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1046 W Fulton Market
Chicago IL 60607
312-243-2780
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“Surroundings”
Virtual imagined surroundings, oils on canvas by Jill Henry.

Reception: Friday, April 25, 2008
5 to 8 pm.
Runs thru June 1, 2008.


Jill Henry

We are proud to once again present a new body of work from MI artist Jill Henry.

Continuing the evolution evidenced in her 2007 exhibition, the current works similarly begin with an ethereal, zen-like sense of calm. However, the new work gives the viewer a sence of movement, both physically, and spatially.

Ms. Henry states “I am inspired by natural spaces and phenomena, especially those which evoke sublime visual experiences. The aim of my work is to engage myself and the viewer in a similar way, but through virtual, imagined surroundings”.

In this, she succeeds brilliantly. The added layers of texture lend even more emphasis to the spatial aspect (and impact) of the work. So, too, does her treatment of the “light” in each work. Progressing from “Scotia” to “Summer Gale” to “Canopy”, for example, one can almost feel the luminous object within approaching, seemingly splitting the virtual and joining the actual. As a result, the viewer is drawn in even more deeply, becoming a participant in whatever is going on inside (and now to some degree, outside) the canvas.

Where Ms. Henry’s early work had been an investigation into obsession, excess
and intersection, and the previous series a study on relationships and spontaneity, the current exhibition holds forth the promise of true interaction between the virtual and physical worlds – an investigation into the essence of ones “surroundings”.
Jill Henry Artist Statement and inventory

IMAGEs:
"Harbor" (above right)
Oil on canvas
48 x 48"
FOR A HI RES IMAGE of Harbor CLICK HERE

"Summer Gale " (below)
Oil on canvas
60 x 22"
FOR A HI RES IMAGE of Summer Gale CLICK HERE


About the Gallery

Specializing in Studio Furniture, Ceramics, Metals, and other fine craft media,
Function + Art is highly regarded nationally for excellence in its programming.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 6pm.
For more information, visit our website: www.functionart.com

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