“Building a Universe” by Jacob Watts

Chicago Project artist Jacob Watts shared with us a new body of work entitled Building a Universe. Jacob’s curiosity in the Pleiades star cluster led him to research ancient mythology, and apply it to a modern re-telling of the tale:

“I remember being very young when I first saw the Pleiades star cluster. Peering into the summer night sky, watching the faint lights twinkle, I wondered why no one else around me seemed fascinated with it. That night burned into my memory and my interest in the cluster emerged again as an adult. Research revealed to me that many other people were fascinated with it: almost every other civilization for thousands of years had their own mythology about the Pleiades. The story was told in many different ways, but a common thread involving the Seven Sisters was ubiquitous. Believing that this ancient story should be given new life, I wanted to create my own version to pass on its tradition of storytelling. Building A Universe is a modern retelling of the mythology of the Pleiades and the Seven Sisters in the realm of science fiction.

“Using a process of photography rich with photo-manipulation, the images follow a story of the Seven Sisters on their journey to help a dying Earth from the destruction of nature. Hailed to the last civilization, Aymatoposem, the Sisters discover the planet’s nature is being consumed by large cube structures. Having been hailed by a man named ‘The Inventor,’ they travel to his laboratory to find his book he left behind for them. This book holds writings and blueprints to build machines for different tests to run on the large flying structures, and maybe even stop them.”

Using the Information Gathered from the Three Tests, the Seven Sister Search Through a River for the First Cube Built, 2017
Using the Information Gathered from the Three Tests, the Seven Sister Search Through a River for the First Cube Built, 2017
See more of Building a Universe, as well as work from Jacob’s other series, Evolution by viewing our online gallery.

You can see the full Building a Universe story on Jacob’s website.

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New addition to The Chicago Project, Andy Goodwin!

We are excited to introduce our new Chicago Project Artist, Andy Goodwin.

Andy is a commercial and fine art photographer based in Chicago. The following are a few images from his series, Charreada, along with his artist statement. Visit The Chicago Project website to see more of his work.

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Charreada 18, 2015 © Andy Goodwin

The Charreada, predecessor to the American Rodeo.

What began as a curious look into a sport I was unfamiliar with became a fascinating journey into the world of the Charro, a proud culture filled with ordinary Mexican Americans who suit up on the weekends to keep their tradition alive. The time and money spent perfecting these skills handed down from 100 years ago is an incredible spectacle to behold. It’s a dangerous sport and the rewards are often little or nothing with men commonly getting injured. Tradition can be a good enough reason to participate in something but there is a shared importance and comfort here that I think helps these dedicated horsemen stay connected to each other and to a heritage that must seem far away.

Charreada 1, 2015 © Andy Goodwin
Charreada 1, 2015 © Andy Goodwin
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Charreada 2, 2015 @ Andy Goodwin

If you are interested in learning more about The Chicago Project or would like information on how to submit, click HERE. The next Chicago Project exhibition, featuring new artists in the project, is scheduled for Summer 2017!

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Call for entries – The Chicago Project

Catherine Edelman Gallery is accepting photography submissions for our ongoing online gallery that focuses on local talent in the Chicagoland area. Images can range from traditional to mixed media photo-based works, and is open to all subject matter. There is no deadline.

ACCEPTING EMAIL SUBMISSIONS ONLY.
Please attach in a single PDF Document (1 image per page):
10 – 20 images (Include Title)

Please attach as Word documents:
Resume
Artist Statement
Title and Price List (Include dimensions and medium of work)
Contact Information (including phone number and email address)

Please send submissions to:
info@edelmangallery.com
Subject: The Chicago Project

This is an online exhibition gallery only. Participation in The Chicago Project does not constitute representation, and does not oblige the artist to the gallery or vice versa. Applicants cannot have representation in the Midwest.

If you have questions, please contact juli@edelmangallery.com
Absolutely no phone calls.

View the full list of The Chicago Project artists on our website.

Migrants8smMigrants 8, 2015 © Krista Svalbonas

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My dream is to realize who I truly am
, 2007 © Tealia Ellis Ritter

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Skilift, 2011
© Lauren Wilkins

Neverdoll_05Photograph #5, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda

 

Introducing The Chicago Project Artist, Katarzyna Derda!

We are excited to introduce The Chicago Project artist, Katarzyna Derda.

Katarzyna Derda was born and raised in small town in Poland.  She decided to move to the United States in her early 20’s, and that is where she discovered her passion for photography.  In 2006, Katarzyna was accepted to the Daily Herald’s Newspaper Internship.  During this time, photojournalism became a dynamic way of gaining experience and polishing her skills.  After an inspiring year, Katarzyna decided to go back to school to develop her technical skills and look for a new medium of expression.

