Contemporary Art


November 6 - December 30, 2009

opening reception: November 6, 5-8pm

Kathleen Waterloo: map quest

Julie Karabenick: just around the block



Kathleen Waterloo is considered one of Chicago’s most prolific encaustic artists.  Waterloo’s encaustic paintings are inspired by and infused with an architectural vernacular, which can be linked back to her twenty-year career in Interior Architecture.  A perfected technique of the encaustic medium is evident in Waterloo’s abstracted geometric forms embedded in layer upon layer of the thick wax, which are partially transparent yet powerfully expressed by the drips and irregularities of the vibrantly painted colors.  She uses this powerful language in map questto explore the directional journey from her studio address to two dozen major art museums in the United States.  Cleverly expounding on the internet resource mapquest, the impetus for the show’s inspiration, Waterloo transforms the networks of winding pathways into more than a representation of travel, but an experience in itself. In her exciting new work she fuses neon lighting with select encaustic pieces.

Waterloo has exhibited in England, Italy, Singapore and Spain. She has also exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center for Art Futura, curated by James Rondeau from the Art Institute, in addition to being in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Biennial. Waterloo’s work is included in their collections among numerous other private and corporate collections



Julie Karabenick is intrigued and inspired by the expressive power of simple geometric shapes.  From the stability and symmetry of the grid, Karabenick creates compositions that are both asymmetrical and dynamically balanced. In just around the block, her paintings are filled with tension and movement as the colored squares seem to re-cluster themselves into various shapes and networks on the canvas.  Karabenick says of her work, “A precarious and shifting order prevails, but its rules remain elusive.”

Karabenick has exhibited her work widely throughout the Midwest and the East Coast.  She has also curated exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia, and since 2005, is the editor of an online scholarly project called Geoform. Karabenick’s work is found in many private collections as well as in the American Embassy, Tbilisi, Georgia.  She lives in Ann Arbor, MI.

September 11 - October 31, 2009
Show Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 5-8 pm

Headlong Past and Fast Forward | Alicia LaChance

"I am inspired by ancient, worn temple walls and the virtue of, Japanese print maker, Utamaro's design fluency. I am equally inspired by minimal purities of the power of color, color's reaction to other color, and pure mark-making. Mark-making represents to me a record of time and activity while exposing the artistic process and its vulnerabilities. The spontaneous scraping and layering in these works impart energy and capriciousness atop a weathered undertone. My work intends to create a story of continuity between the past and present by collaging small bits of, what I consider contemporary graphic symbolism with nature references. This lexicon is meant to bridge the healthy, tangibility of nature with a certain positivity regarding our modernity. Ultimately, I hope these paintings resonate with a broad spectrum of people, engaging the viewer in present time with a modern beauty created through worn surfaces and contemporary imagery."

Alicia LaChance has exhibited throughout the West and Midwest. Her work has recently been acquired by the Flat files, Contemporary Museum of Art in St. Louis, MO as well as a part of many other corporate and private collections including the Kate Spade offices in New York, Gap Inc., San Francisco, Citadel and HGTV.



Group Gallery Exhibition
July 10 - August 28

Theresa Handy: spinning girl
Jeremiah Ketner: magical moments

Theresa Handy

Theresa Handy, a new artist to the gallery, is inspired by the complexity of human interaction with the world, and creates irregularly shaped multiple panel paintings that evoke a sense of longing and nostalgia about emory and place. She photographs her source images in her own surroundings - shooting digital pictures of urban and rural landscapes and people engaged with everyday activity. She fixes select photos onto wood panels and then paints directly over these digital prints to alter the appearance of each image, creating a multiplicity of new justapositions and meanings

Handy has exhibited throughtout the Midwest and is in many public and private collections, including the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN

Jeremiah Ketner

Jeremiah Ketner, a Chicago artist, happily blends highly engaging and animated Superflat creatures with a central figure or figures to tell a story developed in his original nature-inspired fantay world. These whimsical creatures and his vibrant color paleetes bring Ketner's imagine realities to life. After traveling throughout Japan, it is clear that this experience had a direct influence on the direction and relevance of his artwork pertaining to the anime and manga culture.

Ketner has been reviewed in Time Out Chicacgo, New York Arts Magazine, including several Asian Art publications. His work also showcased in Art Chicago 2006, as well as with the Melanee Cooper Gallery at Bridge Fair, Chicago, and Red Dot Fair, Miami, 2007

Group Gallery Exhibition
June 5 - June 26


Michael Kessler

Alicia LaChance

Tremain Smith

Cheryl Warrick

Kathleen Waterloo

March 13 - April 11, 2009
Show Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 5-8 pm

Branching Out | Michael Kessler


Michael Kessler’s organic blend of color and form articulate the ambiguity of nature. The juxtaposition of fluid and rigid lines gives his artwork a poetic aura. Exploring the fundamental elements of nature, geometry and simplicity become the central foundation to constructing Kessler’s work. Kessler elegantly applies 100 layers of acrylic paint with a trowel on a wood panel, creating a deceptively flat surface, and then finishes with varnish and gesso. The final image is a lyrical mélange of abstraction and landscape, challenging the viewer to question the implicit nature of beauty and how the universe works.

