Friday, March 15, 2024

Awakening Earth: Narratives of Spring - curated by Sergio Gomez

Art is meant to move you. To give you an emotion. To speak to you, at you, converse with you. As I calibrate my own desire for art I find that I now get excited about one or two pieces. Not an entire gallery. The gallery does move me. Just that I now recognize the difference to what I want vs. what I desire. What I want is to feel exuberated, alive, I want it to represent me and my morals, ethics, what I work for to make the world a better place.

Well, I found such a piece tonight at the Zhou B Art Center's 3rd Friday open exhibitions of the month, hosted by the resident artists and the gallery. This months exhibition titled "Awakening Earth: Narratives of Spring" was curated by Sergio Gomez. Sergio is a super nice guy. I met him through my friend Lou Shields. At one time I tried to attend a Lightroom (or maybe it was Photoshop) class from him, however had to cancel because of personnel reasons. Tonight Sergio was so welcoming, as I had remembered him to be some 12 years ago.

So, the piece I found is mentioned later in this blog. In the mean time, follow my journey as I arrived and started on the 4th floor, working myself down each floor.

Sergio's curated show, "Awakening Earth: Narratives of Spring" . . .

This next piece of art is the one I fell in love with. The piece of art that defines what I need (not desire) in this world. If I had the means, I would buy it.

This is the work of my wonderful and talented friend Diana Leviton Gondek. The story goes that her cat Bansky was very fond of flower, so Diana indulged him. However she noticed that he was not feeling well over time, to the point he was just laying around. Sort of a flopsy mopsy I am guessing. She took him to the vet and found out she was actually "killing him" with flowers. They were toxic for to Bansky. So now he does not get to enjoy flowers. Those thoughts, the feelings for Bansky, is why Diana created this piece. You really have to see it in person to understand the beauty of this. The added textures, though ever so slight, makes the painting pop.

Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 523-0200

If you get a chance, check out my black and white blog post. This is my form of art that I like you to see and enjoy. (click here)


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