Pop Up Event featuring Kim Curtis at Concord FiftyFive


Celebrating the work of Kim Curtis

 Opening Reception with the artist will be held

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 from 6.00 - 8.00 pm at:

Concord FiftyFive

1355 W. Concord Place

Chicago, IL 60642

Kasia Kay Art Projects + Concord FiftyFive are thrilled to showcase the artwork of Kim Curtis. This Pop-Up exhibition displays multi-media paintings which will be on sale and on display October 24th-27th.

 Kim Curtis / Reconfigured: Seven / Oil, Pantone paper, tape and pins on three wooden panels and three insulation panels / 64.5" x 48.5" / 2017

Kim Curtis / Reconfigured: Seven / Oil, Pantone paper, tape and pins on three wooden panels and three insulation panels / 64.5" x 48.5" / 2017

September 8th River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk

On Friday September 8th, the Chicago River North Design District will be having a Fall Gallery Walk to welcome the autumnal season. Lightology will host a kickoff party beginning at 5 pm at 215 W. Chicago Avenue.

Kasia Kay Art Projects will be representing featured artist Rubem Robierb at this event, whose work will be on view from September 8th-30th at Lightology. He utilizes multi-media processes to explore the fragility of life by contrasting the innocent beauty of butterflies and flowers, or expressions of love, with symbols of violence - bullets and grenades This contrast serves as a metaphor and invites criticism of war and destruction. Robierb's work has shown internationally in numerous solo and group gallery exhibitions, as well as at various international art fairs.

Admission to the event is $25 and proceeds will benefit the River North Design District. Tickets can be purchased at: https://goo.gl/XVzCHd. A trolley will run from 5:45 to 8:45 pm from Lightology to Glenview Haus and Christopher Guy at Chicago Luxury Furniture Centre.

Join us to kickoff the season, and to celebrate Robierb!

  Power Flower  series, 36 x 36 in, hand painting/Silkscreen, 2016

Power Flower series, 36 x 36 in, hand painting/Silkscreen, 2016

Artist Talk by Diane Christiansen

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Meet Chicago artist Diane Christiansen whose work is included in Elmhurst Art Museum's current exhibition New American Paintings: Midwest Edition. Learn more about Christiansen's evolving mixed media practice that includes drawing, painting, video, music and animation. She will screen excerpts of her animations that, in both content and process, address impermanence, decay and interconnectedness.


October 17th – November 15th, 2014


Reception for the artist: Friday Oct 24th, 6-8pm

The event is free and open to the public.

Chicago, IL - Kasia Kay Art Projects is proud to announce the opening of Carla Gannis’s third solo exhibition with the gallery entitled: Garden of Emoji Delights. This is in tandem with The Garden of Emoji Delights, New York at TRANSFER Gallery.

Carla Gannis’s work examines the narrativity of 21st century representational technologies and questions the hybrid nature of identity, where virtual and real embodiments of self diverge and intersect.

The exhibition is an installation of a large scale triptych, which comprises digitally collaged emoji symbols and animated characters into Hieronymus Bosch’s painting THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, (1500-1505), along with a small 3-D printed sculpture entitled ESCAPE POD, a collaboration between  EVERETT KANE  and GANNIS that explores the theatrical poetries of the modern domicile. The exhibition will also include one-of-a-kind digital drawings by Gannis. 

In The Garden of Emoji Delights, Carla Gannis contextualizes Emoji within the iconographic lineage of the works of Hieronymus Bosch, re-inscribing the third panel of his triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights, by using the new secular, pop vocabulary of signs and digital symbols.

These symbols are as pervasive now as religious symbology was in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to Carla Gannis, Emoji add a new flatness to the iconography of the past, emptying it of controversy and replacing it with something akin to Murakami’s Superflat aesthetic questioning the “sins” of our contemporary consumer culture.

In an essay accompanying The Garden of Emoji Delights titled ‘Digicalyptic Realities, or The Frolic of the Flat’, curator Sabin Bors claims that this is arguably one of the most relevant digital works in recent years. While discussing digital symbology in its relation to Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, the relation between Emoji Delights and the works of other contemporary artists influenced by Bosch, or the place of Emoji Delights in the work of Carla Gannis, the author makes an interesting interpretation on the role of the digital in contemporary society and the passage from culture to civilization.

