Certainty and Doubt exhibition at Project Space 314

My solo show, “Certainty and Doubt” runs through May 15, 2016. Project Space 314 is located at 314 Watson Street, Ripon, Wisconsin 54971. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 12-4pm, and Sunday 6-9pm. 

Here are some reception photos taken on April 8, 2016. 

Frank Juarez solo show at Project Space 314 – Ripon, Wisconsin

Mark your calendars:

Join me at Project Space 314 for my solo show. Project Space 314 is a new multi-use venue in the downtown area of the City of Ripon, with support from the Kemper Foundation. The space is located at 314 Watson Street in a reclaimed building beautifully restored by downtown manager and owner, Craig Tebon, after a devastating fire in December of 2013 that destroyed one building, severely damaged two others, and displaced many residents.

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Exhibition runs from April 8 – May 15, 2016 with a reception scheduled for April 8 from 7-9pm. 

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Here are some paintings that will be on exhibit.

Playing in the Dark soft opening at Prak-sis Gallery

Prak-sis Gallery

16 West Ontario Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Gallery hours

Tuesday through ​​Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm

​Sunday, 1pm – 6 p.m

Web: www.prak-sis.com

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On Saturday, January 30th I had a soft opening at the Prak-sis Gallery. It was great to reconnect with former students, artists, and art educators. A huge thanks to gallery director, Miyeon, and her assistant, Jae, for their hospitality. They were fab!!! 

On Friday, February 5, from 5-8pm the gallery will have a public reception at 16 West Ontario Street in Chicago. I will not be in attendance, however, I know you’ll be in great hands. All works are for sale. 

Click here to learn more about me. 

Click here to learn about my exhibition. 

Here are some photos from the soft opening. 

About Prak-sis Gallery

GACI Project is created by Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association which is a non-profit organization emphasizing art career development and art education. Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association was founded in January 2009 as a not for profit art organization. Prak-sis is a dynamic art experience, migrating to diverse locations across the cityscape. For projects since the Fall of 2010, Prak-sis has worked with small businesses and neighborhood support organizations for mutual benefit. With technology flooding our modern lives, Prak-sis seeks to promote art in new media as well as traditional art forms. Prak-sis continues to further develop and focus on online projects as we organize physical art exhibitions, bridging the gap between new technologies and traditional artistic practices.

We are a cozy fine art gallery just north of downtown in Chicago.  We welcome local community and visitors to the city. We try to provide memorable art experiences with stunning artwork by Geon-Art Case International (GACI) Project and Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association (Praksis CAA).

GACI Project works with many different artists from nascent to experienced emphasizing the development of their brands as well as enhancing their art careers under director, Mi-yeon (Geon) Kwon.  At G-Art Case, we pay particular attention to solo projects and represent artists’ artwork in a smaller scale at our gallery for both art lovers and collectors.  

Playing in the Dark Solo Exhibition at Prak-sis Gallery

Playing in the Dark

Frank Juarez Solo Exhibition 

at Prak-sis Gallery

 

Emergence II, oil on canvas, 10x10", 2016

Frank Juarez, Emergence II, oil on canvas, 10×10″, 2016

Mark your calendars, ya’ll.

I am having a solo show in Chicago. 

Location:

Prak-sis Gallery

16 West Ontario Street

Chicago, Illinois 60654

Private viewing: January 30 from 3-6pm. 

Opening reception takes place during first Fridays, February 5, 5-8pm.

Click here to learn more about me. 

About Playing in the Dark

The theme of Playing in the Dark is symbolic for not knowing what to expect as an outcome during my painting sessions. This past summer I visited the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA and saw my first James Turrell Exhibition. At first I did not know what to think about his work, but as I began to think about it it made sense. It is about the experience. The experience of not knowing what is real and what is implied. The installation I keep thinking about is called Pleiades where the room was completely dark. You could not see in front of you. All you could do was to use your other senses such as touch and hearing to navigate the room.

With the closing of my gallery the opportunity to refocus on my studio practice was presented. Playing in the Dark is my personal inquiry on exploring ideas that have been swimming in my mind for months. I am an intuitive painter and the vulnerability of my actions is influenced by my thoughts, emotions, and feelings.

Flashback 2010: Ready for 2016

My process varies from painting to painting. Over the past 7 years I have experimented with various techniques and hit a breaking point in 2012. This is when I took my first break from painting since I started in 2000. The break was a few months. Long enough to evaluate what I enjoyed about painting and applying it to future paintings. 

About a couple weeks ago I gessoed 9 canvases and have not touched them since yesterday. This format brought me back to 2010 when I had the idea of creating small studies for larger paintings. A time when I was producing a lot of work. I enjoyed this format because it allowed me to respond immediately to what I was producing.

2010 small studies

2010 small studies

Here is a chronological sequence of my process. 

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Studio Happenings

A few months ago I bought One Shot Enamel paint, finally opened the container and started to apply it to one of my canvases. Although the enamel was intended for some hand lettering I wanted to experiment with it. I have been experimenting with different materials to explore some possible avenues. 

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work in progress