Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Making Space to Live" Opens 4-8-11

Next Show:

Making Space to Liveopening: April 8th, 6-10pm

Making Space to Live features paintings, drawings & prints by Erin Liljegren and sculpture by Ike Floor, curated by Lauren Bost. Through their respective mediums, these two Chicago artists work with the vision of creating sacred spaces and finding the familiarities of home within an increasingly crowded city. Erin's images of people surrounded by objects question the replacement of real relationships with physical proximity, while Ike calls on the ancient art of weaving & crocheting to create a sense of comfort in his soft sculpture.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This just in.. Bridge Gallery in Pilsen

Upcoming exhibit at Bridge Gallery in Pilsen just announced. I am showing my paintings, prints, and drawings all together. Opening is scheduled on the Pilsen Neighborhood's 2nd Friday, April 8th from 6-10 pm. Curated by Lauren Bost. More details to follow...

Bridge Gallery
2202 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Past Work: Factory Series 2007

Ink and pencil on paper

Ink and acrylic on paper

Marker, acrylic, and packing foam on paper

Electrical tape, acrylic, & mixed materials on cardboard
This series of drawings was inspired by my ongoing interest in the production of materials and objects, and the people behind the jobs in the factory.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Current Events December 2010

This month Urbane: Portrait of a City draws to a close at Katie Gingrass Gallery. This exhibit features artists Stephanie Barenz, Karen Goetzinger, Erin Liljegren, Jody McLeane, Tom Nachreiner, Christian Ricco, Neil Rongstad, Bridget Wolf and Ray Zovar. "Urbane: Portrait of a City celebrates the beauty of the cityscape through the artists' personal interpretations of their urban experiences." The show is up until December 27.

Also last Friday, Dec. 3rd, I exhibited in The Milk Factory's first group show. The Milk Factory is a DIY apartment gallery, but a very unique one at that. The former Polonia Dairy at 707 N. Winchester once functioned as a commercial dairy operation. Now the space functions as a gallery and residence. Artists included Dara Benno, Kelsey Zigmund, Jeff Prokash, Erin Liljegren, Nathan Vernau, Morgan Simms and more. The one night art party had a surprising and packed turnout. It was a lot of fun. Thanks to Jeff Prokash and Dara Benno for hosting a great exhibit and awesome party. The Milk Factory Gallery


I grew up in a small town on the edge of Chicagoland. I always had the urban and rural environments on both sides of my town. When I was in high school, the sprawl pushed on into the countryside, swallowing my town into the mass of the Chicago suburbs. Even at that age, I felt upset by this, knowing this was just the start of the inevitable destruction that was to follow.

After gaining my Bachelor in Fine Arts from UW-Madison, I moved back to the city of Chicago, where I have been for the last couple of years working and pursuing art. I see a lot of beauty in the industrial landscape, but it is a trial of patience to be in such close proximity to so many people, cars, and buildings. My work enables me to channel this frustration into an aesthetic process.