This is the final week to see Textual Encounters. We had a lovely opening night on March 6, and I hope the gallery got lots of foot traffic this month.
Textual Encounters focuses on incorporating text into encaustic work.
The FUSEDChicago group includes artists with a variety of styles, so seeing 32 artists with different techniques, color palettes, and objectives come together in one space is always fascinating.
Curator Shelley Gilchrist did a fabulous job hanging the show.
From sculptural to 2-dimensional, abstract to figurative, earth tones to vibrant colors, the showâ€™s theme pulls the pieces together and showcases the variety of ways encaustics can express a vision.
Artists incorporated text from books, music scores, a collage of single letters, and snippets of poems for embedding and inspiration.
I love the gradation of layers, with some FUSEDChicago members focusing on translucence and an ethereal quality, while others make the encaustic paint pop in vibrancy.
Discussing the thought process behind the pieces and understanding the techniques used is inspiring and broadens my mind as I contemplate new projects.
ARC Gallery is located at 2156 N Damen Avenue in Chicago. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm, and Sundays from 12 to 4 pm. Textual Encounters closes March 28.
FUSEDChicago is a group of midwest encaustic artists based in Chicago. The group was founded in 2009 and currently has forty members.
More information about the artists and the group’s exhibits and activities is available at www.fusedchicago.org.