Showing: Midwestern! Punk! Mom! DIY Retrospective of Art & Objects by Ellen Greene

Midwestern! Punk! Mom! is a three word title that both describes artist Ellen Greene as a person as well the three phases of development in her artwork.

This exhibition that Greene describes as a “DIY retrospective”, her art and objects hang on the gallery walls of the Evanston Gallery, 1100 Florence, with painted text and infographics surrounding them. Together they tell Ellen’s story of her life in art.

“I am obsessed with reading memoirs and wanted to try my hand at it. But the words and memories wouldn’t come. I kept digging into my storage unit for objects that would trigger memories and hopefully words. Then it hit me. I think in pictures, and I make pictures. My artwork and objects are the core of the story. My whole life things like zines, journals, records, toys, books, clothes and photographs influenced my work. Also that work was in direct response to what I was going through emotionally and therefore completing to the overarching narrative. Call it a ‘DIY retrospective’ or ‘punk rock show and tell’… its my life and my stuff so I just want to share it in the most direct way I know how: put it up on a wall and then write about it.”

"Run don’t walk to the awesome new show by artist Ellen Greene! Midwestern! Punk! Mom! DIY retrospective at 1100 Florence Gallery. Whimsical, funny, powerful, overwhelming, inspiring, unique." -Matt Golosinski, photo taken at top of page

Click here to listen to an interview with Ellen on The Lisa D Show podcast.


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Kristin Mariani

Artist in Residence, “Two Sides of the Horizon”

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

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.

Click MORE for a schedule of hours during February where the public is invited to come into the gallery space to see Kristin’s works in process.

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


Showing Now thru Nov. 23:  “This Show we are in” solo exhibit featuring works by Daniela Kovacic. Gallery hours Sundays 12=5, Wednesdays 5-8p, Fridays 12-9p. To schedule private viewing appointments, email evanstonmade@gmail.com   Click here to view a slide show of the exhibit.

Showing Now thru Nov. 23: “This Show we are in” solo exhibit featuring works by Daniela Kovacic. Gallery hours Sundays 12=5, Wednesdays 5-8p, Fridays 12-9p. To schedule private viewing appointments, email evanstonmade@gmail.com

Click here to view a slide show of the exhibit.


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The Spirit of Community, works by Lea Basile Lazarus

The exhibit is on display thru Sept. 17. Artist talk Sept. 16, 3-5p. Gallery hours weekdays 12-5p, or by appointment via evanstonmade@gmail.com

Click here to learn more about Lea's work.

Ben Blount   Currently show thru Feb. 28, 2017, Recollection examines the notions of race and culture we encounter growing up in the United States. Shared through reimagined learning tools and remembered narratives, this work explores how we collect these formative ideas about identity and commit them to memory. This collection of work from artist Ben Blount includes letterpress prints, handmade books, and various interactive elements. Photo of Ben Blount by Yvette Meltzer

Recollection, works by Ben Blount

Recollection examines the notions of race and culture we encounter growing up in the United States. Shared through reimagined learning tools and remembered narratives, this work explores how we collect these formative ideas about identity and commit them to memory. Photo of Ben Blount by Yvette Meltzer

Joey Garfield   Mound Town originated from an obsession with building snowmen and a continued obsession of using vinyl and found objects as an art medium. At some point I found myself needing to break away from the standard snowman concept and own it. From there I realized that I didn't have to wait for snow to create because if you look, mounds spring up everywhere - during every season. It has become my mission to profile these pile ups of debris found in the corners of our world one mound at a time. But their life span is fleeting and in order to capture these mythical creatures in their natural environment I have to act fast.  If I can point to some kind of internal influence or artistic guidance when creating mounds it would be equal parts Jim Henson, Maurice Sendak and nature artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Mound Town, works by Joey Garfield

Mound Town originated from an obsession with building snowmen and a continued obsession of using vinyl and found objects as an art medium. Artist, filmmaker, creative  Joey Garfield manages to bring to life mounds, all over town. This installation is no longer in the gallery.