December 2013: Marie DeLean and Howard Hart
DeLean Artist Statement
Body Botanic Ms.
DeLean takes close-up images of flowers resulting in intimate views
of the world within a single flower. Petals become landscapes of
undulating hills and valleys, provocative stamina quiver and dance;
leaves frame and defend. Chiaroscuro turns veins into rivers, anthers
into clouds of dust, sepals into dragon jaws. There is nothing else
to interpret in this work, only the study of beauty in which to lose
DeLean is a founding member of Perspective Group and Gallery and has
had several exhibitions featuring French architecture, urban
landscapes, and Irish street art. Her roots are in black and white
film, and that darkroom training is the foundation for her digital
obtained a Master of International Management degree from
Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International
Management, and spent several years working in corporate marketing
communications before deciding that her preferred method of
communication was photography. Ms. DeLean’s photographic education
includes extensive coursework at the International Center of
Photography in New York City as well as the Evanston Art Center.
of Sicily Mr.
Hart provides impressions of Sicily in a cold grey February. With
this series, Hart, a self-described “flaneur” exhibits fleeting
moments of street scenes informed by an eye for capturing unique
moods which results in his personal interpretation of this ancient
Hart is primarily a self-taught photographer. He has taken classes
at the Evanston Art Center and attended the Ray Vogue School of
Design. He has exhibited his work at Perspective Group and Gallery
October 31-December 1, 2013
Perspective Gallery is pleased to present the work of five photographers that
construct imagined worlds in front of their lens. These fabricated realities feature other worldly
landscapes, manufactured interiors or realms that exist only in the imagination of the artists. With
these images, viewers are caught between the photographic reality of the material and the
alternate reality created by the photographers. Featured artists include Garrett Baumer, Justine
Bianco, Alison Carey, Bill O’Donnell and Ross Sawyers.
About the Artists
Garrett Baumer—received his MFA from Columbia College in 2012. He was Artist in Residence at
Lillstreet Art Center 2012-2013, and is currently an instructor there. His work references high
tension sets of movies by Spielberg, Abrams, and Kubrick.
Justine Bianco—received her MFA from Mills College. Her photographs recall traditions of
landscape photography in that she creates sculptural landscapes that are temporal only to be
remembered by the photography left behind.
Alison Carey—received her MFA from the University of New Mexico and is Assistant Professor of
Photography at Columbia College. Her work examines the new frontiers created by biological
Bill O’Donnell—received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is Associate
Professor of Photography at Illinois State University. His work reflects on Midwestern farmscapes
and notions of the home and domesticity.
Ross Sawyers—received his MFA from the University of Washington and is Assistant Professor of
Photography at Columbia College. His work portrays uninhabited domestic interiors in various
states of destruction.
This show was curated by Christopher Schneberger who offers the following thoughts on the exhibit.
“What drew me to these artists and this mode of image making is the idea that the photographer can be a maker of images, rather than a taker of pictures that document the real world. These photographers create entirely new realms using imagination as their inspiration. And yet, because the images are photographic, we must somehow reconcile them with their factual nature.”
October 2013: Marilyn Canning and Faigie Tanner
New Photography Exhibit Featuring Marilyn Canning's "Tank Life" and Faigie Tanner's "Cacti: Growth and Decay."
With "Tank Life," Ms. Canning takes a deep dive into the wondrous world of captive sea creatures. Ms. Tanner's explores the cycles of life of cacti with her series "Cacti: Growth and Decay."
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 5 from 5-8pm.
Perspective Gallery: 1310 1/2B Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL (at the intersection of Chicago and Dempster).
For more information call 224-200-1155 or 954-864-6282
September 2013: Chirchirillo and Nussbaum
Jeffrie Chirchirillo and Peter Nussbaum
September 5 - 29
Fire and Water are examined through two verydifferent lenses. Mr. Nussbaum's work Prairie Burn explores fire, specifically controlled prairie burns.
Mr. Chirchirillo's series Wondrous Raindrops work takes a closer look at water by using a macro lens focused on raindrops on windows. This results in abstractions that are similar to telescopic images of galaxies.
August 2013: Obermeyer and Velasco
"Gary: A Forgotten Landscape" by David Obermeyer and David Velasco's "fl_mosh"
August 1-25, 2013
Much like an urban archeologist, Mr. Obermeyer has captured the strange beauty of urban decay in Gary Indiana. These places, with abandoned fragments of their former inhabitants, tell a sad story of change. His images compel the viewer to reflect on mankind's impact on his environment and the legacy of what is left behind when things are abandoned.
Mr. Velasco takes quite a different approach to his work. With "fl_mosh", he examines the changing definition of what a photograph is by employing video glitching processes to create the images. Using a digital camera he shot videos of daily activities. The videos were combined, corrupted, and transformed in a method that both allowed the destruction of each file to happen blindly and organically resulting in strangely compelling distortions of these rather mundane subjects.
Mr. Velasco pushes the boundaries of digital image creation by using a computer screen as a lens resulting in manipulation without the aid of image editing software.
In addition to the featured photographers above, Perspective Gallery will present work by Katsy Johnson, Stephanie Taiber, Bob Tanner and Hass Adamji.
July 2013: Rebecca Sittler, All the Presidents' Men
July 5, 2013 - July 28, 2013
Perspective Gallery is proud to present a photographic exhibition featuring the work of Rebecca Sittler, winner of the LENS 2013 international juried exhibition at Perspective Gallery.
Ms. Sittler's entry received the juror's award from Karen Irvine, curator and associate director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
Ms. Sittler will be exhibiting works from her series All the Presidents' Men. Rebecca Sittler is an artist, writer and educator based in Southern California whose recent photographic work mines visual displays at national and regional history museums. This series combines photographstaken in presidential museums throughout the United States with photographs from her father and grandfather's homes. With this work, Ms. Sittler examines photography's role in narrating and abstracting our "shared" past with an increasingly visual and immersive museum environment and the impact this has on the stories we tell about our personal and political lives.
