Gabriella Boros: Mid-Career Retrospective
August 7 through September 8, 2005
East Gallery, Mary Radmacher Gallery, and Second Floor Gallery

Artist Statement

My work uses figurative symbols to embody a concept. My figural works are used as metaphors for statements or issues that I want to put forth. The large paintings are concerned with behavioral architecture, particularly the emotional functions of the forms and figures. Symbols represent silent emotions and repressed needs.

Interiors become exterior– hidden sensibilities serve as both support and ornament for archetypal observations and universal themes. Humor represents a shield from bitterness.

PaintingThe recent work has increasingly disturbing topics and subjects and is my reflection of suburban life. Since moving to the suburbs, I have witnessed firsthand how under the stillness and uniformity of our suburban existence lurks a life that is dark and scary.

The small scale which I currently use creates an intimacy that further penetrates our aversion to unusual or uncomfortable topics. By pulling the viewer in for a closer look, I uncover details in the paintings that create a wholly different meaning from the one the viewer first thought was intended.

In addition to the work’s small scale, I also heavily veneer the surface. This lends more depth as well as referring to the ancient veneer techniques of master painters. My intent is for the painting to convey an historical reference to the foibles of humans. Despite the contemporary dress and scenes, I attempt to create a classical feel in the small works.

I use the acrylic paint much as the old masters used their veneer, I carefully layered upwards of ten different surfaces of paint, making sure each one shows through to some degree. In addition, I purposely frame them (top and bottom) with the paper to further create distance from the topic and to reveal the beauty of the printmaking paper on which they lay.

Solo Shows

2005   Mid-Career Retrospective, Skokie Public Library
1993   Around the Coyote, Chicago
1992   Foreign Journeys, Puszh Gallery, Chicago
1991   Strong Women, Puszh Gallery, Chicago
1983   BFA Degree Show, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Group and Juried Shows

2004  Chicago Art Open, Chicago
2003  Labyrinths: Group Show, Gallery Mornea, Evanston
1996  LifeCycles: Studies of Jewish Life, Richardson Library, DePaul University, Chicago
1995  Group Show, Gallicurci Gallery, Evanston
1995  Emerging Artists, Charach Museum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1994  Stateline Vicinity Show, Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford
1994  Silent Auction, ARC Gallery, Chicago
1994  Hidden Treasures, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
1993  Artists Invite Artists, ARC Gallery, Chicago
1993  Beauty and the Beast, University of Wisconsin Union Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1993  Personal Visions Juried by Gladys Nilsson, An Art Place Gallery, Chicago
1993  Stolen, Puszh Gallery, Chicago
1993  Forty-Third Annual Quad State Juried Exhibit, Quincy Art Center, Quincy
1992  Arthur Baer Art Competition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago
1992  Galex XXVI Exhibition, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg
1992  Regional Show 6, Gallery 10, Rockford
1991  International September Competition Finalist, Alexandria Museum of Art,
 Alexandria, Louisiana
1991  Urban Worship, Near Northwest Art Center, Chicago
1990  Arthur Baer Art Competition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago
1990  Art Center 90 Juried Competition, Elk Grove Village
1990  Regional Show V, Merit Award Winner, Indianapolis, Indiana
1990  Annual Juried Competition, Farrington-Keith Creative Arts Center, Ann Arbor,
 Michigan
1989  Arthur Baer Art Competition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago
1989  Regional Show IV, Indianapolis, Indiana
1988  Modern Jewish Family, Spertus College, Chicago

History

1961  Born in Jerusalem, Israel
1968  Family Emigrates to the United States
1984  Moved to Chicago, Illinois to freelance in graphic design
1989  Founded Boros Design Studio, a design and marketing firm
1996  Married Eric Bergson
1998  Moved to Skokie, Illinois

Education

1983  BFA University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan
1982  Sir John Cass School of Art, London, England