In Lake County, Illinois, many service workers are minorities; Latinos or African American. Many first generation immigrants have started their own landscape businesses or found employment in them. These individuals contribute to the high quality of life in many of the communities, but rarely live in them. While visible on the job, they are often invisible as individuals.
At Work/ En el Trabajo, At Home/ En Casa highlight's these workers. Through formal portraits, I show their individuality and hard work. The pairing of "at work and at home" images provides recognition of each person's work and personal life.
A 2011 exhibit at Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery, "The Working Class Eye of Milton Rogovin," inspired this project. Rogovin paired portraits of industrial workers on the job and at home. At Work/ En El Trabajo, At Home/ En Casa follows this tradition.
Armour’s photography includes landscapes, environmental portraits, social documentary and constructed works. He has shown work in Chicago, nationally and internationally, and has appeared in numerous publications. LENSCRATCH featured Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, collaboration with Ted Glasoe which was exhibited at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Evanston Art Center, artNXTlevel, and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Recently, he had three solo shows in Chicago. Armour helped to form Artists for Action Chicago, a group of area artists that stand for progressive values.
I use embroidery to investigate cultural and environmental issues. Mixing a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorer’s journals, I stitch words and numerical graphs on silk and velvet fabrics to make large narrative wall hangings and a series of annotated topographic maps.
My recent projects examine geophysical climate issues inspired by a series of collaborations with scientists. I seek simple explanations for the important principles in environmental science and attempt to convey simple and complex layers of meaning.
The foundation for each project begins with developing an understanding of published research and climate data generated by satellite instruments and other exploratory data collection tools. Conversations with scientists help me interpret key concepts and clarify their context and relevance.
My interest in climate science is motivated by backpacking trips in California’s Sierra mountain range. Lengthy walks and primitive exploration integrate the impacts of contemporary society and historical context and provide a novel opportunity for the consideration of current events and ethical questions.
Bonnie Peterson is a textile artist investigating environmental and social issues. Recently she worked with scientists studying fire ecology, atmospheric science and lake chemistry to make artwork about climate science. She was an artist-in-residence at Yosemite, and other US National Parks. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and many private collections. Peterson has an extensive exhibition and grant funding record. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana and an MBA from DePaul University.
I have lived in Europe, Wales, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, and China. This multicultural experience underpins my work as I embrace the notion that the further one goes in terms of culture and tradition, the bigger the challenge to self-definition. In time, the exotic becomes ordinary and the familiar becomes foreign. I am interested in this transformation as well as the more universal change that occurs as part of our existence, and how we accept it, adapt to it, how we heal and grow.
My storytelling about this has converged with my love of fiber. Sewing is a natural metaphor -- making choices about basting, creating patterns for organization, ripping things apart when they don't work, sewing together things when they do. The result has been spacious, room-wide installations, performance art, artist books, and assemblages.
Rose Camastro Pritchett has had her own art school, conducted workshops abroad, exhibited internationally, received grants and residencies for her work, run community art projects, and taught in schools and colleges in the US, Saudi Arabia and China. Her MFA from Columbia College Chicago redirected her work from painting to performance, fiber arts and book arts. Rose lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband David, a retired educator.
Cocoon Performances: Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois, USA; Jiujiang University, Jiujiang, China; University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA: HMS Gallery, Nottingham, England; 1100 Florence Gallery, Evanston, IL USA; Platforms Project, Independent Art Fair 2020, Athens, Greece.
I have been using robots as symbols in my work for many years. The robot can be an advent of the future, a soothsayer, a Cassandra, a wily coyote, and a teller of tales. But, in my latest series called “Origin Stories”, the two characters, a winged robot and a bullet headed robot are more than metaphors. They are the driving force in the narrative. Bullethead and The Winged One are the central figures in a battle of good vs. evil. We can see in them the familiar brawl of right and wrong and all the accompanying complexities that struggle entails. I’m interested in creating a world of these characters to see how they either escalate or resolve their conflicts. Who are Bullethead and The Winged One? Where did they come from? Who are their enemies? What kind of places do they inhabit? What do they teach their children?
Weaver has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the International Triennial, Poland; SuperMarket, Stockholm; Platforms Art Fair, Athens; Dubuque Museum of Art; Rockford Art Museum; Visions Museum, San Diego; Ukrainian Institute of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Art and Design, NYC. Solo shows include The Art Center of Highland Park, Illinois; Vision Art Museum, San Diego; Womenmade Gallery, Chicago; Chicago State University; Gorden Center for Integrative Art, University of Chicago; Concordia College; Olympia Centre, Chicago; and Goshen College, Indiana.
Honors include an Illinois Arts Grant, National Endowment for the Arts studio grant, Quilt National Emerging Artist Award, Juror’s award at the Evanston and Vicinity show, Dubuque Museum acquisition award, Rockford Museum award, Mayor Award for the Arts, Highland Park, Il. Weaver worked as an art educator in the public schools. She received an MA from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.