The gallery will host a public opening reception on Saturday, July 6 from 5-8 p.m.
June 2013: Bridges and Iacuzzi
Under the Grid and Urban Towers
Exhibition Description: A photographic exhibiting showcasing two series of images that examine man’s impact on the environment.
Under the Grid
William Bridges explores electrical grids which are interconnected networks that deliver electricity to consumers. One of the primary delivery mechanisms is transmission towers and their web of power lines, typically referred to as power grids, or grids. Given their ubiquity, these steel lattice towers are often considered to be a form of visual pollution as they populate so much of our rural and semi-urban landscapes.
With this series Mr. Bridges found inspiration in exploring the looming presence of these structures that have become an integral part of our connected existence. His images of reflected transmission towers explore the impact of man’s technological footprint on the natural world.
Today, skyscrapers or urban towers are increasingly common in large cities. These towering edifices are not part of a planned urban landscape. Thus, you often find ultra-modern towers juxtaposed next to buildings hundreds of years old with extremely divergent architectural styles. This adds to the fabric of large cities where architectural styles are integrated to form a dynamic visual tapestry of a city’s skyline.
These urban towers are the focus of Mr. Iacuzzi’s current exhibit at Perspective Gallery. This exhibit is a continuation of his ongoing exploration of how architecture defines urban areas. With this series he not only examines the monumental beauty of these structures that pierce the clouds, but also examines how they interact with the surrounding area.
May 2013: Student Perspectives Show
Student Perspectives 2013 is the second juried exhibit of photography from high school students throughout Chicagoland area to be held at Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL. The exhibit was curated by Bob Tanner and David Velasco, both members of Perspective Gallery. The jurors selected 54 images from 48 students enrolled in photography classes in a wide range of suburbs including. Buffalo Grove, Glenbrook North and South, Lane Tech, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, New Trier and Whitney Young to name a few. The response to this show was overwhelming with over 165 photography students from 19 high schools submitting over 455 images.
April 2013: Schneberger and Todd
Mexico: Two Views
Las Cruces de la Carretera by Christopher Schneberger and Walkways by Verna Todd
Exhibit opens April 4, 2013 and continues through April 28.
Christopher Schneberger was captivated by the roadside memorials that are often found along the highways in Mexico. These memorials commemorate fatal roadside accidents and are erected as a remembrance of the deceased. Adorned with plastic flowers, messages and mementos, they enable loved ones to remember the deceased while also serving as a warning to fellow travelers of the unexpected dangers that can lurk along the road.
Verna Todd was drawn to the beauty and artistry of the varied walkways that she travelled during her journey of discovery. Where others see the mundane, Ms. Todd was inspired by the intricate stone patterns of the hand-crafted streets and walkways that she found while exploring this visually rich region.
Perspective Group and Galley of Evanston IL, announces LENS2013, an international exhibition of photographs juried by Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
LENS2013 is the third annual international juried exhibition of photography to be held at Perspective Gallery. Over 160 artists submitted almost 900 images for consideration. The juror selected 35 images from 35 artists representing multiple aspects of contemporary photography. Three photographers will receive awards ranging from $100 to $200.
In her juror's statement, Ms. Irvine notes, "All of the artists included in this exhibition share not only a common occupation, but also, in their artwork, an engagement with humanity. They all seem to fundamentally understand that photography is able to communicate in a way that no other medium can."
The show opens on March 1 and continues through March 31 with the opening reception on Saturday March 2 from 5:00-8:00 pm.
With this show Perspective Gallery continues its commitment to showcasing a wide variety of photography that is representative of current trends.
Stephanie Taiber: February 2012
Chicago area photographer Stephanie Taiber features work derived from her series: Between Boys. With this work she explores the tenuous transition from boyhood to adulthood. This work examines the journey of adolescence using portraiture to create a narrative.
In addition, the gallery will feature work by four gallery interns: Sasha Andruzheychik, Katie Donajkowski, Mary Ferrill, and Samantha Harris. Perspective Gallery established an intern program in 2011 to provide undergraduate students with experience in a real photography gallery situation. This program enables students of photography to learn practical skills while assisting with exhibition installation, staffing, marketing and social media. Ms. Andruzheychik and Ms. Donajkowski are photography students at Columbia College; Ms. Ferrill and Ms. Harris are students at DePaul University in Chicago.
January 2013: Johnson and Spencer
Two Chicago area photographers take very different and personal views of how they interpret things abandoned or forgotten in their joint show at Perspective Group and Photography Gallery. Both artists explore things and places abandoned.
Katsy Johnson traversed the back roads of Illinois and Wisconsin, driving between small farming communities whose heydays are behind them. Her images are of rural ruins, places forgotten by time but that recall an era when they had a purpose in the lives of the communities they served. Highlights of this show include encaustic photographs that capture the desolation of southern Illinois towns such as Cairo whose once thriving riverfront now consists of a few vacant storefronts and a northern Wisconsin country church slowly being reclaimed by the surrounding woods.
Ms. Johnson has 5 large format images in the show that she layers with encaustic wax. This texture and opacity lend a poetic quality to the photographs, which also include farm buildings and a one room schoolhouse that are fading into their surrounding elements.
Donna Spencer works with more personal artifacts, family heirlooms from three dismantled family homes. The process is a personal journey through multiple generations of a family – history is revealed in the contents of old boxes, memories are hidden in the backs of drawers and long lost connections to the past are examined. This series of still life photographs, made over the past few years, is Ms. Spencer’s response to the stories that were recalled.