Forming Function Art Series
Part One:

Three Art Exhibitions:

 

The Beginning of

a Third Chicago School

 

and

Hunting With Louis Sullivan

 

and

Tools of the Trade

Three exhibits over two cities begins Galaudet Gallery’s Forming Function Art Series.

 

The first exhibit is called The Beginning of a Third Chicago School and it brings together the 21st Century Chicago Artists’ Studios 3 (CAS3) to show the new artistic focus in Chicago where artists and architects, photographers and ceramicists, sculptors and creatives will join forces with business leaders and gallery owners to usher in a Third Chicago School.  With the power to make our dreams reality, we continue this tradition. 15 artists and 3 architects will display their work at Euro in Chicago's West Town neighborhood.  

 

The second exhibit Galaudet Gallery will host as part of their Forming Function Art Series is  Hunting with Louis Sullivan which explores 21st Century connections between Sullivan's book about his philosophy of nature leading the way to greater understanding of culture, community and art A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man's Powers, with  the 21st Century art of Vicki Milewski  an abstract experientialist who challenges the boundaries of canvas, film, paper, words and music; her mixing of mediums in artworks and in compelling art collections which pursue experiences expressing the healing potential of nature and her egalitarian philosophy of society founded in her belief of the sacredness of all life. 

 

Milewski and Sullivan’s individual works often make precise references to sites, history, metaphysics and the meaning of communal living with both of these artists believing in new technologies but not at the cost of meaningful everyday experiences for everyone.   Sullivan influenced The First Chicago School; Milewski now contends the Third Chicago School is beginning with an interleaving of artists and architects who share Sullivan's metaphysical philosophy about the real function of art and architecture and the true reality of a democracy that respects all living things as equals. 

The third exhibit for Forming Function will be held in Eau Claire, WI and is Tools of the Trade.  Refocusing the idea of tools into works of art.  Sometimes abstracted, re-purposed or in their original states, these works of art challenge our expectations of everyday tools and what they can produce in skilled hands.  Primary artist Mike Milewski places historical accuracy and abstraction on the same plane creating intellectually stimulating works which also contain humor in the realization that a piece may have once been a hammer, that a sun may have once been a saw blade, that a drill bit may pose as a leg.  Milewski says he enjoys breaking down the walls between the real and the abstract since in the rubble there lies a truth about work.

 

 

Forming Function Art Series

 

In support of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Galaudet Gallery began their Forming Function Art Series in 2015 and intends to coordinate each successive iteration with the biennial schedule of every two years. 

 

The art series’ title of Forming Function is a play on words from a famous quote by Louis Sullivan, "Form ever follows function” which has been misunderstood as a minimalistic view of architecture and art when really Sullivan was speaking of a much broader version of the word "function" to include our cultural life, our spiritual life, our artistic views which can merge and support one another.  In elucidating Sullivan’s quote, Galaudet Gallery also seeks to expose the emergence of a Third Chicago School

 

The First Chicago School originated with Chicago Architects like Louis Sullivan during the turn of the 20th Century. Tasked with first rebuilding Chicago after a great fire and then rewarded with a bustling downtown business district that needed larger, taller buildings, the architects, educators and artists of the First Chicago School had a rare opportunity to think about their contribution to the evolution of Chicago.  Sullivan thought considerably about it and felt that nature held the blueprints for how buildings, cities and communities should grow.  This was the First Chicago School.

 

Starting in the 1950's through to the 1970's Chicago had a Second Chicago School of architects, educators and artists who believed in experiences both aesthetic and communal.  Skyscrapers were given their shine during this time in order to elicit an experience from those outside the building and inside it.  John Dewey revolutionized education with his experiential philosophy modernized the Phenomenology Philosophy from the beginning of the century.  Artists both embraced these modern ideas and also rebelled against them. This was the Second Chicago School. 

 

Both these schools promoted new technologies and construction methods that worked with the art of their given times and created new avenues for art and architecture to follow.

