In collaboration with Chicago Artists Month, Gallerique is pleased to exhibit the work of Diana P. Gabriel and Ben Holiday in Studioscapes. RSVP to the opening on Facebook here.
Through the use of bright colors, intricate designs and linear marks, the two artists mimic the still, vertical luminosity of Chicago architecture. Where Holiday's paintings feature detailed skylines and architectural elements, Gabriel's sitespecific installations make physical the linear, complex facades found within Holiday's canvases. Through installations that react, attach and shape themselves specifically to the walls they are created within, Gabriel outlines and enhances each space's interior. Mimicking expansive city grids and intricate blueprints, her installations explore and expose the enticing patterns and compositions found in Holiday's paintings.
About the Artists
Diana Gabriel is an artist and curator with a soft spot for artisans and an inclination toward all linear things, patterns, and simultaneity. Diana is primarily a painter but supplements this practice with large sitespecific installations. She emigrated from Colombia at a young age and quickly emerged herself in the Fine Arts. She earned her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2004 and her MFA from Illinois State University in 2007. Diana currently teaches at Harper College in Palatine and College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. Gabriel is the cofounder of TheCGProject, a creative platform for artists and audiences with a shared vision of increasing appreciation and accessibility of Art in our culture.
Ben Holiday is a Chicagobased artist drawing inspiration from his background in architecture. Early pieces focused on patterns, stencils, and abstracts. His work in luxury residential design, commercial architecture, and travel throughout europe inspired increasingly complex paintings. Ben's subjects have included architectural elements, landmarks, and skylines painted onto silk, leather, canvas, wood, and acrylic panels in vibrant hues and metallic finishes.Ben's work has been published in American Art Collector, Chicago Home+Garden, Luxe Interiors+Design, i4design, Timeout Chicago, and the cover of CS Interiors. He has designed note cards, couture carpets, and model houses. CB2 has released numerous limited edition prints of ben's work to rave reviews since 2009.