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You are cordially invited to view the group exhibition of new drawings and paintings paintings "Dreaming of Flowers " , featuring Susan Kraut, Jaclyn Mednicov, and Jeffrey Janson opening Saturday December 4, 2021. The opening reception will be held from 1-4pm. We hope you can stop by, view the exhibition, and meet the artists, who will be present from 1-4pm. 704 N Wells St., Chicago IL 60654.
Artist Susan Kraut has been teaching painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for over 20 years, and in that time, she has been instrumental in raising up a number of young artists. Two of these artists who have continued on to make strides in their own art careers are Jaclyn Mednicov and Jeffrey Janson. All three artists have been working in recent years with the time honored subject matter of flowers, and this exhibition presents their work together. In one exhibition space, a fascinating conversation takes place between the work of these three artists, not only about the implications of their chosen subject matter, but of the very nature of the acts of drawing and painting.
I manipulate fragments from the environment, both flowers and weeds, using various modes of making. My work includes paintings, collages, sculpture and combinations thereof. I aim to preserve the sense of beauty and visualize the boundaries between what man considers to be nature and “made environments”. I accept the not-knowing because life is never definite and because nature teaches one to accept extremes. And in the extremes, my work brings to the surface the awareness that our natural environment possesses a spellbinding beauty, and is also deteriorating and disappearing from our lives at an ever-increasing rate.
Jaclyn Mednicov is a Chicago-based artist, whose work combines paintings, printmaking, sculpture and combinations thereof. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in NYC, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has her BFA from University of Kansas and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, and SEA Foundation in Tilburg, Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited in galleries including Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; The Franklin, Chicago; Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL; Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, and more. She has won awards such as a 3Arts Make a Wave grant in 2021, an NEA grant in 2018, and has been published in New American Paintings and Sheridan Road Magazine.
Jeffrey Janson makes paintings and drawings directly from life. His motif is most often nature: landscape and still life. He makes visible the process of close looking by revealing the search for the line, the form, the color. Janson engages the grammar of the broken line, his work revealing the act of thinking as well as looking. He embraces the humble, the quiet, the intimate, and the domestic, paying intense attention to the things closest at hand.
Janson has a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati (1979), a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the School off the Art Institute of Chicago (2000), and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002).