SPRING 2022 EXHIBITION
Beate Axmann | Sichtverrückt.Lost and Found
German artist Beate Axmann’s
concept "Sicht.Verrückt" translates roughly to gaze, shifted. It is a directive to look not once, not twice, but thrice, even four times. In today's atmosphere of rising extremism and polemics (in Germany and abroad), it is critical to shift one’s gaze––to look at issues from multiple angles. Sichtverrückt is the overarching theme that Beate Axmann has used for the whole of her artistic work since 2018.
Axmann is from the Black Forest region of Germany and works in acrylic paint on canvas, paper, and wood as well as ink on paper. Her subjects include people (especially women), nature, the Black Forest, and the continuum of human cultures that she greets on her travels. Collaboration and cooperation with others are centrally important to Axmann.
Dana Florenta - Stitched Memories
AN ART SHOW EXPLORING EMOTIONS THROUGH THE LENS OF MEMORIES
The opening reception took place on Friday, August 20 at 6-9 p.m. in our first floor gallery.
In her new artwork series, painter Dana Florenta explores emotion through the lens of memories stitched together in a patchwork of colors that convey a seemingly simple yet powerful construct of the immigrant and the overall human experience. Florenta started working on this series in 2020 when the world as we knew it collapsed and when lives, schedules, and future were left to the unknown. As a way of coping with the uncertainty, she relied on her past life experiences and gathered them together in an effort to make them tangible and reassuring.
Florenta likes to describe herself as an "Artist of the world". Born in Romania, where she graduated from an art academy, it is where her artistic soul took roots, sourced by her "bare feet childhood" in the beautiful countryside on the Danube River, by the love of her grandfather, by her German-speaking, art-loving father, and surrounded by the remarkable art of Brancusi and the ever-mesmerizing poetry of Eminescu.
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Artists Warren Perlstein, Traci Asher, Jane Michalski, Kaitlyn Keely, and Nancy Pirri showed artwork in several mediums––painting, photography, sculpture, screenprint––showing how a cancer diagnosis can be dealt with through beauty, strength, and humor.
A virtual component to this exhibition was hosted through the platform Virtual Curtain. This exhibition took place in the DANK Haus's first floor gallery, a modern street-level modern space in our building.
This exhibition ran April 30 – June 25, 2021.
"Urban Life / Social Fabric"
The Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) curated this juried show around the themes of urban identity and the urban landscape. Originally scheduled for spring of 2020, this exhibition was postponed several months due to COVID-19.
The limited-attendance in-person opening reception was one of the very first in-person events held at the DANK Haus during the ongoing quarantine.