Kessler received his B.F.A from Kutztown University in his native Pennsylvania. Recipient of the Rome Prize and the Pollock/Krasner Award, his work is in the collections of over thirty museums such as The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art, and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, as well as many other public and private collections. In addition, Kessler has been reviewed by over fifty publications such as ARTnews, Art in America, Architectural Digest and the Chicago Tribune.

January 9 - February 27
Show Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 5-8 pm

Mutualism | Matthew Dennison

Matthew Dennison paints a twisted and stylistic narrative with an Americana sensibility, adding skewed perspectives and awkward figures in unusual settings that appear to be ordinary surroundings. His skill of painting and technique are displayed and completed with rich color, intriguing compositions and subtle texture. Dennison manipulates the color and paint while pouring, applying and removing a glossy industrial strength enamel with his hands, giving the work a very clean lacquered surface layer, with subtle nuances and dimensions of paint and brushstrokes that are revealed and defined beneath the layers of his finely executed paintings.

Dennison’s narrative is to record change, which he embellishes with additional information, therefore distorting reality and presenting his own version of events and interactions with his backgrounds, interior and exterior landscapes and figures. You will notice that his figures co-exist within the painting, each isolated within their own space. The only interaction of his figures is through the eyes of the viewer, while observing the scene of the painting and the story of events that Dennison is presenting. Dennison graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and has exhibited throughout the United States as well as England. His work has been featured and included in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington, as well as other private and public collections, in addition to art reviews and publications.

Gallery II
Calling Time | Jill Sutton

In Jill Sutton’s vibrant oil on canvas abstract paintings, fine details and quick expressive layers add to the organic elements and rudimentary markings that emerge from the beautifully blended backgrounds into nature-like compositions. The investigation of surface, space, pattern, structure, and atmosphere play a role in the abstracted forms she creates.

Sutton received her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. She has exhibited at the Elmhurst Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, as well as throughout the Midwest and West Coast. She was selected by James Rondeau, curator of the Art Institute of Chicago for the exhibition “Art Futura” at the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition, she has been featured in the art book publication “Living Artists”.

November 7 - December 2008
Show Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 5-8 pm

Morning Showers | Jeremiah Ketner

Read his recent Interview with Arrested Motion

Jeremaih Ketner, an emerging artist living in Chicago, creates highly engaging animated figures with inspirations from Japanese Techinicolor pop art. In his newest body of work, Ketner blends patterns from nature to develop an original fantasy world. His vibrant color palettes and highly detailed paintings bring Ketner's imagined realities to life.

Ketner has been reviewed in Time Out Chicago, New York Arts Magazine, New American Paintings, and several Asain Art publications, in addtion to being featured in Art News. His work was also showcased in Art Chicago 2005 and Red Dot Fair in Miami with Melanee Cooper Gallery.

Gallery II
Encounters | John Dempcy

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to welcome artist John Dempcy to the gallery in his first show with us featured in Gallery II. Dempcy's concepts are derived from definitions of modulation and modular design guide the direction and expression of his paintings. With these concepts in mind, drops of paint systematically applied to a grid allow the artist to explore shape, color, pattern, tone, rhythm, and mood. The resulting serieal pattern coalesces into an integrated whole, revealing processes and forms that reverberate in nature.

Dempcy received his degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, and exhibits widely throughout the West Coast.

September 5 - October 31

Show Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 5-8 pm

Architectural Fiction | Kathleen Waterloo
"...colors shimmer up through layers of wax to cause instaneous seduction"
- Alan G. Artner, Art Critic, Chicago Tribune, September 12, 2008

Considered one of our city's prolific encaustic artists, Kathleen Waterloo has been represented and exhibited at the Melanee Cooper Gallery for almost ten years. Waterloo's encaustic paintings are inspired by an architectural vernacular. Her abstract vocabulary is observations of architecture through plans, elevations, scale, lines and grids. Her perfected technique of the encaustic medium is evident in her abstracted geometric forms embedded in layers of thickly layered wax, partially transparent and aggressively expressed with drips, irregularities and vibrant colors. Characteristics of Waterloo's work are evident in her progression with an artistic voice that changes and resonates with each new body of work. This is Waterloo's sixth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Please also join us for an artist's talk with Kathleen Waterloo on October 24 in collaboration with Chicago Cultural Center's Chicago Artists Month

Gallery II
Postcards from a Sunken City | Miranda Lake

Miranda Lake's work combines one of the oldest, most archival forms of painting with the digital darkroom creating a bridge and exploring the tension between past and present, both personal and collective. Suspended figures in a collaged landscape of old ledgers, maps, and vintage kimono scraps bathed in beeswax create a sense of displacement and timelessness and invite the viewer into a world where not everything is as it first seems.

