Stunning Photorealism Exhibition, Valentine’s Square Dance & More! Feb. 15 at Mana Contemporary Chicago

Yigal Ozeri, Untitled; Aquabella, 2011. Oil on canvas, 42 x 60 in. Micha Ziprkowski Collection.


Please join us Saturday, February 15, 5 p.m. to midnight

Mana Contemporary Chicago presents an engaging evening of dynamic art and performance on Saturday, February 15. The event is free and open to the public.


A reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in Mana Contemporary Chicago’s fifth floor gallery celebrates the opening of Photorealism in the Digital Age, a solo exhibition of recent photorealist paintings by New York-based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri. Photorealism in the Digital Age will be exhibited from February 15 through April 15, 2014. Ozeri, one of the most significant Photorealist painters today, is known for his large-scale paintings of women who appear caught between the natural world and a dream-like state.

Yigal Ozeri, Untitled; Olya; 2013. Oil on canvas, 54 x 36 in. Eileen S. Kaminsky Collection.
Ozeri relies on digital photography as source material, and at first glance, his meticulous paintings appear photographic. Yet, through his heartfelt quest to convey his muses’ spirit, he adds the depth of allegoric space that distinguishes the painting process, creating work that transcends the fleeting moments captured.

Photorealism—the first modern movement to assert reliance on photography as a crucial part of the artistic process—has been an influential force on the art scene since the late 1960s. Photorealists work painstakingly from photographs to create startlingly realistic paintings, and where they once used film for gathering information, they now rely on digital technology, which has vastly expanded the amount of detail that can be captured.

The exhibition features works by Ozeri from the collections of Dr. Micha Ziprkowski, the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, and Louis K. Meisel, who coined the term Photorealism in the late 1960s.

Yigal Ozeri, Untitled; Lizzie Smoking, 2010. Oil on paper mounted on wood, 12 x 18 in. Yigal Ozeri Collection
Also on view on the first floor, the University of Wisconsin Madison presents a graduate student exhibition, a/systemic: intersections, dislocations, and subversions. Selected works engage with and explore the boundaries of systems that exist both within and outside of formal art making.

During the February 15 opening event from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first floor, Honey Pot Performance presents Juke Cry Hand Clap, an interactive music performance focusing on house music as a conceptual ground to explore Black Chicago’s social practices across the 20th century.

Guests can also visit open artist studios from 5 to 8 p.m., and for a rollicking finish to the night, High Concept Laboratories presents their annual Valentine’s Day Square Dance featuring the young Chicago string band Can I Get an Amen from 8 p.m. to midnight. (Must be 21-plus to attend.)

About Mana Contemporary
Mana Contemporary is a groundbreaking cultural institution with locations in Jersey City and Chicago. Based on an integrated philosophy, its facilities provide services, spaces, and programming for artists, collectors, curators, performers, students, and the greater community. For more information, please visit

Image courtesy of University of Wisconsin Madison.
"Price Point," Honey Pot Performance, 2013. Photo by Ania Sodziak.
Image courtesy of High Concept Laboratories.

Selena Ricks
Public Relations Director

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