February 4 - April 22, 2005
Karen Jayne, “The Waiting Room”
LJ Douglas, “The Body...Re-Imagined”
Concurrent exhibitions of paintings by LJ Douglas and installation by Karen Jayne will be on display at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago from February 4, 2005 through April 22, 2005.
A reception for the artists that is open and free to the public will take place on Friday, February 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
LJ Douglas' “The Body . . . Re-imagined” is comprised of paintings that probe contemporary ideas about the body through her explorations of the skin's surface. Douglas introduces strategies that blur surface and subsurface by juxtaposing abstraction and direct observation. Layers of visual information compound the visceral experience of the body's topography into one of imaging, scientific observation, and observational articulation. The body becomes landscape, abstract mark, concrete image and microscopic investigation interpreted through both an attempted specificity and abstraction. Prodding notions about identity, individuality, and beauty, the work maintains the place between identifiable corporality and a grotesque physicality. Douglas is a Bloomington, Illinois based artist who has exhibited throughout the Midwest and Canada. Douglas has received a BFA in painting and drawing from Philadelphia College of Art, and a MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In her exhibition titled “The Waiting Room,” Karen Jayne presents an installation that focuses on her relationship with her chronically ill child and the medical community that services her. Jayne sees that “in illness . . . waiting seems to be the one thing you can count on: waiting for your name to be called, waiting for time to pass, waiting to be heard, waiting for answers, waiting to be comforted, or waiting for the strength to continue.” Jayne uses materials that have a personal reference to her and include the processes of weaving, paper making, stitching fabric and working with light and sound to create a tactile and sensory experience. By incorporating scale changes and contrasting elements, Jayne seeks to convey the emotional disparities of her experience as well as creating an environment that viewers can touch and interact with. Jayne, based in Big Rock, Illinois, has exhibited in the Midwest. She received a BFA in 3D-studio/fiber from Northern Illinois University.
This project is partially sponsored by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.