Themes of rebirth and potential have been the primary focus of Lake’s work since Hurricane Katrina with a focus on the absurd contradictions of what it means to live in postdiluvian New Orleans while grounding these impressions in a very personal iconography. Inspired by her own collection of found objects, curiosities, and imagery, Lake has opened the door into a world of domestic surrealism where fantastical dreams and stark realities coexist as one.

July 18 - August 31, 2008

Cheryl Warrick and Tremain Smith
Show Opening Reception: Friday, July 18, 5-8 pm

Nationally known artist Cheryl Warrick weaves densely layered visual elements of symbols, patterns and text with abstract landscapes to create an archetype of language that searches for wisdom in her paintings. In addition to her private collections and art reviews, for over twenty years Warrick has been included in over fifty museum and corporate collections. Selected collections: AT&T, Banana Republic, Bank of Boston, Federal Reserve Bank, General Electric, Harpo Studios, Lucent Technologies, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, and University of Chicago.

Tremain Smith's paintings draw from spirituality and the world around her. Earthly shpaes, patterns, and colors create a grid and structure which reveal themselves through encaustic layers. Order and chaos embrace the beautiful with deterioration. Smith is exhibited throughout The United States, many public and private collections include the Lancaster Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, United Embassies, Dubai, and Visa Corporation.

June 6 - July 5, 2008

Gallery Artist Group Show
Show Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 5-8 pm

michael cutlip
Michael Cutlip's paintings are a series of discoveries and expressions through the artist's unusual use of color, sometimes including narrative or displaced images. In addtion, his abstract paitnings work horizontallly through color and content createing an unusual dialogue with the viewer.

john dempcy
Concepts derived from definitions of modulation and modular design guide the direction and expression of Dempcy's paintings. With these concepts in mind, drops of paint systematically applied to a grid allow the artist to explore shape, color, pattern, tone, rhythm, and mood. The resulting serial pattern coalesces into an integrated whole, revealing processes and forms that reverberate in nature

matthew dennison
Dennison combines his sometimes distorted scale of figures and interior rooms or exterior surroundings that reflect and personify an earlier era in time. When using remote elements intertwined with personal or historical events, Dennison creates a new language exploring meanings and associations. The highly glossed surface of his work is another element that adds to the voyeuristic sense of separation. The figures and background do not seem to interact, while each occupies their own sense of space.

wade hoefer
Wade Hoefer is well known for his highly realistic landscapes, which create an atmostphere of mystery and warmth. A well-established artist, Hoefer's works have, over the past four decades, found their way into museum and corporate collections including Microsoft, Estee Lauder, and Bank of America.

michael kessler
Applying over 100 layers of acrylic paint with a trowl, Kessler's unique lacquered surfaces are a combination of nature and architecture. Kessler's work is included in ore than 20 museums and fifty corporate collections. Winner of the Pollack/Krasner award and Romeo Prize, Kessler's artwork has been revieweed in Art In America, Art News, Art Forum, New Art Examiner and Architectural Digest among many others.

jeremiah ketner
Ketner is a Chicago based emerging artist influenced by Japanese anime and pop art, while manifestion a utopian land with his mythical creatures and landscapes in his paintings.

miranda lake
A survivor of hurricane Katrina, Miranda Lake is a mixed media artist from New Orleans, recreating and interpreting a new sense of place. Combining found and old family photographes, while using a digital archival printing process with figures, maps and letters, mythical landcapes emerge. In addition, Lake paints the surface with oil and a layer of encaustic wax that adds to the luminosity, dimension and mystery of her work.

monica reede
Monica Reede's latest collection of paintings are created with a particularly engaging process. To make her mixed-media abstractions, Reede paints in oil, placess a Plexiglas layer over the paint, then etches the Plexi.

jill sutton
Biology and astronomy are the impetus for the motion in Sutton's abstract oil paintings. Sutton's higlhy detailed approach appears like cells dividing and multiplying into a new universe.

April 18 - May 31, 2008

More Exuberance Please" by alicia lachance
Show Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 5-8 pm

Alicia LaChance, Lindell Blvd, 36 x 48 inches, oil and fresco on canvas

Ancient worn temples and the fluency of Japanese printmaking are the inspirations for artist Alicia LaChance's paintings. LaChance uses fresco on canvas, spontaneously painting layers as well as scraping into these works. As the pigment is stained into the wet plaster, the image and color start to appear. Afterwards, she transfers transparent glazes of oil onto the painting, creating a lacquered surface which adds to the Asian references.

The sepia toned nature expressed by using tar with resin also imbues an antiquated quality mixed with a strong graphic abstraction of color and shape. The powerful combination and reaction of color, shape and surface creates a visual tension of material and subject that lends dynamic energy to the painting. The vignettes of color and shape create a dialogue between the abstraction and the natural quality in the imagery of painting.

The fresco on canvas creates a tactile surface, juxtaposed with a shiny veneer. Combining color with the material translates an ancient undertone of material and immaterial as well as content of surface and substance.

