Press Release: BREAKTHROUGH, A Group Exhibition

Image from “When Your Dreams Are Interrupted” by Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Image from “When Your Dreams Are Interrupted” by Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Collectible, BREAKTHROUGH works by contemporary abstract painters in America.

Sarah Berman

Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Rebecca George

Ken Hogrefe

Daniel Martin Sullivan

Steven Tritt

EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE OCTOBER 2019

Posted on September 28, 2019 .

Press Release: Solo Show, Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Crop image from “Kicking in the Front Door”, by Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Crop image from “Kicking in the Front Door”, by Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Stasi Bobo-Ligon’s first solo show is an exploration of artistic expression and response to life events through a body of work that experiments with opacity, transparency, mixed media and repurposing. Four distinctive styles are examined—collage, portraiture, found objects and abstract gestural painting.

EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE AT ARTSY.NET

October 1-31, 2019

Curated by Rebecca George

Posted on September 27, 2019 .

Press Release--Diptych Ensemble

Selection from “Theme” (Now I Understand), 2018 by Ken Hogrefe

Selection from “Theme” (Now I Understand), 2018 by Ken Hogrefe

A retrospective to highlight a curated selection of strong, breakthrough diptychs from six contemporary artists. Spanning work completed during the last two years, this exhibition reflects an innovation on the ancient practice of physically and/or visually "hinging" two pieces together.

Exhibit exclusively on Artsy through the month of September, 2019.

Participating Artists:

Sarah Berman

Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Rebecca George

Ken Hogrefe

Daniel Martin Sullivan

Steven Tritt

Curated by Rebecca George.

Posted on September 1, 2019 .

Press Release--Mere Anarchy: Subconscious Patterns

Mere Anarchy: Subconscious Patterns

“All you can do is hope for a pattern to emerge, and sometimes it never does. Still, with a plan, you only get the best you can imagine. I'd always hoped for something better than that.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby, (Novel)

In his first solo exhibition, Daniel Martin Sullivan unveils the last two years of prolific painting. Spurred on by the experience of invention and performing with immunity to outcome, Sullivan incorporates new approaches and appropriates familiar techniques arriving at a harmony with chaos.

Curated by Rebecca George.

View the Online Exclusive Exhibition on Artsy.net through September 2019

About the artist: Born in New York (1980), and raised in Philadelphia, Daniel Martin Sullivan comes from a family of visual artists. Attending Tyler School of Art (BFA, 2003) and relocating to Chicago, Sullivan started a family and prospered in a marketing career. His studio practice intensified in recent years and focuses on abstraction, emphasizing a wide range of material exploration. Sullivan’s influences continue to include the work of the Old Masters, Abstract Expressionists, and his contemporaries. Represented by The Art House Gallery since 2018, Daniel Martin Sullivan has participated in multiple group exhibitions, with his first solo show in September 2019.

Posted on August 31, 2019 .

Press Release--Switching Cadence: Recent Living Forms

Steven Tritt Solo Exhibition

The fifth solo show by Steven Tritt, this exhibit reveals a collection of work by a mid-career artist spanning two years of risky moves focused on abstracting living forms. Tritt has a long history of rendering imagery, prioritizing a loose approach to material and application. This recent body of work represents a transformation.

Curated by Rebecca George

Online Exclusive on Artsy.net through the month of September 2019

About the artist: Steven Tritt is a contemporary American artist born in Aurora, Illinois in 1964. He mixes materials which include many traditional drawing and painting medias as well as nontraditional ones. Collage has figured heavily throughout his career. Shortly after being accepted into the Contemporary Gallery Representation Program at The Art House Gallery in 2017, Tritt’s loosely rendered imagery took a turn towards abstraction. “I feel as if I’m striking a balance between recognizable imagery and abstraction in my work.” This is a direct result of working with Rebecca George and Tritt’s willingness to explore new materials. “While I use imagery as a starting point, there is no obligation on my part to save the integrity of the image, as I would have in the past, to complete a work.” For Tritt there isn’t a preconceived destination on any painting but a commitment to an honest and intuitive approach to art making. His influences include Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann. He holds a BFA (1986) and MFA (1990) from Northern Illinois University.

