Monday, February 6, 2012

The Big, The Bold, The Beautiful


That's the title of a show that Patty and I went to see last Friday night, at a gallery a few blocks from our Chicago apartment. The venue is the Avram Eisen Gallery, owned and run by a friend of ours. We all met back in 2003, I think, when Avram attended one of Patty's aerobics classes.

(Yes, Patty used to teach aerobics. No, that is not why I married her.)

Anyway, Avram is a sterling chap, and we've been meaning to go to an opening at his gallery for a while. The occasion last Friday was the launch of a book called "Lather, Rinse, Repeat", by David Tabak, illustrated by Andy Finkle, who is one of Avram's artists. A lot of people crowded into the gallery to here Tabak read (click on any photo to display larger image):



Avram has kept his gallery and framing business going through the worst recession in 70 years. For that, and for his commitment to showing good quality art, he deserves every commendation.

I was particularly taken by the work of the other artist on display, Jimmy Wilnewic. The first notable fact is that the artist turned out to be taller even than Avram, in other words, somewhere north of 6 feet 5 inches. The paintings were these small  but dense collections of tiny shapes and forms, which reminded me of something like a cross between Surrealist art and cartoon imagery:




The show runs until the end of February, at 5204 North Damen Avenue, Chicago. If you're in the neighbourhood, it's worth stopping in to look.

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