Reception: MAR 15 | Thurs. 5 – 6 :30 PM | Free
MAR 15 – APR 14 | Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex
In observance of Easter, the gallery will be closed on APR 7.
The French poet Charles Baudelaire once described a flâneur or flâneuse as “a person who walks the city in order to experience it.” A modern-day flâneuse is part wanderer, part observer, and all urbanite. This spring, multimedia artist and former Chicagoan Mary Jones will turn her keen observing eye to our own Sheridan Road and create an elaborate representation of our neighborhood’s defining thoroughfare. The windows of the Arts Annex will again transform, this time into a subjective mirror reflecting an urban reality rooted in perception and personal connection.
Jones’ work is inspired by outsider artists, by Paul Klee, surrealism, and magic, and it suggests the art of ancient Egpyt. Her complicated doodles seem to delve deeply into her personal life, but you don’t know for sure. She’s always had a foot in fine and applied arts at the same time. Mary has painted, she’s drawn, she’s done tons of printmaking, made artists books, and she has worked as a graphic designer, an illustrator, and a teacher. She is currently Full Professor of Art and Design at Grand View University, in Des Moines. Mary is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago.
Find out more information about Mary Jones at her website.