 

Now as we turn fully into the 21st Century we have found the Third Chicago School in the dissolution of a hierarchical system for producing, disseminating and collecting art which has created a new platform to work from that is based on networks, dialogue and cooperation.  Architecture is experiencing this transition as it seeks more sustainable ways to design, build and reclaim.  The arts have always looked to nature for inspiration and structuring and now is no different; however, we are looking with new eyes that have vast amounts of information to integrate, understand and take into consideration. 

The beginning of a Third Chicago School of Art, Architecture and Philosophy is curated in 2 exhibitions this Fall.  Galaudet Gallery brings together the 21st Century Chicago Artists’ Studios 3 (CAS3) to show the new artistic focus in Chicago where artists and architects, photographers and ceramicists, sculptors and creatives will join forces with business leaders and gallery owners to usher in a Third Chicago School.  With the power to make our dreams reality, we continue this tradition.

 

Galaudet Gallery explores the beginning of a Third Chicago School of Art, Architecture and Philosophy in two juried art exhibitions and their corresponding lecture series with its inspiration being the original “Chicago School” from the turn of the last century and "The Second Chicago School" from the 1950’s—1970’s. In viewing these two schools from the 21st Century’s future-oriented perspective and unrivaled access to historical ideas, Galaudet Gallery posits that both schools included more than architecture since they enlivened the other arts and enriched educational theories as well as economic forces.   Both these Chicago Schools of Art promoted new technologies and construction methods that worked with the art of their given times and created new avenues for art and architecture to follow.  The Beginning of a Third Chicago School will be seen in two Art Exhibits at two venues during the Fall of 2015:

 

 

The two exhibits take place in West Town a block away from each other where there was once an industrial zone  and now there are innovative startups and pioneering businesses blending with artists to create an urban studio setting— CAS3.  Now there is a network moving toward a common goal—the creation of art and dialogue about art— CAS3.  Now there is the Third Chicago School, a collection of architects as artists, painters as artists, musicians as artists, writers as artists working in their environment sustainably, crazily, beautifully— CAS3.

 

Forming Function list of events:

All events are free and open to the public

 

10/1/15

Opening Receptions:

 

Forming Function

5pm—7pm Euro Furniture 2145 W. Grand

 

Hunting with Louis Sullivan

7pm—9pm Galaudet Gallery 2223 W. Hubbard 

 

10/24/15

Artists Talks

 

Forming Function

Noon—4pm Euro Furniture 7 artists and architects

talk about their 21st Century work, studios and visions

 

Hunting with Louis Sullivan

3:30pm—4:30pm Galaudet Gallery Vicki Milewski's talk about Louis Sullivan

and her Sullivan inspired art collection "Hunting with Louis Sullivan"

 

11/14/15

Closing Receptions

 

Forming Function

3pm—6pm Euro Furniture 2145 W. Grand

 

Hunting with Louis Sullivan

6pm—9pm Galaudet Gallery 2223 W. Hubbard 

 

 

List of CAS3 participating Artists and Architects:

 

Vicki Milewski, Artist

http://vickimilewski.wix.com/vmartist

 

Joseph and Tomoko Nagle, Artist

Nagle Photography

http://nagleweb.com/

 

Allan A. Teske, Artist & Architect

http://www.allanateske.com/

 

Jennifer Marie Chertow, Artist

http://www.jenniferchertow.com/

 

Erika Estefania Doyle, Artist

www.erikaestefaniadoyle.com

 

Megan Williamson, Artist

http://www.meganwilliamson.com/

 

Tim Wang, Architect

 

James Beck, Artist

Studio Beck

 

Jenna Isbell, Artist

http://www.creativeclaythings.com/

aboutus/jennasgallery.html

 

Michael Milewski, Artist

 

Alt Architecture + Research Associates LLC

Paul Alt, Architect

http://www.aaplusr.com/

 

Shawn Vincent, Artist

 

Darya Orlova, Artist
 

 

The Wheel:  Auditorium Building Windows

Design by  Louis Sullivan

Photo by Vicki Milewski

The Third Chicago School

 

The 21st Century Chicago Artist Studio 3 (CAS3) is explored in these two exhibitions and their corresponding  lecture series with its inspiration from “The Chicago School” which originated with Chicago Architects like Louis Sullivan during the turn of the 20th Century.   Starting in the 1950's throughout the 1970's Chicago had "The Second Chicago School" of architects.   Both these schools promoted new technologies and construction methods that worked with the art of their given times and created new avenues for art and architecture to follow.

