Jesy Grose: Mystic at Heart



Little Bird with One Horn 9by12

Opening Friday, Feb 6th from 7-10pm

1513 N Western Ave, 1st flr.

“Jesy Grose was born August 16th 1984. She grew up in a rural country town near the boarder of Illinois and Wisconsin. While discovering her love for nature…she got into drawing animals and bugs, along with found pets. When she turned 15, she seized a window from the dumpster and saw a vision for a life of art on glass. Using her creatures to expose ideals of her child hood and life experience, she sets a standard to be crossed. Play, dance, live, ride, dress up silly… Be yourself! Jesy Grose’s work expands on her personal human potential as she creates band-aids, roads and itsy-bitsy spiders to encompass her creatures…whom are sometimes sad and longing. Jesy Grose believes the mind is master of reality.”

W. David Powell “To Be Determined”








“The works in this book are all cut paper collages
made between the years 2010 and 2013
The collection of old books and ephemera is necessary for this type of work. These
books, many of which are rescued from dumps and bought by the box from library sales, contain the residue of our material culture. Artifacts such as these are rapidly
disappearing as our visual culture becomes intangible, transitory and ahistoric.
I am increasingly interested in the 19th century, when knowledge was shared and scientific pursuit was part of a holistic “natural philosophy,” nota narrow search for new weapons or drugs. Since the advent of the 20th century, it seems we have lost much of our child-like wonder and awe for a universe that presents us with new marvels every moment that we are sensitive and open to receiving its gifts. The need to quantify existence has become a shackle to science and education.
In the 21st century, the digital world brings us closer together and simultaneously dematerializes the physical world. Text messaging and mp3s replace conversation and music making. The distractions and entertainments of the digital world remove us from the natural world and the real community around us. The media and its 24/7 news cycle (mis)informs us with an Orwellian doublespeak that inhibits the social interaction and intellectual climate that could otherwise encourage living generously
and receptively in the world.
The work is not meant to teach or preach, but to present images from a
variety of sources in new configurations that might provoke curiosity, promote
reflection on what we know and think we know, and challenge our habitual thinking.”

– W. David Powell, 2014

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Absent Under Blue Skies

“Absent Under Blue Skies” 20″ x 10″ x 2″ 2014 mixed media collage on salvaged wood


“My artwork examines the passing of time and the day-to-day struggles and triumphs that move life forward.

Continuing my exploration with found mixed media material, I’ve created a series of collages with salvaged wood, canvas, and repurposed vintage magazines.

The patterns create patchwork-like memorials to the U.S.A:  to its spirit and its skylines, its endurance and its impatience.  The textures reflect a march forward with a flowing back in time, searching for meaning and place in this country that both awes me and at times frustrates me.  There are bold colors that fade and faded colors that illuminate, similar to flags and banners.  Much like flowers in gardens, we keep going, changing and adapting.

Much like a cultural anthropologist, I sift through layers of repetitive shapes and gradations of material in order to reflect the passage of time.  My art evolves into detailed and textured storybooks that embody a yearning for the past, an image-based connection to the present and bold flashes of possible future worlds.”

-Kristen Neveu, 2014



















Jozef Hasiewicz

Joseph Hasiewicz was born in 1922 in the quiet little town of Slawatycze, Poland. His childhood was shattered by the blitzkrieg. As a teen, he was taken by the Nazis as forced labor. He was shipped to the Rhine valley where he was put to work growing food and bottling Riesling for the German troops and citizens. It was his deep faith in God that helped him through these difficult years. After the liberation in the spring of 1945, Joe spent the next few years doing odd jobs. It was during this time that he was able to start enjoying his love of art by painting backdrops for theatre performances and painting for enjoyment. It was in Germany that he met the lovely Helene, who would become his wife of 60 years. Having equal loathing for both Stalin and his communist regime as he did for Hitler and Nazism, Joe knew he could not return to Poland. He decided to immigrate to the US in 1950 along with his childhood friend John and good friend and romantic interest, Helene. Once in the US, Joe made a good living painting, the then in vogue, hand painted shower curtains and later designing window displays for a department store on State Street. In 1954, Joe and Helene were married and settled on the North side. They had two children , Joe’s namesake in 1959, and Elizabeth and 1962. Joe, later, enrolled in school and became a draftsman. The company that hired him moved to the suburbs and Joe and his wife built their dream home in the suburban town of Lombard in 1968. It was then that a lifetime of thoughts and ideas took shape as sketches and the sketches came to life in his paintings. “Painting helps ease the pain of the things I have seen and that have happened in society during my lifetime”, Joe was once quoted. Joe now lives with his daughter and her family in New Hampshire. Although his sight is affected by macular degeneration, he still continues to paint. Joe will soon celebrate is 92nd birthday.


