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Salvaged Beauty

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park
 Friday, May 22nd
The latest group exhibition opens at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park 

Starry Night  |  Deva Suckerman  |  Acrylic on Found Wood Assemblage  |   6" x 6"





May 22 - June 28, 2015


FRIDAY May 22, 2015  6-10 PM



Rain on the Plains   |   Brian Gregory  |   Mixed Media   |   43" x  18" x  1.75" 




SALVAGED BEAUTY is inspired by the increasing interest in green practices and sustainability as our society begins to moderate the negative impact we have on our environment and surroundings. Repurposed, recycled, and reclaimed materials are quickly becoming the hottest trend in home living. Repurposing and recycling have immeasurable benefits that not only reduce the waste we create but also add a history, texture, and significance into a space.  SALVAGED BEAUTY is about reinvention.  Artists were challenged to re-imagine what once was and construct new life, function, and beauty into former objects and materials.


Untitled  |  Wayne Bertola  |  Mixed Media Assemblage  |  9.5" x  6.5" x  1.5"




SALVAGED BEAUTY is a collection of work that already shows signs of its own history. These known histories engage the viewer by presenting the familiar as a starting point where much of the storytelling is already in place for a newly conceived narrative. Wayne Bertola's mixed media assemblage works use found objects and images that function as relics of a nostalgic but ambiguous narrative.   They engage the viewer in a dialogue of dislocated materials and images where the outmoded, the ephemeral and the commonplace are gathered together and transformed. 





Baggage  |  Jody Oesterreicher  |  Acrylic on Found Luggage  |  Site specific dimensions 



Jody Oesterreicher also channels the creative potential in the ordinary materials of our everyday life.  Her work "Baggage" uses word play to challenge our notion of consumerism and self-knowledge through language and materialism. 




Gravity Rides  |  Deva Suckerman  |  Acrylic on Found Wood Assemblage  |  20" x 20"



There is a richness and depth of beauty in old and used objects that new materials cannot achieve. For Deva Suckerman the found material is often the starting point but she says, "...it becomes about finding a sense of unity between material and image, a space where imperfections, beauty, light and darkness can all coexist. Combining the warmth of distressed wood canvases with elusive and radiant figures creates an unlikely duality. The mood is peaceful and haunting, perfect and flawed."



Sparsity 4010  |  Walter Early  |  Powder-coated Steel on White Washed Furniture  |  56" x 40" x 22"



In contrast, Walter Early saves orphaned objects sourced from other artists' abandoned projects, donations, or even replicas of existing sculpture.  The pieces begin as planar, volumetric constructions made in steel.  Early then displaces them from their original context by crudely cutting into them, leaving jagged edges as evidence of the intervention.  Most of the visual information has been removed, distilling the form down to the moments in which the original artist made decisions concerning the sculpture's limits.  These fabricated relics, such as "Sparsity 4010," are then situated on found and whitewashed furniture for a newly domesticated status.


SALVAGED BEAUTY runs May 22 - June 28 and is curated by Gallery Director Chris Jackson, Assistant Director Scott Renfro, and gallery artist Laura Junge.





Genevieve and the Impossibly Beautiful Day  |  Carrie Ann Schumacher  |  Romance Novels  |  65" x 30" x 24"




Wayne Bertola, Walter Early, Deva Suckerman, Tim McNamara, Carrie Ann Schumacher, Jennifer Meyer, Tom Robinson, Jody Oesterreicher, Efren Andre, Sharon Bladholm, Judith Gries, Allyson Reza, Brian Gregory, Kim Laurel, Carol Weber, Cristina Velazquez, Teresa Petersen, Chris Gallevo, Ted Harris





Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm

Thursday - Saturday: 11am  - 10pm 

Sundays: 11am - 7pm


Free Admission to exhibit and opening reception.

Jackson Junge Gallery is located at 1389 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park.
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