffman, Jesse Howard, Jenny Kendler, Kirsten Leenaars, Faheem Majeed, Billy McGuinness, Christopher Meerdo, Matt Morris, Cheryl Pope, John Preus, Alison Ruttan, Aram Han Sifuentes, Edra Soto and Amanda Williams. Topics explored by these artists include feminism and motherhood, new technologies, community building, race and power, gun violence, gentrification, poverty, war, environmentalism and immigration, among others.  

Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements will fill the majority of the Museum’s building and will fittingly present Lise Haller Baggesen’s interactive installation Mothernism (a play on motherhood and modernism) in one wing of the Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House. Including a tent, silk banners, an audio component and a disco ball, Mothernism encourages conversations about identity, inclusiveness and art-making. Another participatory work includes Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes’ Copy Shop, an installation highlighting 3D scanning and printing and its transformative effect on object design and production. Jesse Howard’s new charcoal and watercolor portraits of African Americans and Kirsten Leenaars’ recent video #thisistomorrow respond to the current climate of violence, disenfranchisement and abuse of power and serve as a call to action to imagine a better future.

A lively roster of weekly public programs will include artist talks, performances, concerts, exhibition tours, a book discussion and unique workshops led by many of the Biennial artists, including Aram Han Sifuentes’ U.S. Citizenship Test Project, aimed at non-citizen immigrants to provide information about the process of gaining American citizenship and to sew samplers. Partnerships with schools and local institutions are also in the works. Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements is curated by EAM Chief Curator & Director of Public Programs Staci Boris.

 

Performance/Intervention at Expo Chicago NRDC Booth

PERFORMANCE/INTERVENTION AT EXPO CHICAGO "Water Works":

Water Works invites a select group of contemporary artists - Doug Fogelson, Jenny Kendler, Meg Leary, Aspen Mays, Linda Tegg, and Alex Wieder - to create ephemeral interventions at EXPO CHICAGO using water as their only resource. The series revolves around Water Light Graffiti, a digital surface that illuminates when touched by water. Created by Paris-based artist Antonin Fourneau, Water Light Graffiti merges the immediacy of street-art with the sophistication of digital technology and the movement of the cinematic screen.

Participating artists will use the surface of Water Light Graffiti as inspiration to showcase their unique perspectives. The resulting Water Works will trigger creative dialogue and encourage viewers to reflect upon the importance of art, technology, and the natural world in contemporary culture.

Curated by Giovanni Aloi and Elizabeth Corr, this special series is sponsored by the Water Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international nonprofit environmental organization committed to raising awareness about the environment through robust interdisciplinary partnerships.

Doug Fogelson and Alex Weider "Set My Bow"

The rainbow is a much-loved symbol among many cultures. It is a meteorological phenomenon of light refracting/reflecting through water droplets in a spectrum of colors made visible to the naked eye. Fogelson and Wieder reference the rainbow arc and its relationships from the current anthropogenic era of "peak water." Working with the water activated LED lights created by Fourneau, the artists use stencils and gels to create patterns that foster consideration of the ephemeral.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2015 3:00 PM

EXPO Chicago / NAVY PIER

NRDC Booth #104

600 East Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

http://expochicago.com/about

http://www.nrdc.org/ 

"Return to Oblivion" Discussion with MOCP Curator Allison Grant

"Return To Oblivion"- DOUG FOGELSON IN DISCUSSION WITH MOCP CURATOR ALLISON GRANT AT FIELD STUDY:

As a part of the programming for the Field Study Exhibition at David Weinberg Gallery a discussion between Museum of Contemporary Photography curator Allison Grant and Doug Fogelson will address Fogelson's experimental photographic techniques, the intersection of art and ecological concerns/devastation, and his plans for a yearlong residency with Openlands.

Field Study   is a selection of photographs and videos that examine the indelible relationship between humans and nature. Co-sponsored byOpenlands to advance a culture of conservation in a variety of urban and regional settings, this group show investigates our current ecological reality. Curated by Katherine Ware and Meg Noe for the 7th AnnualFilter Photo Festival  Juried Exhibition.  