For all its technological infrastructure, the digitalization of communication is seen as a means to disseminate an increasingly analogical content that bears more emotional charge and agency. Sabin Bors argues, however, that to understand The Garden of Emoji Delights, we must understand the type of culture these images and their power belong to, the technological codifications of today’s language, and the relation between expressions and consumer culture.

Carla Gannis lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Gannis is the recipient of several awards and her work has been featured or reviewed in The Huffington Post, Wired, Art F City, Hyperallergic, The Wallstreet Journal, & The New York Times, among others. Most recently she collaborated with poet Justin Petropoulos on a transmedia book, installation and net art project entitled <legend> </legend> (Jaded Ibis Press and Transfer Gallery, 2013). She is faculty and Assistant Chair of the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute. Carla Gannis is represented by Kasia Kay Art projects Gallery in Chicago and by Transfer Gallery in New York.


Catalogue essay: Digicalyptic Realities or, The Frolic of the Flat: Carla Gannis, The Garden of Emoji Delights by SABIN BORS.

A full version of the essay is featured on anti-utopias.

Also, see Vice's "The Creators Project" article.


Acknowledgments: RAFIA SANTANA, studio assistance

The Suite (Beyond White Cube)

September 5th - October 4th, 2014

Reception for Art After Hours: Friday, September 19th, 6-9PM.
Art After Hours is an exclusive invitational event organized by EXPO Chicago and Chicago Gallery News.

Explore Fulton Market: Saturday, September 20th, 12-5 PM.

Both of these events are free and open to the public.
Gallery regular hours: Friday - Saturday 11:30AM - 5PM and by appointment.


Chicago, IL - Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery is proud to announce the opening of The Suite, a group exhibition curated by Kasia Kay. The gallery will display a unique collection of art and design objects assured to delight the senses.

Participating artists: Sandra Bermudez, Kim Dorland, Elisa Johns, Dawn Mellor, Rubem Robierb.

Participating designers: Kreatia, Mimi Plange, Nathalie Sevikian, Fine Art Wallpapers.

Farameh Media – The Curated Collection - limited edition publications with unique artworks by selected artists: Penny, Peter Tunney, Zevs.

The philosophy of this curatorial project is to illuminate the relationship between art, design, fashion and functional object. Artists and designers selected for The Suite create compelling and imaginative work in the fields of painting, digital photography, sculpture, functional art and fashion design. They were invited to participate in this opportunity to present their work to an international market of collectors, art enthusiasts and professionals in Chicago.



The Suite combines fine artworks by several world-renowned artists, as well as the elements of apparel and design - fashion designs by MP, a womenswear label based in New York; unique garments by Kreatia, fine jewelry by Parisian designer Natahlie Sevikian; selection of limited edition art books -The Curated Private Label Collection from Farameh Media LLC; and Fine Art Wallpapers wall-coverings.  All the art and design objects and furniture make up the décor of the gallery, which becomes a cultural space for socializing, thus questioning the nature of the function of art, and blurring the lines between fine art, functional art, art objects and design.


Fine Art Wallpapers is an exclusive, curated collection of contemporary wallpapers designed by an array of established international artists. Rich with dynamic forms, they combine contemporary fine art with high-end design. Unlike any other custom wall-coverings, FAW acts as the perfect link between the worlds of contemporary art and interior and fashion designs.


The latest addition to the FAW collection includes several designs by Mimi Plange (MP), an eponymous luxury ready to wear fashion brand that has been worn by Michelle Obama, Rihanna, and many more. This exhibition also features the new Capsule Collection by MP, displaying accessories from this brand.



April 11 - May 17, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 6-8PM


CHICAGO, IL: Kasia Kay Art Projects is pleased to announce Father’s Law, artist Rim Lee’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show features mixed media paintings exhibiting a range of the artist’s practice from her realist and surrealist approach to early work as well as her most recent abstract inventions. An overall focus on the intensity of human emotion is palpable on the walls while an evolution of her ideas is revealed as the pieces unfold.

