Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Extinction and Existence: Watercolors by Kristina Knowski

Extinction and Existence
Watercolors by Kristina Knowski

The Health in the Arts Gallery is presenting an exhibit by artist Kristina Knowski “Extinction and existence.” The artist explores the relationship between birds and the ethereal and mythical unicorn. It presents images of an antediluvian world where real creatures and mythical ones contemplate their separate reality.  Knowski explores the exchange between creatures who confront one another in kind of spiritual dialogue, trying to to understand their similarities and differences. Her paintings and drawings, some of which are composed on an epic scale, seem to touch mythic chords involving the overlap of dreams and reality.

Robert Kameczura, Health in the Art Curator comments. “Kristina Knowski is an superb talent. She combines amazing technical skill with a refined and poetic sensibility. Her creatures inhabit desolate landscapes, often painted over softly atmospheric watercolor grounds. She has a great sympathy and identity with animals and has spent long hours at the Field Museum collections studying a wide range of birds, their various anatomies and characters. The exhibit will also contain paintings and drawings of animals done is an exquisitely refined style. She is the winner of several prizes. We are proud to showcase her extraordinary talent.”

Kristina Knowski is a recent graduate of fine art at the American Academy of Art. Working primarily in watercolor, Kristina has been a part of numerous group shows in the Chicago area. She was recently a part of Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art in North Western University in Oklahoma and Apocalypse 2012: Genesis 2013 at the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago. This is her first solo show.

The Health in the Arts Gallery is located at 835 S.Wolcott, Rm. E144, Hours are 10 til 4 weekdays only (Wednesdays 10 til 3).

Dates: Friday, January 18th – Friday, March 29th 2013

Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 from 5-8pm, the public is invited.
Light refreshments will be served.

For Further information: 815.546.0856
Robert Kameczura, Health in the Arts Gallery Curator, at (773) 205-1128

The Health in the Arts Gallery is art of the  part of the Occupational Health Clinic of UIC Public Health Program which has a comprehensive program for diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries and illnesses that are related to work in the arts. Directors: Dr. David Hinkamp and Dr. Katherine DuVall