Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann Faces Not Forgotten Project- 10/14 by Phantom Gallery Chicago Network | Visual Arts Podcasts:
Last September 2014, artist Alpha Bruton began networking with artist Christine Ilewski-Huelsmann of St. Louis Missouri, who is the author of the, ?Faces Not Forgotten? project, painting the portraits of children who have died, the victims of gun violence. We have invited families of victims through the Ark of St. Sabina in Chicago, and artists from the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, to paint a portraits of each child, which is donated to the family.
An acrylic transfer of that image will be used to collage the ?Faces? on small vintage handkerchiefs. The handkerchiefs is symbolic for loss, the ?found? fabric element constant in my work. We plan to exhibit these portraits in various ways: strung together like the memorial funeral banners in South America; connected quilt like; bound into a soft fleshy book; and on websites that further protest gun violence.
During Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2016, the exhibition will take place at the Phantom Gallery Chicago Loft Gallery, located in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, Chicago IL. In a cross cultural exchange the art will also travel Genesis Art Gallery, Logan Square, to the Bloomingdale Art Gallery at the ACME Artists Building, sponsored by the Near North West Arts Council (A fiscal agent for the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network).
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