FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2018
Evanston Art Center 2018 Exhibition:
DATES: October 6 – November 11, 2018
OEPNING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 11 from 5 – 8pm
GALLERY HOURS: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
THE EVANSTON ART CENTER (EAC) ANNOUNCES AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY JOHN SANTORO
Perpetual Change is an exhibition of recent “en plein air” and studio landscape paintings by John Santoro. Santoro’s source of inspiration is the moment when you appreciate the beautiful simplicity of a single flower wobbling in the breeze, and the purest desire to transfer that very moment and sense of being into his studio practice.
Santoro builds each of his paintings around a landscape, both familiar settings and foreign territories. He looks for the humorous possibilities that exist in trees, rocks, flowers, and clouds and interpret them through the techniques of the Abstract Expressionists. He pushes these natural elements to their tangible extremes, using thickly applied paint to render his impression of the surrounding objects. The landscapes he chooses are not necessarily extraordinary, but he endeavors to paint them in an extraordinary way.
For the first time since 2006, Perpetual Change will bring together both aspects of Santoro’s practice. The “en plein air” landscapes, focused on simplifying the composition to its most essential elements, serve as studies informing the studio paintings. In the studio, Santoro looks to highlight any animated opportunities and push his impasto technique to its extreme.
John Santoro received his MFA from the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago. He has exhibited nationally including at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago, IL), McCormick Gallery (Chicago, IL), NIU Art Museum (Dekalb, IL) and EXPO Chicago at the Festival Pavilion, Navy Pier (Chicago, IL).
Friday, November 9 from 6:00 – 8:00pm: Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Join us for the closing reception of Perpetual Change with an artist talk at 7pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
Perpetual Change will be exhibited in the second floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, October 11 from 5 - 8pm, which will be free and open to the public.
Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.
Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am– 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.
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