Lee’s oldest work in the show is a self-portrait, an oil painting titled Absence, which captures a dramatic yet representational image of the artist’s former ideas. This is how the artist’s journey began. The process to make these kind of portraits starts with the application of black paint, either onto Lee’s own body or another model’s nude figure. Documentation photographs of this performance are then re-translated onto a painting through a highly technical process. Both media – of photography and paint - serve as a vehicle to transform a stylistic female form onto canvas in order to tear away the surface between artist and audience. Lee was able to let go of her timidity with these series of paintings and expose an undiscovered part of herself.

Breaking away drastically from this type of performative painting, Lee recently began to make abstract creations – mixed media and oil works mostly on canvas and paper, many of which are present in this exhibition. She was looking to change the style of her artistic communication and add layers to the meaning they conveyed. These abstract works allowed her to be more impulsive and pushed her to use more experimental and bold color. What you see on the walls is not only the expressive gesture rather also the expressive body, trying to discard and re-locate itself within the painted surface.

Rim Lee is an important internationally collected Korean artist who recently exhibited her work at Love Actually, Seoul Museum, Seoul, South Korea (2013), and Can Can China!, Space Can Beijing, Beijing, China (2013). Previously, she has also participated in the Korean Eye Exhibit at MAD, NYC, Korean Eye-Fantastic Ordinary (2010) and Korean Eye-Moon Generation (2009), Saatchi Gallery in London. At Kasia Kay Art Projects, Rim Lee was featured in The Body a 2-person exhibition with Claudia Hart as well as been a part of many international art fairs including: Art Chicago 2010 and 2011 and scope Miami 2011 last December. In 2010 Lee was nominated for the Perrier Jouet Award.

 For more information please contact Kasia Kay at info@kasiakaygallery.com or call 312-944-0408.


Vanessa Palmer: Soul Sanctuary

November 22 – December 14, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, November 22, 6-8PM


(Chicago) - Kasia Kay Art Projects gallery is please to present Vanessa Palmer in her newest exhibition, Soul Sanctuary. This is her premier show in the United States.

Like any truly inspired contemporary artist, Vanessa's work is very unique, inspirational and weaves just the right amount of Zen energy to lift any spirit. Much of her inspiration comes from her own spiritual journey, through her travels in Asia, yoga, meditation, life, family, friends and most of all her love for spirituality. Her art lights you up, makes the viewer happy, positive and most of all calm. This is perhaps because of the layers of inspiring words, Buddha charms, oil colors of the chakras, Sutra scrolls or whatever other unique, world traveled trinkets she collects to incorporate into her pieces.

Vanessa Palmer’s work has a Feng Shui element to it, which is why her art is so sought after in many collectors' homes – her pieces bring an indescribable amount of positive energy to the environment.

Working out of her studio in Chicago, the artist travels the world regularly for inspiration. For over 10 years Vanessa has incorporated her love of creativity and spirituality into her business, art and now a series of books. she is also available for private and commercial commissioned art projects.

Vanessa Palmer is an author of "OM FOR THE MOM" a guide on finding, love, inner peace, passion and abundance. Books will be available for purchase at the gallery. One can also purchase them here: http://www.omforthemom.com

Bio: Vanessa studied a 4-year fine arts degree at the “School of the Art Institute” in Chicago and then continued to Italy to finish her studies in art and design. She has been an entrepreneur in the creative industry now for over 20 years. In addition to her art career, her successes range from building and designing a global fashion label, creating marketing and advertising campaigns and managing international brands. Her work has been shown in Australian galleries and she is regularly commissioned to paint her contemporary spiritual pieces and large modern abstracts. Vanessa was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame for women in 2000 for her achievements in the creative industry. "Soul Sanctuary" is Vanessa’s first solo art show in the USA.

