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Three new exhibitions open at I space, U. of I.'s Chicago art gallery

Melissa Mitchell, U. of I. News Bureau arts writer

Mary Antonakos, I space coordinator


acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen
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Fabula (panel 7), 2006, 24" x 36" x 2", flashe, acrylic and tempera on paper vellum over linen  

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Three new exhibitions will be on view Nov. 17 through Dec. 23 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:

“Hideous Beast: Mini Movie Fest” will feature continuous screenings of one-minute movies from around the world, made using digital still cameras, videophones and PDAs. The I space screening is part of a multiple-venue mini-movie festival taking place simultaneously throughout Chicago. The festival is organized by Hideous Beast, a two-person collaborative advocating participatory art – U. of I. School of Art and Design alumni Josh Ippel and Charles Roderick.

I space will feature archival movies from past festivals, along with photographic documentation of each event; a “user guide” for the Mini Movie Fest, which includes instructions for creating a “mini cine”; a device for displaying movies on a laptop computer or television; and a station where visitors may submit movies to any of the Chicago events. A workshop, free and open to the public, will be held on from noon-2 p.m. on Dec. 23. It will be followed, from 3-5 p.m., by a screening of movies submitted at I space during the festival.

For more information, or to submit a movie to the festival, visit

"Molly Briggs: Fabula” showcases eight paintings adjoined to form a single, 30-foot panoramic work representing an artificial, yet documentary, urban landscape. Working in flashe, acrylic and tempera paints applied to paper vellum laid over linen, the Chicago-based artist and U. of I. art and design alumna constructed her own condensed interpretation of the city’s North Avenue, from Harlem to the lakefront.

The artist’s process involved selecting and photographing one tree, tree-like shrub or stand of trees from each block, then using the projected transparencies to paint the source images.

“David Svensson: LightSpace” is a site-specific installation by the Swedish artist, known for his sculptural work using light and color. At I space, Svensson is installing colored films on the gallery’s conference-room windows. The application of the films subtly alters and reshapes the character of the space by modulating the light that enters it.

An opening reception is scheduled to take place from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the gallery, 230 W. Superior St., Chicago.

I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.