Posted on August 31, 2019 .

Press Release: Method and Mastery

FinalLogo.jpg

An Artsy Exclusive Curated Exhibition of work by six American artists delving deeper into ways to apply the techniques and skills they have mastered by exploring alternate application methods of material, composing, and building surface and palette.

Work by artists:

Sarah Berman

Stasi Bobo-Ligon

Rebecca George

Ken Hogrefe

Daniel Martin Sullivan

Steven Tritt

Available for view through the month of August, 2019: METHOD AND MASTERY

Posted on August 1, 2019 .

Raw/Refined, A Group Show

“Vitality”, Oil on Canvas by Sarah Berman

“Vitality”, Oil on Canvas by Sarah Berman

Online Exclusive Exhibition

July 1-31, 2019

Raw/Refined is a curated selection of pieces by emerging and mid-career artists who are intensely working in the realms of color, material and the impact of application methods to either limit manipulation or maximize the effects of a multi-media approach.

Featuring work by Sarah Johnson Berman, Stasi Bobo-Ligon, Jan Fayhee, Rebecca George, Ken Hogrefe, Daniel Martin Sullivan and Steven Tritt.

View exhibition here: Artsy Online Exclusive

Posted on August 1, 2019 .

Press Release: Ephiphenomenon

For immediate release: Curated Online Exclusive Exhibition

June 1-30, 2019

logo

An epiphenomenon is a secondary phenomenon that occurs alongside or in parallel to a primary phenomenon. The word has two senses: one that connotes known causation and one that connotes absence of causation or reservation of judgment about it.

Featuring abstract, figurative and mixed-media work by artists Sarah Berman, Stasi Bobo-Ligon, Jan Fayhee, Rebecca George, Ken Hogrefe, Daniel Martin Sullivan and Steven Tritt.

Available exclusively on Arts.net.

Posted on May 26, 2019 .

Press Release: COUNTERBALANCE

counterbalance_logo

Counterbalance features abstract works by 7 artists exploring visual weight in their compositions, layering of material and color palettes. Much of the work is large scale, mixed-media and very revealing of the artist's movements and interest in the nature of the materials used.

Work by Sarah Berman, Stasi Bobo-Ligon, Jan Fayhee, Rebecca George, Ken Hogrefe, Daniel Martin Sullivan and Steven Tritt.

Online exclusive exhibition was curated by Rebecca George on Artsy.net and are on display from May 1-May 31, 2019.

Posted on May 1, 2019 .

Press Release: Never Before, A Group Exhibition

For immediate release: Curated exhibit featuring five large scale abstract paintings featuring raw pigment, exposed canvas, action painting, stain painting and surface texture. Work by artists Sarah Berman, Stasi Bobo-Ligon, Jan Fayhee, Rebecca George and Ken Hogrefe.

Exhibition Dates: February 9-March 9, 2019

View Online Exhibition

Installation Image

Installation Image

Posted on February 10, 2019 .

Press Release: ART PARTY

ART PARTY

Art Party Install Shot


Salon style exhibition featuring recent work by:

Sarah Berman

Stasi Bobo Ligon

Jan Fayhee

Rebecca George

Adam Gray

Ken Hogrefe

James Rosenbloom

Opening Reception: Sunday, December 9, 2018

3:00-7:00 PM


Exhibition runs until December 31, 2018

Contact the gallery for a private viewing: Rebecca@thearthouse.us

Posted on October 21, 2018 .

Review: Formation, A Group Exhibition

Review: Formation

By Colin S. Smith

July 28, 2018

On a Saturday afternoon, Alderman John Arena of the 45th Ward cut a big blue ribbon to celebrate The Art House’s first show at their new home in Portage Park. The seven-year-old gallery, studio, and classroom was founded to give emerging artists a foundation, and now it is casting an anchor in the six corners community.

