Art in the Time of Plagiarism 11: Let Them Eat Cake!
Thank you to everyone who came to Art in the Time of Plagiarism! The event was a great success! We enjoyed enjoying a glass of wine & eating cake with you and chatting about one of our favorite topics: ART! We are so grateful for your support: through the art you purchased and your presence at this and other Plagiarists events!
Special thanks to all of the contributing artists! You all were truly the stars of the show. We are humbled that you would share your craft with us and we were so proud to feature each and every one of you.
Lastly, but not leastly, thanks again to our generous sponsors! You helped to make this event possible.
Thank you all!
Image by Elissa Shortridge Jacbosen
The Plagiarists and Voice of the City Present
Art in the Time of Plagiarism 11 - "Let Them Eat Cake!"
Friday May 3rd, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Saturday May 4th, 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join The Plagiarists for our annual art show and celebration, featuring a delicious selection of art. Enjoy delectable prints, scrumptious paintings, and tasty ceramics. There'll be sweet music, tarot readings, reiki, play readings, libations, a jewelry-making workshop, and, of course, CAKE!! Let EVERYONE eat cake!!
Don't miss this FREE event!
Saturday’s Additional Offerings: 1:00 - 4:00 - Sneak Peak Poison Reading 4:00 - 7:00 - Jewelry Making Workshop with Janeane Bowlware. Click here to sign up! 7:00 - 10:00 - Tarot/Reiki/Mini-Birth Chart Reading with Emilie Modaff
We are excited to share the amazing talents of the following artists. Read more about the artists below!
Janeane Bowlware Gerri Alger Brunner Anne Carnavale Marge Kelly Coughlin Ellen DeSitter DANKO DANKO DEX Ryan Dickerson Gaby FeBland Thom Frerk Dan Grzeca Adie Janci Jackie Jasperson Elizabeth Kline E. Robin Magsino Mathias (Spider) Hillary Miles Nina Nightengale Courtney Nzeribe Ronda Ruby Payne Gary Dale Saxvik Jessica Saxvik Nathan Vernau Charity Noel Weishar
Cultures have always had a strong relationship to jewelry and body adornment. Families rich and poor historically have passed jewelry down through generations. Unfortunately, in today's world we have become obsessed with mass-produced "throw away" accessories and fashion.
My work seeks to reclaim jewelry as meaningful by incorporating non-traditional materials found in nature and an organic design esthetic. By creating a completely handmade piece, I am hoping that the wearer has a deeper connection with what they are wearing. I am exploring the wearer's relationship with nature, the organic flow of metal and its inherent beauty.
I have been lucky enough to study with great teachers in Chicago, as well as around the world. In 2015 I participated in the PECAH residency – an art residency located in Manila, India at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. There I studied with other visual artists from around the world as well as with traditional Indian artists. This experience fueled my desire to continue to create jewelry totally by hand – no computers or auto-cad involved.
Redbud Jewelry Studio and Shop is my personal jewelry studio where I create custom work and is also a shop where my jewelry is for sale along with handmade work by other local artists.
“as an artist, i believe an object tells a story.
my work is inspired by functional objects that have been present throughout history- a cup, a plate, a spoon, a water jug... timeless, clean and simple. traveling in the mediterranean as a child, i became acutely aware of the handmade in the region. its architecture and artifacts awakened an artistic sensibility that has shaped my life & work.
i create coiled hand sculpted vessels that are, like the human figure, unique and one of a kind, changing from every view point. art pieces that are made to be held and used, aesthetically enhancing the everyday moments of life. framed by a world that strives towards mathematical perfection, the human imprint of the creative moment has been hidden or lost.
for me, the imperfect line & the off-centered object is the art.”
Marge Coughlin has been painting and teaching fine art for close to 50 years now. She is affiliated with various organizations such as; Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Town & Country Art League, and Mount Greenwood Art Club. Her paintings have been in the Vogt Visual Art Center, DiCaprio Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College and McCord Gallery.
Her education began at Moraine Valley Community College and continued at the American Academy of Art. She keeps striving to improve her technique by taking classes and workshops. By teaching both in private and classroom situations, her students have learned much in oil, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil and charcoal. Marge states that personal satisfaction comes from helping each student develop their own style.
DANKO DANKO -
Ellen DeSitter -
Ellen DeSitter is an actress, movement performer, costumer, and visual artist. Her work tends to be tongue and cheek, with a touch of whimsy. Her favorite pieces tend to be mixed medium utilizing fabric, needle work, and paint.
Dex is a queer, non-binary artist who’s not afraid of crazy colors and patterns. They utilize second hand bits and bobbles to create weird things for your walls. Dex’s work is overseen by the harshest of critics: their six cats.
Ryan Dickerson -
Self-proclaimed mixed-media master of tiny trinkets, Ryan Dickerson has been creating transient pieces on various mediums ranging from rusty buttons to Bic lighters since 2009; generally sticking to what will never last. Four years ago he made his Chicago debut at Art In The Time Of Plagiarism and is thrilled to join in on the fun again this year! Graduating from tiny objects, Ryan is taking on canvas and wood, slapping paint, ink, tape, stickers, hate, mixed feelings, and (mostly) dead celebrities on whatever he wants as he sees fit. Though most of his recent work has been aimed at a cleaner audience, rest assured that his flame for eternal filth will never die.
