Listed in Chicago Magazine’s top 5 picks of the weekend, EXPO Chicago is buzzing with excitement. Take a peek below at four of the eight artists in booth #221 – Daniel Beltrá, Clarissa Bonet, Ysabel LeMay, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
EXPO Chicago’s VIP Preview takes place tonight from 6:00–9:00pm. We hope to see you at Navy Pier!
Daniel Beltrá’s passion to conserve the Earth is evident throughout his work. His impressive photographs are shot hundreds of feet above sea level allowing the viewer a wider context into the beauty and destruction of our land. Through this delicate sense of scale, Daniel’s striking, and sometimes abstract, images reveal the truth about our surroundings. Photographs from his two most recent series, Iceland and Greenland, are on view at EXPO Chicago.
Daniel Beltrá calls attention to ecological devastation by depicting the consequences in arresting works of art—but not just for art’s sake…continue reading– Smithsonian
Arno Rafael Minkkinen is well known for his black and white photographs that juxtapose both body and landscape in remarkable ways. Arno has been making nude self-portrait photographs since 1971. Without the use of an assistant, he creates his images from single negatives. Within his work Arno embraces his surroundings interacting with the environment by adding subtle and sculptural elements of his body. These unmanipulated prints are stunning to say the least; definitely something you don’t want to miss it at this year’s EXPO Chicago.
Elegant, witty, inventive, and often stunningly beautiful, the pictures he creates in these circumstances stand first and foremost as acts of visual creativity … these photographs form an astonishing account of one man’s primal engagement with the civilized and natural worlds, and with himself—both a physical odyssey and a psychological voyage of the human spirit.
– critic and curator, A.D. Coleman
We are excited to debut a piece from Clarissa Bonet’s latest series Stray Light at this year’s EXPO Chicago. In her ongoing series City Space she captures a personal perception of the urban environment. Now, in Stray Light we see her play with a perception of city life as she melts building facades and architectural details into the darkness. Her photographs are abstract nocturnal urban landscapes with glowing windows in a sea of pitch black. The light emanating from each window references a world unknown, evoking a sense of mystery and awe.
As [Clarissa Bonet] the photographer continued to experiment with the nocturnal landscape of Chicago, her new project, Stray Light, took form. In both city-centric series, her images are rooted in the principle that gives life to all photography—light… continue reading
– The Wall Street Journal
CEG is thrilled to be debuting Ysabel LeMay’s lastest piece, Nexus, 2015 at EXPO Chicago. Throughout her work, Ysabel combines her technical expertise from graphic design with her deep-seated roots as a painter. Complex, yet organic, her pieces take you into an abstract world illustrating the power and divinity of nature. At first glance, you might think you are looking at a hyper-realistic painting. However, Ysabel’s innovative technique is a lengthy process during which hundreds of photographs are taken and light and visual properties are attuned. She then assembles one detail at a time in a painterly fashion to form a single composition. Three of Ysabel’s most recent photographs are on view at EXPO Chicago.
Ysabel LeMay’s hypercollages entice viewers to embrace the beauty that is nature.
– Nikki Escudero, American Art Collector Magazine