LaChance's work was recently acquired by the Flat files, Contemporary Museum of Art, Saint Louis, Missouri. Her work is also included in many other corporate and private collections.

February 8 - March 29, 2008

allen bentley
Show Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 5-8 pm

Allen Bentley, Wire, 28 x 77 inches, oil on canvas

Energy: spinning, connecting, pulsating energy. This is what binds us together. We move through space while ripples of energy reach out and grab those around. If you've ever been close enough to someone to feel them without looking, you know. The focus on dance is an exploration of this energy as it winds around a swirling hip and the waiting embrace or vibrates between two almost clasped hands. The awareness of proximity tingles through the couple as they whirl through the air, intoxicated.

November 16, 2007 - January 19, 2008

Green is the New Black in collaboration with CoolGlobes
Show Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 5-8 pm

Miranda Lake, The Answer's in Forgetting, 36 x 32 inches, encaustic and mixed media on panel

Mike and Doug Starn, Black Pulse 6 23 x 15 3/10 inches, lambda digital c-print

Deborah Brown, World on a String
24 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

Jill Sutton, Ember, 20 x 20 inches, oil and graphite on canvas

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition- "Green is the New Black," Joining together with the Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, Melanee Cooper Gallery curates a thematic group show of emerging and established artists in paintings, photography and mini-globes. This environmental exhibition is to inspire individuals and organizations to take personal and corporate action by implementing simple solutions to help address global warming.

Select works by: Brandon Ballengee, Deborah Brown, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Michael Cutlip, Matthew Dennison, Melissa Doherty, Terry Evans (courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery), Samantha Fields, Julie Gross, Jeremiah Ketner, Alicia La Chance, Miranda Lake, Carrie Lederer, Amy Lowry (courtesy of Ann Nathan Gallery), Peter Mars, Richard Misrach (courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery), Chen Nong (courtesy of Marta Schneider Gallery), Mike and Doug Starn, Jill Sutton, Vicky Tesmer, Lee Tracy, Angelina Villanueva, Ann Wiens, (courtesy of Byron Roche Gallery) and David Weinberg.

A percentage of the works sold at Melanee Cooper Gallery will be donated to Cool Globes, and will go toward funding environmental education programs. For more information on this organization, please visit the Cool Globes Website at

September 7 - October 27, 2007

"Blue, Green, Magenta Series" work by Dieter Mammel
"Young Marie Series" work by Marilyn Holsing Show Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 5-8 pm

Dieter Mammel

Marilyn Holsing

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition- "Blue, Green, and Magenta Series," featuring work by Berlin-based artist Dieter Mammel. This body of work presents three phases of monochromatic paintings in blue, green and magenta and is part of a larger series that is being exhibited this year in Istanbul and Berlin. Mammel's choice of color is inextricably linked to the emotive and sensual qualities that he finds inherent in the respective chromatic fields.

Dieter Mammel's work has been described by Thanassis Moutsopoulos as a metaphor of painting as shadow, crime, ruin, delirium, trauma, and even painting itself. The monochromatic style allows for these notions to be expressed as thoughts removed from the words that state them to the images that give a sense of them. Following the direction of Platonic allegory in Mammel's work one is confronted with questions of intended narrative and meaning. The ethereal watercolor paintings seem to permeate the space creating a sense of an eerily absorptive reflection and fascination with the non-explicit narratives. These senses, however, are fleeting. "In some of the images, [memory] appears merciful, tender and accommodating; in others, mysterious and deceptive, even utterly blind; ultimately fading and dispersing around the edges." (Christoph Schutte) Mammel received his M.F.A. from Hochschul Berlin in 1991. He has since participated in many group and solo shows worldwide including exhibitions in numerous museums such as: Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Frisia Museum, Spanbroek; XIV. Internationale Grafik-Triennale, Frechen; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Kunstmuseum Boras; and Universitatsmuseum, Leningrad. Mammel's work is also in many private and public collections.

Gallery II features the work of Marilyn Holsing. The work is selected from Holsing's "Young Marie Series" and tells the fantastical tales of the fictional character Marie based loosely on Holsing's conceptions of Marie Antoinette. In this work Marie is an incarnation of the ironic dichotomy between Antoinette's fascination with intricate decadence and agrarian simplicity. The eccentric paintings depict humorous narrative where Young Marie's mischief leads her to tightrope walking, fire eating, and stargazing. Holsing's work hinges upon an imaginative use of narrative through figurative representations; with a fairy tale provenance the "Young Marie Series" can be seen as a contemporary incarnation of Alice in Wonderland for adults.

Holsing is a professor of studio art at Temple University's Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her work has been included in shows at the Drawing Center in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Allentown Art Museum, the Delaware Museum of Art and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. Her works are also in many private and public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of New Mexico.

For more information or images, please contact the gallery.

