Artwork by David Samuel Stern                                                              Artwork By: Kate Pollard Hoffmann                                            Artwork by: Chandler Smith

MEED2: New Abstraction


Dates: August 31st through September 16th 2018

Opening/Artist Talk: August 31st 2018,  6-9pm

Artists: Emily Griffin,  Deborah Orloff, Chandler Smith, David Samuel Stern, and Katie Pollard Hoffmann


Gallery19 is excited to presenting the finalists for MEED2: New Abstraction curated by Juan Fernandez at our temporary location 3520 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60609.


THEME: New Abstraction

Photography whether manipulated by hand, by computer, or physically exchanged, the image combines a function—an act of representation—with a use and history that constructs how that image communicates. Meed2: New Abstraction, looks at the materiality of film by exploring the nature of experimental photography. Through the practices of Pictorialism, Dadaism and Surrealist montage, Gallery19 and Juror Juan Fernandez explores the idea of new abstraction as it has reappeared in response to digital photography.



The winner of Gallery19 Meed2 will receive a solo show at Gallery19 for the month of August, 2019.  The winner will also have a one-year contract with Gallery19, which includes exposure on the gallery’s website, ongoing multi-media, promotion, including social media, participation in gallery programming (openings, events, artist talks, etc.), and direct sales efforts.  In addition, Juan Fernandez will mentor the winner for a full year August 2018 through August 2019, by reviewing and evaluating work product, and assisting in development of a gallery-ready exhibition, all culminating in a solo exhibition at Gallery19.



We are honored to have JUAN FERNANDEZ preside over the 2018-19 Gallery19 Meed2 competition. Juan Fernandez (b. 1980, Grand Rapids, MI) is an artist and educator based in Elgin, IL. He has taught at various colleges and universities including Northern Illinois University, Elgin Community College, Grand Rapids Community College and Judson University. His work references the perceptions of form, structure, and order in common materials and subject matter. He earned a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from Northern Illinois University.  Collections holding Juan's photography include Rockford Art Museum, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Columbia College Chicago.


Artwork by Zachari Logan

Ce N'est Pas Une Fleur

Dates: September 21st through  November 2nd 2018

Opening/Artist Talk: September 21st , 2018,  6-9pm

Artists: Lisa Gosling, Zachari Logan, and Kimberly Witham


At Gallery19 new location 1305 W. 18th street.  Chicago IL


Lisa Goesling Bio :


Lisa Goesling microscopically examines nature and abstracts for their aesthetic value. She creates hyper-detailed renderings of her observations on an nontraditional support, rather than the expected canvas or paper, she uses black scratchboards that are composed of Kaolin Clay covered with India ink. Exquisitely meticulous visions unfold through her painstaking technique. Using an X-ACTO knife, she etches her design on the black surface in through which the image bursts forth from the white clay. In some instances, colored inks will be added to give luster and depth to her ecological visions


Zachari Logan Bio:

Through large-scale drawing, ceramics and installation practices, Zachari Logan evolves a visual language that explores the intersections between masculinity, identity, memory and place. In previous work related to his current practice, Logan investigated his own body as exclusive site of exploration. In recent work, Logan’s body remains a catalyst, but no longer the sole focus. Employing a strategy of visual quotation, mined from place and experience, Logan re-wilds his body as a queer embodiment of nature. This narrative shift engages ideas of beauty, empirical explorations of landscape and overlapping art-historic motifs.

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