Palo Bratranec a Stano Grezdo, Exhibition in Elektrárňa Piešťany, 2017
The exhibition brings together the works of two artists and long time friends, both natives of Piešťany, who share similar attitudes towards religion, politics and life. These artists use a combination of mixed media techniques to achieve specific effects that emphasize messages within the works. Each of the artists approaches his art with a distinct perspective resulting in images that are both bold and unapologetic. In a world of over-information, this exhibition offers insight into personal and social issues that interest the artists, while also causing them disconcertment.
About the Elektrarana
Elektrárňa Piešťany (EP), a renovated power plant, is now an industrial monument from the early 20th century. The former general power station, which started its activity in 1906 and since 1995 is listed on the register of national cultural monuments, now functions as a cultural center for Piešťany and vicinity.
Stano’s print I am Watching You, 2016, screen-print on paper, is part of the “Superstition Vol. 1” portfolio published by Arceo Press, Chicago in 2016. Superstition Vol. 1 & Vol.2 includes 47 artists each contributing one print. Total edition of 30 portfolios. After New York exhibition this two portfolios are now on tour in Mexico.
PAST EVENT – Stano is participating in an exhibition SHOUT! As political passions sweep the country, public expression has taken the form of marching, petitioning, donating, writing to congress. While ARC Gallery encourages all these voices of outrage and resistance, the gallery is particularly committed to supporting creative expression as a vital and essential avenue of engagement as well. The creativity of signs at recent marches are just one inspiring example.
Because of this, ARC invited artists to participate in an exhibition, opening on July 19th, which will bring together a host of voices, culminating in a collaborative SHOUT! for justice, democracy, and equality.
ARC embraces the imperative that as artists, we will be SHOUTING to be heard!
Participating Artists: Sobia Ahmad, Jenny Balisle, Heather Beardsley, Lisa Bjornstad, Laurie Borggreve, Jordan Ferranto, Nancy Fritz, Francesca Gagliano, Stano Grezdo, Karen Hanken, Michael Hubbard, Lyle Kleinhans, Ryan Lewis, Song Park, Monica Quist, Caison Wang, Margi Weir and Yiqing Zhang. Juried by Patricia Nguyen
2156 N Damen, Chicago, IL 60647
Gallery hours: Thurs – Sat 12 pm-6 pm Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, July 21, 2017, 6pm – 9pm
PAST EVENT – Stano G. at Walls of Solitude (HRADBY SAMOTY) in Slovakia. Walls of Solitude is festival which focuses on audio-visual projects affecting musical genres as dark ambient, dark folk, drone, industrial, noise. The idea behind the festival is bringing together these genres with the mysterious atmosphere of monuments marked by the ravages of time.
More information – HERE
PAST EVENT – Stano part of the exhibition Curators Create in Bridgeport Art Center. Each of the artist in this exhibit is serving, or has served, as curator at an arts center, gallery, museum, or college/university. More info – HERE
May 19 – July 7, 2017
Bridgeport Art Center
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Chornobyl: Artists Respond portfolio Exhibition April 7 - 30, 2017 The Ukrainian Institute of America, New York
PAST EVENT – On the occasion of the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) disaster’s thirtieth anniversary in 2016, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago commissioned a fine art print portfolio and accompanying exhibition titled “Chornobyl: Artists Respond.” On thirty-first anniversary, this exhibition is traveling to The Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) in New York
The UIMA invited thirty Chicago-based artists to participate in the project—each artist creating an original print in an edition of forty—in commemoration of the tragic event. Coming from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, the artists were challenged to address the project reflecting on personal and global knowledge and interpretation of the Chornobyl disaster. The resulting artworks illustrate a range of motifs and themes, from scenes of the Chornobyl plant accident site and its immediate aftermath, to commentary on its current state and its weighty correlation to other worldwide nuclear risks and accidents. The artists’ viewpoints are as varied as the means they employed in the execution of their prints, from traditional relief, intaglio, lithographic, and screenprint techniques, to methods of additional coloring and material applications. More info – HERE
Exhibit April 7 – 30, 2017
Opening reception Friday April 7 6-8pm.
Ukrainian Institute of America
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
PAST EVENT – Stano’s print I am Watching You, 2016, screen-print on paper, is part of the “Superstition Vol. 1” portfolio published by Arceo Press, Chicago in 2016. Superstition Vol. 1 & Vol.2 includes 47 artists each contributing one print. Total edition of 30 portfolios.
April 13 – May 31, 2017
CORONADO PRINT STUDIO
180 E. 118 Street Studio #5, 3 Floor
New York, NY 10035
Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm
PAST EVENT – Submissive Exhibitions is pleased to announce the opening of Stano’s exhibition titled ORGANIZED DISTURBANCE OF THE PEACE.
In 1976 in Czechoslovakia, the band Plastic People of the Universe (PPU) were arrested and put on trial by the Communist government. They were accused and convicted of “organized disturbance of the peace” and sentenced to terms in prison ranging from 8 to 18 months. Although the band was not associated with politics, the Communist regime’s accusations against them resulted in many protests. Motivated in part by these arrests of members of the PPU, dissident writer Václav Havel, with others, wrote the document “Charta 77,” a petition that demanded that the Communist government of Czechoslovakia recognize certain basic human rights. The Trial of the Plastic People of the Universe became a milestone for the opposition against the Communist regime, and ultimately led to the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989.
The works in this autobiographical display were created as a retrospective of the artist’s own life. The works use photographs, replicas, reconstructions, mementos, and ideas combined with the artist’s new perspectives. These works are presented as historical relics. They are inspired by the post-soviet era underground scenes that took place in Czechoslovakia around the time of Velvet revolution in 1989.
This exhibit highlights the fact that an underground culture can be invisible yet active under any political regime, and also independent from mainstream culture. The events were not only a place for music, but also for meetings, parties and other cultural or political activities. In this concept, the installation can be viewed as a symbolic place for free artistic expression under the oppressive regimes in any time, in any country in the world.
March 24 – April 6, 2017
Opening: Saturday at 2 PM – 5 PM
THE SUB-MISSION EXHIBITIONS
1431 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
PAST EVENT – 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago has commissioned a fine art print portfolio titled “Chornobyl: Artists Respond.” UIMA invited 30 Chicago artists to participate in this project, each artist creating an edition of 40 original prints for the portfolio in remembrance of the event. The artists, who come from different cultural backgrounds, approached this project from unique perspectives, reflecting on their individual experiences and knowledge of the Chornobyl disaster. The all 30 original prints will be on display in the UIMA’s East Gallery from April 1 to August 21, 2016. Featured image by Stano G., Danger is Over, 2015, screen-print. View whole portfolio – HERE
Opening reception April 1, 2016 (6-9pm)
April 1 – August 21, 2016
UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART
2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622