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Kristin Mariani Artist Residency at 1100 Florence Gallery
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Kristin Mariani Artist Residency at 1100 Florence Gallery

Kirstin Mariani photographed in her studio by Joerg Metzner for his Picturing Evanston project,  Info

Kirstin Mariani photographed in her studio by Joerg Metzner for his Picturing Evanston project, Info

Artist Kristin Mariani will be the Artist in Residence at 1100 Florence Gallery this February, “Two Sides to the Horizon”

Meet Kristin and learn about her process Saturday, Feb. 2, 5-7p, during First Saturday Evanston Art Events.

Project Description and Residency Hours

Two Sides to the Horizon - Is an extended wall installation to reflect the viewpoints from inside and outside the corner space of 1100 Florence. Merging these viewpoints over the four week period of the residency, this installation will evolve, merging multiple vantages into the visible sphere of the gallery space.

Below is a schedule where the public is invited to come into the gallery space to see Kristin’s works in process.

Week 1:

Friday 2/1 12-3:00 p.m.

Saturday 2/2 5-7 p.m.

Week 2:

Tuesday 2/5 12-3:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/7 3-6:00 p.m.

Friday 2/8 12-3:00 p.m.

Saturday 2/9 12-3:00 p.m.

Week 3:

Tuesday 2/12 1-4:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/14 12-3:00 p.m.

Friday 2/15 12-3:00 p.m.

Saturday 2/16 2-3:00 p.m.

Week 4:

Tuesday 2/19 12-3:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/21 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Artist Bio & Statement

Bio: Kristin Mariani is a Chicago based dressmaker, designer, artist, and educator. In her art and design practice she investigates hidden layers of labor discovered inside found cloth and garments, incorpo- rating physical responses to material that emphasize process, chance, and patience. In 2000 she founded her label RedShift; a line of contemporary couture created from salvaged materials and found garments. Her designs have been distributed internationally. She is faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an artist member of The Arts Club, Chicago. She maintains an in- terdisciplinary practice creating works for dance, performance, and installation.

Artist Statement:

My practice is an ongoing discourse between design and art. I acknowledge the unstable distinctions between the two disciplines, and my investigations unfold in this unstable territory, continually questioning how the body is figured through fashion, place, and labor.

Dressmakers are often confined to small spaces, small motor skills, mechanical cycles and repetitive processes. Handiwork is concealed in the inner linings of a garment. I don’t always want to stay inside of a dress. How can I use my skill set to address other spaces that the body occupies? How can I build coherent relationships from disparate parts? How can I connect the flow of raw material in my studio to a larger material stream and thought process?

My raw material is a by-product of my dressmaking process and comes in parts. Thread is my drawing tool and connective device to reintegrate cloth fragments and garment remnants into coherent visual relationships. Stitching on two-dimensional surfaces enables me to create fronts that reveal what is commonly concealed in the facades of fashion. Structuring a crosshatch of materials to establish a new value for what is typically discarded, I deploy aesthetic strategies and skill- based knowledge to probe the historical, material, and labor-oriented underpinnings encapsulated in any effort to clothe the body.

-Kristin Mariani


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12:00 PM12:00

First Satuday Evanston Art Events

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Saturday, February 2: Celebrate and elevate the visual arts in Evanston, attend First Saturday Art Events 12-8p.

Kristin Mariani Art & Installations, 1100 Florence Ave., 5-8p

Vanessa Filley Photography, Perspective Photography Gallery, 1310-1/2 Chicago Ave, 5-7p

Jane Carney Paintings, One River School of Art, 1033 Davis Street, 6-8p

Joseph Taylor Paintings, The Saw Room at Alley Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave., 5-8p

SPACE900, 816 Dempster St. 12-8p

Hosts are encouraged to open their creative spaces to the public, let us know about your event by commenting on this event and we'll add the info to the promotions. Email evanstonmade[at]

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First Saturday - November
10:00 AM10:00

First Saturday - November

Celebrate and elevate the arts in Evanston by attending First Saturday Evanston events.

