New Art Pieces in Greektown
SCULPTURE POPS IN GREEKTOWN CHICAGO
Take a walk along south Halsted Street in Chicago’s Greektown and be amazed. Two outstanding sculptures will grab your attention. Below are the titles of the artworks, where they sit, and some brief information about each of sculptors and their work. We are delighted for the beauty and wonder this art brings to our community.
A project between Chicago Sculpture Exhibit and the SSA#16, these artworks are available for viewing through May, 2023.
As Gail Katz-James told one interviewer:
“Art that is out in the public realm, where you don’t have to enter a museum or know anything about art…offers a unique experience.”
Sculpture artists: Gail Katz-James & Jenny Hale
Installation: Elysian Field, SE corner of Van Buren and Halsted streets.
Gail Katz-James is a Minneapolis artist who transforms steel, wire and recycled objects into sculptures. Her colorful, playful style is distinctive and rooted in textile traditions such as quilting, weaving, lacemaking and knotless netting. Katz-James holds an MFA degree in Textile Arts and Costume Design from UC Davis and had earlier competed two years of BFA coursework at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. See more at
Since 2000, Jenny Hale has created environmental public art projects that gave a voice to multi-generations of diverse populations. Her projects involved the public in the design and execution of art works in the Sacramento Valley, Chico, and Wisconsin. She has been an educator for the California Youth Authority and done many artist residencies with marginalized populations. Most recently, Hale has completed an outdoor, community theatre production funded by a CA for Humanities grant, addressing the challenges of extreme climate in the Sierra Foothills, including fire, smoke, drought, and power outages. See more at http://www.jennyhaledesign.com
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed. – C.G. Jung
Gail Katz-James (metal sculptor) and Jenny Hale (light artist), explore the intersection of solid and patterned forms, projected on a translucent screen. Their collaboration is a metaphor for the interplay of the materials they love. Without the solid forms, there would be no shadows.
Sculpture artist: Daniel Perry
Installation: inside Greek Temple at SE corner of Monroe and Halsted streets.
Dan Perry is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media and scales from gallery-sized sculptures to monumental public sculptures. The imagery in his work is an amalgamation of the familiar and the abstract. In addition to a vibrant studio practice, Perry teaches sculpture at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Coordinator of the Public Art Incubator (PAI), a unique program where students engage with professional artists in the production of commissioned public art projects. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska. See more at https://danperrysculpture.com
Broken Arrow reflects my interest in architecture specifically details such as corbels and cornices. I try to replicate these details in a variety of scales and combine them into compositions that tell a story. The gesture of this piece references a drawn bow poised to launch an arrow. Other elements of the piece are intended to form a visual dialogue with its surroundings.