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Summer 2011: Creation and Co-Existence:The Respectful Interdependence of All That Is

Featurning Artists Akemi Nakano Cohn & Lindsay Obermeyer

"Glass Prairie;" Lindsay Obermeyer; beads, wire, scientific glass, plat glass, steel; 55" x 40" x 16"
"Trace-1" (detail); Akemi Nakano Cohn; color rice paste resist printing technique (Nassen Katazome & Tsutsugaki printing) on silk, patched and hand-stitched; 36" x 93"

"Creation and Co-Existence: The Respectful Interdependence of All That Is" features the work of artists Akemi Nakano Cohn and Lindsay Obermeyer. 

Writes Curator Janis Pozzi-Johnson:

"Chicago area artists Akemi Nakano Cohn and Lindsay Obermeyer both work with imagery that beckons us to our prairie habitat.

With intricately designed beaded flowers placed in scientific glass beakers, Lindsay presents flowers and grasses now rarely seen in, what were once, the beautifully appointed, vast prairie lands. As the artist works and slides each bead into place, she “offer(s) a prayer for the prairie’s ongoing future”. Lindsay’s sensitive work addresses the very fragile eco-system and its well-being.

Akemi is interested in the interaction between and inter-connectedness of plants, animals, and humans, and the traces left behind from this interaction. Employing a traditional Japanese printing technique, the artist creates colorful hangings of a memory-induced magical world where plants, animals, and humans respectfully co-exist."

June 22 - September 14, 2011