WINNETKA – Vivid Art Gallery will host an art opening at its monthly First Friday event for Featured Artist Allison Svoboda and Local Artist Keith Decker on May 4. The event, which runs from 5-8 pm, is open to all and is free of charge. In addition to great art, there will be refreshments and live music.
Svoboda, who finds inspiration in nature’s organic patterns and forms, will be presenting new work at her exhibit, Insula Cyan. Many of the pieces that will be on display were created during recent residencies in Seattle and Key West. There she worked on large-scale cyanotypes using an old photographic printing process that produces a brilliant cyan-blue print by coating paper or fabric with chemicals, then exposing it to sunlight.
Svoboda layers native grasses, leaves, and flowers onto the treated canvas or paper. These materials block the sun and thus the chemical change, leaving their imprints in white or light blue against a dark blue background. The result is both organic and mysterious, as if one had just stepped into a deep forest or tropical jungle. Says Svoboda, “My subject matter is always about light and shadows, the dichotomy in nature; terrible destruction and the power of rebirth. I’m an environmentalist and my work is a meditation on nature and its ability to heal. “
We are also excited to welcome Local Artist Keith Decker with his exhibit, Truth. Decker has been involved for many years in social justice issues both at home and in Central America. He has been creating artwork during this time that challenges the viewer to see different places and encounter painful truths. Uncovering and revealing what is hidden is his primary work as an artist and citizen of the world. The mixed media pieces in his exhibit speak to the past and present in Guatemala, as well as the U.S. government’s role in creating the conditions for genocide and civil war. Decker’s work is on permanent display at the Vietnam Veterans Museum in Chicago.
Submitted by Vivid Art Gallery