Elephant Room Gallery is proud to present “People Watching”, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based Artist Rine Boyer opening this September. The exhibition coincides with Expo Chicago and the gallery will be hosting additional events with Rine during that art-filled week.
“People Watching” depicts the characters Rine sees as she walks through the city. Using acrylic paint and ink on metal cut out figures, the portraits are linked to underlying themes of culture, personality and group dynamics. The various personalities are captured from the artist’s perspective as she imagines what each person is thinking and creates a pattern of symbolic shapes that reference those thoughts on the surface of the portrait. By painting each person using the same technique, Rine creates an equilibrium while highlighting each unique personality through pattern and color. Each portrait is thoughtfully placed within a larger installation that captures the beauty of different people being in close proximity to one another, living in the city.
Rine Boyer’s figures from everyday life in the city explore how we see one another. Her two and three dimensional figurative works reference the repeating pattern in pointillism, the flatness in portraits by Alex Katz, and the bright colors of Kaws to create pieces that blend modernism with current trends.
The exhibition opens with a public reception on Saturday, September 9th from 6pm to 9pm. The following week there will be an Artist Talk on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm and a Meet the Artist Event on Friday, September 15th from 6pm to 9pm as a part of Expo’s Art After Hours. Elephant Room Gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Ave. in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. Open hours and viewing appointment information can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com