Founder/Director Rebecca George accompanied by Artists in Residence Jan Fayhee, Ken Hogrefe and Sarah Berman

Founder/Director Rebecca George accompanied by Artists in Residence Jan Fayhee, Ken Hogrefe and Sarah Berman

The Art House Studio Gallery Located at 4910 W Irving Park Rd in Chicago

The Art House Studio Gallery Located at 4910 W Irving Park Rd in Chicago

Each of the artists behind “Formation” obsesses over color. From Jan Fayhee’s abstract landscapes to Ken Hogrefe’s explaining the five different blacks he used for “Theme (Now I Understand)” or Steven Tritt purposely exploring the colors he had previously ignored — like green, on styrofoam.

Daniel Martin Sullivan likes to see a color vibrate. When talking about his piece “Defenestration,” he said Rebecca George’s love of color has him focused on the energy of the pigments.

"This exhibition showcased the individuality of each artist; the challenge to successfully curate this outcome with so many strong, large works is always a welcome one. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this group of artists." --Rebecca George

After overhauling a closed down liquor for store over a month, The Art House StudioGallery’s new location gives the community its own bona fide arts gallery. Given Alderman Arena’s blessing into the community and scores of visitors from the neighborhood, The Art House’s future in the community is just as exciting as the art itself.

Colin S. Smith is a freelance writer and communications specialist in Chicago. His recent projects include working with The Clyde Fitch Report, Twisted Oyster Film Festival, and music artist Cole DeGenova.

Posted on August 6, 2018 .

Press Release: FORMATION, A Group Exhibition

For immediate release: a group exhibition of new work at The Art House Gallery

Formation card front (1).jpg

FORMATION features recent work from John Collins, Jan Fayhee, Ken Hogrefe, Daniel Martin Sullivan, Steven Thayer Graham and Steven Tritt. Paintings, mixed-media and works on paper by the artists represented by The Art House Gallery is curated by Director Rebecca George. 

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 2018

3:00-7:00 PM

4910 W. Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL 60641

Exhibition is on display until Saturday, August 25, 2018

Posted on June 3, 2018 .

Press Release: Artists in Residence, 2018

For immediate release: April 16, 2018

The Art House Artist in Residence Program offers emerging and professional visual artists with the opportunity to focus their involvement in the studio while receiving individual and community support. The program in in its 6th year and is very pleased to announce the awards for 2018.

2018 Artists in Residence, The Art House

Congratulations to the following five visual artists!

Stasi Bobo-Ligon: After completing a very prolific and successful 1st year, Stasi has reapplied and been accepted for a 2nd year as an Artist in Residence. Her mixed-media and oil paintings have been seen in recent exhibitions: Inside Knowledge, Nothing to Repeat and Modified Trajectory, among others. Follow Stasi Bobo-Ligon at @stasiboboligon.

Jan Fayhee: Jan maintains a studio in both Chicago and Michigan, and has achieved both solo and group exhibitions during her residency. Now in her 2nd year, Jan is a leader in The Art House community, participating in a rigorous curatorial, exhibition, workshop and painting course schedule. View her website: www.JanFayhee,com and follow Jan Fayhee on Artsy.net.

Leah Hattendorf: Leah has been studying painting, drawing and printmaking at The Art House for five years, and maintaining an on-site studio space for the past year. Her work explores primarily abstract compositions in oil, both mid-large scale. Leah has demonstrated commitment to both her work and the community of fellow artists. Contact The Art House to meet Leah Hattendorf and view recent work; view the Exhibitions page to stay up to date on her involvement in past and upcoming shows.  Leah joins the Residency for her 1st year starting June 1, 2018. 

John Hart: John has  been engaged in various classes at The Art House for several years, most recently recognized for his symbolist portrait narratives. John's commitment and support within the community of artists earned him a Residency. John begins his 1st year in June, 2018. Contact The Art House to meet John Hart and view recent work; view the Exhibitions page to stay up to date on his involvement in past and upcoming shows. 

Ken Hogrefe: Ken has been a strong leader in The Art House community for two years and we are very pleased to accept his application for year 3. Ken has been very successful in his studio and professional development (see recent exhibition history) and we look forward to his ongoing progress and successes.Contact The Art House to schedule an on-site studio visit and meet with Ken. Follow Ken Hogrefe on Artsy.net, @kenneth.hogrefe.

 

 

Posted on April 16, 2018 .