Diane Christiansen - Cup Freaketh Over

October 18 – November 16, 2013

Opening Reception: October 18th, 6-8PM

(Chicago) - Kasia Kay Art Projects gallery is please to present Diane Christiansen in her newest exhibition, Cup Freaketh Over. This is her third solo show with the gallery.

In her new series of works, Christiansen presents works of oil on plaster as well as ink on paper. Each image has a visually rich and spontaneous feel, with subtle imperfections that create an entrancing depth.  Combining both risk and finesse, Christiansen present pieces of intricate complexity.

The paintings on plaster exist as sites of filling and erasure. Empty and full. Overfull. Her actions of working on them (painting, drawing, sanding, and opening) runs parallel with their “thematic guts.” As Christiansen states, “I'm stirring three pots at all times: drawing, painting, and animation, which is hilarious given that overwhelm informs the content. And, there is some utterly readable imagery in there. That's right; that's a big welt of color reaching down to grab a nut.” According to her, the multiple practices each feed each other in a sort of celebration of bombardment, married to a search for visual and emotional space.

Annie Morse describes Christiansen’s work in an essay entitled, The Rat Who Retired From the World: “Erasure can betray regret, revision or refusal. In Christiansen’s hands, these amendments work ceaselessly toward the achievement of imperfection, in the service of which hazard, chance, and error play a part. Hectic, comic, human in their sloppy and affectionate appeal, these works also suggest the wounds that attachment entails.”

Christiansen’s work in the upcoming exhibition correlates with October Chicago Artist Month, the city’s annual campaign to support local artists that exemplify creative growth.

Duncan R. Anderson and Daniel Bruttig - Wisconessee

September 6 – October 12, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-8PM


(CHICAGO) - Kasia Kay Art Projects is pleased to present the collaborative work of   Duncan R. Anderson and Daniel Bruttig in their new show, “Wisconessee.” This groundbreaking exhibition offers the combined perspective of two innovative and dynamic artists that creates an unparalleled visual experience.

“Wisconessee is what happens when the tragicomic jumble of national myths, personal icons, family histories, and dislocated spirits of the artists' respective homelands are reassembled according to a new set of instructions, resulting in the kind of unlikely hybrids that could only happen here.

Daniel Bruttig, from the lakes and woods of Wisconsin, and Duncan Robert Anderson, from the mountains of East Tennessee, don't take us to Wisconessee; indeed, you really and truly can't get there from here. Wisconessee is about a place, but it doesn’t come with a map as such. Instead, it’s a work of cultural geography, a map made of portraits. This work speaks of other places by introducing us to other creatures: the wandering, the disconnected, the abandoned, the marooned in our midst.

On the one hand, Anderson and Bruttig come on in this show like a couple of carnival barkers: behold! The stranded astronaut! The grotesque frantic lady! The monstrous mechanic! The werewolf-architect of memorials! But just as many folks miss out on the complexity of the American backwoods running beneath the surface of atavistic stereotypes, to note only the pop, almost camp dimensions of the melodramas here is to miss out on an important point: these are people they know. This is the place they are from, too.

Each artist undermines his overstatements with an injection of the ordinary.  Bruttig’s Wisconessee is populated by furry freaks, for sure, but they’re the freaks you’re likely to meet in the parking lot at an AC/DC concert, or stand in line with at the bank.  And while, by contrast, we tend to find Anderson’s Wisconesseeans in more Romantic predicaments—last stands, pyrrhic victories, moments of truth, of superhuman longing and distress—in the midst of them, as often as not, Our Hero is liable to behave in ways as petty and profane as you or me.  Epic tragedy is more likely to be met with grumbling resentment or pitiful resignation than with noble stoicism.                                                                  

In the end this is street-level mythology, as grotesque and Romantic as daily life practiced by two guys who met one day on a street in Chicago.  Wisconessee isn’t a foreign land after all, its legends notwithstanding.  It’s not an effort to show us a way out of the city, an Otherworld played for hilarity or horror, it’s an effort to add to it, to clear a space in the grid for faces from other places, and their freakish, epic dramas of the mundane.  Everybody’s got legends, and Wisconessee is one of them.”  