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18th, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM

David Weinberg Gallery

300 West Superior Street

Suite 203

Chicago, IL 60654

http://d-weinberg.com/fieldstudyevents

Openlands Announces Doug Fogelson as Artist-in-Residence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:    Brandon Hayes
312-863-6260
bhayes@openlands.org
(Media inquiries only)

 

OPENLANDS ANNOUNCES DOUG FOGELSON AS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

***Year-Long Partnership to Focus on Nature in the Region***

(Chicago – September 15, 2015) Openlands announces that Doug Fogelson is the regional conservation organization’s first Artist-In-Residence. The residency commences late summer 2015 and extends until summer 2016. Fogelson’s residency will focus on natural spaces around the Chicago region in which Openlands has worked in its 52-year history. These will include, but not be limited to, forest preserves, wildlife refuges, and the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. The residency will culminate in an exhibition, as well as lectures and other events, following the year.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Doug Fogelson, a Chicago based photographic artist who has achieved national acclaim,” said Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann. “Having started as a social justice organization, Openlands’ conservation mission is rooted in people and connecting them to nature where they live. Doug’s images challenge and invite the viewer to see our world in new and evocative ways. We look forward to his unique vision of some of our most beloved landscapes.”

“Working with Openlands is a unique opportunity to experience the rich landscape in our region and visually engage dialog about it,” Fogelson remarks. “I intend to personally learn and feel through a process of regular site visits and studio production over the next four seasons and synthesize a body of work that reflects issues surrounding non-human life to the people living amongst it.”

About Doug Fogelson

Doug Fogelson studied art and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. His photographic manipulations are included in notable public and private collections such as The J. Paul Getty Center, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Cleveland Clinic and exhibited with esteemed galleries. He has been recognized by publications including Art News, Photo District News, Art Forum, and AfterImage. Doug Fogelson founded Front Forty Press, an award-winning independent fine art publishing company, and has taught in the Photography Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an advocate for the fine arts and ecological sustainability. To see his work please visit www.dougfogelson.com.

About Openlands

Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, having helped secure, protect, and provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for parks, forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens. For more information, please visit www.openlands.org.

Broken Cabinet at Linda Warren Projects

Broken Cabinet Exhibition at Linda Warren Projects:

Linda Warren Projects 
Gallery X: Doug Fogelson, "Broken Cabinet" September 11 - November 7, 2015

Opening Reception: September 11, 2015, 6-9pm 
EXPO Chicago Celebration Sunday Brunch: Sunday September 20, 10am-12pm
Discussion with Giovanni Aloi, Scholar & Author: Saturday, October 10, 2-4pm

In "Broken Cabinet," Chicago artist Doug Fogelson highlights a disconnect between humans and the natural world. In his photograms, the artist places organic items like coral, coyote claws, moths and fox skulls upon photosensitive materials to create candy-colored shadows of these artifacts. Bringing the natural world into the manmade, Fogelson calls attention to the impact that mankind has on the environment; exhibiting the photograms beneath partially shattered glass, the artist emphasizes the fact that it's most often at the hand of humans that various organisms are undergoing extinction.

Fogelson's installation of this series of photograms is of particular importance. In an effort to reflect the vastness of the natural world, the works are displayed in a grid upon a single wall of the gallery. Here, mushrooms, horseshoe crabs, shark teeth and horsehair are presented democratically, reinforcing the artist's message that each organism is of equal importance on earth. In addition to the wallbound works, Fogelson exhibits a vitrine filled with the actual objects indexed in his photograms, sourced from EBay, taxidermists, fishing stores, strange shops and on walks in nature. This collection of natural artifacts is the artist's own "cabinet of curiosities," providing three-dimensional counterparts to the reanimated yet flattened forms of the photograms.

http://lindawarrenprojects.com/nina-rizzo-doug-fogelson/ 

Linda Warren Projects 
327 North Aberdeen Ste. 151
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(312) 432-9500

Location & Contact: 
http://lindawarrenprojects.com/contacts/

 


