Gabe Lanza at One River Lincoln Square

Submitted by OneRiver on Tue, 11/06/2018 - 8:57am
Gabe Lanza at One River Lincoln Square 11/16/18 6-8 pm
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to Friday, December 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

Join One River School Lincoln Square for the opening reception of new work by artist Gabe Lanza

Friday November 16th 6pm-8pm

As a multidisciplinary artist, Lanza’s paintings, mixed media works and fiber studies introduces a simple story that freezes the dialogue while allowing the viewer to imagine what’s happening before and after. While drawing inspiration from his travels around the world as a rug designer, his interest in folk and textile art offers an aesthetic richness full of colors, narratives and textures. 

Lanza’s work process is split between the exploration of the medium being used and a heavily sketched out and clear understanding of the finished project. This process allows him to work toward something slightly abstract that becomes more focused as his decisions with the materials and sketches play themselves out.

Challenging the judgement between textiles and fine art, Lanza’s new direction in fibers embraces a technique that in the United States is traditionally called “womens crafts” and often pushed into other craft disciplines like sewing and quilting.  

He investigates what this practice means and how it is possible to renew this traditional craft for a contemporary and modern audience. In doing so, he allows the viewer to question the commercial ambition often associated with the technique used to produce rugs or carpets.  

Regardless of media or artistic discipline, Lanza’s work is a materialization of his nostalgia for cartoons and toys of the past, blending a delicate balance of humor, beauty and awkwardness.

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Location and contact
One River School Lincoln Square
4625 N, Lincoln Ave
Chicago  Illinois  60625
United States
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