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Kristin Mariani Artist Residency at 1100 Florence Gallery
to Feb 24

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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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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Artist Fran Joy Closing Reception at 1100 Florence


Artist and social activist Fran Joy will exhibit a body of work this January at 1100 Florence. Joy's new work focuses on the elements, fire, earth, air and water and what they mean in terms of interactive relations.

Join us for a closing reception Sunday, January 27, 12-4p, to hear how Joy put together this recent body of work.


Wednesday, January 16, 7-9p, join Joy for an intimate Energetic Dynamics workshop.

Discover and understand your basic energy and how it operates within you as well as how it interacts with others. Does it oppose some, conflict with others but work smoothly with a few? There are explanations to help you understand and manage how your energy relates to others. We each have elements that make up our constitution.

The solar system is full of knowledge and information that you can use as tools to gain a better understanding of life itself and your family, friends, associates and loved ones. You're born with certain elements that are also impacted by transits.

Fran Joy has 20 years experience in life and spiritual coaching to share and teach. This workshop is designed to provide attendees insight on their life and loved ones.

Please register early, as space and time will be limited. $50 per person and please email to register and reserve your space.

Learn more about Fran Joy at

Photo credit above: Chris Bradley

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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.

Learn more at

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Ben Blount Artist Residency & Show
to Oct 21

Ben Blount Artist Residency & Show

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Oct. 1-21, 2018: Residency will be a space to explore the idea of community in the city of Evanston.

Using the power of print, artist in residence Ben Blount, will create an environment to elevate the voices of the people to create a visual, and tangible conversation. Interactive events include; letterpress making station, postcard station to include writing messages to your neighbors, photo with neighbors (photo booth), tote bag making station


Oct 6 Saturday, 5-8p: Opening Reception

Oct. 7, Sunday, 5-8p: Community Potluck, Free w RSVP, limited seating, Click here to RSVP.

Oct 10 Wednesday, 6-9p: Mom wine & bind, Click for Tickets

Oct 14, Sunday, 3-5p: Artist Talk

Oct 19, Friday night, 7-9p: Teen book making, Click for tickets

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Nasty Women Evanston Art Exhibit

We are excited to host this pop up event on Saturday, June 3, 6-9 p.m.

From the organizers: We are a sister show to the Nasty Women Art Exhibition that was produced in NYC in January. It sold out and raised over $42,000 for Planned Parenthood! And now Nasty Women Exhibitions are being produced all over the world!

We know what a mighty force the women of Evanston are, so we just had to bring a Nasty Women Art exhibition to town! Along with our neighbors on the North Shore we hope to do our part to let our voices be heard and contribute to a worthy cause.

Whether you’re a women, man or self identified, we welcome your support, creativity, donations and especially your presence at our kick ass event on June 3!

Please RSVP via this Evite

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5:00 PM17:00

Closing Party: Mound Town, works by Joey Garfield

Photo taken at Mound Town art opening by Jeff Phillips

Photo taken at Mound Town art opening by Jeff Phillips

Mound Town, works by Joey Garfield

May 6-20, 2017

Joey Garfield is a filmmaker, photographer and multi-disciplinary artist. His work focuses on rhythm, flow, simplicity, attitude and humor. He honors and documents the counter cultures of his youth, which saved his life creatively and soulfully. Repurposed wood, spray paint, earth, found objects and album vinyl are some of the tools of his trade.

His current show at 1100 Florence Gallery, Mound Town, includes 2D/3D works of photography, sculpture and mixed media. The project consists of a series of photographs of Mounds. These photographs profile different mounds, which are found in their natural outdoor environment. All mounds in the series are rare and unique characters captured in a fleeting moment of their existence because no mound is permanent. They are all made naturally from dirt, snow, wood chips, and the pile ups of stuff that we see in the corners of our world everyday.

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