Out of This World
August 6, 2020 through June 6, 2021
Spanning four decades of Chicago Imagist and Hairy Who artist Gladys Nilsson’s career, this exhibition features the complexly layered watercolors that humorously exaggerate the everyday. Larger than life women are blissfully content when surrounded by clusters of tiny people engaged in silly, and sometimes, sinister behaviors. The painted multi-level narratives of the “everyday woman” invite the viewer in to explore, examine, and investigate—the very act of looking that Nilsson employs when generating the imagery for her work. Nilsson’s collages, watercolors, and prints are a delightful recording of human foibles and the comical interactions that pervade the mundane.
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