CHICAGO, IL – ARTSPACE 8 presents "Solstice: A Summer Collective," a group exhibition showcasing work by gallery artists Lexygius Calip, Shar Coulson, Martin Giesse, Krista Harris, Jordan Scott, and Yang Yang. The exhibition features paintings, mixed media, and sculpture exploring a range of inspirations, approaches and techniques while effectively capturing the spirit of the summer season, whether it be the warmth of the sunshine, the bright and quirky colors of outdoor festivals, a peaceful and contemplative summer night, or the gathering darkness of the calm before a storm.
In celebration of "Solstice: A Summer Collective," a public reception will be held Friday, June 24, from 5:30pm-8:00pm on level 3 of the 900 North Michigan Shops.
Lexygius Calip (b. 1974, Philippines) is a Filipino interdisciplinary artist interested in unpredictable and quotidian processes through his mixed-media paintings and site-specific installations. He has received a number of honors and awards, including the Ateneo Art Award at the Museum of Modern Art in Manila and the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards.
Shar Coulson (b. 1955, Chicago, IL) is deeply informed by organic forms and Abstract Expressionism. After a successful career as a graphic designer, she has shifted her focus as a full-time painter influenced by nature, and has exhibited internationally.
Martin Giesse (Chicago, IL) specializes in large-format abstract paintings, drawings, and sculptures informed by Eastern designs. With over 20 years experience working in museums as a mount maker and muralist, his work is constantly attuned to the interplay of form and function, as well as, other cultures.
Krista Harris (b. 1954, Southwest, CO) has been a painter for over 30 years. Her canvases are loaded with sensually manipulated surfaces richly layered with swathes of color and gestural strokes of paint. Her environment paintings are widely collected and exhibited at prestigious galleries, corporations, and international art fairs across the country.
Jordan Scott (b. 1968, Chicago, IL) meticulously constructs mixed media collages from thousands of vintage U.S. postage stamps set in glass-like resin. Jordan’s award-winning work has exhibited at the Museo Inernazionale Italia Arte (Turin, Italy), Judy Saslow Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Loyola University (Chicago, IL).
Yang Yang (b. 1953, China) is widely collected by public and private collectors exhibiting at the Museum of Fine Art in Shannxi, China, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Shandong Art Museum in Jinan, China.