Opening Reception: Friday, September 9th | 6:30-8:30 pm
The Art Center, Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, Illinois
The Crossing concerns art at the crossroads of cultures, of spiritual revelation, of life and death.
Judith Joseph’s work is permeated with Jewish folklore. She uses the style of medieval icons and manuscripts to spin tales inspired by family migration and spiritual wonderment, personified by owls and peacocks in shimmering forests. Her interest is found where light meets dark.
Luis De La Torre’s work is filled with mystery and reverence. He is strongly rooted in Mexican culture while grounded in life in Chicago. De La Torre’s imagery includes mysterious floating skulls which speak of his Pre-Columbian roots, balanced by images of La Virgen de San Juan and other Christian icons. His work balances cool abstraction with charged figures celebrating the ephemeral nature of our existence.
Two contemporary urban artists seeking nature; idiosyncratic yet aspiring to transcendence; speaking American with echoes of ancient languages: for De La Torre and Joseph, this is The Crossing.
Image, above: Bonifacio, oil on canvas, 108″ x 66″, Luis De La Torre
Image, Below: Ghost Scroll VI, woodblock steamroller print, 3′ x 5′, Judith Joseph