“Man Reading” 1950 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ Ink on Paper

Bowed Head Man_1950_5 1:4 x 3 1:4

“Bowed Head Man” 1950 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ Ink on Paper

Chicago Kids Playing in Hydrant_1972_8 1:2 X 11

“Chicago Kids Playing in Hydrant” 1972 8 1/2″ x 11″ Pencil on Paper


Robin Dluzen: Poetry is Practical

AdventureLand Gallery is proud to present, “Poetry is Practical,” a solo exhibition by Robin Dluzen.

Artist Statement: Robin Dluzen


Though the imagery I feature in my work may seem varied –the transmission towers, the man-made landscapes and the appropriated line drawings– together they create a composite picture of the concept of “home.” While some evoke very personal notions of home for myself, like the absent-minded doodles my father made as he related a story about working in an iron foundry as a young man, others encompass a wider scope via the network of power lines from the small, Southeast Michigan town where I attended college. Still others, like the appropriated hardware illustrations, will be familiar to a broad spectrum of viewers.

Compounded with the content imparted through the representational imagery is the meaning imbued within the sourced, recycled, utilitarian and throwaway materials I employ. Ephemeral media like brown paper lawn refuse bags and cardboard contribute to a “here today, gone tomorrow,” fleeting sense of place and time. But, home is not just a place of fondness and memories; it’s also the conflation of landscape, labor and socioeconomics that lay the groundwork of identity.

Come join us in celebrating the opening of this exciting new exhibit with Robin Dluzen!

Beer and refreshments will be served.

Opening Reception: Friday Sep 5, 2014

Exhibition runs through Sep5 – Sep26.




Home Series (Wing Nut), 2014, Charcoal, enamel and lawn refuse bag, 16″ x 12″

Robin Dluzen "Home Series (Tri-Penta)" 2014, Charcoal, enamel and lawn refuse bag, 16" x 12"

“Home Series (Tri-Penta)” 2014, Charcoal, enamel and lawn refuse bag, 16″ x 12″


Home Series (Shoulder Work), 2014, Charcoal, enamel and lawn refuse bag, 16″ x 12″

Nate Otto: Cities On Paper

Nate Otto and AdventureLand Works on Paper are proud to present Nate’s first solo show in a proper gallery. In this show Nate will continue to explore, deconstruct, and experiment with the idea of “cityscape” in ink, collage, and acrylic on fine paper.

Come celebrate the art with us and enjoy free refreshments.

The opening is on Friday Aug, 1st from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM



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Nate Otto


EPSON scanner image

Nate Otto


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Nate Otto

AdventureLand Gallery Presents Urban Landscape: The Highwaymen Men at the Better Boys Foundation

We are very proud to announce our hosting a very special event TONIGHT on behalf of the Better Boys Foundation! 


The Better Boys Foundation serves boys and girls ranging in age from five to eighteen through innovative out-of-school time programming, as well as addresses the needs of young adults through scholarships for post-secondary study.

During a six-week course this spring students at the Better Boys Foundation participated in an ArtLAB Workshop in which they explored the history and art of the Highwaymen, as well as their place in the larger narrative of landscape painting. They created paintings based on, and inspired by, the Highwaymen’s style and subject matter, and then applied their learning to the urban landscape of Chicago. The communal aspect of the Highwaymen’s practice was artistically and commercially integral to their success, and likewise, during the course of the workshop the classroom setting lent itself to an environment of communal learning and critiquing.