- Douglas Reichert Powell, PhD, Columbia College Chicago

Duncan Robert Anderson (born 1969) received his BFA from East Tennessee State University. His work has been exhibited in Chicago, IL including East Tennessee Landscapes (solo exhibition) at Columbia College, Mountain Empire Monuments (solo exhibition) at FireCat Projects, New Work (two solo exhibitions at Kasia Kay Gallery),  Mexico City, Mexico; New York, NY; and Los Angeles, CA. Articles on Anderson have appeared in the Chicago Reader and New City Chicago. Wisconessee is his third show with Kasia Kay Gallery. 

Daniel Bruttig (born 1975, Milwaukee, WI) received a BFA from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 and his MFA from the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in 2010. He has presented work in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Milwaukee. Bruttig has contributed work to the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center and Evanston Art Center. Collections include Moscow, New York, San Diego, Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee. In 2009 he received the Dedalus Foundation nomination. Bruttig lives and works in Chicago, IL. In 2010, Bruttig received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging MFA nomination. Wisconessee is his third show with Kasia Kay Gallery.

Mike Wong - The Dramatics of Living

June 7 - June 28,2013

Curated by Stefania Carrozzini

Vimeo link http://vimeopro.com/unburden/chicago


(CHICAGO) - Kasia Kay Art Projects is pleased to present  “The Dramatics of Living”, Mike Wong’s first solo exhibition with the Gallery. The show, curated by Stefania Carrozzini, is composed of several mixed media paintings and one video installation entitled “Unburden”.

“The Dramatics of Living“ is an original approach of how Mike views life in recursive forms, paradoxical codes within the complex structures. The audience walks through the journey of living and finally come to the video installation to unburden themselves so that they can be free - to unlearn and learn again.

With or without painting on the canvas, the process to cover and uncover part of the painting, bear witness to a fragmented reality, a precarious existence that is strengthened through a more extensive and complex vision of life, where all aspects from pain to joy are part of the same reality, the faces of the same coin.

This energy is made of a combination of spontaneity and strategy, that will flow to the “Unburden”, a wormhole (box) where the audience is free to release their “burdens” with words, drawings on note pads into the box. Embracing the dramatics of life is possible when the real communication with our inner being take place through the creative journey. At some point of living we need to reflect, unlearn what we have learned so that we can be ready for the next frontier of living with fresh insights to life.

Mike’s painting is best known for his innovative and inventive used of everyday used materials. He likened the canvas to time and space and he explored what it means to paint without the canvas. In the process of art making, everyday objects becomes a medium. A cloth hanger, masking tape, electrical cable ties became part of the installation. The works often has a 3 dimensional quality registering the flow and energy.

With his video installation works, the same theme of space and time are often explored. Some of the works also taps on audience participation. The audience then becomes part of the installation and only through that process, is the work complete.

The paradoxical concept of Mike Wong’s work is to exercise spontaneously within the complex of strategy.

For more information please contact Kasia Kay at info@kasiakaygallery.com or call 312-944-0408.

Kevin Berlin: Woke Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed

Kevin Berlin: Woke Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed

April 11 - May 11, 2013

Opening reception: Friday, April 12th, 6-8PM.


(CHICAGO) - Kasia Kay Art Projects is pleased to present Woke Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed, Kevin Berlin’s second solo exhibition with the Gallery. This show follows a breakthrough year for Kevin Berlin with major shows in London, New York and Miami with Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of new large oil on canvas, the artist's most uncensored works to date.

Among the works are Berlin’s signature style, mostly black and white, cocktail party scenes such as “The Lonely Girl,” “Woke Up on the Wrong Side Of Bed” and the monumental canvas “The Striped Dress.” Highlights include a sneak preview of the artist’s new “Uncensored” series including several versions of his “F*** YOU(expressed in English, Italian, and Russian languages) cigarette paintings, packs of Marlboro and Camel with a new interpretation of the warning label.

Kevin Berlin is an internationally recognized artist of enormous talent, with a great eye for bringing to light various intriguing global issues. Whether the subject is cash, cigarettes, cocktail parties, or tigers, his artwork engages the viewer with economic, social and political situations of the day. Berlin's unique style reflects his outlook as "witness" to global popular culture.

