Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Work Chosen for "Revolution 2012" at Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago

"50 Stars Buy 2 Get 1 Free"  acrylic on canvas and CD cases on board measures 63" x 37".
Also above is the street view of my work through the window of the Jackson Junge Gallery.

           I am thrilled that my work was chosen for the "Revolution 2012" exhibit at the
Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago.  I have been working on mixed media art for many years, but have few opportunities to exhibit the work.   When I read the call for art for "Revolution 2012" I knew that I had a piece that I want to complete and enter.   I'm always intrigued with the things that are a part of our every day world and represent, in my mind, a larger statement about the time they were made.  This is the first of many more mixed media works that I've been working on and hope that I have more opportunities to exhibit, and sell them.  Below is the press release that provides more info about my work and the exhibit. 
 Algonquin resident, artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner, will exhibit a large mixed media art work titled “50 Stars, Buy 2 Get 1 Free” in the “Revolution 2012” juried exhibit at the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago.  Ms. Hill-Soldner is owner of Soldner Fine Art Studio located in the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park in Crystal Lake.  The Artist is best known for her oil paintings that comprise the large body of work “Memories of an Era” and “Portraits of American Veterans Project”.  The work in “Revolution 2012” represents the Artist’s use of mixed media such as canvas, acrylics and CD cases to create new and exciting and many times revolutionary artworks. The artists’ statement reflects upon the current trend in US corporations to “outsource” jobs and manufacturing in order to increase their profits and improve their “bottom line”.   This practice employs cheap foreign laborers to produce products that are then sold in the US for very cheap prices.   In the process the stockholders and corporations become wealthier while thousands of US workers lose jobs thus the title “50 Stars, Buy 2 Get 1 Free”.

  “Revolution 2012” is based upon the current events of the occupy movement that has been brought to Chicago, among many other cities worldwide.   This exhibit hopes to invoke ideas and imagery of where this revolutionary movement will lead us in the year 2012.   Being an election year, the emotions of change will inevitably be at the forefront of the media and general public.
Artists will show artwork that gives their artistic interpretation on what this revolutionary movement brings to the attention of the general public.  Some occurring themes might include: Change, End Corporate Greed, Tax Fairness, Economic Inequality, Class War, Stop Foreclosure and Stand Up For the Middle Class.  Interpretive art pieces with political, environmental, moral or socially relevant tones will be on exhibit.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Veterans Art Exhibit at GE Corporate Gallery

     "My Third Grade Class"   6' x 7'   oil on canvas
 During the month of November 2011,  I transported 6 of my large oil paintings from my body of work "Memories of an Era",  to the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.  The paintings were crated and shipped to the East coast.  I have been honored to exhibit my artwork, with the art by Veterans from the permanent collection of the NVAM at the GE Corporate Gallery in Fairfield, CT.  Art Appraiser and Consultant Valerie Cooper at  Picture That LLC contacted both the NVAM and me, in order to curate the exhibit for GE.  The exhibit is designed to honor Veterans and their families during the time of Veterans Day.  The title of the exhibit is "A Closer Look: Scenes from a United Family".  I wasn't able to attend the artist reception or visit the gallery, but I can see from the web site that the show is very powerful and unique in the concept.

It has been a pleasure exhibiting my work with the NVAM at GE.  I am also grateful that Valerie Cooper's vision brought about this exhibit that carries the message about the roles of the families in supporting our nation's Military Personnel.  I hope that my work will find it's way to more exhibits around the U.S. and the world.  Thank you Valerie Cooper and NVAM and GE.