Tuesday, September 8, 2015

River North Design District Gallery Walk

Curated by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art
Pamela Staker on exhibit at Organic Looms

Friday, September 11th from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Organic Looms
401 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654

This event includes 10 design venues with 14 artists all in the vicinity of the Merchandise Mart and River North Gallery District. Artworks will be on display through November 13, 2015.

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"The Conversation" (2013) Oil on canvas, 50 x 50"

"Abstract Study (swirl)" (2015) Oil and collage on canvas, 60 x 60"

"Magical Forest (urban construction)" (2014) Oil on canvas, 70 x 60"

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UPDATED 68 Page Catalog: Abstract Paintings 2012-2015

Purchase my newly updated catalog including a comprehensive overview of artworks from the last 3 years. E-book version also available.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Art Advisory

From time to time I branch out from creating my own artwork and help my clients develop exceptional contemporary art collections. Below is a recent example. If you have a project in need of a thoughtful and dynamic art program I have over 10 years of experience helping corporate clients and private individuals build meaningful collections. If I am not the right fit for your needs, I also have a very strong network of art consultants and designers that I work with personally and am happy to match you up with the very best fit through a referral. Initial consultations are free. Please contact me for more information. art@pamelastaker.com

I recently finished a boutique corporate advisory project in collaboration with Jeannine Bogart and Andy Favakeh of Chicago Epic Design. Through the development of a meaningful fine art program along with several key renovations to their space, we were able to give the client a fresh, contemporary update. Artworks included an international mix of emerging and established artists.

Whitney Bedford
(Born 1976, Baltimore, Maryland)
Love Letter.2
Mixed media on canvas

Bedford’s paintings depict both physical and emotional landscapes. Bursts of gestural brushwork intermingle with precise line work to trace the light and smoke of her firework imagery. A symbol of love and new beginnings, these fireworks shimmer between an accurate depiction and expressive creation.

Edward Burtynsky
(Born 1955, St. Catharines, Canada)
Canola Fields, Luoping, Yunnan Province, China
Edition of 6

Edward Burtynsky’s large-format color photographs document the ramifications of human industry on the natural world. His recent project “Water” is an intense global study into one of our most precious resources. Agriculture represents - by far - the largest human activity upon the planet. Approximately seventy percent of all fresh water under our control is dedicated to this activity. According to the artist “While trying to accommodate the growing needs of an expanding, and very thirsty civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways. In this new and powerful role over the planet, we are also capable of engineering our own demise. We have to learn to think more long-term about the consequences of what we are doing, while we are doing it. My hope is that these pictures will stimulate a process of thinking about something essential to our survival; something we often take for granted—until it’s gone.”

Caleb Charland
(Born 1980, Bangor, Maine)
Potato Power, LaJoie Growers Inc., Van Buren Maine
Large format color photograph

On a cloudless moonlit night in northern Maine Caleb Charland wired together 500 potatoes to power 30 LEDs inside a lampshade. His practice as an artist often combines a scientific curiosity with a constructive approach to making pictures. This photograph expands upon a classic grade school science project and speaks to a common curiosity we all have about how the world works as well as a collective concern for the future of the planet’s energy sources. This scene functions both as a wonder inspired work of art as well as a micro utopia illustrating an alternative idea for sustainable energy production.

Penelope Umbrico (on back wall)
(Born 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Mountains, Moving: Of Aperture Masters of Photography (group #28), 
from the series Range
(2012 - 2015)
Archival pigment prints

Penelope Umbrico began this project as an exploration of the history of analog photography within the digital torrent that is its current technological manifestation. The heart of her interest lies in the contrast and comparison of pedestrian versus master as well as the immense scale of the proliferation of imagery online, particularly sunsets and mountain landscapes. She chose the subject of the mountain for its relatively unchanging and stable nature contrasted by the pace and progress of our modern life. Through the ubiquitous technology of smart phone apps and filters, Umbrico uses her IPhone to re-photograph images of master works out of books and online and runs them through a myriad of filters designed to replicate the mistakes of analog photography such as light leaks and chemical burns. She finally reconfigures and prints multiple images creating an entirely new generation collage work.

Luciana Levinton (over sofa)
(Born 1977, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Banco IV
Oil on canvas

Luciana Levinton has a passion for using architecturally significant buildings in her favorite cities as the subject matter for her paintings. She has a unique perspective as a painter with an architectural background (Bachelor in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires). Her contemporary use of space and geometry invite the viewer in to travel the pure lines, shapes and flashes of color in her painting. Using the works of famous architects as her starting point, Levinton soon diverts to a purely pictorial logic that both pays homage to the architecture while also creating a painting that stands in its own right as an art object.

Kelley Johnson (on corridor wall)
(Born 1973, Houston, Texas)
Untitled 14
Untitled 7
Acrylic and mixed media on paper

Kelley Johnson explores ways in which paintings can communicate. Found within his works are geometric shapes, lines, and spontaneously blurred arcs that evoke feelings of depth and vibration. The repetition of similar shapes creates a melodious rhythm while color choices either amplify or mute the patterns.  Johnson carefully chooses these attributes to create an active communication within his works using the components of their own visual language.

Andrew Holmquist
(Born 1985, Northfield, Minnesota)
Red Ship
Acrylic, color film, and tape on paper

Andrew Holmquist draws from popular culture and everyday life for his lush paintings and works on paper. Shifting between representation and abstraction, Andrew’s work stands as a celebration of painting itself. He revels in the demands and possibilities of his medium.  His collage works in particular present unexpected challenges within the range of materials he uses often resulting in unique solutions.

Joanne Greenbaum
(Born 1953, New York, New York)
Untitled Outtakes Series

Joanne Greenbaum’s artwork is an energetic profusion of overlapping techniques featuring clusters of architectural forms and irregular shapes.  She creates her own exuberant brand of abstraction through bold use of color and intricate linear elements set against large areas of white space. Joanne is known for pushing herself to grow in each new work, never becoming complacent with her practice.

Aaron Wilson
(Born 1972, Xenia, Ohio)
Tim Dooley
(Born 1967, Miami, Florida)
Futile Gestures Series
Unique screenprints on wood panels

The artistic collaborators Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley are both professors of art at the University of Northern Iowa. Their artwork is primarily known for using the printmaking medium in an experimental fashion that includes sculptural applications and installations, as well as a highly painterly approach to the medium. They have collaborated on an extensive body of artwork that has been shown widely around the United States. 

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2015 - the first 7 months

This has been an interesting year so far. I've finished several wonderful commissions, a group of new paintings and quite a bit of cathartic re-working of older pieces that were bugging me - I believe this is the technical term :-).

Abstract Study (defender), Oil on canvas, 72 x 60"

Abstract Studies (balance & bridge), Mixed media collages, 36 x 28.5" each

Abstract Study (swirl), Oil and collage on canvas, 60 x 60"

Magical Forest 2, Oil and copper leaf on canvas, 70 x 60"

Seated Figure in Nature, Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 70 x 60"

Study 10, Variation 3, Oil and digital print on canvas, 72 x 60"

Study 13, Variation 4, Oil and digital print on canvas, 72 x 60"

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