Anne Harris @ Terrain Exhibitions August 10 - 31st

Anne Harris: Voulez-vous Déjeuner sur l’herbe avec moi?

A Luncheon in the Grass: A People Painting People Picnic

Terrain Exhibitions and Terrain South

704 and 710 Highland Ave.

Oak Park, IL


Exhibiting: August 10th - 31st

Closing Reception: August 31st from 4-8pm

Anne Harris has been painting, alone in her studio, some version of a self portrait for the last 26 years. She’d like to paint somebody else for a change and would like some company doing it.

Anne believes avidly that all art that matters stays contemporary, that all painting is in some respect perceptual (at minimum, we look at it), that dividing lines based on subject matter or style are superficial, that the human body is a pleasure to paint, and that food is fun, wine is fine, and good conversation is a wonderful thing.

She hopes a wide range of people will join her for Voulez-vous Dejeuner sur L’herbe Avec Moi? A Luncheon in the Grass: People Painting People Picnic—that they will define painting as they wish, perception as they wish, “figurative” as they wish and the body as they wish; that together, we will eat, drink, converse and paint. Every luncheon on the grass will feature the artists Caleb Yono and Mikey McParlane, who will be performing as models.  After each picnic and painting session, the works will be gathered and hung at Terrain Exhibitions for the duration of the exhibition, and returned to the participants at the closing reception.  

Join artist Anne Harris for a luncheon and painting picnic on the lawn of Terrain South,  710 Highland Ave., on Sundays throughout the month of August from 1pm - 4 pm.  Some materials will be provided (but please bring your favorite paints and brushes if you have them) along with food, beverages and good company.   Follow our facebook event page for up to date information on each weeks painting picnic!


Anne Harris has exhibited at venues ranging from Alexandre Gallery (NYC), DC Moore Gallery(NYC), Nielsen Gallery (Boston), and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago) to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, The Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her work is in such public collections as The Fogg Museum at Harvard, The Yale University Art Gallery and The New York Public Library. Grants and awards received include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.

Harris currently teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is vice president of the board of the Riverside Arts Center and chair of its exhibition committee. She also is the originator of The Mind’s I—a drawing project done in conversation with other artists, designed to investigate the complexities of perception and self-perception through drawing.

Harris lives with her husband, the photographer Paul D’Amato, and their son Max, in Riverside, IL.

Lise Haller Baggesen and Noelle Allen @ Terrain + Terrain South

Opening and 4th of July party 4PM till fireworks! 

704 HIghland Ave. in Oak Park. 

Fourth of July @ Terrain

Lise Haller Baggesen 
Noelle Allen 

Exhibiting July 4 – 31
Reception: July 4th, 4-8 PM

Come celebrate the 4th of July and two new installations at Terrain Exhibitions. First, Terrain will be participating in the Independence Day Parade from 10am-Noon.  If you want to participate or just wave on the sidelines, meet us at the corner Adams and Ridgeland in Oak Park. Our parade extravaganza will feature a float by our exhibiting artist, Lise Haller Baggesen! Secondly, come party with us as we celebrate a special 4th of July barbecue for our two artists Lise Haller Baggessen @ Terrain and Noelle Allen @ Terrain South.  The reception will be held from 4-8 pm.  After sunset we will all walk to the Oak Park Fireworks Displays for 2014

Lise Haller Baggesen

PEACE in the US!

Reception: Friday, July 4th from 4-8pm!
On exhibition from July 4th – 31st, 2014

Terrain Exhibitions
704 Highland Ave. 

Oak Park, IL    

Peace in the US is an installation made in honor of the great American hippie. Although often ridiculed the hippie is a reminder and a remainder of a time when we could dream of PEACE in the US.

Peace in the US celebrates flower power, literally. Altering the yard of Terrain with a guitar shaped flower bed and tie dyed banners, Lise  has made a space where your inner hippie can hang out and entertain the idea that PEACE, LOVE and UNDERSTANDING 
is a possibility and not an irony. Let it be.

Let there be fireworks. Let there be tie-dye. Let there be hugs. Let there be a parade. Let there be bean burgers. Let there be antiestablishmentarianism. 

Let there be poetry. Let there be protest. Let there be Flower(Power)Bed(Peace). Let there be LOVE.

Let there be PEACE in the US!
P.S. When you mix red, white, and blue, it makes lavender.