 

Now as we turn fully into the 21st Century we have found the “Third Chicago School” in the Chicago Artist Studio 3 (CAS3).  The dissolution of a hierarchical system for producing, disseminating and collecting art has created a new platform to work from that is based on networks, dialogue and cooperation.  Architecture is experiencing this transition also as it seeks more sustainable ways to design, build and reclaim.  The arts have always looked to nature for inspiration and structuring and now is no different; however, we are looking with new eyes that have vast amounts of information to integrate, understand and take into consideration.  CAS3 embraces this new looking and puts out the call for others to see anew too.

CAS3 Exhibit at Euro Furniture:
Forming Function

 

Chicago artists will be exhibited in EuroFurniture’s wonderful 40,000 sf space throughout Chicago Artists Month (10/1/15—11/15/15).  Both the carefully selected furniture and the artworks by curated artists are part of this exhibit.

 

Galaudet Gallery’s curatorial staff judged over 100 Chicago artists before selecting the 14 artists for Forming Function.  The selection criteria included choosing art of remarkable quality and a Chicago theme and also selecting artists who embrace the 21st Century and are working on pieces that inform the type of “function” Louis Sullivan advocated:  a function that goes beyond mere usefulness of art and architecture and moves into seeing those pursuits as supports for the kind of cultural, spiritual and communal life we wish to have so that our art and architecture can help us make those wishes into realities.

Forming Function Artists and Architects will also deliver talks about their changing studios, their use of Chicago places in the making of their art and  the state of art making and architecture today.  These talks will take place on October 24, 2015 from noon-4pm at EuroFurniture surrounded by the exhibition and are free and open to the public. 

 

Euro Furniture at 2145 W Grand Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

 

http://www.eurofurniture.com/

CAS3 Exhibit at Galaudet Gallery:
Hunting with Louis Sullivan

 

Galaudet Gallery will host the exhibit Hunting with Louis Sullivan which explores 21st Century connections between Sullivan's A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man's Powers, his egalitarian ideas about society which he proposed would mirror nature and his philosophy about the function of culture, art and architecture with  the 21st Century art of Vicki Milewski  an abstract experientialist who challenges the boundaries of canvas, film, paper, words and music; her mixing of mediums in artworks and in compelling art collections which pursue experiences expressing the healing potential of nature and her egalitarian philosophy of society founded in her belief of the sacredness of all life.  

 

Milewski and Sullivan’s individual works often make precise references to sites, history, metaphysics and the meaning of communal living with both of these artists believing in new technologies but not at the cost of meaningful everyday experiences for everyone.   Sullivan influenced “The Chicago School” which was the first Chicago school of which Milewski now contends the “Third Chicago School” is beginning with an interleaving of artists and architects who share Sullivan's metaphysical philosophy about the real function of art and architecture and the true reality of a democracy that respects all living things as equals.  Works by Louis Sullivan and Vicki Milewski’s art collection Hunting with Louis Sullivan, comprised of large scale works that are inspired by Sullivan with some integrating Sullivan’s drawings and ideas, will be the main exhibition focus.

 

October 1

 7pm--9pm there will be an opening reception

 

October 24th

4pm—5pm Vicki Milewski's Talk "Hunting with Louis Sullivan" 

 

November 14

6pm--9pm there will be a closing reception

 

 

Galaudet Gallery 2223 W. Hubbard

Chicago, IL 60612

 

http://galaudetgallery.wix.com/ggllc