JIN LEE, L.J. DOUGLAS AND VEDA AND MEDA RIVES EXHIBITS OPEN AT QUINCY ART CENTER

By Travis on January 14, 2010

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Featured artists and their exhibits will be: Jin Lee, Floating World; L.J. Douglas, Exposed: Envisioning the Invisible Body; and Veda and Meda Rives, Twin Path BookEnviron.

A solo exhibit of Jin Lee’s work will be on display in the Katharine Gardner Stevenson Gallery.  “Floating World” examines various effects of the presence of Lake Michigan during Chicago’s winter seasons. They also explore the possibility of transposing the sublime onto a more intimate scale.  Lee has described herself as “working with the heroic and sublime subjects of landscape art, such as the vast spaces of mountains and oceans, but exploring them within everyday situations.”  Her series Lake Effect comprises portraits of winter trees and small waves along the shoreline, tracking, in the artist’s words, “the various states and moods” of the lake.  The Small Mountain series appears to portray imposing mountain crags but in fact focuses in on mounds of road salt and dirt that the artist discovered at various outdoor sites. Both series, which include eleven photographs, focus on natural materials and conditions that are in the constant state of transformation. This exhibition has been generously underwritten by Wild Birds Unlimited.

Jin Lee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She currently serves on the School of Art Faculty of Illinois State University, Bloomington. Past teaching experience included teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College, Chicago.  She has won an impressive array of grants, foundations and awards and has an extensive national and international exhibition record.

In addition, L.J. Douglas, of Bloomington, presents twenty-two paintings and drawings that maintain an essential link with skin, not as a simple surface or envelope, but as a real place of exchange, transformation and contact.  Various series of works on paper and panel will be on display where the artist uses paint (watercolor and acrylic), marker, collage, and drawing transfers. Also, on display will be “Skin”, a hand bound Artists’ Book. Douglas has exhibited painting, drawing, and artist’s books nationally and internationally.  Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Wash. D.C.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Wash. D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago as well as other significant collections.  L.J. Douglas has taught at the Illinois State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Generous funding for this exhibition has been provided by Dr. Louis and Janet Quintero.

Identical twin sisters Meda and Veda Rives will have two hand-made paper installations. One of which is made up of thirty-two separate panels hung sequentially in a configuration that defines two spiraling pathways that intertwine as they approach the center of the artwork.  This piece will be installed in the Art Center’s Elizabeth M. Sinnock Gallery and measures 20’ x 14’ x 6’.  The work is entitled Twin Path BookEnviron and was created so that the viewer could interact with the space in “wonder, contemplation, and inspiration”. The handmade paper used to create the work includes abaca fiber, yarn, thread, wood, tea leaves, hair, sawdust, milkweed silks and seeds.  This exhibit has been underwritten by Friends of the Quincy Art Center.

Veda is a printmaker, papermaker and Associate Director of Normal Editions Workshop in the School of Art of the College of Fine Arts at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.  Meda is an installation artist, papermaker and printmaker. She also teaches for Heartland Community College in Normal. The sisters own and operate Mirror Image Press.

These exhibitions will be on display from January 15 – March 10, 2010 during gallery hours of 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for Quincy Art Center members to view the exhibit. There is a $3.00 admission charge for adults and $1.00 for seniors, students and children. Funding has been provided in part through the generosity of the Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the State.  For additional information please call 217 223-5900 or e-mail Julie Nelson at jnelson@quincyartcenter.org, or check out the website here.

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