ALL WELL AND GOOD @ Circle Contemporary

Robert Chase Heishman, David Krueger, Anna Kunz, Andrew Masullo, Ad Minoliti, Hubert Posey, Susan Pasowicz, Maria Vanik, Lindsey Whittle

Curated by Eric Ruschman

March 15 - April 19, 2019
Circle Contemporary @ Arts of Life
2010 W Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

I heartily doubt there is anything new that I could say about color in art. I’m open to it; but, I humbly admit that my experience of colorful form is often subjective and ineffable. No surprises there, I’m sure.

What I can say about color in this exhibition though, and how that color is manifested through each chosen material, is that I’m frequently struck silent (in all those good ways that one wants to be struck silent) when in the presence of it. Not a somber silence by any means, but more a silence where you notice your heartbeat is in sync with your sight.

During one of the planning meetings with the Curatorial Committee at Arts of Life, Susan Pasowicz told me, “Color is all well and good, but what about a grey show? Lots of color gets really busy, but grey and black are calming and they let you stop and breathe and think.”

In selecting works for this show, I’ve tried to pay attention to when color lets me stop and breathe and think. No doubt this is a colorful, seemingly busy exhibition. But I think it might also be a grey place. Feel free to tell me I’m wrong :-)

Arts of Life is a 501 C (3) non-profit founded in 2000 to create a working, person-centric artistic community while providing a work environment of equality in Chicago. Today, the community runs two professional art studios and represents more than 60 artists with varying levels of physical and intellectual disabilities. Each studio is 6,000 square feet and includes a community gallery that is open to the public.

Circle Contemporary is a multi-purpose exhibition space that is an extension of the Arts of Life Chicago studio. The gallery aims to showcase a diverse range of creative practices from individuals of all talents and abilities while strengthening the local creative community by providing a space and outlet for artistic inspiration and exploration.