Investigating space and place: ‘Geography of Somewhere,’ a mixed media collection at Concordia-Chicago
Oct. 28, 2011 - Examining place, memory, structures, movement and religion, “Geography of Somewhere” is a collection of mixed media works created by a group of artists who have been influenced by their residences across the United States.
The works will be exhibited through Jan. 8.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free, handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot north of the University parking structure off of Bonnie Brae Street.
“Our environment is constantly changing,” says Rachel Bruya, “we tear things down, we remodel them, build new things. How we move through space, how we experience it and how we remember it are all subject matter explored in this exhibition.” Prior to committing herself full-time to her artwork, Bruya was the marketing director at a number of architecture firms in San Francisco.
The collection features the work of Dave Beck, Rachel Bruya, Mike McMann, Piper Vollmer and Joshua Wilichowski. While pursuing graduate studies in Wisconsin, the group met in 2004 to collaborate on their first project.
“Each artists is a teacher in some capacity,” said Dave Beck, assistant professor of design at University of Wisconsin–Stout. “And it is very excited to present this body of work in an academic community because the all investigate similar ideas from very different approaches and media.”
This show is the first time the artists have exhibited in this configuration, with each piece being created individually then exhibited as a group.
About Ferguson Art Gallery
Bringing the region’s rich diversity of visual art to the Oak Park/River Forest and University communities, Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago showcases the works of established and upcoming Chicago-area artists in five to six exhibits each year, including special events celebrating African-American perspective, Hispanic heritage, women’s history and Chicago history.
The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, Concordia professor of art and a prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate through her work with the Chicago Coalition of Artists, the Chicago Society of Artists and others.
About Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success.
With more than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students, Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more at www.cuchicago.edu.