Lise Haller Baggesen left her native Denmark for the Netherlands in 1992, to study painting at the Academy for Art and Industrial Design in Enschede and at the Rijksacademy in Amsterdam, receiving the  Dutch “Royal Prize for Young Painters” in 2002.  Relocating to Chicago, she graduated from the School if the Art Institute in 2013 with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. Over time, her work evolved from a traditional painting practice toward a hybrid practice including curating, writing, and multimedia installation work. She has shown internationally in galleries and museums including Overgaden in Copenhagen, the Municipial Museum in the Hague, MoMu in Antwerp, Wurttembergischem Kunstverein in Stuttgart, CAEC in Xiamen, The Poor Farm in Manawa, Wisconsin, 6018 North, Chicago, IL and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL  Her first book “Mothernism” will be published by Poor Farm Press and Green Lantern Press in August 2014.

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Noelle Allen w/ Kate Pszotka

July 4th – 31st, 2014
Reception: Friday, July 4th 4-8pm

Terrain South
710 Highland Ave.
Oak Park, IL

For Terrain South, Noelle Allen joined forces with ceramicist Kate Pszotka to create Thistle, a site-specific installation of over 100 reproductions of rebar cast from delicate porcelain and resin. Thistle visually joins the aesthetics of a construction site with that of a weed ridden,  overgrown and abandoned lot. Standing at 6 feet in height, the porcelain sculptures are tinted in colors and augmented with bits of residual rust from the casting process that respond to the summertime sun and grass.  A horizon is evoked as the tips of each diaphanous pole become transparent as the porcelain becomes clear resin.    
Born in Sacramento and now living and working in Oak Park, Noelle Allen has exhibited her artwork across the United States and abroad in Italy and Germany. Most recently, Allen has exhibited her work at Riverside Art Center, The Franklin, and Chicago Artists Coalition. Later this year, she will have solo exhibitions at Furman University, Marquette Cultural Center, and Comfort Station.  Allen’s art has been reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Art Ltd. Magazine, and Chicago Social, and has had catalogues of her work published by the University of Pennsylvania and Paula Cooper Gallery. She has been a visiting artist at Indiana Wesleyan University, Mills College, and DePauw University, holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Associate Professor at Dominican College, River Forest, IL.

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Tom Denlinger @ Terrain South and Meg Duguid @ Terrain Exhibitions

Meg Duguid @ Terrain and Tom Denlinger @ Terrain South

704 and 710 Highland Ave. Oak Park, IL 

June 1 - 29 

Opening Reception Sunday, June 1st 4:00 - 7:00 pm 

Meg Duguid

The Production of the Tramp’s Community (a prototype)

Meg Duguid has spent the last year adapting James Agee’s 1947 script, The Tramp’s New World, originally written for Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp character, into a complex interdisciplinary project that will produce both performance and film. The shooting of her film becomes a performance for a live audience, in turn the resulting film is shown to a new audience and that event is again incorporated into the film and so on. Dugiud has produced part of her set for Terrain’s front yard- The Tramp’s house. The sculpture looks like a two dimensional drawing that has been made into a sculpture, melding an artwork and it’s documentation into a single

Meg Duguid received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Bard College. She has performed and exhibited locally at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, Slow Gallery and 6018 North, Chicago, IL; nationally and internationally at the DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY; 667 Shotwell, San Francisco,CA among others. Duguid has screened her films at Synthetic Zero, New York, NY; Spiderbug, Chicago, IL and the Last Supper Festival, Brooklyn, NY. From 2009 to 2011 she ran Clutch Gallery, a 25 square-inch white cube located in the heart of her purse, since then she now lends her purse to others to curate and carry. Duguid lives and works in Chicago, IL with her husband and three cats. 

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Thomas Denlinger

When Worlds Collide

Tom Denlinger’s artwork, When Worlds Collide, is a recreation of the floor plan of Terrain Exhibitions created in live sod. 

Tom Denlinger was born in Los Angeles, California, and currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he teaches digital media, photography and drawing at DePaul University. He has an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from California State University East Bay, CA. Mr. Denlinger has had solo exhibitions in New York, Italy, and Chicago, as well as exhibitions in Seoul, Turin, Madrid, and Frankfurt. He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago, the Kunstlerhaus, e.V. in Hamburg, Germany, and The Artadia Foundation. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL the MacArthur Foundation and the Notebaert Natural History Museum, Chicago, IL. 

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Time lapse of Luminous! 

Brent Fogt’s piece at Terrain South and Karen Azarnia at Terrain….amazing works by both! Come by - and if you want to see Karen’s in full force, come by after 8PM.