Press Release: Artists Selected for Representation by The Art House Gallery

For immediate release: April 16, 2018

In late 2017 The Art House Gallery announced the Contemporary Gallery Program, an opportunity for artists to apply for a one year professional development appointment that supports their career and business goals. The Art House received numerous applications and worked closely with the Artists in Residence to conduct individual application material reviews and interviews.

After careful consideration, The Art House has awarded the following four artists with the one year Contemporary Gallery Program representation:

John Collins: John Collins is an American painter working mid-to-large scale on canvas, wood and paper. Collins' approach is abstract, combining gestural and geometric compositional elements with an instinctual application of color theory. John Collins' work is influenced by Wassily Kandinsky, Francis Picabia and Mark Rothko, among others. Follow John Collins on Artsy.net.

Steven Thayer Graham: Steven Thayer Graham is a contemporary American painter working mid to large scale in oil and mixed media. Primarily composed of geometric and gestural abstraction, Graham combines bold shapes with intricate line work. Influences include Arshile Gorky, Wasily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Follow Steven Thayer Graham on Artsy.net and @steven.thayer.graham.

Steve Tritt: Steven Tritt is a contemporary mixed-media painter working in Sycamore, IL. Born in 1964 in Aurora, IL, Tritt attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a BFA and a MFA. Steven Tritt's current influences include Bernard Buffet, Pablo Picasso and Max Beckmann. Follow Steven Tritt on Artsy.net and @steventritt.

Daniel Martin Sullivan: Daniel Martin Sullivan is an emerging contemporary painter based in Chicago working primarily on abstract, mid to large scale canvases. Born in NY, NY, Sullivan earned a BFA in Philadelphia from Tyler School of Art. Sullivan maintains a professional studio in Chicago, currently exploring the relationship between figural and abstract painting. Daniel Martin Sullivan's influences include Cecily Brown, Gerhard Richter and Ad Reinhardt. Follow Daniel Martin Sullivan on Artsy.net.

Check in with @thearthousegallery on Instagram and The Art House Gallery on Facebook for an invitation to the exhibition featuring these artists scheduled for the summer of 2018 in Chicago, IL. Stay up to date on artists represented by The Art House Gallery.

 

Posted on April 16, 2018 .

PRESS RELEASE: Inside Knowledge, A Group Show

An Exhibition Curated by the Artists in Residence at The Art House

An Exhibition Curated by the Artists in Residence at The Art House

Join us for a group show of new work by the innovative and prolific artists of The Art House.

Hosted by: Arts on Elston

3446 N Albany, Chicago, IL 60618

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3:00-7:00 PM

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Refreshments provided.

Curated by Rebecca George, Director of The Art House Studio and Gallery

Posted on February 24, 2018 .

Review: Modified Trajectory

By Colin S. Smith

October 7, 2017

A big block of letters spell out “ART” along the glass window of a storefront turned gallery in Avondale. Inside, nearly three dozen pieces of art hang on just about every wall, featuring a wide range of work by seven local artists who comprise a significant core of the dynamic community at The Art House.

The Art House featured the group show entitled “Modified Trajectory” on September 30th at their partner space Arts on Elston, located across the street from The Art House on Albany and Elston in Chicago. The exhibit debuted new works by artists who study painting with founder and painter, Rebecca George.

The colors and textures of the largely abstract expressionistic pieces ignited conversations. Dozens and dozens of people mingled along the art throughout the evening and night, interacting with the exhibiting artists, including participation in tours of the two on-site Artist in Residence studio spaces.

One Artist in Resident of The Art House, Ken Hogrefe, said it’s been an especially exciting year. They’ve added two new artists’ in residence, Julie Tierney and Stasi Bobo-Ligon, who he said both bring energy to the group with their diverse perspectives and fresh practices. He said it’s inspiring to see them grow, citing that they have made a serious commitment to daily practice.

Julie Tierney's work combines drawing and painting, a restrained palette juxtaposed with whole body marks in line and shape. Both Tierney and Bobo-Ligon also exhibited a variety of small scale oil mono and relief prints. Stasi Bobo-Ligon’s abstractions explore surface-quality, incorporating collage and found objects with strong movement and gestural compositions.

Attendees enjoying the Opening Reception. Paintings in photo by Julie Tierney and Ken Hogrefe.

