8. December 2011 11:05
Linda Warren Gallery has changed their name from Fine Arts to Gallery and now to Projects, but their mission has remained the same. The gallery has always been dedicated to carrying out the artistic mission of connecting people through the discussion and discourse of art. Linda Warren Projects has moved to their new location at 327 N. Aberdeen, just around the corner from their previous West Loop home.
In celebration of their grand re-opening, there will be a reception this Friday December 9 from 6-9 pm, in conjunction with the opening of two long-time gallery artists Emmett Kerrigan and Lora Fosberg. Their new location will have two large gallery spaces, Gallery X and Gallery Y, as well as a new office, Gallery O, that will offer a selection of rotating works chosen from the roster of unique artists and new additions. The new space will act as a platform for LWP to further carry out their notions of finding art that is “engaging, and thought-provoking, challenging but not pretentious, current but not trendy.”
Emmet Kerrigan’s Grand Ave. turns its attention away from his usual industrialscapes and farmscapes and focuses more on neighborhood and houses, creating a feeling of closeness. Kerrigan uses his trademark impasto painting style, while infusing his work with overwhelming colors. He uses repetitiveness as a way to make things unique while depicting facades that still imply human life. Kerrigan also presents works made of salvaged wood from around the city and builds them into neighborhoods, mimicking the idea of children’s blocks.
Lora Fosberg fuses the opposing forces of city life and environmental awareness into her new exhibition Fallible Memories and Wayward Fictions. She strays away from her usual colorful works and focuses on woodwork and neutral colors, as pieces of mother nature. Fosberg also wrestles with the idea of materialistic “stuff” and the opposition of holding on to and letting go of things. Both shows run through January 28.
Linda Warren Projects is also taking on a new challenge and helping out in the complex needs facing the art community. Reinforcing the importance of art and creativity in children and adults is an ongoing process, and any programs or opportunities granted are a remarkable help. In 2012 LWP will launch Higher Art- Conscious Corporate Collecting. This non-profit organization will initially work with children from the Chicago and Los Angeles school systems, to create art that will then be bought by businesses and corporations. The school districts will receive the benefits of works sold, and will be apart of a special philanthropic experience. LWP sees the benefits of working with these larger businesses that value art and believe in its power to make a difference.