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Expo de jeunes artistes  I   Young Artists EXPO POP UP 

Saturday, February 10th and 17th from 2pm -6pm

Exhibition extended till March 3rd.

DreamBox Gallery presents Young Artists EXPO – the artwork of students and participants of after school art classes (1st through 5th grade) at the French International School in Chicago. As part of the Before-And-After art classes, drawing and ceramics are taught by visual artist and art teacher of Lycée Français de Chicago – Anne Seigenthaler. 

THE EXHIBITION IS CURATED  by  A N N E  S E I G E N T H A L E R  and  I W O N A  B I E D E R M A N N 

The Innocent Eye –
Expo de Jeunes Artistes

But genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will…
Charles Baudelaire, “The Painter of Modern Life” (1863)

Seeing the drawings of the children from the Lycée Français de Chicago, I was struck by the freshness and sophistication of the life-sized, brightly dyed works on paper. Some of the silhouettes, outlines of the children’s bodies, are steeped in a trans-like motion that suggests a dreamy playfulness à la Matisse’s La Danse. Others are saturated with eerie stillness and could remind one of drawings by graffiti artist Keith Haring.

These silhouettes, since their interior is not patterned but full of texture of a single color – pink, purple, green – can be seen as shadows in motion. The uniform plainness of the shapes provides a wonderful contrast to the compact multi-colored ornaments that surround the flowing contours drawn around the authors themselves to the edge of the paper. One must think, not surprisingly, about the tightly patterned, exuberantly colored wallpapers of Matisse’s interiors.

The charcoal portraits in smaller format, are also remarkable for their raw directness and expressive power. They could easily be compared to works of Jean Dubuffet, Paul Klee and many others, but what is truly revealing is that they, the children’s works, should not be compared to the great masters, but the opposite. It is obvious (and documented) that the masters were the ones who studied the paintings and drawings executed by children. This exhibition reminds us why.

The works on paper by the students of Lycée Français de Chicago recovered in me the pure joy of being a kid again, full of freedom, unrestrained imagination and audacity to conquer and stretch beyond two-dimensional space.

It came to me that, after exposure to more than century-old examples of children’s art works in contemporary society (where culture increasingly is something to be consumed) we are reminded of the power of our children’s talent to get to the point. It is obvious that not children, but adults need to be cultivated.

This remarkable exhibition is curated by ANNE SEIGENTHALER and IWONA BIEDERMANN who are giving our young artists the stage they deserve.

Aleksander Najda
and Rita Dommermuth

 

A group of artists and poets meet on the last Saturday of each month (from 4pm-6pm) for CONVERSATION with EACH OTHER about ART and POETRY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION view POETRY BOX.