Chicago Artist Gary Weidner Makes Exhibition A Debut

April 16, 2012 | by —Elle Eichinger | Homepage

Artist Gary Weidner will make Chicago proud next month when his works debut on the accessible art website Exhibition A, a year-old project started by designer Cynthia Rowley and her gallery-owner husband Bill Powers (alongside friend Laura Martin). But this week, Chicagoans will get a preview (and even have the chance to make an advance purchase) of Weidner’s works at Rowley’s Damen Avenue boutique. The event on April 18 (6-8 PM) will showcase Weidner’s art, and also celebrate Powers and Rowley’s receipt of the SAIC Legend of Fashion Award. A portion of the store's sales that evening will benefit RxArt, a non-profit that places original fine art in hospitals and patient care centers.

Chicago-based Weidner has created dozens of pieces (many on display at Chicago’s Gruen Galleries), but you might also recognize his work from the recently opened Storefront Company restaurant. A wall of the Wicker Park eatery features a mural by Weidner.

Weidner’s works often include symbols and writing, albeit slightly cryptic. “These elements have two connotations: the first being that of personal reference, symbolizing events or places; and the second being that lettering or writing is used as a formal element, the intrinsic value of the shapes being integral to the work as a whole,” said Weidner. “As the meaning of the words is not narrative to the piece itself, I have presented the writing in such a way that it is often illegible to the viewer. The writing is often backwards or distorted.”

Weidner adds that Exhibition A will feature his "Flowers" series. The work depicts dormant flowers in the snow and was inspired by J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories, particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish and For Esmé-with Love & Squalor. When it hits the site in May, three works will be available in two different sizes. Each limited-edition print will be signed by Weidner and can be purchased either individually or as a triptych. 1653 N. Damen Ave., 773-276-9209; RSVP to damen@cynthiarowley.com

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