July 28, 2004

3Arts Gallery Presents
Don't Blink
July 15 August 26, 2004
Featuring Jackie Kazarian and Nikkole Huss

CHICAGO Artists Jackie Kazarian and Nikkole Huss will exhibit work in a new installation titled Don’t Blink, opening July 15 at The Three Arts Club of Chicago (3Arts).

Jackie Kazarian’s energetic paintings veil an underlying concern with the discipline of vision. In compositions that she calls “utopian landscapes,” Kazarian proposes multiple readings of scale and perspective. Further, she asks the viewer to take a figurative sidestep and look beyond the surface of her work to discover spaces that confound visual assumptions. Kazarian earned her Masters of Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute after graduating from Duke University with a degree in Zoology.

Nikkole Huss earned her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in 2004. In the Three Arts galleries, Huss will exhibit delicate line drawings from her series Learning to Write, traceries of color on paper that derive from the familiar penmanship pages of elementary school. These intimate works suggest sine waves, Möbius twists, and musical compositions. Huss deliberately arrests the attention of the viewer, using subtle but irresistible encouragement to look longer.

The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through August 26. Gallery Director Annie Morse will lead a discussion of the exhibition with the artists beginning at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception on July 15.

The Three Arts Club, which will undergo extensive restoration and renovation before reopening to artists and audiences in 2006, will maintain its gallery exhibitions and jazz programming through 2004. This is the second in a series of installations curated by Gallery Director Annie Morse. Five mid-career artists were invited to select an emerging artist whose work engages in interesting ways with their own artistic concerns. This series of interactions among artists will continue through the year.