Artist Summary

The work I create is mainly photo-based installation. Through the use of large format printed media, some installations are presented as wallpaper and translucent window films, while others are fabricated using backlit acrylic panels supported by lengths of aluminum and hardware. My ongoing Transit Series presents a photographic journey through several fast-paced cities around the world. These LED illuminated installations explore my long obsession with urban settings and the concept of mapping a route through them. The various photographs featured in this body of work are all shot spontaneously along my path, mainly in and around transit stations, and when seamed together are meant to evoke a continuous urban experience. This approach to composing photographs in narrow strips, for me, is much like the process of filmmaking and creating a journal of images in lieu of words. The somewhat overload of imagery presented in this work is meant to be reflective of how much of the world currently processes visual information.

I’m also interested in documenting the existence and placement of nature within the close proximity of architecture and the variety of cultures that often co-exist in a particular environment.

In an attempt to bridge art and design, much of my work is created to engage the interior architecture by utilizing form and light; I take great consideration as to how a displayed work conforms to a given space.

In the end, this work is not just an exploration of a city; it’s an outlet to find my sense of belonging, discovery, and self-identity.

Selected Exhibitions

2015
Art Miami 2015, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Miami, FL - International Fair
Edgewater Public Library, Transit 14, City of Chicago Commission - Interior Installation
Loyola University Art Museum, Greatest Hits, Chicago, IL - Collection Exhibition
Maxwell Colette Gallery, Shippou 611 (Ikki Projects), Chicago, IL - Exterior Window Installation
Expo Chicago 2015, Transit 16, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair

2014
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Reformation, Chicago, IL – Exterior Installation
Art Miami 2014, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Miami, FL - International Fair
Expo Chicago 2014, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair
The Guerrilla Truck Show 2014, Fulton St. Chicago, IL - Art & Design Fair
Society for Contemporary Art Benefit, Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
 
2013
Elmhurst Art Museum, Inventory, Elmhurst, IL - Collection Exhibition
Art Miami 2013, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Miami, FL - International Fair
Expo Chicago 2013, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair
Maxwell Colette Gallery, Transit 12, Chicago, IL - Installation/Group
Spacewomb, Square 2013, Long Island, NY - Group
Art Institute of Chicago, Artwork 6: Staff Exhibition, Chicago, IL - Group

2012
Art Miami 2012, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Miami, FL - International Fair
Hairpin Arts Center, Extended, Chicago, IL - Group
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Night Lights & Elevation, Chicago, IL - Solo/Installation
The Guerrilla Truck Show 2012, Fulton St. Chicago, IL - Art & Design Fair

2011
Elmhurst Art Museum, Stillness in Motion & Transit 11, Elmhurst, IL - Solo/Installation
Maxwell Colette Gallery, Text and Drugs and Rock & Roll, Chicago, IL - Group
Slap Happy, Wynwood Walls, Art Basel, Miami, FL - Group
Columbia College, Work With Me, Chicago, IL - Group
Art Chicago 2011, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Re'pertoire, Chicago, IL - Group

2010
Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face, Chicago, IL - Group
Museum of Contemporary Art, Hide & Seek, Chicago, IL - Group
H Gallery, Transit 9, Bangkok, Thailand - Installation
Heaven Gallery, Transit 8 & New Work, Chicago, IL – Installation/Three-person
Art Chicago 2010, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair
Eat Me Art Café, Transit 7 (courtesy H Gallery), Bangkok, Thailand - Solo

2009
H Gallery, Transit 5 & New Photographic Works, Bangkok, Thailand – Solo/Installation
Art Chicago 2009, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, New Photo-based Works, Chicago, IL - Solo
Marwen Foundation, Surface Matters, Chicago, IL - Group
Hyde Park Art Center, Transit II, Chicago, IL – Installation

2008
Beverly Arts Center, Faketure/Silver Clouds, Chicago, IL - Installation/Group
Orange Skin, New Work/NeoCon, Chicago, IL - Solo
Art Chicago 2008, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Re:visions, Chicago, IL - Group
Gallery 2/Art Institute, ArtWork 5/Staff Exhibition, Chicago, IL - Group

2007
Museum of Contemporary Art, Mapping the Self, Chicago, IL - Group
Art Miami 2007, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Miami, FL - International Fair
Hyde Park Art Center, Clothesline I & II, Chicago, IL - Group
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Vision 2007, Chicago, IL - Group
Daley Plaza Pedway, Through the Window, Chicago, IL - Installation/Three-person
Art Chicago 2007, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair

2006
Hyde Park Art Center, Just Good Art, Chicago, IL - Group
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Osaka Highway, Chicago, IL - Installation/Group
Heaven Gallery, Printer Proofs, Chicago, IL - Group
Art Futura, (Juror: James Rondeau), AMA Building, Chicago, IL  - Group/1st Place Award
SOFA Chicago 2005, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL - International Fair

2005
Thomas Masters Gallery, The Blue Period, Chicago, IL - Group
Chicago Art Source, Five Chicago Artists, Chicago, IL - Group
Oskar Friedl Gallery, Gallery Artists, Chicago, IL - Group
Gallery 415, Ed Paschke Tribute, Chicago, IL - Group

2004
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, A Roomful of Images, Chicago, IL - Group
Leadbased, Drawn, Brooklyn, NY - Group
Perimeter Gallery, Chaos/ Control, Chicago, IL - Group   
Active Duty, Studio 84, Brooklyn, NY - Group
Art Futura, (Juror: James Rondeau), AMA Building, Chicago, IL - Group/3rd Place Award
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Sextablos, San Jose, CA - Group

2003
Flatfile Gallery, FotoWork 2003, Chicago, IL - Three-person
Chicago Cultural Center, Kites, Chicago, IL - Group
Art Futura, (Juror: James Rondeau), AMA Building, Chicago, IL  - Group/3rd Place Award
Oskar Friedl Gallery, Blooming, Chicago, IL - Installation
Harper College, Photo Works, Palatine, IL - Solo

2002
The Stray Show, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL - National Fair
Flatfile Gallery, FotoWork 2002, Chicago, IL - Group
Indiana Welcome Center and Museum, Industrial Power & Beauty, Hammond, IN - Group
Aron Packer Gallery (Natural History) Chicago, IL - Group

2001
Haven: Multi-space Project, 25 Chicago Galleries, Chicago, IL - Installation
Oskar Friedl Gallery, Gallery Artists, Chicago, IL - Group
Suite Home Chicago, Chicago, IL - City Commissioned Exhibition
The Augen Gallery, Sextablos, Portland, OR - Group
Bridgewater/ Lustberg & Blumenfeld, Gallery Artists, New York, NY - Group
Red Bud Gallery, Sextablos, Houston, TX - Group

2000
Oskar Friedl Gallery, The Buddha Show, Chicago, IL - Group
Okaloosa-Walton College, Artists of Chicago, Niceville, FL - Group
Galerie in St. Bonifatius Turm, Church of Inspiration II, Rothenbach/Peg, Germany - Installation
Galerie Bernsteinzimmer, New Work, Nuremberg, Germany - Solo
Bridgewater/ Lustberg & Blumenfeld, Small Works Show, New York, NY – Group
Oskar Friedl Gallery, New Works, Chicago, IL - Solo
Barrister's Gallery, Sextablos, New Orleans, LA - Group

1999
Bridgewater/ Lustberg & Blumenfeld,Turning the Century, New York, NY - Group
Oskar Friedl Gallery, Decade of Vision, Chicago, IL - Group
Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, Postcards, New York, NY - Group
Aron Packer Gallery, The Bug Show, Chicago, IL - Group
Anchor Graphics, Works on Paper, Chicago, IL - Two-person
Rockford College Gallery, Regional Artists, Rockford, IL - Group
Hyde Park Art Center, Sextablos, Chicago, IL - Group

SELECTED COLLECTIONS & PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Ed Paschke Art Center, Chicago, IL
Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Edgewater Branch Library, Transit 14, Chicago, IL (Permanent Public Installation) 

PROFESSIONAL EXPEREINCE

Owner and operator of Wexler Graphics Inc, an onsite exhibition graphics installation
company, servicing the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago since 2003, the Hyde Park Art Center since 2003, the DePaul Art Museum since 2013, the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 2004, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago since 2003.

REFERENCES
 
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, William Lieberman, Director, 325 W. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60610
312.944.1990 . zollalieberman@sbcglobal.net

Department of Cultural Affairs, Wendy Miller, Curator, 78 E. Washington St. Chicago, 60602
312.744.0079 . Wendy.Miller@cityofchicago.org
 
Hyde Park Art Center, Allison Peters Quinn, Curator, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60615
773.324.5520 . aquinn@hydeparkart.org