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Guy Whitney exhibits art works reflecting inquiry into the nature of spirit, energy and the ways they manifest in matter. The opening of Whitney’s show, “Energy Into Matter,” will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 on Friday, Oct. 8 at Heartwood Center’s Skylight room. New watercolor works on paper explore realms of mystery and perception of the world in the context of art and with attention to the current socio-political-cultural divisiveness.
Using a variety of techniques from frottage to dripped wax, Whitney is said to convey states of emotional and spiritual inquiry into the human condition. Ideas around clarity and recognition are called into manifestation in contexts ranging from Buddhism, animism, Taoism and non-western metaphysics. Images of spheres and figures exist in various regions of space. Whitney says these states are metaphors of human experience, growth and comprehension.
“The work is in part a reflection of how we experience today’s social and political divides that sadly separate us from the truth and depth of our shared human connections,” said Whitney.
Born in Paris to a lineage of French artists, Whitney’s artistic development began at the School of the Art Institute Chicago where he received a BFA, studying primarily with the renown painter Emilio Cruz. Following this he co-founded the artist-run N.A.M.E. gallery and served on its board for ten years, overseeing exhibitions and the gallery’s expansion into a venue for performance art, film and live jazz events.
After an extended period, which included the inadvertent release of his art making practice, Whitney reconnected with his skill, craft and creativity. This exhibition represents the mature arrival of this reconnection. Whitney has acknowledged that he is, in fact, a “late bloomer.”
The exhibition, which includes works from 16” x 20” to 42” x 50”, is on view from October 8 through December 31, 2021 at Heartwood Center for Body Mind and Spirit (1818 Dempster St.).