Monday, August 24, 2009

September show @ Antena

James Jankowiak

Also Project Wall Space: Mike Nourse

"James Jankowiak paints organically, each work becoming a ritual of repetition. The organic composition of each piece is part of the evolutionary arch of the manner in which he operates. Specifically, the artist is interested in how simple form can evolve from one incarnation to the next - each step a mutation that replicates what science reinforces about our beginnings and the larger history of the universe. His paintings stand as a testament of a personal meditation on the process of being a living thing, of beginnings and endings, creating and evolving."
- Michael Gardner

James was born and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Although his early forays in the Chicago graffiti scene proved to be influential upon several generations of spray can artists, he always took risks with his art and continues to evolve as a painter and installation artist. His work has been exhibited at several notable institutions such as the MCA, Northwestern University and the SAIC’s Roger Brown Gallery, and also continues to be accessible to the community through his work as a teaching artist with Urban Gateways, A.R.T. and Gallery 37.

About Mike Nourse:

Since moving to Chicago from Montreal in 1996, Mike Nourse has been working as a visual artist, creating wall art in the form of gel medium transfers, and short videos using found footage. Combining old materials and aesthetics with new tools and techniques, Mike's art speaks to the past while pointing to contemporary art explorations. He is driven by the transition between an analog and digital world, so all of his art aims to combine old and new.

Separate from his transfer work, Mike Nourse's video shorts have been in festivals around North America and Europe, including Resfest, the Toronto International Media Art Biennial, Netherland’s Impakt Festival, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Mike’s work can be found at

Mike obtained a BA from Depaul University in 1999 and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and has taught visual arts to undergraduate and graduate students at the same schools. In an effort to work on his teachings, in 2003 he co-founded a visual arts organization for new and emerging Chicago artists, called the Chicago Art Department ( CAD has just entered its 5th year of existence, and as part of this active non-profit, Mr. Nourse has spearheaded dozens of programs and exhibitions. Mike is also the manager the studio programs at Marwen (, overseeing close to 90 visual arts programs for under-served youth while curating roughly 10 exhibitions per year.

Opening Friday September 11 from 6pm-10pm
September 11 - October 10, 2009

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 257-3534
Hours: by appointment only

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