aurora xxi, ink & gouache
Exhibits News

Olivia Petrides and Sarah Krepp: Line/Force/Burn/Rubber
Brauer Museum of Art
1709 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, Indiana

Explosive energy dominates the work of Sarah Krepp and Olivia Petrides. Krepp locates a powerful gesture in found materials, in blown-out shredded tires which are gathered from highway debris. Blow-outs force the wires, embedded in the rubber, into writing gesticulations of accumulated stress. Petrides utilizes simple tools and the basic element of drawing - the line - to enact roiling abstractions of overwhelming natural forces into baroque masses. Both artists see the aggressive mark as emblematic carrier of immense forces within urban and natural environments. Petrides and Krepp achieve a linear complexity, referencing turbulent atmospheres and tangled social workings, thus posing questions about the relationship between human actions and nature's limitations.

Phipps Center for the Arts (Two Person)
109 Locust Street
Hudson, Wisconsin

Polar Nights, a solo exhibition of large-scale drawings
Curated by Suellen Rocca
Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace at Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois
March 8 - April 16, 2016

Petrides' drawings are immersive, large-scale abstractions based on her direct observation of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. She uses simple tools—ink, gouache and paper—and the basic element of drawing—the line—to reenact the forcefulness and sublime effect of the ever-shifting aurora. With a background in scientific illustration, Petrides is interested in the dynamic relationship between the micro and the macro, and how the generation of a linear field can create an epic and lyrical space. This project is partially funded by a Community Arts Assistance grant from the City Of Chicago Department Of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, and by an artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation.
Exhibit Essay: In Search of the Sublime, by Lanny Silverman

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Olivia Petrides, Polar Nights, installed at Accelerator ArtSpace, Elmhurst College, Illinois

On Big Drawings
Curated by Friedhard Kiekebe
Columbia College A + D Gallery, 619 South Wabash, Chicago
October 2 - November 1, 2014

On Big Drawings seeks to expand classic notions of drawing into a nuanced discussion of how contemporary drawing can operate on a large scale in planar, constructed, and projected space. Each featured artist has made an outstanding contribution to an expanded notion of drawing, creating work that engenders a dialogue about drawing across media boundaries, while engaging with large-scale works created for specific spaces. Catalog available.

This work was funded by an Illinois Arts Council Special Projects Grant and supported by an artist residency at the Ragdale Foundation.

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Olivia Petrides, Polar Nights, ink and gouache on paper, six panels, 75 x 312", 2014, Columbia College

Public Art Commission for Openlands Lakeshore Preserve
Fort Sheridan, Illinois

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

A multi-level painting and drawing course that provides an opportunity to explore individual perceptions of the natural world in light of current landscape painting issues. All media on paper.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

A multi-level studio course which travels to the Field Museum of Natural History, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Garfield Park Conservetory to observe, understand and paint structure in the light of growth, behavior and physical action. Pencil and watercolor.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan

Co-Instructors: Olivia Petrides and E.W. Ross

Drawing upon the natural terrain of Ox-Bow, high school juniors and seniors explore drawing, design, composition and creativity. A wide variety of drawing materials are used. Contact the Oxbow Office at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 312-899-5100.

Dates to be announced.
Co-Instructors: Olivia Petrides, Tom Greensfelder, Patricia Pelletier, and E.W. Ross
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The focus of the trip is spectacular day-excursions to some of the extraordinary artistic sites of the area like Conques, a 12th-century hillside village with a beautiful Romanesque church plus wonderful shops and restaurants. On another day we go on a tour of the 25,000-year-old cave paintings at Pech Merle. There are visits to two different open-air markets for wonderful fresh food from local farmers. Other day trips are planned as well.

We also include “free” days where you can go kayaking, hiking, or just hang out in St. Cirq la Popie, the 14th century cliff village where you reside in a private home or B&B. St. Cirq has fabulous restaurants, bakeries, shops and galleries for you to enjoy.

The tour fee including all instruction is $1500. The fee without art instruction is $1000. (Fees may vary. Please check website.) Both fees include all ground transportation (we rent a couple of vans), tours with English speaking guides, and a wonderful dinner on your first night in France. All other meals and your airfare are not included.