Berlin is also well known for his sculptural and performance work. The following are links to the artist’s performances featured by Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery at various internationals art fairs:


"Miss Foreign Exchange International," Scope Miami 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0ZbhgFk2-w

"Secret Life Of Ballerinas," Art Chicago 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4l_uRbNBds

"Hamptons Gone Wild," Art Hamptons 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAGMMx3qSBA


Kevin Berlin, a Yale University Alumnus continued his studies in 1988 at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. The artist has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Shanghai Daily, The Miami Herald, USA Today, MTV, Tokyo Television, BBC Radio, and over 40 television stations across the United States. The artist was honored by President Reagan at The White House as a Young Arts Presidential Scholar in 1983. Berlin's major solo exhibitions include shows in London, New York City, Chicago, Kiev, and Shanghai. His works are found in the collections of Kim Basinger, Luciano Pavarotti, David Letterman, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dudley and Lisa Anderson, Quincy Jones, Buzz Aldrin, Henry Buhl, and General Motors Corp.

Luc Dratwa - NYC Tales

February 22 - March 30, 2013

Luc Dratwa  - solo exhibition: NYC Tales

Opening reception: Friday, February 22, 6-8PM


CHICAGO, IL - Kasia Kay Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “NY Tales”, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Luc Dratwa.

Luc Dratwa is best known for his series of photographs taken from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center with a view of the Empire State Building in New York City, as well as his series taken at the NYC subway. Dratwa captures familiar imagery and contextualizes his subject matter within a fragmented realm of New York City.  In essence, he constructs a vision that is his own unique rendition of the city.  Throughout his series of photographs, Dratwa catches people as they gaze at the astonishing views. The images consist of three planes: the character, the window and the city, brought together through Dratwa’s lenses.  Within the series progression, the characters change and effect different tales of love and motion, but the point of view remains constant as an ode to his love of tamed space.  Through this framing the audience is granted a perspective of view that becomes timeless.

The “Subway” series - which is devoted to the New York subway - illustrates more clearly than ever his concern for the perfection in construction which leaves nothing to chance. As the fruit of long hours of watching and waiting before the lens shoots that one image, “Subway” captures an underground world from which man is physically absent most of the time. At the same time, Dratwa captures a reality magnified by the poetry of the detail, a reality that generates a perfect balance, a harmony of lines, forms, rhythms and contrasts that is nothing short of faultless. “Subway” shows Luc Dratwa on top form as he masters a portrayal of image and color.  This is driven by a total vision which proves that beauty is everywhere, even in the metal framework of a train carriage, the perspective of a tunnel and the light of a deserted platform.

Dratwa has a number of influences and believes that he draws inspiration and creative strength from the heritage of Baroque painters and in the work of Edward Hopper, Meyerowitz and even from writers. For Dratwa, every subject he tackles is as much a story as it is a photographic work. "I write stories, where others would translate them into music, poetry or novels. I tell my stories on photo paper".

Dratwa presented “Subway” in avant premiere at Lineart 2011. He received three awards including the Gallery Award and two “Art Lovers” Awards and has been featured in exhibitions in Rome, Paris, Tokyo and New York. Dratwa was born in 1958, and currently he resides in Brussels, Belgium.


December 5 - 9, 2012

We are pleased to announce the gallery’s participation at CONTEXT ART MIAMIVIP Private Preview on Tuesday, Dec. 4th, coinciding with the 23rd edition of Art Miami. CONTEXT is the newest cutting-edge addition to Art Miami Fair. Our featured artists include: Kevin Berlin, Luc Dratwa, and other artists.http://www.art-miami.com/



Erika Harrsch - Under One Sky

Erika Harrsch - Under One Sky

November 8 - December 8, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, November 9, 6-8pm.

CHICAGO, IL - Kasia Kay Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Under One Sky”, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Erika Harrsch. As a multi-media artist, Harrsch uses a diverse grouping of materials to express her deeper message and exhibit a playful yet thought -provoking atmosphere for the viewer. Her newer works consist of sculptural clouds, kites, mixed-media collages, paintings entomological boxes, and a plethora of other fascinating creations coming together to compose a symphony of visual stimuli.

