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! 

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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… 

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View a preview of her upcoming exhibit at AdventureLand Gallery here

 

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“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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

                                         

Paula Barragan: Cometas

Current Exhibition up now through the 23rd of May.

 

Paula Barragán was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1963. She graduated from Pratt Institute in New York, with a BFA in design and illustration. She also attended several painting and printmaking classes in Parsons, N.Y. and the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. Since 1987, she works in her art studio where she designs carpets, logos, posters, illustrations, and book covers. But her main work has developed in painting printing and drawing – carrying out numerous individual and group shows in her native Ecuador and in the US, Spain, Peru, New Zealand, and other Countries.

She is a permanent artist of Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA, and for ten years she worked with Multiple Impressions in Soho, New York, where she presented three solo shows.

Cometas is Barragán’s first show in Chicago.

(Strong Water)

“Agua Fuerte” (Strong Water)

“Arqueología” (Archeology)

“Cielo de mi Casa” (Sky of my House)