Art Professors Exhibit New Work

Art Professors Exhibit New Work

CHICAGO, IL (September 13, 2010) – Two North Park University art professors will show works in what are landmark exhibitions for each of them.

The mediums and locations are worlds apart, but both mark anniversaries of different types.

Nnenna Okore has been invited to display a sculpture as part of the 60th anniversary of the Biennial exhibits of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, one of the world’s most important institutions to foster contemporary art, running September 25–December 12, 2010.

Tim Lowly will have a more extensive exhibit less that two miles from North Park, which honors his profoundly disabled daughter, Temma, whom he has been painting since she was born 25 years ago. The exhibit will be in the relatively new and small Fill in the Blank gallery.

Okore will submit her sculpture Slings. “I use everyday materials including newspapers, rope, and burlap to reflect the quickly disappearing culture of reading newspapers,” she says.

“The theme for the Biennial is ‘There is always a cup of sea to sail in,’ and I think my work was selected because it taps into that idea of creating cultural ideas from very basic and ordinary forms/objects.”

Born in Australia, raised in Nigeria, and educated in Swaziland and the United States, Okore creates works that incorporate materials found in urban environments, reflecting the way natural and man-made materials evolve, decay, and transform. Her pieces have been shown throughout the world.

Okore will spend several days in Brazil to recreate and install the piece.

Lowly’s exhibit “Without Moving (25)” will run September 11–October 2. It will feature new paintings and woodcuts of his daughter, Temma, who went into cardiac arrest the day after she was born. The interruption of blood flow to her brain caused permanent mental and physical disabilities, leaving her unable to see and with little ability to move or speak.

Lowly says he chose the title for the exhibit because “It gets at the idea of this human being who is apparently living a life of stasis who is actually moving me and people in very profound ways.”

The exhibit also includes a collaborative, 25-section, two-sided painting of Temma’s face. Thirty artists were given a section of a black-and-white photograph of Temma. On one side, they painted in black and white. On the other side, they interpreted the same section in color.

In an interview for the International Arts Movement, Lowly says, “It is a big exhibition for me. Ironically, it is in a small gallery that is relatively new to Chicago.”

There will be an opening reception from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. on September 11, and a gallery talk on September 21 with Riva Lehrer, David Johanson, Matt Joynt, and Tim Lowly.

Learn more about Lowly’s work.

Listen to an interview with Lowly.