AP ART 2017 – Riverside Brookfield High School Annual Exhibition

‘AP ART 2017’ – OUR ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF ART BY RIVERSIDE-BROOKFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Exhibition on View April 22 – May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday April 28th, 6-8pm

*Please note that although our opening receptions typically take place on Sundays, we will hold the reception for “AP Art 2017” on Friday, April 28th from 6-8pm to accommodate the schedules of students and families

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“White,” by Stephanie Molina-Bajana

The Riverside Arts Center’s Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden and Riverside Brookfield High School are excited to announce our 8th annual presentation of exceptional artworks made by students enrolled in RBHS’s AP Art class. This group exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs by students in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

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“Dirt Track,” by Bailey Schejbal

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“Glovebox,” by Adam Nie

This year, the “AP Art” exhibition has expanded to include over 45 artworks and will occupy both the Freeark Gallery AND our FlexSpace next door! The exhibition is on view for three weeks, from April 22nd through May 13th. Come share the creativity of our community’s young artists by joining us for a celebratory reception on the evening of Friday April 28th from 6-8pm! Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

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This exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.

The Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden
32 East Quincy Street, Riverside, IL 60546
708-442-6400

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesdays – Saturdays 1-5pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays.

All of our exhibitions are free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit www.riversideartscenter.com
or contact Freeark Gallery Director Claudine Ise: cise[at]riversideartscenter.com.

The Riverside Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; and sponsorship from Riverside Township.

Luis Sahagun: An Old God Renewed

Opens October 23, 2016 in the RAC Sculpture Garden
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 23 from 3-6pm

“In the beginning there was only darkness.
The atmosphere had no taste.
Anonymous ancestors magically appeared,
Alvaro’s History was erased.

Angels came to hear him sing,
For it was the rise of a new king.”
-Creation Story

Luis Sahagun An Old God Renewed, 2016 wood, drywall, cement, screws, spray paint, acrylic, oil, resin, & metal Courtesy the artist

Luis Sahagun
An Old God Renewed, 2016
wood, drywall, cement, screws, spray paint, acrylic, oil, resin, & metal
Courtesy the artist

Luis Sahagun creates paintings, sculptures and objects that serve as icons of an invented personal mythology. He is interested in the overlap of memory, imagination, and his own ancestral legacy and art, and describes himself as as “a quixotic artist who channels the working ethics of a construction worker on a romantic quest to use art to empower working class sensibilities.”

Sahagun’s practice is deeply informed by his experience as a laborer, construction worker and product designer. Instead of the painter’s traditional brush, palette knife and canvas, Sahagun employs saws, knives, and engineered wood particle board as his primary tools and media. These modes of production have led Sahagun to develop an idiosyncratic personal vernacular that remains proudly embedded within the everyday realities of his blue-collar upbringing. He describes his outdoor sculpture An Old God Renewed as “an anthropomorphic panther that serves as a portal for human souls to exit our realm and enter the mythology that I have constructed.” Within the Panther’s eye is a depiction of the moon, which provides the symbolic source of energy for the portal’s ability to function.

Importantly for Sahagun, the moon also represents a world where “the fallen…friends and family members that have been murdered due to the violence found within my own Chicago Southland community” now reside. The sculpture is Sahagun’s offering to this familiar yet strange, distant yet ever-present “old god,” the moon. Through symbol, metaphor, and mythic storytelling, Sahagun’s works construct a viscerally powerful alternative vision of Chicago community history, through which we may ponder the minute alongside the infinite, the mundane in concert with the divine.

Luis Sahagun An Old God Revisited, 2016 (detail)

Luis Sahagun
An Old God Renewed, 2016
(detail)

This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1 ‐ 5pm.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.