In the Mean Time / Gallery 19 / Chicago / by Kathleen Hawkes

In The Mean Time

Gallery 19

October 16th through November 24th

Exhibition Reception October 16th 6-9pm
Artist Panel Discussion moderated by Anne Harris 7pm
Participating Artists: Melissa Ann Pinney, Corinna Button, Christine Forni, Kathleen Hawkes

The Mean Time is now. Post-civility, pre-re-awakening.  Painter Anne Harris (SAIC), moderates a panel of accomplished artists including Corinna Button, Christine Forni, Kathleen Hawkes, and Melissa Ann Pinney, as they examine this contagious meanness and its corrosive effects. We are a population insearch of a common language to facilitate progress, yet victim of the apathy and self-absorption which divorces the individual from the commonweal. In the Mean Time, it will be artists, through their submissions of cultural exploration, self and gender consciousness, and the revelation of beauty, who will offer us a manner of seeing beyond what is merely apparent to that which is necessary to move us from fractured to full.  Painting, print, and photography will  inform the viewer in ways subtle and strong as to the artists' own reactions at being part of the creative force of a city, one among those called upon to deliver an alternate language for conjuring the one-ness we never really had, yet, consciously or unconsciously, continue longing for.  The four participating artists are at different stages of their careers, thus, our exhibition and conversation span a continuum of what it means to live the creative life in the confrontational, avaricious, often crude, sometimes kind, city we know as Chicago.  Anne Harris is known for her direct appraisal of the flawed condition of today's artistic marketplace, so we expect nothing less of her as she moderates our dynamic panel.