“Roots” Group Exhibition

Gallery Y: “Roots” Group Exhibition June 19 – August 15, 2015 Opening Reception: June 19, 2015, 6-9pm This summer’s exhibition, “Roots” (Gallery Y), features 18 gallery artists whose work relates to the broad and beautiful subject matter of trees. Also on display is a solo exhibition of new work by Lora Fosberg, “More Trees Please” (Gallery X). The concept for such a simple yet deep and rich group exhibition is a manifestation of a very personal vision for Linda Warren, as it mirrors an overarching theme that can be found in the practices of many artists within the gallery roster – and clearly not by chance. This universal love affair with nature, and more specifically with trees, has created a unifying link amongst the works of gallery artists Jason Brammer, Doug Fogelson, Carson Fox, Conrad Freiburg, Nicole Gordon, Michiko Itatani, Emmett Kerrigan, William Eckhardt Kohler, Brenda Moore, Judith Mullen, Joseph Noderer, Jennifer Presant, Nina Rizzo, Zach Taylor, Tom Torluemke, Chris Uphues, Tom Van Eynde and Matthew Woodward. “Roots” reflects a microcosmic parallel to mankind’s overall worship of trees, which has existed throughout history and within cultures around the globe. Whether used directly as a representational subject, as a source of inspiration for narrative, line, lighting, composition, color, or even as a catalyst for emotional or intellectual investigation, the tree is a vast symbol open to interpretation. For so many people, trees provide emotional support and comfort, shelter, aesthetic pleasure, wonderment and awe. They remind us to breathe, to appreciate life and its natural beauty. There is a fascination and appreciation for trees that seems fundamental to our being. http://lindawarrenprojects.com/roots-group-exhibition-lora-fosberg/


Gallery Y: “Roots” Group Exhibition

June 19 – August 15, 2015
Opening Reception: June 19, 2015, 6-9pm

This summer’s exhibition, “Roots” (Gallery Y), features 18 gallery artists whose work relates to the broad and beautiful subject matter of trees. Also on display is a solo exhibition of new work by Lora Fosberg, “More Trees Please” (Gallery X). The concept for such a simple yet deep and rich group exhibition is a manifestation of a very personal vision for Linda Warren, as it mirrors an overarching theme that can be found in the practices of many artists within the gallery roster – and clearly not by chance.

This universal love affair with nature, and more specifically with trees, has created a unifying link amongst the works of gallery artists Jason Brammer, Doug Fogelson, Carson Fox, Conrad Freiburg, Nicole Gordon, Michiko Itatani, Emmett Kerrigan, William Eckhardt Kohler, Brenda Moore, Judith Mullen, Joseph Noderer, Jennifer Presant, Nina Rizzo, Zach Taylor, Tom Torluemke, Chris Uphues, Tom Van Eynde and Matthew Woodward. “Roots” reflects a microcosmic parallel to mankind’s overall worship of trees, which has existed throughout history and within cultures around the globe. Whether used directly as a representational subject, as a source of inspiration for narrative, line, lighting, composition, color, or even as a catalyst for emotional or intellectual investigation, the tree is a vast symbol open to interpretation. For so many people, trees provide emotional support and comfort, shelter, aesthetic pleasure, wonderment and awe. They remind us to breathe, to appreciate life and its natural beauty. There is a fascination and appreciation for trees that seems fundamental to our being.

http://lindawarrenprojects.com/roots-group-exhibition-lora-fosberg/

Broken Cabinet at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in LA

DOUG FOGELSON & DON FRITZ
with SO YOUN LEE, JUSTINE LIN, MAYUKO NAKAMURA, and NAOSHI

June 5 – 28, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, June 5th; 8-11PM

DOUG FOGELSON
Broken Cabinet

This series looks at reanimating objects via multiple exposures of colored light, blended to make new color mixes. The flora and fauna are representative of species becoming extinct at alarming rates in this Anthropocene era, due mostly to human induced climate change and related abusive actions. By showcasing them under broken glass in candy colors, the viewer is stimulated to look deeper at the quality of their forms.