The butterfly is a reoccurring motif in Harrsch’s works. Most of her butterflies are constructed from images of various recreated currencies. It seems her winged creations carry with them her message of a balance between nature and our modern global economy. With the Butterflies as a recurrent symbol, Harrsch creates parallel realities of values; where these banknotes flutter, specimen-prints of international currency are presented either as animated monetized Lepidoptera or as extinct specimens ready for inspection.

Harrsch’s collection contains traces of a wide variety of emotions and topics. Some are fantastical and tumultuous; others are tranquil and insightful, while the next may make blatant political statements mixed with a serene landscape. The gallery will be transformed, filled of new energies. Her work is an experience not to be missed.

One of Harrsch’s most recent commissioned installations for the Eaton Corporation manages to again displace the balance of nature and economics, with the circling trail made by each of her individually handmade, paper currency butterflies. Each butterfly seems so delicate yet substantial, and there is a sense that at any moment one might decide to fly off the wall.

“Erika Harrsch’s work proves that borders do not exist when it comes to artistic creation.” Art Nexus

Born in Mexico City, Erika Harrsch has lived and worked in Mexico, Italy, Germany and New York. Her image-making tools include painting, photography, video and a scenario building based on elements in artificial and natural environments, which find expression in the form of installations and three dimensional photographic works. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Mexico, USA, Brasil, Argentina, Korea, China, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, UK, Poland, Turkey and Syria. She has participated in several Art Biennials including Fokus Lodz Biennale, Poland 2010, Beijing 798 Biennale 2009, 5th International Media Art Biennale-MediaCity Seoul 2008. Her work has been presented in museum such as the Whitney Museum of American Art-NY, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum-Gothenburg Sweden, Musée de la Photographie a Charleroi-Bélgium, Seoul Museum of Art-Korea. Harrsch has developed a multidisciplinary practice and has taken part in multimedia festivals and residencies worldwide, working in collaboration with the multidisciplinary company VisionIntoArt, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet and acclaimed composer Philip Glass.


October 11 - November 3, 2012

Elisa Johns: Palisades

Opening reception: October 12, 6-8PM.

CHICAGO, IL - Kasia Kay Art Projects is pleased to announce “Palisades”, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Elisa Johns. Working with oil on canvas, Johns draws influence and inspiration from the rugged, pristine landscape of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she spends her summers backpacking.

While depicting the landscape as harsh and unyielding, Johns also incorporates elements of sensuality and tenderness, effectively creating a narrative interplay between the masculine and feminine duality of nature - a source of both pleasure and pain, simultaneously sympathetic and pitiless.

In these paintings, Johns’ panoramic stone peaks contend with ethereal female forms and become characters themselves.  Powerful, masculine palisades intertwine with delicate strokes contextualizing the female form. Mountains, set within a dream-like void of large open spaces, evoke the otherworldliness of epic fantasy. Both haunting and lyrical, Johns’ paintings delve deep into the sublime mystery of the western high Sierra.

“There is a perfect balance of misery and ecstasy in the mountains, and an inherent risk, the knowledge that the landscape is more powerful than you are. It is as though this mix of pain and pleasure is the only way to truly feel and experience it.”          

- Elisa Johns


Elisa Johns is a Los Angeles based contemporary painter who received her MFA from the Claremont Graduate University, and her BFA from the University of California, San Diego. Johns was featured in the 2004 and 2007’s New American Paintings, in 2008 she was chosen to participate in LA. Potential, at Hangar 7, Salzburg, Austria. She has received critical acclaim from publications including White Hot Magazine, Beautiful/ Decay magazine, and in Art in America for her 2009 solo show at Walker Contemporary, Boston. Johns most recent solo shows include Devotion is Enough at Skew Gallery in Calgary and Huntress at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York.

May 17 - June 14, 2012

Kevin Berlin: Tiger Training for Beginners

Solo exhibition at gallery Unit24, London, GB