July 13 - August 25, 2007

Visistories Artists miranda lake and matthew dennison
Gallery II: All the Glitters by jeremiah ketner
Show Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 5-8 pm

Miranda Lake

Matthew Dennison

Jeremiah Ketner

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition- "Vistories" featuring work by Matthew Dennison and Miranda Lake. Both artists use the figure and landscape to create a visual history. While Dennison’s work blends imagery from past and present culture, Lake uses old family photographs, maps, stamps and other collectables with encaustic to create a mood of nostalgia.

Matthew Dennison’s work “ties current histories and personal events together to create a new type of dialogue.” For instance, in his painting “After Tornado,” a young boy pulls a small child in a red wagon, both dressed in a mid-twentieth century style. The boy, however, holds a blue i-pod in his hand. Dennison’s paintings reference the past, through the clothing of the figures and the background landscapes. On one hand, his paintings are a pastiche, juxtaposing imagery from early Americana and contemporary society. On the other hand, none of the paintings' figures make direct eye contact, and in this way Dennison comments on the alienation that technology causes in modern society. Dennison graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and has exhibited throughout the United States as well as England. His work is included in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington and Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, Oregon as well as other private and public collections.

“The innocence of youth dies a million little deaths as we grow older. I am simply trying to capture the first whispers of its demise.” New Orleans based artist Miranda Lake creates dreamy, ethereal landscapes that are inhabited by scrap paper moons, ripped map hills and oceans, and old photographs of birds, shells and people. They often appear to be underwater scenes on dry land, with bubbles floating to the top of the panel, and aquatic plants composing the landscape. The photographs of people and the new landscapes they inhabit are buried beneath layers of encaustic, which references ancient Egyptian funeral portraits. This is Miranda Lake’s first show with Melanee Cooper Gallery as well as in the Midwest. She has exhibited widely on the East Coast as well as in Italy and Hungary and was a featured artist in the New Orleans Museum of Art Triennial in 2005. Lake has a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina, but has studied at both Parson’s School of Design and London College of Fashion. On the hunch that she needed to learn to paint, she studied the encaustic technique in Snowmass, Colorado as well as in New York.

Gallery II features the work of Jeremiah Ketner, in his show entitled “All That Glitters.” His paintings depict imagery reminiscent of animated graphics and pop surrealism. Wide-eyed figures soar through the panel over a background of flowers, rain clouds, swirls and stars. Yet the energy of imagination emanates from Ketner’s paintings with an air of sophistication. Ketner received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University, and has been exhibiting nationwide since then. He was recently featured in Arrow magazine as well as New York Arts Magazine.

April 20 - June 30, 2007

Rank and File work by kathleen waterloo
Gallery II: Fluid work by jill sutton
Show Opening Reception: Friday, April 20, 5-8 pm

Kathleeen Waterloo
Reindeer Dippin   Smash Hit

Jill Sutton
Host   Order

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions- "Rank and File," featuring work by Kathleen Waterloo, and “Fluid,” work by Jill Sutton. This exhibition presents the work of two exemplary Chicago-based artists. While Waterloo uses encaustic and architectural nomenclature as the basis for her work, Sutton’s paintings allude to biological or astronomical phenomenon through oils and acrylics.

Kathleen Waterloo’s encaustic paintings are inspired by her observations of architecture that she finds in the urban environments around her. In this two part series, the term “rank” is derived from the ranking hierarchy of rodeo bulls in their chutes while “file” represents the floor plans of international airports. It is these ideas that make up the foundation of Waterloo’s compositions. Her perfected encaustic technique illustrates the vocabulary of architecture: plans, elevations, scale, lines, grids, and surface, all of which are evident in the abstracted geometric forms embedded in layers of wax. Waterloo pursued a career in Interior Architecture for 20 years before returning to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her degree in painting in 1996. Since then, she has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and was a featured artist in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2004 Biennial. She is included in collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Jill Sutton relies on much of the same ideas that are found in Waterloo’s work. Her work blurs the line between astronomy and biology; the investigation of surface, space, pattern, structure, and atmosphere play a role in the abstracted circular forms she creates. As these shapes and colors react with one another on the canvas, they create a new, indeterminate landscape. This is Jill Sutton’s second show at Melanee Cooper Gallery. She has also exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as throughout the Midwest and West Coast. Her work is included in the collections of the Illinois Institute of Art, the Elmhurst Museum of Art, Illinois, the Mercedes Benz Corporate Office, and ING America, as well as many other public and private collections.

For more information or images, please contact the gallery.

March 16 - April 13, 2007

Music of Spheres and Rhythm of Squares Artists tracey adams and michael cutlip
Show Opening Reception: Friday, March 16, 5-8 pm

Tracey Adams
Revolution 35   Circulation 73

Michael Cutlip
The Jolly Seven   Jack

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition- "Music of Spheres and Rhythm of Squares" featuring work by Tracey Adams and Michael Cutlip. This exhibition explores the melodic balance found in compositions of circles and squares. The work of both artists fill the room with a visual harmony reminiscent of an orchestrated concerto, moving the use of geometric designs into other realms of sensory perception.