Students who participated in the workshop include
Tearra Armstrong, Makiya Baskerville, Charlene Doss, Cumiyan Forte, Tyshawn Johnson, Jaleicia Staples, Tekenya Tucker, and Samaje Wren.

The group of artists known as The Highwaymen were a community of some 26 black artists working out of Ft. Pierce, Florida from the late 1950s through the 1980s. Mostly self-taught artists, they created idealistic, vibrant landscapes of the Florida they knew and sold them along the side of the road and door-to-door. Their paintings have long been recognized as a part of the Floridian culture, appearing in hotel rooms, offices and homes across the state. In the last twenty years there has been a growing recognition of the Highwaymen’s work as a cultural and artistic moment worth preserving.

At the time the Highwaymen group was forming, segregation and social inequality were still prevalent in Florida. The Highwaymen were unable to receive a formal art education and would not have been welcomed at art galleries. Despite these challenges they managed, as a community of artists, to create an alternative system in which they could thrive outside the traditional art market.

Please join us Tuesday, June 17th from 6-9PM for a reception at Adventureland Gallery, featuring original paintings by the Highwaymen alongside the paintings created by students during the workshop.

The show includes artwork by recognized members of the Highwaymen group including Willie Daniels, Rodney Demps, James Gibson, Isaac Knight, Robert L. Lewis, John Maynor, Roy McLendon, Harold Newton, and Charles Wheeler.

The Highwaymen ArtLAB Workshop and Urban Landscape were taught and organized by Stella Brown for the Better Boys Foundation. She is an artist and educator native to Chicago.

Kass Copeland: “Mind Games” opens June 6th

Meet Kass Copeland… 


View a preview of her upcoming exhibit at AdventureLand Gallery here


Robot 25x31_2014

“Robot” Kass Copeland 15.5″w x 23″h

AdventureLand Gallery Presents:

Kass Copeland: Mind Games

Opening Reception June 6th, 7-10pm

June 6th through June27th

1513 N Western Ave


“I find the puzzling together of previously unrelated objects and images very satisfying. Like joining words together to form a poem, my pieces reveal themselves to me as I form new associations with elements that already have separate histories. Humor is an important component in my work because it provides a universal means of communication.
In my most recent series I’ve created large scale collages on the surfaces of discarded hollow core doors found near construction dumpsters in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. I also incorporate recycled digital trash by using phrases and names from junk email to inspire concepts for my pieces. My work is rooted in a narrative foundation because words have always evoked images for me. I often use favorite childhood stories, rhymes or songs as resources. By focusing on these texts, I hope to provide an alternative view of the past by placing these themes into contemporary, social, and sometimes political, context.”
– Kass Copeland 2014

In addition to collage, Kass also uses acrylic paint in her works. Her surfaces are all recycled and are either hollow core doors, kitchen cabinet doors, or tabletops. 

Kass Copeland is an artist and designer who has worked in Chicago since 1995. Prior to earning her BFA from The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, she studied and apprenticed with her father, a theatrical and circus prop designer and craftsman. She does freelance art and design work with Redmoon Theater, and other Chicago clients.

Come join us for her opening reception !
Friday, June 6th 7-10pm


Mind Vision 21x32in_2014

“Mind Vision” Kass Copeland 2014 21″ x 32″


Rocket Man_2014

“Rocket Man” Kass Copeland 2014 14.5″ x 26″




“El Guardo” Kass Copeland 2014 13″ x 28″

Untitled Anatomy_2014

“Untitled Anatomy” Kass Copeland 2014 28″ x 50″

The Trap_2014 (1)

“The Trap” Kass Copeland 2014 30″ x 60″

Queen of Hearts 28x52in_2014

“Queen of Hearts” Kass Copeland 2014 22.5″ x 52″