Friday, June 1, 2012

IALS' June Gallery Opening: Inspired by the Book of Imaginary Beings!


We are excited to kick off summer with our June gallery opening,  Inspired by the Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges, an art exhibition featuring seven artists  who have translated the well-known myths of Borges into visual representations. The exhibition will open on Friday, June 8th from 6 to 8:30pm at the I Am Logan Square Gallery, located at 2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Food and drinks will be provided by IALS’s official gallery sponsors, Revolution Brewing and Paper Moon Pastry.

The Book of Imaginary Beings was published as El Libro del los Seres Imaginarios in 1967 and contains 116 written entries of “Imaginary Beings” as interpreted by the legendary Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges.  The work in this exhibition explores the views and artistic styles of seven different artists: Isak Applin, Carl Baratta, Inga Comer-Keene, Shannon Lunkes-Goldman, Sheryl Orlove, Neal Retke, and Peter Reynoso, who each translate these words into visual stories. Each of the artists has read the book and has chosen six “Imaginary Beings” to represent, for a total of 42 various works. Copies of the book will be on hand so the viewer can interact by comparing the written and visual interpretations of each “Imaginary Being” represented. You can also pick up your own copy anytime at Bucket O'Blood Books and Records.  

“This has been a wonderful, unique and challenging experience for us, and a chance to explore the boundaries between literature and art,” says exhibition curator, Sheryl Orlove.

Inspired by the Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges will be on display from June 8, 2012 to June 27, 2012. The gallery is free and open to the public on Wednesdays from 2-6pm and by appointment.  We are rolling out new gallery hours this month--info coming soon! 


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Want to help IALS have more open gallery hours? Do you have spare time during the day to volunteer as a gallery sitter? It's great experience and usually lots of fun (we promise). Send us an email to amanda@iamlogansquare.com to get involved!

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