Virtual Gallery Winter 2021
Welcome to the Homewood Arts Council's second virtual gallery. We are excited to feature the works of five local artists in this exhibit. Please meet Salvador Campos, Daniel Edwards, Hollee Gayton, Gray & Johnson Art, Matthew Laurence, David Morris and Azul Nogueron.
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I am a self-taught artist. For the past 20 years I have worked with found objects to create sculptures, assemblages, figures, masks and collages. I aim to stimulate the viewer’s perceptual awareness of the beauty and value in the ordinary and to encourage creative imagination regarding reuse of materials in the hope that they will discard less and recycle more.
In their scarred, bent, broken and crushed condition these pieces tell stories of the city. They represent cycles of life in the city. Each piece contains not only a unique history but potential for aesthetic function. I strive for that moment of recognition when the viewer not only sees the individual parts but the whole thing at the same time.
I work intuitively, putting objects together in new combinations to enhance their expressive power. At some point in the process the piece I’m working on will tell me what it needs to continue. It is then my quest to find the missing pieces.
I am both a painter and visual arts educator based in the Chicago land area. I was born in 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, studied art education at Northern Illinois University and currently work in my field teaching fine art in the Northwest suburbs. I strive to expand the visual perceptions, visual communication and comprehension of young minds. I envision my teaching career as leading toward higher education and eventually the mentoring of future art educators. Though I spend my days educating future artists, I have never stopped the creation of my own works. I feel that being an actual artist gives me more authority to educate on the subject because I fully understand the process and emotional investment it takes to be an artist.
From a very young, age I was always interested in creating things with my hands. My first love was pottery and soon after I became interested in fiber work- knitting, weaving, macrame etc. I’ve also always loved jewelry and have never left the house without earrings since I was a teenager! As my artistic endeavors evolved and changed, and as I grew up and became a mother of three, I decided to combine my art with my love for accessorizing and create jewelry (primarily earrings). Since I was a stay at home mom and my materials are somewhat expensive, I landed on turning my craft into a business and started GlamPop Designs. Often Inspired by things I see in nature, I aim to create interesting, beautiful earrings that are hypoallergenic and high quality. Bringing my art to your ears is a true passion of mine and I love that something I made can help boost confidence and make people feel beautiful. I’ve combined my mediums to create these accessories. I primarily use leather, cork, polymer clay, macrame cord, and various metals to make what I hope are lovely wearable art pieces that can be treasured by their owners for years to come.
Gray & Johnson Art
Jennifer L Gray and Phillip Johnson
We are Chicago based emerging artists that came together to blend our individual styles and merge them into one to become Collaborative Artists . What differentiates us from other artists is our urban, pop-art, mixed media style and ability to work collaboratively in a raw and organic format.
We allow the viewer the vision to explore the depth and the vastness of each piece due to the layering and juxtaposition of each image. Our work has the creative edge to tell many stories in one piece, which captures a pure energy that comes from communities and its people.
Through this spirit we are able to harness its energy and blend it with our vision to create a visual interaction between the viewer and the art piece. This engagement becomes the genesis of the piece. It is this synergy that brings an organic and raw visual experience to the art. We consciously position a multitude of layers between our graphic works and drawings to create a captivating fantasy. This allows the viewer an opportunity to immerse themselves into the depth and vastness of the art piece. Our vision is to have the viewer become a part of the piece and tell their own story with every visit.
This series integrate the concept of urban decay in our living spaces through a lens towards controlling the planet’s ecosystems. We are now seeing the impact that humans have on our environment through major changes in the climate systems and mass population shifts. The image elements of urban decay that I have captured from five continents over the past 20 years are projected upon nature’s green spaces using a range of mixed media techniques that frame the work. Each of these works use various techniques such as painting, stenciling, airbrush, and printmaking on canvas.
David Morris’ figurative realism stems from an intense and persistent interest in human anatomy from multiple perspectives: beauty in form, function, and structure. While continuing to teach anatomy at the medical school level, he uses charcoal, graphite, and oil paint in his artwork to convey something beyond the scientific aspect of the body. Morris has a deep affection for working from life. He strives to share something about what he experienced in the presence of the person represented. In this process of portraying people he explores concepts of psyche, intimacy, and gaze as it relates to gender.
I am They.
Once I laid in bed and whispered to myself, “you’re gay..” just to see how it felt. Now I whisper to myself “I’m a boy..” and feel a secret happiness.
Purgatory has always been described to me as the first stop to the ascension to heaven: where the souls of our bodies repent for their sins on Earth before our final destination. Our souls have left our bodies once our time on Earth has expired and it was in the hands of God to tell us if we were good enough to enter His heaven, leaving the living to endure a crisis of self worth.
Who am I?
The fear of God is well within me, but the fear of authenticity scares me more. I will be damned by Him and by them. They scare me, but now they is me. I took a step a year ago, a step that still scares me. I released the red tones in my life and waved a blue flag over my name. I worry that when I die, He will say that there is no room. I worry that there is no room, and I will die.
But I cleansed my sins and demons, so He must accept me. He must accept me because I have repented for my lack of authenticity with my performance, my words, and my loves.
True Trans Soul Rebel.
I explore my trans identity by being honest. I depict my story onto relics of my past and paint a story of who I am. I paint portraits of myself and embroider relics of my past into my body, to demonstrate that although there have been a few surface changes that I am still the same person that people have gotten to know the past few years. My “dirty laundry” will be installed as such, drying for the world to see but my dirty laundry will be not be without my words, my experiences, my emotions and my voice.
I am They but now you will hear me as Him, because my voice is my power, and only I can judge myself as worthy.