KRUGER GALLERY CHICAGO ANNOUNCES JANUARY OPENING Gallery Commences With Heather Green Solo Exhibition, “Victims & Villains”

#yesallwomen, no. 3, 2014 by Heather Green

CHICAGO (Dec. 10, 2014) – Kruger Gallery Chicago announces its move from River North to a new 1,300-square-foot space in the City’s Lakeview neighborhood, located at 3709 North Southport Ave.  The Gallery will open on Friday, January 16, 2015.

According to Mikelle Kruger, the gallery’s owner and director, “The Lakeview gallery offers a smart, casual space that aims to make art exciting and accessible to all art lovers, at different price points, meeting the objectives of both the novice as well as sophisticated collector.” Kruger also hopes to work with neighborhood schools, allowing students to exhibit their works in between Gallery sponsored shows.  

Committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change, Kruger Gallery Chicago represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design and is pleased to open with Victims & Villains, a solo exhibition of new works by Chicago-based artist Heather Green. 

“The portrait is the central motif in most of Green’s work,” says Kruger. “Painted with strong, deliberate brush strokes, her portraits achieve an expressive style of realism with great attention to her subject’s expression.  The large-scale of her paintings dwarfs viewers and challenges them to initiate change on both a political and social level.”  

Victims and Villains explores two bodies of work.  The first body of work is based on the mug shot—an archival image used by law enforcement, but disseminated to the public as a dehumanized portrait of a “criminal,” often before being tried in a court of law.  Compelled to pursue justice, Green analyzes and re-imagines the mug shots of Marissa Alexander, George Zimmerman, and others, searching for the raw emotion behind each person’s eyes as representation of their inner experience.  Kruger explains, “While the external signals villain, the disquieted, poignant expression of each mug shot also alludes to an internal paradigm of victim.” 

The second body of work, #yesallwomen, scrutinizes rape culture, specifically looking at the Steubenville rape case of 2012 and the subsequent conviction of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond in 2013.  Blurring the portraits of people who hide behind social media to judge and criticize, Green cuts from the page-stenciled dialogue from twitter feeds that were posted in the aftermath of the Mays/Richmond trial.  The negative spaces of each cut-out letter gives pause to the undercurrent of misogyny and rape apologism that is pervasive in our society.

Kruger Gallery Chicago will announce new exhibitions the third Friday of January, March, May, July, and September and the second Friday of November.  Shows will run 5-6 weeks.  The over-arching curatorial focus will be on artists working outside of conventional commercial concerns and whose work is influenced by current events and the cultural climate.  

Kruger Gallery Chicago will open Friday, January 16, 2015, hosting a public reception from 6-9 p.m.   For more information about Kruger Gallery Chicago and Victims & Villains, please visit www.krugergallerychicago.com or call 312.995.0776.

About Kruger Gallery Chicago

Kruger Gallery Chicago is committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change, Kruger Gallery Chicago represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design.   Gallery hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; or by appointment.

Gallery owner and director, Mikelle Kruger was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1978 and holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Iowa and a master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University.  She lives in Chicago and Marfa, Texas.  Her husband, Matt Kruger, owns Big Bend Brewing Company, a microbrewery outside Marfa, that was just named the most remote brewery in the United States.  Big Bend Brewing’s Tejas Lager will be available at all Kruger Gallery Chicago opening receptions.

In 2016, Kruger plans to open a second gallery in Marfa, Texas.  Kruger Gallery Marfa will focus on artists working in sound, video, performance, and installation with the intention being to impact viewers outside of a typical commercial gallery format.  Nothing from the Marfa exhibits will be available for sale, relics forbidden, and photography (archival or otherwise) prohibited.  Instead, the aim of the exhibition experience will be to instill change or to call the viewers to action.  These shows will be destroyed at their conclusion and can only be remembered through “legend.”

For additional information, visit www.krugergallerychicago.com or call 312.995.0776.  Follow the Kruger Gallery Chicago on Facebook at Kruger Gallery Chicago and Instagram at Kruger_Gallery_Chicago.

About the Artist, Heather Green

Heather Green was born in Cork, Ireland in 1983 and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She received her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Utah in 2005 and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University in 2012.  She currently lives and works in the Chicago area.