Tracey Adams'paintings explore the "interplay of color, line, and shape where relationships of harmony and balance" are concerned. Circles, grouped into orderly grids or intersected by lines, play off one another by her use of color. Due to the encaustic medium she uses, the circles have a luminosity that resonates from within. While Adams' paintings distinguish themselves through geometric means, it this same use of geometry that hints at the works underlying theme of melody through our visual perception. Adams graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and has exhibited throughout the United States. She has had recent shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, California as well as the Monterrey Museum of Art, California. Her work is included in many private and public collections such as the Monterrey Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, as well as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Texas.

Michael Cutlip uses the grid as a backdrop for vignettes, infused with recognizable objects, patterns, textiles and shapes as well as made-up creatures and abstractions. The grid itself is cream and white; each square stands out due to the placement of each object within the frame. His use of color, repetition of shapes, and arrangement of both narrative and abstracted vignettes vibrate on the panel, leading the eye through new experiences contained within specific parameters. This is Michael Cutlip's first showing with Melanee Cooper Gallery as well as in Chicago. Cutlip has also exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and widely throughout the West Coast. His work is included in the collection of the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, as well as many other public and private collections.

For more information or images, please contact the gallery.

December 1, 2006 - January 30, 2007

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama Artists: Richard Avedon, Guy Buffet, Dario Campanile, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Chuck Close, Bernard Cosey, Alain Despert, Era and Don Farnsworth, Losang Gysato, Yoko Inoue, Andra Samelson and Mike and Doug Starn.

Also showing paintings by alicia lachance
Show Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 5-8 pm

Andra Samelson, Bamiyan Reborn III, 28 x 36 inches, pigment prints on paper

Mike and Doug Starn, alleverythingthatisyou, 40 x 40 inches, Fujiflex and duraclear lambda print

Alicia LaChance
Kyoto Summer  Allium

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition- "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama.” The exhibition's goal, to create an international audience for recognizing the urgent need for world peace, is carried out by both celebrated and emerging artists. Their work addresses themes of compassion, unity, impermanence, spirituality, community, exile and nonviolence. This exhibit brings together twelve artists and includes painting, mixed media pieces, sculpture and photography.

Chuck Close and Richard Avedon represent the Dalai Lama through portraiture. Close’s “Dalai Lama” is representational of his other large, iconic portraits, while Avedon photographs the Dalai Lama surrounded by monks. Losang Gyatso’s painting only depicts the Dalai Lama’s feet, illustrating what one sees while bowing to His Holiness. Dario Campanile’s painting, “La Pace e con Noi (Peace is with us)” shows the Dalai Lama holding a newspaper with the headline “Missing Peace Found”. Other works reference Tibetan history and culture, as seen in a painting by Alain Despert and a comic by Bernard Cosey. Andra Samelson’s blue Buddha prints, Era and Don Farnsworth’s tapestry, “Dharmakaya”, and Yoko Inoue’s ceramic water bottles, convey ideas of spirituality, while Guy Buffet’s painted commentary of “His Holiness and the Bee” and Enrique Martinez Celaya’s diptych of a lightning storm and mirror explore ideas of consciousness and compassion. Mike and Doug Starn’s photograph of an icy white snowflake is, according to the Starns, a metaphor for “all everything that is you.” The piece comments on snowflakes in general; simple and complex, the snowflakes, much like humans, are similar yet different in many ways.

This exhibition is in conjunction with The Dalai Lama Foundation and Committee of 100 for Tibet. The traveling exhibition of the same name is currently showing at the Loyola Museum of Art (LUMA), which is one of the three venues for this exhibit in the United States. A percentage of the proceeds of the limited edition work sold at Melanee Cooper Gallery will benefit The Dalai Lama Foundation and Committee of 100 for Tibet. For more information on either of these organizations, please visit the website for The Missing Peace Project at

Melanee Cooper Gallery will also feature paintings by Alicia LaChance, which are inspired by ancient temple walls. The show, entitled, Natura Moderna, combines printmaking with contemporary graphic symbolism as well as references to nature. Her uses of fresco and oil glazes implement the power of color and their reactions to each other. This is LaChance’s first show at Melanee Cooper Gallery. Her work has been shown in New York as well as other Midwestern venues, and is in a number of collections, including the Kate Spade Office, New York and Gap, Inc., San Francisco.

For more information or images, please contact the gallery.

October 20 - November 30, 2006

Nature's Way Artists: andrea maki and peter roux
Gallery II: cheryl warrick
Show Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 5-8 pm

Andrea Maki
Brackendale Mystic 4   In the Spirit of One

Peter Roux
October Falling (toward Heaven) no. 1   Scene in Midsummer no. 1

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition - "Nature's Way" featuring work by Peter Roux and Andrea Maki. Both artists observe and document nature around us: Roux makes us stop and observe and Maki helps us to identify with our connection to nature.