Gaby FeBland -
Gaby FeBland is a writer, performer, and illustrator from Brooklyn, NY. Her illustrations and design can be seen in the pages of South Side Weekly, on the shelves of the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co., and on the albums of Friends of the Bog, Vender and the Cobras, and Rosie Lilly. She works as the Communications Coordinator and in-house graphic designer for 826CHI and is currently studying Graphic Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Thom Frerk -
Hi my name is Thom Frerk. I am an artist in residence at the first church of Arlington heights where I also teach art to adults and children. I work in mixed media with a preference for acrylic paint and watercolor. I gravitate to nature and abstract subject matter.
Dan Grzeca -
Dan Grzeca listens to a lot of jazz and metal while crafting images on paper & panel. Working out of his studio Ground Up, on the top floor of a North side warehouse in Chicago, he has created over 700+ posters and prints in the last 21 years- including work for Peter Brötzmann, The Black Keys, and Explosions in the Sky. Working primarily in scratchboard and silkscreen, he draws inspiration and energy from the great lineage of Chicago artists including Ed Paschke, Karl Wirsum, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, & Richard Hull . His most recent gallery show was "Top Twenty" at Galerie F in October 2016. You also see his work on the cans of every beer by Chicago Craft Beer label Hop Butcher For The World
Adie Janci -
Elizabeth Kline Designs-
Elizabeth Kline is an award-winning Chicago-based metalsmith and artist. Her love of creating jewelry began during a high school trip to Israel, where she sold small handmade bracelets in Jerusalem for a little extra spending money. As an adult, she discovered a love of working with metal in 2005, when studying metalsmithing at Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood.
Elizabeth forges and sculpts her jewelry, to make organic, sometimes asymmetrical, always one-of-a-kind pieces. She shapes and sands exotic hardwoods, combining them with metal inlay for unusual modern, natural pieces. She also sculpts pieces from wax, casting liquid metal to make organic, twisty vine-inspired rings, earrings, and necklaces. And, she loves using hammers and torches to bring silver, copper, bronze and brass to life. No piece is the same, and many have vintage glass (from many places and time frames) or gemstones to add color, sparkle and a story.
She is also a professional actor, having performed in Chicago, both in film and theater.
E. Robin Magsino is a Maryland transplant but has lived in Chicago for 14 years. She is formally taught in photography, sculpture, printmaking, and bookmaking. Her work often is influenced by a long career working with wildlife and animals. She lives with a cup of tea, a good book, and yearning to make bread and pastries. Robin has a strong affinity for punk music (proto-punk specifically), b-movies and classic films. She is released her first adult coloring book "Animal Patterns" 2018, her second book “Unearthed” in April 2019, and is now working on a third.
Hillary Miles -
Hillary Miles was born and raised in the same Maryland county where Jim Henson grew up. She watches a lot of sci-fi and fantasy movies, has spent her fair share of time at Renaissance Festivals, and gothed out for a bit as a kid. Hillary received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.
Engaging the symbolic structure of myths and fairytales, Hillary creates a cast of iconic characters and creatures that embody the playfulness of cartoons and the depth of archetypes. The illustrative, graphic style, and quirky narrative nature of these strange little paintings and sculptures help bring a little levity and a lot of humor to the psychologically rich scenarios they give form to. Inspired by the creative legacy of children’s book illustrators, and fantasy filmmakers, and heavily driven by imagination, these objects originate as doodles, and are then translated into gouache, ceramics, resin, or polymer clay. Hillary is inclined toward milky, matte pigments and glazes, jewel and candy-toned hues, and the intimate scale of collectible tchotchkes and totems
Emilie Modaff -
Emilie Modaff (they/them) is a certified Reiki practitioner and tarot reader based in Chicago. They offer services out of their studio in Humboldt park and long-distance (yes! Reiki can be administered from afar!). They are also an actor and musician. You can see them next in Red Tape Theater's WE ARE PUSSY RIOT opening June 7th. Learn more about their holistic healing services at www.anopaladay.com.
Nicolet Candle Company -
Inspired by the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, Nicolet Candle Company (pronounced Ni-co-LAY) was founded in 2007 by Gerri Alger Brunner in Chicago, IL. Nicolet began as a hobby, and then launched into a collection motivated by the desire to create a quality product – not only for our customers, but also for the planet we live on.
Each hand-poured candle is made with 100% non-GMO soy wax, cotton wicks, exceptional scents and Fair Trade packaging. Most glassware is reclaimed and makes perfect drinking glasses after candle has burned.
Nina Nightengale -
My work as a silhouette portrait artist has evolved over the past nine years from clever party trick to historic preservation and representation activism. Part heirloom and part sideshow performance, my goal is to take an artform -- which has seen eras as family documentation, aristocratic portraiture, street art, and amusement park souvenir -- in the conscious direction of allowing people to feel seen, whether they are the subject or the viewer.
