Jessica Gondek: Enterprising Machines

September 30–November 2, 2019

  • Reception Thursday, October 3, 5:30–7:30 pm. Gallery Talk by Jessica Gondek, 6:30pm. Music by Derick Cordoba Trio.
  • Additional artist lecture: Thursday, October 3 at 1:15pm in lecture hall L111

Jessica Gondek often incorporates current technology using both hand and mechanical approaches to develop her work. Stemming from an interest in geometry, machine aesthetics, architecture, and nature, her recent work is sparked by machines from the early part of the 20th century, vintage trade catalogs, domestic objects, Da Vinci’s inventions, and contemporary art movements. Marrying both traditional media and digitally mediated computer approaches to the work, she blurs the line between the hand and the machine. “These works are comprised of charcoal and pastel drawings on paper developed on top of digital print substrates, as well as oil and digital print on canvas.” Explains Gondek.

Gondek is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago and teaches drawing and painting in the Department of Fine and Performing Art. Her solo exhibitions include A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, the Phoenix Gallery in New York, and the Abdijhoeve Ten Bogaerde Cultural Art Center in Belgium, among others in addition to many awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant and a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation and Woman Made Galleries in Chicago.