Who sells seashells in Wicker Park? Chicago artist Joan Zgoda’s visit to the Hesperidian Gallery to prepare for the opening of her show “Dreams & Myths” on March 2nd this Friday was as charming as her multi-media sculptures. As Joan, her husband (and fellow artist) Larry, and Bill Moran arranged skulls and seashell-adorned mannequins among Larry’s stained glass works (and frequently on top of) Bill Hatlestad’s polished wooden furniture and sculptures, the building cat came in to admire their work.
Joan Zgoda’s art communicates a mysterious and compassionate sensibility towards the natural world, seen and unseen. Inspired by dreams or song — or the whimsy inherent in even the most serious subjects — the otherworldly quality of Joan Zgoda’s work speaks powerfully of death, decay, life and rebirth. Found objects, including the bones of animals, provide a base for many pieces and transmit an appreciation for the life force in all things and its transmuting power.
“Vessel” by Joan Zgoda
Invite your friends via Facebook to the opening reception for Joan Zgoda, which is the highlight of this month’s First Friday at the Hesperidian Gallery, on March 2nd, from 6 to 10 PM. “Dreams & Myths” will run concurrently throughout the month of March with “Three Master Artists,” a show featuring work by artists in three media: Larry Zgoda (stained glass), John Hatlestad (wood) and Bill Moran (painting). In addition to Joan Zgoda and the Three Master Artists, the staff of the Film and Fashion Departments of Hesperidian Productions will be on hand screening examples of their work and discussing the upcoming premiere of their short Neo-Noir film, “Stiletto.” The “Three Master Artists” show continues with all three artists present for the reception.
Hesperidian Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 6 or by appointment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.682.3718 to schedule an appointment.
“Iron Hart” by Joan Zgoda