Attendees enjoying the Opening Reception. Paintings in photo by Julie Tierney and Ken Hogrefe.

Hogrefe has undertaken challenges, too. In one displayed work, Territory, he painted on a larger surface, which helped him sidestep old habits and tricks. Instead of relying on familiar approaches, he used an earth toned palette inspired from his youth, growing up in New Mexico and stripped away the work with broad, bold strokes. He said he wanted to keep things simple, which he attributed to The Art House and his teacher Rebecca George. “She helped me see that the painting is showing me what it wants to be.”

Following intuition is a reoccurring theme with The Art House Artists.

Artist Christine Ann Connor describes painting techniques in this work on burlap.

Artist Christine Ann Connor describes painting techniques in this work on burlap.

Christine Ann Connor is in her third year as a Resident with The Art House. “Rebecca changed the way I paint,” she said, citing her application techniques — of actually physically picking up and moving around the painting after applying paint, for instance — particularly on her suite of works she created after she lost her mother earlier this year.

Both Hogrefe and Connor almost sounded like jazz musicians who let the notes carry them away. “The Art House has helped me stay out of my head and realize the painting will guide you,” Connor said. “The environment of painting in The Art House community has changed my life, too,” she continued, “I would consider myself a serious, dedicated painter now because I finally can call [creating] art part of my life.”

Commercial illustrator Michael Coon is familiar with this transformation into an artist, too. Coon exhibited several portraits in the group show. He finds studying painting with Rebecca George gives him the space to step away from his purpose-driven and goal-oriented work. Instead, he’s able to contemplate themes and practice painting daily. In a more figurative piece based on a photo of his mother when she was a child, he reflects on mortality — after all, he’s never met or known that child.

Installation shot of Modified Trajectory; paintings in photo by Timothy Curtin, Micheal Coon and Christine Ann Connor.

Installation shot of Modified Trajectory; paintings in photo by Timothy Curtin, Micheal Coon and Christine Ann Connor.

Neither completely figurative nor abstract, exhibiting artist Tim Curtin’s work explores composition and color in pieces inspired by Chicago, like shapes of Alex Calder’s Flamingo in the Federal Plaza. Since he’s sandwiched between the more figurative Coon and Leah Hattendorf’s tonally vivid abstractions, Curtin said “this is a group that is both supportive and one that pushes you.”

Artist Leah Hattendorf, exhibiting for the first time in Modified Trajectory, has spent more than the past year in prolific art-making, generating a significant body of abstract oil paintings during classes at The Art House and in independent studio work. Her work explores a wide range of application techniques, with each communicating a different mood through her handling of color and shape.

Installation shot of Modified Trajectory. Paintings in photo by Julie Tierney, Leah Hattendorf, Micheal Coon and Stasi Bobo-Ligon.

Installation shot of Modified Trajectory. Paintings in photo by Julie Tierney, Leah Hattendorf, Micheal Coon and Stasi Bobo-Ligon.

At The Art House, you don’t just look at paintings — you engage with them. You talk to the painters. You walk into their studios. You see their paints and their brushes. “Modified Trajectory” is the latest display of work done by artists from The Art House community, and the works show finesse, technique, and contemplation.

 

Colin S. Smith is a freelance journalist in Chicago who’s recent projects include Editor @Roots of Success, Communications Consultant @Illinois Humanities, Auditor @Newcity. 

Posted on October 8, 2017 .

Press Release: Modified Trajectory, Group Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Group Exhibition of New Work by The Art House Artists

A Group Exhibition of New Work by The Art House Artists

Join us for a curated exhibit of recent works by artists:

Stasi Bobo-Ligon (Artist in Residence)    

Micheal Coon

Christine Connor (Artist in Residence)     

Jan Fayhee (Artist in Residence)

Leah Hattendorf

Ken Hogrefe (Artist in Residence)

Julie Tierney (Artist in Residence)

Curated by Rebecca George, Director of The Art House

Hosted by Arts on Elston Gallery, 3446 N Elston Ave in Chicago

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 30, 2017

6:00-9:00 PM

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Refreshments served. Open to the public.     

Posted on August 21, 2017 .