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Art Tue Mar 25 2014

Office Building as Art Gallery: Work of Three Chicago Artists Displayed at 300 S. Riverside Plaza

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Photo courtesy Gil Leora.

To demonstrate that an office building can become an art gallery, King Art Collective has curated an exhibit of large-scale paintings by three Chicago artists at 300 S. Riverside Plaza from now through June 2.

The artists whose works are shown are:

Jen Evans, a Chicago native, is a multi-media artist and educator. She describes her current paintings as "a process of creating and discovering history. I use wood, plaster, wax, epoxy and paint to accumulate layers; I sand, carve, scrape, highlight and cover up elements to find balance in the chaos."

Bruce Riley, a self-taught painter, has studios in Chicago, where he lives, and in Cincinnati, where he was born. He has participated in several group shows recently. Recent exhibitions include two solo shows: "Psychedelic" at Packer Shopfs Gallery and "Science Fiction" at Miller Gallery.

Melody Saraniti holds an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute. Her work evokes abstract expressionist energy. However, her drips and splashes are not the result of a spontaneous hand. Each "drip" is carefully painted with bands of color in order to investigate how different painterly gestures convey emotional energy.

The 23-story curving, glass-walled structure, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, was constructed in 1983. The building, on Jackson just west of the river, and its Riverside Plaza siblings were formerly known as Gateway Center.

The exhibit is free and open to be public from 6am-6pm daily except for national holidays. For more information, contact kingartcollective@gmail.com.

 

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