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August 3-31, 2020

Arts of Life

Online (Chicago, IL)

Untitled by Vincent Jackson, 2018 © Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, acrylic on paper, 49 x 40 inches

CE artists Vincent Jackson and Daniel Green are included in Fantastic Stranger, an upcoming online exhibition hosted by Arts of Life (Chicago) and curated by Sophia Cosmadopoulos of Summertime.

The exhibition will be on view online from August 3 to August 31, 2020.
For more information visit the Arts of Life website here.

About the Exhibition
Throughout history, portraiture has been a tool to record people. With portraits, artist make friends out of strangers, attempting to capture their inner workings. Fantastic Stranger, a group exhibition guest curated by Sophia Cosmadopoulos, explores the yearning for intimacy through portraiture. The subject in Kleblatt’s Fred stares squarely out at the viewer. One can’t help but lock eyes with Wilson’s bear in blue glasses. All forty teeth in Wilson’s Hot Chili Lips are publically on display, the absence of a nose and mouth force us to conjure a fully realized likeness in our minds. And yet, the struggle for connection in the works of Fantastic Stranger is omnipresent. Features are blurred and erased, gazes and faces turn away. There is fragmentation and disjointedness. In looking at these works we are confronted with our world’s current predicament: we so desperately want to feel connected, yet something so clearly stands in our way.

Featured Artists
Daniel Green
Vincent Jackson
Aaron Kleeblatt
Alysha Kostelny
Lawrence M
Mark Williams
Jean Wilson

“Life is full of unexpected strangers! When you meet people for the first time they’re strangers. Then they become friends. It’s nice artwork.” — Aaron Kleeblatt, featured artist

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