As I prefer to work in front of a live audience, my silhouette portraiture spans several genres in its execution. It is a performative art in its nature; the very action of cutting, coupled with speed, renders it a watchable talent like dancing or sleight of hand. It is an interactive and immersive art; it demands audience participation in the moment of creation, but also in the moments that follow as reactions beget questions and conversations. Finally, it is a traditional art, concluding with a piece that can be framed and hung, analyzed and admired.
Each portrait is cut with scissors, free-hand, without the use of any drawing instruments, and takes about 90 seconds. Details are crafted with different kinds of cuts: holding the scissors at various angles; making slow and deliberate or fast but controlled tears. For me, the artform itself is more sculptural and subtractive than linear -- removing the pieces of paper that are not the subject as opposed to “drawing” their likeness. I am self-taught and have developed many of my own techniques as well as reverse-engineering others from old texts and examples.
A key aspect of this artform is that interpretation must give way to accuracy and realism - thus opening itself as a prime medium for direct representation of individuals and groups. Without the distinct motivation to effect change by showing people as they are, were, and could be, I’m merely doing the job of a camera. Being able to open unnoticed side doors to potential futures and glimpses through windows at times past is what takes this job and turns it into art and art into activism.
My goal is to help audiences reflect on representation and how important and influential it can be to an individual or a group; how it affects the ability to imagine a future (or a present); how it influences self-esteem and taste in fashion; and how it defines the social constructs of what is regarded as beautiful, acceptable, or normal.
Courtney Nzeribe -
Art and all things culinary are mediums Courtney Nzeribe intertwines via illustrations and paintings. She has written for publications such as Ebony and EbontJet.com , and her food blog Coco Cooks , gaining inspiration from her extensive culinary adventures and travels . She recently illustrated A Hastiness of Cooks , by Cynthia Bertelsen, A Practical Handbook For Use in Deciphering the Mysteries of Historic Recipes and Cookbooks.
Ronda Ruby Ceramics -
Ronda Ruby Ceramics is a collection of decorative ceramic housewares meticulously crafted by Chicago artisan and designer Ronda Ruby Payne. The collection is defined by dramatic shapes and bold colors. All stages of the creation process are completed by hand: starting with throwing the base on the potters wheel, then glazed, assembled and a complimentary shade crafted to create a unique statement lighting piece for your home. RONDARUBY.COM
Gary Dale Saxvik -
B.A. Luther College (Speech and Theater) M.A. University of Illinois (Theater) English and Theater teacher/Director and Designer at Libertyville High School Ray Bradbury Poetry Contest Winner 1982 Educational Workshop Leader and Lecturer: Scene Design and Scene Painting Watercolorist/Photographer/Actor/Writer/ Pleasant Enough Person
Jessica Saxvik -
Jessica Saxvik is a third generation cross-stitcher, learning from her mother as a young girl. As a member of The Plagiarists, she enjoys this opportunity to showcase her hobby: stabbing something repeatedly.
Mathias “Spider” -
Mathias Spider Schergen is a Chicago artist who works primarily with found objects and materials that are incorporated into assemblages, constructions, and shadowboxes. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute in 1980 and Masters in Education from National-Louis University in 1995. Mathias taught Art for 25 years at Jenner Elementary School in Cabrini Green and received a Golden Apple award for teaching excellence in 2005. He retired from Chicago Public Schools in 2015 and is currently pursuing an active studio practice.
"My work is a compulsive effort to reimagine the functionality of objects and materials to suit my aesthetic and a life-long need to make stuff. I want to engage the viewer in a conceptual dialogue that changes their assumption about what my work appears to be and what it actually is."
Nathan Vernau -
Nathan Vernau’s recent work consists of colorful interior spaces and seascapes with layered paper that uses graphite, color pencil, and string. Objects including picture frames, envelopes, and furniture reference issues involving communication and relationships.
Vernau earned his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. He has been living and working in Chicago since 2010. His work has been reviewed and feature in The Chicago Tribune, The Madison Review, New American Paintings – No 89, Studio Visit Magazine, and MISC Magazine. He’s exhibited his work across the Midwest, most recently at Lula Café (Chicago, IL), Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), Morton College (Cicero, IL), UW-Milwaukee, and Avenue for the Arts (Grand Rapids, MI).
"I strive to show others that art is free of judgement. It is a way to express your most simple and complex thoughts and feelings. It is a way to bring people together. It is a way to learn and grow. It has been one of the most enriching paths I have known. For much of my life I wanted a straight line to my goals and answers to the things I just couldn't figure out. But looking back it has been the paths that have twisted and turned the most that have not only been the most adventurous, but also helped me grow tremendously. I always knew I wanted art to be a huge part of my life but I never could see how. Like any human, fear blurred my view of opportunities. I was constantly trying to push my way into the art world without knowing where I was going. Through all I have experienced, whether through formal education or others, I have learned so much about the type of artist I would like to be, for myself and for this world. My spirit has never ceased and continues to drive my work, constantly showing a path as an artist." charityweishar.com
Click for more photos from previous years event by Grace Pisula!