Friday, August 15, 2008

Blog Installation No. 1: Ossia Fine Arts Space

This blog installation is part of Chicago Connection: The 5 Artists Project, showing through November 1, 2008, at Ossia Fine Arts Space in the Fine Arts Building. For the duration of the show, anyone coming into the gallery on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. will be part of the blog.

Today is the first Friday I'm sitting in gallery. Unexpectedly, I found a group of people here trying out cellos. The Fine Arts Building is putting in new sprinklers throughout the building, and Karen's friend needed temporary space to allow the tryout. I'm like a fly on the wall listening to their conversation about which cello to eliminate. The young woman trying out the cello sounds like an accomplished cellist, and she is being advised by her relatives and teacher. They're talking about the "curvature of the bridge" not being quite right. She's playing Bach and somehow it all seems to fit in with the art on the walls -- soothing, flowing, and captivating.

My friend Beatriz Ledesma dropped by and this is what she had to say about the show: "What I enjoy about the show is the quality of the work to begin with and the energy that emanates from the work. I'm touched by the three torsos on the far wall because I can see the creative energy moving, the intuition of it, and I can see the spiritual aspect of it. I like the installation in the front. It's the whole idea of cages and spaces, and constant tension between freedom and lack of it. She's giving us choices with stairs that go up. It's so inspirational. The entire show is so inspirational."

Torsos by Iris Goldstein

Stones Installation by Mirjana Ugrinov

Zakkuri Brown, painter and poet, and Serene Wise, painter, also stopped by.

I was supposed to meet Robert Minnerly today but he re-scheduled for next Friday. He willl be playing Brazilian guitar at The 5 Artists Project reception at Ossia on Friday, September 12th, 6 to 9 p.m. Dale Washington, one of the artists in the show, did a portrait of Robert in 0il.

Robert Minnerly, 2008. Oil, 18" x 24".

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