Anastasia Mak

May 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 5, 2016  6-10PM

The Jackson Junge Gallery opens a solo exhibition by popular Chicago artist, Anastasia Mak, titled Baggage Claim on May 5, 2016, and runs through May 29, 2016.   Baggage Claim is a collection of work chronicling Mak’s travels to iconic cities and hidden sanctuaries around the world.  Depicting scenes from Paris to Budapest—then bringing you back to Chicago—Baggage Claim takes the viewer on a journey across the globe without ever leaving Wicker Park.  The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6PM-9PM.

Anastasia Mak is “a bit obsessed” with discovering new cities and captures these experiences in her signature style. Mak’s paintings develop from sketches and ideas she captures while traveling and exploring.  The main subject matter is world cities and towns, with a contemporary approach. Her canvases are spiced with geometric and whimsical elements, saturated with color and texture, often appearing in motion.  Working primarily in acrylic and mixed media collage, bright color and high contrast breathes energy into the work.  The abstracted shapes reflect the mood and energy of each location she paints and creates radiant effects as her cityscapes interact with the sky.

Anastasia Mak (Makarenko) was born in the Ukraine and moved to the U.S. at the age of 14.  Mak acquired her art training at a Ukrainian arts preparatory school, which she attended between the ages of 6 and 14, before moving to the U.S. by herself as an exchange student.  Later she studied in Italy, and then settled in Chicago.  Mak’s international experiences provided her with early appreciation for cultural diversity; now she constantly strives to expand her knowledge of the world through travel. 

BAGGAGE CLAIM runs May 5, 2016 - May 29, 2016 and is curated by gallery director Chris Jackson and assistant gallery director Scott Renfro.

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