Bringing together nine early-career Chicago artists, In the Company of Flowers presents paintings and sculptural works that explore themes of memory, sensuality and everyday experience. The artists’ diverse practices are connected by attempts to evoke or embody ephemeral phenomena, as well as a focus upon nature, the body, and the affective power of everyday objects. Amongst these forms and images, moments of poetry, fragility, permanence and possibility emerge.
The exhibition will feature works by Yani Aviles, Kristian Bruce, Sarah Crow, J. Michael Ford, Leander Knust, Jaclyn Mednicov, Asli Ozdoyuran, Kayla Risko and Ana Segovia de Fuentes.
In the words of curator Jeffly Gabriela Molina, “The works comprising this exhibition, in their singularity and unsuspected togetherness, present to us an accumulation of personal histories; a series of imaginative incidents that were carefully composed and deliberately crafted. Through a variety of materials and mediums, the participating artists translate the permanence and impermanence of a memory, of a sentiment, of a moment of vulnerability or blooming sensuality.”
Jeffly Gabriela Molina is a Chicago-based artist and curator from Táchira, Venezuela. She attended the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, and obtained a Batchelor of Fine Arts (2013) and Master of Fine Arts (2016) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2014, she produced and co-curated ‘yes, you’re in heaven’ in Chicago’s Gold Coast and most recently, she was awarded the 2015 AAF/ Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts and the 2016 John W. Kurtich travel scholarship. Her work has been exhibited and collected widely in Chicago and the U.S.