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Wallace Bowling

Wallace Bowling
  • This architect’s recent artwork - minimalist “constructsfocuses on the action of viewing an image or object. Markedly different than viewing a traditionally installed painting, each construct requires more than merely looking.

    Closed constructs must be opened to reveal the concealed tableau. Some may even require participation in assembling. All is calculated, and more often manipulated. Even minor details, such as the direction the construct opens, dictate the viewer’s interface. Some may open only partially, denying the viewer. Some constructs evoke a tinge of pleasure while others may create a distinct uneasiness. One’s emotions are heightened by this channeled participation. Hence the viewer becomes an intimate part of the piece.

  • Artistic Curriculum 

    Born in Louisville, Kentucky (1950)
    Resides in Chicago and Harpers Ferry, Iowa

    Educated as an architect: undergraduate at the University of Kentucky (1973), master’s program and fellowship at the University of Toronto (1979), including a wonderful summer workshop in Paris (1979) with Columbia University, New York.

    Stage 1: Architecture
    Early exhibitions focused predominately on architectural work: The Art Institute of Chicago (1983)
    Archicenter, Chicago (1983) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (1989, 1996)
    Participated in group architectural exhibitions in select Chicago art galleries:
    Van Stratten Gallery (1988) and Lydon Fine Arts (1990)

    Architecture Chicago: RoadsNot Taken (1990)
    Architecture Chicago: Alternative Visions (1989)
    Architecture Chicago: Divine Detail (1988)
    The Chicago Architectural Journal, Volume 3 (1983)

    Collections include the Chicago Historical Society (1984), Pleasant Home Foundation, Oak Park, IL
    University of Kentucky (1993)

    Stage 2: Paintings
    Subsequent exhibitions (group) include drawing, paintings and collage at The Art Institute of Chicago (1994), Hyde Park Art Center (1995), The Chicago Art Open (1998), Chicago’s NAME Gallery Valentine Benefit and Exhibitions (4)in the late 80’s, Artist in Residence exhibitions (5) at The Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago in the late 90’s. John Blank Art Center, Michigan City, IN (2003, 2004) and Davenport Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa (2005), both juried group exhibitions.

    PHASE 3: Constructs
    Constructs exhibitions include group exhibitions Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago (January 2015) Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI (Spring 2018) and the Rockford Art Museum (Sumer 2018)
    Solo Exhibitions: Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY (2016) Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago (2017)
    Aron Packer Projects, Chicago (2018)
  • GROUP EXHIBITIONS—Drawings and Paintings

    Chicago Art Open (2 years)
    Davenport Art MuseumJuried Exhibition
    Blank Art Center , Indiana  Juried Exhibitions  (2 years)
    Key West Art & Historical Society  “Key West Aids Memorial Competition” 1996
    Hyde Park Art Center  Chicago “Not Just Another Pretty Face”,  Catalog, 1995 
    Art Institute of Chicago, Kraft Gallery, “Members Drawings” 1994
    Fine Arts Building Gallery  Chicago “Artist in Residence Group Exhibition” 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
    Lydon Fine Art  Chicago “Roads Not Taken”: AIA Catalog, 1990
    Chicago Architecture Foundation,1989 and 1996
    Van Startten Gallery  Chicago “The Divine Detail” : AIA Catalog, 1988
    N.A.M.E. Gallery  Chicago “Valentine Benefit/Exhibition” 1985, 86, 87, 88
    University of Kentucky  Lexington “Alumni Exhibition” 1983
    Archicenter, Chicago ”New Visions: New Voices” 1983
    Art Institute of Chicago “TOPS: A Design Competition”: AIA Catalog, 1983