Monday, September 6, 2010

Art Opening: Empty Stages at Eyeporium Gallery

Eyeporium Gallery presents “Empty Stages”

works by Mary Livoni, Charlie B Thorne and Karen Hoyt

Opening Night is Friday, September 10th from 6pm to 9pm

CHICAGO, Illinois – August 29, 2010 – Eyeporium Gallery presents a group show of highly personalized cityscapes by Mary Livoni, Charlie B Thorne and Karen Hoyt. For Livoni, charcoal is a seductive drawing material because, like smoke, it can be dense and impenetrable or ethereal and light. She takes her inspiration from partially inhabited, sometimes crumbling, industrial Chicago neighborhoods that she imbues with her own sense of drama. Her collages are the result of destroying and reconfiguring her own work. Thorne turns late afternoon-lit urban landscapes into haunting vignettes in his color saturated oil pastels. His micro-miniatures are hand-colored paper sculptures of city structures displaying exquisite detail, complexity and sly wit. Hoyt records the fleeting details of our modern environment, having been created by and for man, but devoid of man at the time. She edits her photographs down to strict, structural lines that deliver both power and poignancy suffuse with tight color play. Each artist, in their own way, offers scenes poised for animation. Okay, cue the actors.


Opening Reception (public invited): Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm

Exhibition Viewing: Through Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm to 7pm; Saturday 12pm to 5pm


Eyeporium Gallery

1431 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: 773-782-1744

Two blocks from the “Damen” Blue Line El stop in the heart of Wicker Park.


Mary Livoni holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. She has lived and worked in Chicago for the last 20 years. Her work has been shown at Architrove Gallery, Bluebird Restaurant – Salon Series, Zolla/Liebermann Gallery, Gary Marks Gallery and Thomas McCormick Gallery. Charlie B Thorne attended the American Academy of Art, Chicago. A native Chicagoan, he has been exhibited internationally by Belloc-Lowndes Fine Art as well as many local venues including Eyeporium Gallery, the Chicago Cultural Center and as an early participant in Around the Coyote. Karen Hoyt, originally from Florida, has been living and working in Chicago for the last 20 years as a freelance commercial and event photographer.


Annette Sollars, creator of Chicago's fine eyewear icon, Eye Want, also launched Eyeporium, a fine art gallery in Wicker Park. Representing exceptional artists of regional and national prominence, Eyeporium Gallery features contemporary creators of paint, print, photographic and sculptural works from the realistic to the surreal to the abstract. With the location of Eyeporium inside Eye Want, Annette has created a single destination for you to procure fine eyewear and fine art “for your face and your space”.

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