July 10, 2015 - August 13, 2015
ONE WALL is a rotating exhibition presented by the Jackson Junge Gallery. ONE WALL is exactly how it sounds, one wall. Over the course of five weeks a different artist will take over this wall for the duration of one week—one wall, one week. A unique aspect of this exhibition is that it has 24 hour public exposure and can be viewed in the gallery’s prominent street level window at any time.
Five artists were selected to participate in this exhibition with work spanning a variety of themes and mediums.
WEEK 1: Laurie Wessman LeBreton // July 10th – July 16th
Laurie Wessman LeBreton explores the unattainable, the elusive, and the indefinable. LeBreton utilizes handmade paper as her primary medium to construct paper sculptures on forms and armatures. These sculptures examine ideas of impermanence, the role of chance, the interplay of joy and sorrow and the futility of control. LeBreton earned an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and has participated in multiple exhibitions around the nation.
WEEK 2: Brandin Hurley // July 17th – July 23rd
Brandin Hurley is freelance visual fine artist, scenic artist and muralist working in the Chicago area. She has a background in visual fine art, and an MFA in scenic painting and scenic design. Hurley utilizes all of these skills to create visually compelling scenes with dimension and depth within a light box, by cutting and layering paper and lighting each scene.
WEEK 3: Lauren Brescia // July 24th – July 30th
Lauren Brescia is a Chicago-based artist working in mixed media, including (but not limited to) industrial building materials, craft supplies, fabric, and found objects. She has a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Since graduating, she has participated in several group and solo shows, as well as operating her own solo Pop-Up Art Loop™ Gallery in Chicago. She was named a top ten finalist in Chicago's Art Loop Open 2010 and was one of four featured artists in the Chicago Artists' Coalition annual "Starving Artist" benefit in 2011. Her art has been featured on TheJealousCurator.com, ChicagoHome+Garden.com, and ABC Channel 7 News. Her work is represented and sold at Curlytale Fine Art in River North.
WEEK 4: Brittany Kowalski // July 31st – August 6th
Brittany Kowalski is an emerging artist currently living in Chicago with a studio space in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor. She earned her B.F.A from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Kowalski is inspired most by food and the aesthetics of eating and drinking. She utilizes a process that involves taking mundane objects from her life and turning them into whimsical poetic sculptures. Her work ranges from small life-like replications to large installations.
WEEK 5: Annie Hejny // August 7th – August 13th
Annie Hejny was born in St. Paul and studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University, earning a double-major B.A. in Elementary Education and Studio Art with honors (2012).
Participating as a mentor and artist in the Twin Cities community, she has volunteered with Free Arts Minnesota, blankslate theater, VISION and founded the PAINT Project, a collaboration between local establishments to implement mural painting events in 10 countries during 2010-2013. Since 2014, Annie is a member of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and the Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM).
As an emerging visual artist, she intentionally explores the urban spaces from her many travels and creates highly-saturated paintings. Recent exhibitions include Art-A-Whirl, SweetArt Salon des Refusés at the Northrup King Building (2015), Cache at the Casket at the Casket Arts Building (2014) and Urban Landscapes at Ambiente Gallerie (2014). This particular exhibit featured paintings from the series Meet our Edge and Soften, reflecting on the year she lived between Minnesota and Illinois.
Returning from Chicago, she currently resides in St. Paul and works at the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. This summer she will participate in the Women's Art Institute.
ONE WALL runs July 10th – August 13th and is curated by Assistant Gallery Director Scott Renfro.
Featured Artists: Laurie LeBreton, Brandin Hurley, Lauren Brescia, Brittany Kowalski, and Annie Hejny