The Hudson River School, which was prevalent in the early19th century, helped to shape the American landscape. Thomas Cole and Frederic Church are two of the most prominent painters from this movement. They believed that all landscapes possess their own distinct individuality and subsequently attempted to depict the vastness of wilderness in relation to man. The contemporary work of Roux and Maki, like the Hudson River School artists, each grapple with the notions of the sublime potential of landscapes.

Peter Roux's work, most reminiscent of classic landscape painting, causes us to examine the space between the viewer and the painting. Although no specific landscape is rendered, each is very familiar. He adds other features, such as a blurring of the image, as if we are viewing the landscape in motion, or thick black lines that suggest a frame of film. This reminds us that the landscape is not a reality, but a subjective record of what once existed. Roux has exhibited widely across the United States including the Federal Reserve Gallery in Boston as well as Martha's Vineyard. He received his Master of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the Massachusetts College of Art located in Boston. His work is included in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, as well as many other public and private collections.

Andrea Maki's animals in motion reflect her relationship with nature. Her work assimilates painting, construction, assemblage, photographic processes and found signage/materials and is as much about the materials incorporated as it is idea-based. Due to the reflective nature of the aluminum she creates on, the viewer is able to literally see themselves in the work and become one with what is seen. Born in 1966, Maki graduated from NYU in 1988, and has work in collections nationally, including the National Museum of Women in Art, Washington DC, New York University and the new Washington Convention Center, Washington DC.

Gallery II features the work of Cheryl Warrick. She uses symbols, text, landscape and abstraction in a “visual quilt” that explores both collective memory and inner wisdom. Warrick’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia, PA, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI, and Harpo Productions, Chicago, among others.

For more information or images, please contact the gallery.

September 8 - October 14, 2006

New Works by Susan Hall
Show Opening Reception: Friday, October 20, 5-8 pm

Susan Hall

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition- "Susan Hall: New Work.” Textural and ethereal, Hall’s paintings are a visual metaphor for private reflection and public acceptance.

In the tradition of female figure painting, Susan Hall's work follows some of the same characteristics as Dutch painter Jan Vermeer's tronien, or faces, which portrayed women in dramatic lighting and theatrical costume. The tronien in his paintings are well known for their strong sense of character and expression, as in his most famous work, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which exemplifies all of these well known characteristics. The same qualities of light and gesture play an important role in staging Hall’s figures theatrically: hands folded, seemingly deep in thought, sometimes with eyes closed or staring off into the distance. The monochromic palette suggests stage lighting, although in some paintings, the figures appear to be outdoors, with clouds and sky in the background. Soft, yet dramatic, light emphasizes the folds in fabric, and gives glimpses of facial features.

A key aspect of Hall’s paintings is the thin veil of lace that separates the viewer from the figure. At times it acts as a screen or curtain, in other works, it disintegrates and becomes part of the figure itself. It feels as if we are looking into this private space. Yet since we can see through the lace, we can be apart of this moment. As human beings, we have private moments everyday in common places, and also share other’s private moments as well. It is this public display of introspection that makes the figure so easily approachable and acceptable. However, at the same time, the delicate boundary of lace separates us; we, as the viewer, are forbidden from entry. In viewing Hall’s work, we see not only the solitary figures beyond the veil, but also become aware of our role as the audience. Though separated, we are invited to create our own moment of private meditation and repose.

A Michigan native who earned her MFA from the University of Georgia, Susan Hall has been based in Chicago since 1993. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and is a featured artist in Spotlight on Living Artists, by Ivy Sundell. Hall received "Best of Show" in the Animal Images Show for the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society (Juror Ed Paschke) in 2003. She has been awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant by the city of Chicago, and an Individual Artist Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts in Atlanta. Hall's work is in many collections, including those of Amoco Oil Company, Chicago; Sandvik Publishing Ltd., Stavanger, Norway; and the Miriam Perlman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, WI.

For more information or images, please contact the gallery.

July 14 - August 31, 2006

Of Light and Dust work by patrick adams
Gallery II: tim jag
Show Opening Reception: Friday, July 14, 5-8 pm

Patrick Adams
The Last Word   Field of Vision

Tim Jag
Modern   Forward and Backward

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition – “Of Light and Dust,” paintings by Patrick Adams.

When Patrick Adams won the Al Smith Fellowship, a monetary award given to Kentucky Artists, he decided to move his family to Provance, France. Initially his landscapes were inspired by this beautiful Mediterranean region. After moving back home to Kentucky, the concept of the landscape for Adams did not need a specific place as it’s homage. All landscape paintings all have the same qualities; earth, horizon and sky. Adams paintings investigate the passage of time; how culture affects the landscape.

