Closing Reception March 6th, 6-9pm
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2101 South Halsted
Gary Huck is political cartoonist for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), an independent, progressive, national union based in Pittsburgh, PA. Gary is the only cartoonist employed full-time by a union in the U.S. His work has appeared in Business Week, the Washington Post, and The Center for American Progress and a wide range of other publications. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the 1199 Gallery, New York City, The Salon of Cartoon Art, San Antonio, Cuba, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, The Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA and The Museum of Cartoon Art, San Francisco, CA.
Huck and Konopacki’s original cartoons are in the permanent collection of New York University’s Tamiment Institute Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
Mike Konopacki graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He began labor cartooning for the Madison Press Connection, a local daily created by striking newspaper workers in 1978. In 1983 he and Gary Huck created Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons, syndicating their cartoons to the labor press in the U.S. and Canada.
Since that time they have published six collections of labor cartoons, Bye! American, THEM, MAD in USA, Working Class Hero, Two Headed Space Alien Shrinks Labor Movementt and the latest American Dread. With Alec Dubro Mike has written and drawn comic books and comics on the World Bank, welfare reform and union organizing.
Mike is co-author and illustrator of Howard Zinn’s graphic history A People’s History of American Empire. In May of 2009 Mike earned his Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Art Department. In 2010, Mike completed his Master of Fine Arts from the UW-Madison.
Opening March 13th, 6-10pm
8PM, March 13th: Special Guest Speaker Tom Burke. Tom Burke is a labor and international solidarity activist from a large Irish American family in Chicago. He witnessed the British war in Ireland and supports Irish freedom.
URI-EICHEN Gallery |
2101 South Halsted
Colm McCarthy is an Irish photographer and printmaker whose work focuses primarily on sociopolitical commentary. He currently lives with his wife Jane and their family in Madison, Wisconsin.
Since its "official" beginnings in 1969, the conflict in Northern Ireland claimed the lives of
over 3,500 people. Of those killed, approximately 275 were children under the age of 17.
Colm began working on "Killed" in late 2008, as a means of dealing with the death of his own father. Memories of childhood holidays in Northern Ireland led to voracious bouts of reading and research into the victims of the "Troubles" (as the conflict was known in Ireland). He felt the need to undertake a portrait project that would somehow convey the enormous sense of loss from this conflict. Mainly to busy himself and get his mind off his own grief. But 3,500 people was unfathomable to him. And then he began to focus just on the children, and decided to use them as a representative sample that could encompass all parties affected by the conflict.
He felt it was vital to separate these children from the violence that surrounded them. He did not want the series to be political. And so, with non-existent resources, He tried to research as much as he could about each child, and depict them with something that was of importance to them ( he was not always successful at this - sometimes the instruments of violence would find their way into the final image). He wanted to show them as they were - youthful, optimistic, happy and very much alive. Learning about each child made it all the more difficult to paint them. This is partly why the project continues at such a slow pace. Between 2008 and 2014 he has only managed to complete 15 portraits.
"Killed" is not intended to make any political statement. It does not seek to elicit anger or inflame. It is about life and love and loss, catharsis and healing, and the futility of violence, not just in Ireland, but here and everywhere. But in the end it's mostly about love.
By Appointment through Friday April 3rd. For an appointment call 312 852 7717
April: Joe Hill 100 Years Part 4: James Wechsler
May - September: Series on Reparations for Slavery
October: Chicago Artist Month and Pilsen Open Studios
November: Joe Hill 100 Years Part 5
December: Human Rights Day Show
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