Karen Azarnia @ Terrain and Brent Fogt @ Terrain South May 4rd 4-7PM

Karen Azarnia


May 4 – 28, 2014
Reception: Sunday, May 4, 4 – 7pm

Terrain Exhibitions
704 Highland Ave. 
Oak Park, IL 

Luminous is a site-specific installation by Karen Azarnia. Time, relationships and connections between people, absence and presence, and the ephemeral are all concerns of the artist. Shown during the height of spring, Luminous celebrates transformation and change.

Decidedly lo-fi, the work emphasizes the importance of light and the hand-made. Exploring the dialogue between abstraction and representation, the piece itself undergoes a daily visual change during the transition from day to night. Through the slowness of looking, it is meant to evoke mystery, memory, and the universal human experience as we shift through time and space.

Karen Azarnia received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Union League Club o­­­­f Chicago, IL; Gallery Uno, Chicago, IL; as well as recent group exhibitions with Aviary, Boston, MA; Morehead State University, Morehead, KY and Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL. She has been awarded multiple artist residencies including Ox-Bow and the Vermont Studio Center, and is a grant recipient from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She currently serves as Director of the Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery. For more information

Brent Fogt
Gardenia Royale

May 4 – 28, 2014
Reception: Sunday, May 4, 4 – 7pm

Terrain South
710 Highland Ave.
Oak Park, IL

Brent Fogt developed his site-specific installation, Gardenia Royales, while dreaming of spring and summer months. Terrain South, positioned in-between two homes on an empty lot, would seem a perfect location for the bounty of a community garden. Reminiscent of his grandfather’s plot in central Texas, Fogt’s sculptures recall the gravity of squash after a good week of rain. 

Allured by the purple mass, this installation calls the community to gather around and marvel closer. The enormity of the crocheted vessels dwarfs its audience and offers the familiar perspective of someone very small curiously gazing at nature’s wonder. Entirely made by hand, the work is an homage to the hours of labor and care involved in tending the garden. 

Born in Ohio, raised in Texas, and currently based in Chicago, Brent Fogt creates intricate drawings, collages and installations that investigate organic growth and transformation. Brent’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, Art in Americaand the Houston Press and in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art Center. He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Artists’ Coalition and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. For more information

Special closing party for “Sticky and Sweet” / Judith Brotman’s The Reading Project

Join us on April 27 1-4PM for a closing celebration of “Sticky and Sweet” plus Judith Brotman’s The Reading Project. 

For this installment of Judith Brotman’s Reading Project, curator and occasional writer, Shannon Stratton has assembled three  readers to read a chapter from Djuna Barne’s Nightwood: “Watchman, What of the Night?”

 In this incredible, poetic, meandering selection, Nora Flood visits Doctor Matthew O’Conner in his tiny, decrepit apartment to lament the loss of her lover Robin Vote “to the night.” The Doctor begins their exchange by posing the question to Nora:“Have you ever thought of the night?”

Each reader will read, and subtly reinterpret this chapter, altering its meter and emphasis. Choosing readers with deep or resonant tones, based on a vague similarity to her own voice, Stratton inserts vocal doppelgangers into the process of The Reading Project. The voice has been studied as a means to attraction, and the way people can discern healthy mates and symmetrical faces, however, in the case of same sex attraction the idea of the voice as an attractor, has less of a biological imperative. Rather, as a partner to Barnes’ text, a book that has been considered by many to be one of the first depictions of gay love, particularly between woman, the readers chosen for Have You Ever Thought of the Night? have voices that capture the night itself, or perhaps become it.

Shannon Stratton is the Executive Director of Threewalls, a visual arts organization she co-founded in 2003. She curates and writes independently and with Threewalls and teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Current projects include: Slow Frequency at Or Gallery, Berlin & Vancouver, Threewalls, devening projects + editions and PLHK through 2015 and A Chain of Conspicuous Absences in conjunction with Zach Cahill and the Open Practice Committee at the University of Chicago in March 2015. 

Judith Brotman is an artist and educator from Chicago. Her work has included mixed media installations and theatrical immersive environments which occupy a space between sculpture and drawing.  Recent work includes language/text based conceptual projects which are meditations on the possibility of transformation.

Brotman has exhibited extensively in Chicago & throughout the US.  Exhibitions include: threewalls, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, Illinois State Museum, NIU Art Gallery, the DeVos Art Museum, Hampshire College, Smart Museum of Art, SOFA Chicago, The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, & The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Sticky and Sweet! Zoe, CharltonJayson Keelilng, Cameron Harvey, Dan Devening and Miller and Shellabarger. Up until April 30!

"What a world, what a world" Zoe Charlton’s great installation for Sticky and Sweet.