Humans Merely Being
Seven artists portray the unique beauty of the human image
and the strength of the human spirit
Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest is honored to present a new exhibit opening on January 25, 2020. Humans Merely Being includes works by artists Javier Chavira, Michael Chelich, Judy Fan, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Jean Lewis, Jessica Smit Mattingly, and Lidia Wylangowska.
Each of the award-winning artists has created an impressive body of figurative and portrait works. The exhibit offers many diverse approaches to portraying human images through realistic and expressive approaches, as symbolic, evocative, or strikingly literal representations.
Through their knowledge of anatomy and their technical expertise with a variety of media,
the seven artists convey identity, action, expression and emotion. Inspired by a number of different artists, movements, and sources – the great masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods; the Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite artists of the late nineteenth century; narrative and allegorical paintings; classical methods of realistic drawing and painting; the challenging lives of children from Mali and Kenya; the joy of families spending time together in Chicago; cherished moments with their own daughters and sons – they create personal works that often move us to recognize our similarities, our shared situations, our common humanity.
These artists and educators have been recognized with honors, commissions, solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Their figurative works appear in numerous galleries and museums, in art journals and magazines, and in television interviews and documentaries.
Working from life and photographs, the artists in the Humans Merely Being exhibit create what artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner describes as “fresh narratives, capturing the life, energy, movement, and excitement experienced in the moment.” Seeking to express the authentic beauty of the human figure, they often strive - as artist Jessica Smit Mattingly has stated her goals – “to physically portray the emotions experienced within, what lies beneath the surface, the larger stories and deeper meanings of our everyday experience.”
Curated by Claudia Craemer and Deborah Craemer, Humans Merely Being is on view
from January 25 through February 29, 2020, with an Artists Reception, open to all, on
Saturday, January 25, from 1-3pm.