Event: Discover the stories hidden beneath the surface of the art, ages 3-8yo, The Block Museum, 11a-12p, free registration. Info

Exhibit: Chris Greene paintings at Saw Room Gallery, 1712 Sherman Ave. Opening Reception 5-8p

Exhibit: Daniela Kovacic paintings at 1100 Florence Ave. Opening Reception 5-9p

Exhibit: Jill King and Joanna Pinsky at Space 900, 816 Dempster St. Opening Reception 5-9p

Exhibit: Brennen French, Ice House Gallery Evanston, 609 South Blvd, Opening Reception 5-8p

Exhibit: Stephen Murphy's "Steppin' Out" ("Crossing Wabash", below) & Bob Tanner's "Traces". Perspective Photo Gallery, 816 Dempster, Opening Reception 5-7p

Performance: Mat Rappaport's "range", Location: At the various gallery sites and on the streets of Evanston, 6-9p
Description: a video performance using the new Range Mobile Lab. The Range Mobile Lab, a converted a 1995 GMC step van, captures images from the surrounding environment which are mixed with preexisting video and projected onto screens mounted in the side windows of the truck. Sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, Rappaport “remixes” the environment in real time, performing a moving intervention into architectural space. for links to social media and YouTube live stream.

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Exhibit: "This Show we are in" works by Daniela Kovacic
to Nov 22

Exhibit: "This Show we are in" works by Daniela Kovacic

Photograph of Daniela Kovacic in her painting studio by Joerg Metzner w Picturing Evanston

Photograph of Daniela Kovacic in her painting studio by Joerg Metzner w Picturing Evanston

This November we are hosting paintings by artist Daniela Kovacic at 1100 Florence. Opening reception is Nov. 3, 5-8p, Artist talk is Nov. 11, 3-5

“This show we are in”

‘There is this little moment before going out into the world that gives me a vague feeling of sadness, right when I am getting dressed. In the midst of this everyday act, where I prepare myself to be accepted, I pause’  

Artist Statement:

Clothing plays a relevant roll in human history. It can suppose a social status, a quest of identity, an aesthetic or protective function, etc.  Clothing can affect the judgments of how others see you and can influence people’s insertion in society. In This show we are in, I display the act of getting dressed in a continuous group of repetitive images within indoor settings.

This body of work also alludes to an interruption of a subtle intimacy through the relation between the viewer and the depiction of women, in the middle of the everyday ritual of dressing up. This intimacy interruption relates, at the same time, with the common and yearned process by the artist of exhibiting his/her works of art, which usually have been created in seclusion.

Artist Bio:

Daniela Kovačić Muzio is a figurative painter born and raised in the Chilean Patagonia and is currently working in Chicago.

Her work explores different topics around self-identity, largely through the depiction of women and children.  

Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has a master's degree from the New York Academy of Art and a bachelor's degree from Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile.

Daniela has received prestigious awards and scholarships such as Fulbright, Becas Chile, Robert Gamblin Painting Award, NYAA scholarships and residencies.

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7:00 PM19:00

Teen Book Making Workshop w Ben Blount

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In this personal workshop with letterpress artist Ben Blount, students will learn to create a hand-bound book as a vehicle for sharing stories, art, interests and ideas. Attendees will be introduced to the basic skills, tools and vocabulary needed to create simple book structures. This workshop will focus on the Japanese stab binding as the book structure to house our ideas. Students should come with artwork, clippings, sketches, notes, etc. that they may want to include in their books. Students of all levels welcome. All materials included.

Tickets $40, 8-10 attendees for workshop max


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West Evanston YOUTIME Evening Art Walk
7:30 PM19:30

West Evanston YOUTIME Evening Art Walk

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West Evanston YOUTIME Evening Art Walk: Wednesday JUNE 27, 7:30- 9:00 pm

Florence Avenue has often been referred to as “Artist’s Row” in the burgeoning arts district of West Evanston. Join Art Encounter’s YOUTME to meet the artists and visit the studios and shows at Alder George, Collage Café, and 1100 Florence on exhibition this June during Evanston Made.

Yummy bevvies and snacks will be served from spot to spot, get to know the artists and their processes.  Art Encounter will share starting location upon registration. $25, all proceeds support Art Encounter outreach programs. To sign up, click here!

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