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Professor Baker Exhibits at ARC Gallery in Chicago

Professor Allison Baker, department of Studio Art and Art History, exhibits work in the "Realities and Art" show at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL.

The show is described below.

"Reality, Realism, Representation. Art is often about searching for and expressing reality, whether literally or conceptually. In our last juried show, “Consciousness of Abstraction”, we were interested in the movement away from imagery. This exhibition is a continuation of the conversation— from the considering of abstraction to the considering of its sibling genre, realism, reality and representation — or Reality and Art.

This environment of shifting and contradicting truths, denial of science, proliferation of ‘alternative facts,’ and manipulations of imagery makes understanding reality and truth an illusive undertaking. The artist’s striving to express and understand reality becomes more complicated with this shifting appropriation of what is mere perception and what is reality. This show includes work that is representational in both the traditional sense of being compelled to express what you see and reality as a conceptual sense of using the contemporary current environment as a reference."

Exhibition Dates: Sept 2-26, 2020; Virtual Opening Reception Sat. Sept 12, 4-5pm CST; works may be viewed by appointment at ARC Gallery.