One of our resident artists got inspired to shred the Star-Spangled Banner out of his window during the Blackhawks victory party!
Peyton Rack is an artist living and working in Chicago. She is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her time as a student, she facilitated solo and group exhibits throughout the city. This past year, the Chicago gallery Art On Armitage represented her work in Supermarket Independent Art Fair 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden, which was published in the Exhibition Catalog. Her current painting and drawing practices include the invention of imagined realms derived from the aesthetics of every day objects. She is inspired by architecture, the cosmos, and the concept of the unknown.
The wild and powerful qualities of nature could not exist without its own tightly woven inner mechanisms. I am fascinated with the way that light changes the way that the human eye perceives color, and also by the way it can detect settle variations. Such a small amount is visible, but technology can be used to see X-Ray, ultraviolet, gamma, and infrared light in order to gain information about what cannot be seen.From my studies, I have also found that any color on the visual light spectrum will always appear different unless the light and surrounding colors remain the same. While light determines the intensity of a color I can plainly see, colors in Infrared are determined by heat. I am inspired by the disorienting colors that are produced via machines that can detect invisible light. These colors paired with the qualities of visible light–reflection and refraction—define structures that evoke the unknown.
Her current working method: oil on canvas, form invention, and color study.
My attention to painting is that of a focused researcher utilizing my inner dialogue and the connection with the world around me as the library from where to bring forward images. Over the past few years I’ve become more interested in refining my painting technique reflecting on deeper spiritual understanding of myself and others. I intent to challenge the viewer into a contemplative dialogue with the painting and be absorbed by its colors, images, and light.
“Pope John Paul !!” 48*32, Acrylic Paint on canvas
Shua was born then banished from the state of Iowa for being too weird. As a child he took up the brush and has been punished for it ever since. Currently, he peacefully resides in Andersonville and hopes one day to own a dog. A labrador, if possible.
My work is inspired by fear, actually. Painting is the only thing I am good at and it’s so silly.
My current work method is to paint dozens of circles counter clockwise until I feel like I’m going nuts. Then I stop. Then I start painting.
I graduated from Morton College with an Associates in Fine Arts in 2014 and currently debating if I should go to art school. In the meantime, I am working at a retail store that allows me to practice my field, on my days off. I stay motivated by surrounding myself with intelligent and creative people that live in my community.
My art is inspired by the connection between my up- bringing, my sexuality, and nature.
My current working method is taping a piece of printmaking paper on my bedroom wall and create spontaneous marks with any medium that is at hand. Also, I look through old work, and try to incorporate it to my new projects.
My name is Michael V. Paskvan. During the day, I am a practicing optometrist in the Chicago area, I have lived in Chicago my entire life. I have a passion for photographing images that are visually appealing and different. The primary focus and inspiration of my work is Chicago and its magnificent architecture. I look to capture unique moments and perspectives in my photographs of both Chicago and my world travels. I plan some of my Chicago photos weeks ahead of time, waiting for the perfect weather and the right moment. As an avid cyclist, I am constantly exploring unique locations throughout the city to capture my images. All of my images are taken with a professional camera, a Canon 1DX and are unedited. My website with full resolution images and a print store is, mpaskvanphotography.com.