Fogelson stresses that the objects dictate their own image as they index themselves in the cameraless process he uses with subjects sitting upon light sensitive materials. The agency of light and the work of collecting and composing complete it. States of decomposition are often colorful, and Broken Cabinet reminds us that this beauty carries a cost.

http://laluzdejesus.com/doug-fogelson-don-fritz-so-youn-lee-justine-lin-mayuko-nakamura-and-naoshi/

Meditative Surfaces group show at The Art Center of Highland Park

The "Dirt" Series. Opening Reception: Friday, May 22nd 6:30-9:00pm On View: May 7th – July 11th, 2015 Meditative Surfaces is a group exhibition of contemporary abstract imagery.  The show highlights the work of two painters, Charles Gniech & Rebecca Moy; a mixed media artist, Deanna Kruger; two photographers, Maggie Meiners & Doug Fogelson; and sculptor Josh Garber. http://www.theartcenterhp.org/exhibits/current-exhibits

The "Dirt" Series.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 22nd 6:30-9:00pm
On View: May 7th – July 11th, 2015

Meditative Surfaces is a group exhibition of contemporary abstract imagery.  The show highlights the work of two painters, Charles Gniech & Rebecca Moy; a mixed media artist, Deanna Kruger; two photographers, Maggie Meiners & Doug Fogelson; and sculptor Josh Garber.

http://www.theartcenterhp.org/exhibits/current-exhibits

The Duck Show LA

Following on its success in NYC at the Greenpoint Terminal Gallery The Duck Show now makes its way to Los Angeles. My entry is a color multiple exposure photogram of an actual Pintail Hen duck that I had taxidermied. The piece is titled “Dead Duck”.

Opening: March 28, 2015

Minotaur Projects
1821 3rd Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQvg7QeTkqw

Article about the NYC Duck Show here.

"Dead Duck (Pintail Hen)"

"Dead Duck (Pintail Hen)"

Water in Art Exhibition / Water After Borders Summit

The Water in Art exhibition is a curated selection of art in various of media that emphasizes our relationship with this vital resource. Fifteen esteemed artists bring to light interactions with water involving topics such as sustenance, mythology, meditation, recreation and even satire. As comment on the societal impact of climate change, either directly or through implication, the artworks address pressing issues discussed at the Water after Borders summit. At Water in Art, culture intervenes in questions of environmental health and justice.

Water After Borders is a summit with panel presentations as well as collaborative working group sessions on Great Lakes issues, chaired by civic and community leaders. The summit will address transborder legal and political frameworks, as well as the ways in which class, culture, and gender influence environmental health and access. Topics include water sharing, toxins, privatization, energy systems, and regionalist approaches.

Participating artists:

Marissa Lee Benedict, Luftwerk, Andy Hall, Lee Tracy, Inigo Mangalo-Ovalle, Jenny Kendler, Kim Harty, Industry of the Ordinary, Jin Lee, John Opera, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Jessica Pierotti, Daniel Shea, Doug Fogelson, and Kim Fisher.

Curated by Doug Fogelson

Water in Art is displayed primarily in an online gallery:

http://www.waterafterborders.org/?page_id=1127

Select pieces from the Water in Art exhibition will be on view, and some of the artists will be present, at a catered reception on the evening of day one of the conference (details below). This event is free and open to the public.

Water in Art Reception

April 23rd, 7:30 PM

@ Doug Fogelson Studio

1821 West Hubbard St. #208

Chicago, IL 60622

Water After Borders Summit

April 23 -24th, 2015

University of Illinois – Chicago

Student Center East: Room 605

750 South Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60607

 


Wheaton College Photography Biennial: Framing Photography

I am excited that one of my images will be part of the 2015 Wheaton College Photography Biennial, Framing Photography. The show will focus on new directions in photography, evoking an open-ended reconsideration of the boundaries of photography. It is juried by Kristen Gresh, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

On view: February 27 - April 15, 2015
Reception: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Beard and Weil Galleries
Watson Fine Arts at Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton, MA 02766

The Chicago Angels Project at Joseph Glimer Gallery

The Forgotten: Chicago Youth Lost to Gun Violence

This is a special exhibition to visually address youth who have been the victims of senseless violence on the streets of Chicago. Uplift Community High School students created a series of linoleum relief prints dedicated to the spirits of those who died. These works will be displayed alongside art by a group of noted Chicago artists. My image titled “Wreath” is included in the show.

On view: February 12th – 27th, 2015
Reception: February 12th, 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Joseph Glimer Gallery
207 West Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654

To read more about this project, click on The Chicago Angels Project

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