Photograph #2, 2014
Photograph #2, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda

Katarzyna began photographing and experimenting with different types of prints when she discovered the process of lith printing.  She began her work using dolls and figurines that she felt she had a connection with. Using inanimate objects in her work has been difficult, but at the same time extremely gratifying.  Katarzyna is able to pour her emotions into these images using these dolls to tell the story.

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Photograph #2, 2014 in the making

Since 2012, her works have been exhibited in various group exhibitions across the United States and Europe.  In 2014, she was a finalist for her work in some of the most prestigious competitions, such as The Royal Photographic Society 157th International Print Exhibition, the 6th Julia Cameron Award, and the Photographer’s Forum Magazine.  She has received first place in the MIFA; Moscow International Foto Award and Honorable Mention in the IPA; International Photography Award.

Select images from Katarzyna’s Neverdoll series are on view in our current exhibition, The Chicago Project VI: Selections from our Online Gallery running through August 29th.

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Neverdoll is a cinematic narrative that uses storytelling as a way to confront emotional states such as melancholy, loneliness and fear. The photographs represent pivotal moments in life’s journey, which is often a mysterious and romantic voyage. With the use of a small doll, with large eyes as the subject, the viewer is encouraged to immerse in themselves into these moments and to view the world differently. The artist, Fantoche, created the doll.

 Neverdoll is ongoing project photographed with a medium format camera and printed in a darkroom using lith process. This process provides me the opportunity to create one of kind photographs that are as delicate and gritty as life itself. The lith prints are then scanned and printed as mounted pigment prints.

Photograph #8, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda
Photograph #8, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda

I think that in some way my projects bring out my inner demons and some emotions buried deep may surface through some photographs.  The projects are not autobiographical and they have their own stories, but some of my feelings and emotions do come through.  I have been told that my work is like ‘painting photographs’.  It was one of the greatest things I’ve heard about my work to this day.

– Katarzyna Derda

Katarzyna Derda added to The Chicago Project!

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to The Chicago Project, Katarzyna Derda. Take a peek at a few of Katarzyna’s images along with her artist statement. Be sure to visit The Chicago Project website to see more of her work!

Photograph #12, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda
Photograph #12, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda

Neverdoll

Neverdoll is a cinematic narrative that uses storytelling as a way to confront emotional states such as melancholy, loneliness and fear. The photographs represent pivotal moments in life’s journey, which is often a mysterious and romantic voyage. With the use of a small doll, with large eyes as the subject, the viewer is encouraged to immerse in themselves into these moments and to view the world differently. The artist, Fantoche, created the doll.

Neverdoll is ongoing project photographed with a medium format camera and printed in a darkroom using lith process. This process provides me the opportunity to create one of kind photographs that are as delicate and gritty as life itself. The lith prints are then scanned and printed as mounted pigment prints.

Photograph #2, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda
Photograph #2, 2014 © Katarzyna Derda

If you are interested in learning more about The Chicago Project or would like information on how to submit, click HERE.

CEG adds new photographer to The Chicago Project!

CEG is pleased to announce a new addition to The Chicago Project: Mehves Lelic. Be sure to visit The Chicago Project online gallery to see more images by all the artists!

Untitled (Gostivar), 2013 © Mehves Lelic
Untitled (Gostivar), 2013 © Mehves Lelic

This series [One] explores the relationship of subjects with their environment with respect to two particular functions: singularity and time. Through the images I document the subject(s) over passing time, or in times far apart, capturing the change in the nature of their singularity or highlighting a counter-factual relationship with their environment by overlaying and masking. In certain frames the multiple subjects are indeed left in a state of loneliness (or singularity) and in others, they have transformed out of such state through the juxtaposition of many co-subjects in the single frame.

Perhaps through these experiments of overlaying and amassing, the photographs aim to reveal a true Notion of singularity that cannot be aided by the eye. The subjects are lonely. The various subjects in the single venue linger in different times; they are one in their own time, in a private space, and their oneness is captured and unchanging in the way that it relates them to their environment.

The individual images are products of documentary work, whereas the final work relates a documentary universe to a conceptual one. The layering introduces variable times in which the subjects and their environment interact in real or manipulated ways, challenging their private space and giving them an enhanced state of plurality.

Isolated Building Studies is published in Japan

Chicago Project photographer, David Schalliol, stopped by the gallery today to give us a copy of his recent publication, Isolated Building Studies. The book was produced by Japanese photography book publisher Utakatado. The 56-page softcover book is 7.5″ x 11.5″ and features 36 photographs from the series.

The book is already available in Asia, and will soon be available in the U.S. without shipping directly from Japan. In the meantime, if you are outside of Asia and would like a copy, you can purchase the book directly from David. The book is $19 (tax included), plus $4 for shipping within the U.S.

Thumbnails of several photographs included in the book.

To see more work by David Schalliol and other Chicago Project artists, click here.