Claude Monet spent years studying the effects of light and time on haystacks. All of these paintings have the same qualities, a haystack, a horizon line and sky, yet each painting looks different. It becomes more about the color and light then about the specific landscape itself. Patrick Adams’ landscapes all have a centralized horizon line; this remains a constant. It is the patterns in the earth and sky that changes. Just as culture and architecture change the landscape, Adams records this through marks, textures and long brushstrokes. Instead of recording observable facts, it becomes more about the idea of the landscape.

Patrick Adams’ paintings have been included in several galleries and museum exhibitions throughout the south and Midwest. His work can be found in several private and public collections as well. He received his MFA from the University of Kentucky, and has been awarded the Al Smith Fellowship twice.

Gallery II features the work of artist, Tim Jag. His acrylic paintings are a mixture of vibrant patterns and colors against a background of grids and shapes. Jag draws inspiration from industrial design and “pop” culture, where his visual resources can come from anywhere: at the hardware store to the produce department. It is this organization process of these visuals on the canvas which specifically shows the way culture organizes and builds upon itself.

Tim Jag received his MFA in painting from Montana State University and has exhibited his work throughout the country, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Jose Museum of Art. Reviews of his work can be found in Art Papers, ArtWeek Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

April 28, 2006 - June 30, 2006

Flirting work by allen bentley
Show Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-8 pm

Allen Bentley, Coil, 2005, 28" x 35", Oil on Canvas

Melanee Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition - "Flirting," work by Allen Bentley. In this series, Bentley captures the movement and grace of dancing and the push and pull of aggression between a man and a woman.

Similar to the dancers of Henri Matisse, Bentley's dancers exude the same joy for life, moving to music that only they can hear. He chooses color saturated backgrounds which cast a similar tone on the dancers, switching between the intensity of warm and cool colors. The performer's stage is nearly monochromatic, singling out their actions from the surrounding environment.

Whether dancing or wrestling, the intensity of action is evident in Bentley's loose brush strokes and vibrant colors. When viewed as a whole, the series becomes a choreography of motion and light, stripped of any context, leaving only the allure of movement. Bentley's work gives us a greater insight into the workings of relationships themselves; how a moment of seduction can turn into hostility, or vice versa.

This is Allen Bentley's first solo show at Melanee Cooper Gallery and in Chicago. He has an MFA from the University of Philadelphia, and has exhibited widely on the east coast. He recently had a sold out show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, selling over 28 works. His work has also been featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

March 17 - April 22, 2006

Oxidation and Incidentals Artist: tremain smith and michael kessler
Gallery II: linda ray
Show Opening Reception: Friday, March 17, 5-8 pm

Michael Kessler, Downstream, 36" x 48" Acrylic on Panel

Tremain Smith, The Lovers, 44" x 64" Oil, Wax, and Collage on Panel

Lynda Ray Shadow Glow, 8" x 8", Encaustic

January 6 - February 25, 2006

Urban Landscapes works by kathleen waterloo
Gallery II: james leonard
Show Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 5-8 pm

Kathleen Waterloo
Franklin Street   Chicago Ave   Damen Avenue

November 11 - December 30 2005

GROUP SHOW: WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? Artists: matthew dennison, jill sutton, and deirdre murphy
Show Opening Reception: Friday, November 11, 5-8 pm

Matthew Dennison, Anteen Godge, 25" x 26", Oil on Wood

Jill Sutton, Breath, 20" x 20"Oil and graphite on canvas

Deirdre Murphy, Reading Viaduct, 36" x 36", Oil on Canvas

September 9 - October 28, 2005

Group Show: Dreamscapes Artists: cheryl warrick, laura bowman and wade hoefer
Show Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 5-8 pm

Cheryl Warrick, Everything, 22" x 18", Acrylic, mixed media on panel

Laura Bowman, Searing Sunset,3" x 4", Texture on Wood

Wade Hoefer, Westering lll, 36" x 36", Oil on Canvas

July 15 - August 27, 2005

Group Show: Mythical Tales Artists: suzanne sbarge, jorge levya, scott stulen and liza price
Gallery II: Happy Land lll work by marti mcginnis
Show Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 5-8 pm

Marti McGinnis, Be-twitched in the Love Shack, 16" x 20", Acrylic on Canvas

Jorge Levya, The Mystic Secrets of the White Forest, 65" x 61", Oil and Wax on Canvas

Suzanne Sbarge, Clubhouse, 15" x 7.5", Oil and Collage on Board

Scott Stulen, I saw this from a guy who saw it online, 12" x 12", Acrylic, Pencil, Marker

May 6 - June 30, 2005

New Works Artists: susan hall and pam murphy
Show Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5-8 pm

Susan Hall, Kingdom, 53" x 41", Oil on Panel

Pam Murphy, Sixteen Blackbirds, 31" x 43", Oil on Canvas

February 1- March 25, 2005

"Effusion: unrestrained expression; the fluid that escapes" Artists: kathleen waterloo, james leonard, and mille Guldbeck
Show Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 5-8 pm

Kathleen Waterloo, Fault Lines V, 48" x 48", Encaustic on Panel

James Leonard, The River. 60" x 48", Acrylic on Canvas

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