Posts Tagged ‘Helen Oh’

Adjunct Harrington College instructor Helen Oh is currently exhibiting two sculptures (one is shown above) in a group show titled “Bauhaus Now”. The multi-media exhibition explores how Bauhaus design principles influence contemporary artwork and pedagogical practice.

Bauhaus Now!
Opening: This Friday, October 14, 6-9 pm
Exhibit Live:  October 14 – December 4, 2011

Ukrainian Institute for Modern Art
2320 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents Bauhaus Now: Contemporary Applications, an international group exhibition featuring 21 artists whose work applies the foundational principles of art and design set forth by the Bauhaus school founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919. Students, alumni, and instructors from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Bauhaus Universitat in Weimar, Germany – as well as artists whose practice has been informed by the Bauhaus’ foundation – explore the contemporary application of the Bauhaus legacy and ideals.

For more info visit http://www.bauhausnow.com/about/

Helen was also selected as finalist for International Art Magazine’s still life competition. The issue #81 October/ November 2011, will feature an article about her seashell painting and Helen’s working process.

At the Harrington College of Design, we’re proud to have design instructors that are active and renowned in their respective fields, who can lend their experience and connections with our students. Can’t wait to see your sculptures at the exhibit Helen!

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Harrington Foundations instructors Andrew Conklin and Helen Oh will be featured in an upcoming group exhibition at Chicago’s Murphy Hill Gallery, East Meets West. East Meets West features prominent realist painters from the United States and China. Don’t miss the opening tomorrow night!

East Meets West
April 9th – May 20th, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, April 9th from 6 pm – 11 pm
Murphy Hill Gallery
3333 W. Arthington Ave, Chicago, IL 606024

The Murphy Hill Gallery is a Chicago-based fine art gallery displaying an array of work in the media of painting, photography, sculpture, film, video and performance art. The gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Historic Sears and Roebuck’s building.

Andrew and Helen’s work above will be featured; to see other featured works in the exhibit, click here. You can also see more of Andrew and Helen’s work at their site: http://www.ohandconklin.com/.

Work by Andrew Conklin and Helen Oh

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Harrington held a welcome event, Food for Thought, on Wednesday evening, September 22nd. Over 60 students, faculty and staff stopped by the event, hosted by instructors Helen Oh and Andrew Conklin, along with a guest, restaurateur Meg Trboyevic, former owner of Les Nomades restaurant in Chicago, who spoke briefly about her experiences and showed a mural she designed for her restaurant’s dining room.

The participants sampled tasty homemade dishes and cookies, made from quick and easy recipes, and a few made their own maki rolls. The event’s goal was to raise awareness of inexpensive, healthy eating options for busy students on a budget, who were provided with recommended recipes and information about specialty food stores in the city.

Here are a few dessert recipes and photos from the event:

Preheat oven to 350F
14 oz. tin of Sweetened Condensed Milk
14 oz. bag Shredded Coconut
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Mix together. Use small ice cream scoop for each macaroon, tapping lightly and not overloading scoop.   Place on parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake about 15 minutes.   Allow to cool. Makes around 36 macaroons.

1 1/4   cups all-purpose flour
1tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cups (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. yogurt
2 cups of Ghiradrelli bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, cream the butter with sugar, egg, vanilla, and yogurt. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt. Add the butter mixture above and chocolate chip and mix them with wooden spoon. Drop by tablespoon onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

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October will be quite a busy time for our Harrington College of Design instructors during the upcoming Chicago Artists month:  not only will Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling have work featured, but work will also be shown by Andrew Conklin, Helen Oh and Tim Arroyo

Andrew Conklin’s and Helen Oh’s work…
Will be a part of a group exhibition, The North Park Art Walk.

The first North Park Art Walk will take place October 9 & 10, 2010 from 12pm-6pm in the North Park community. Dozens of professional Chicago artists will display their work and show films at several galleries located along the 5500 blocks of N. Kedzie and 3200-3300 blocks of N. Bryn Mawr Avenues at this free event. An Artist’s Opening will take place on Friday evening, October 8th from 5-9pm at the Koh-Varilla Guild, 5518 N. Kedzie.

Tim Arroyo’s work…
Three pieces by Tim were selected to be in the “Bauhaus Inspired Photography” exhibit as part of the Filter Photo Festival and Chicago Artists Month at the Chicago Photography Center.

Jurors for the show are Justine Jentes, Director of the Mies Van der Rohe Society, and Susan Aurinko, Independent Curator and photographer.

The show opens on Wednesday, October 6, and runs through October 29th. For more details please visit Chicago Photography Center at chicagophoto.org.

 Way to represent Duffy, Megan, Andrew, Helen and Tim!! Look forward to seeing your work throughout Chicago 🙂

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Yesterday, Harrington instructors Helen Oh and Andrew Conklin were joined by Chicago restaurateur Margaret Abbott Trboyevic. Their aim: to discuss and demonstrate simple, healthy foods that won’t break a student’s budget. Students learned where to find great local grocery shops, good and cheap restaurants, and sampled some tasty homemade treats.

This free event welcomed Harrington Students, Faculty and Staff, who all benefited from an insider’s tasty insight! 🙂

Photo courtesy williamcho

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On November 20, I had the opportunity to visit Harrington College of Design Instructor Helen Oh’s opening reception of her impressive exhibit Seashells: Inspired Form at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Had to share this mention from the TimeOut Chicago:

If you’re interested in checking out the exhibit, hurry up! The Exhibit is still up in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum through January 31st!

Photo/article courtesy TimeOut Chicago

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Harrington instructor Helen Oh will be featured in a one-person show opening this month at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum exhibition titled, Seashells: Inspired Form. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum promotes environmental awareness through exhibitions such as last year’s Lawn Nation and Mysteries of the Marsh. At an opening last year, Helen met a curator who suggested she pursue her interest further at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, which houses a 151 year-old malacology (study of seashells) collection. There Helen met a malacologist who introduced her to two newly discovered shell specimens that have yet to be named. Helen’s exhibition includes several large drawings done from the photographs taken from the CAS collection. Read below to learn more about Helen and her work’s inspiration!

What are your favorite subjects to teach at HCD?

“I have been teaching Foundations courses (Art 101, Art 110, Art 111) at the Harrington since 2001. My favorite subjects are perspective and design. As a visual artist, I recognize the importance of these fundamental skills.”


What serves as inspiration for your work?

“I have been collecting and painting seashells for five years. They are objects of primal quality and aesthetic beauty that have inspired humans as ritual objects, artistic symbols and structural forms. Throughout history, seashells have been closely related to cultural expression. In Late Stone Age burial sites shells have been found, sometimes stained with red pigment, arranged around human skeletons. In many cultures, seashells held symbolic power. They were magical objects, promoting fertility and aiding in the afterlife.

Vishnu, the Indian creator god, is often holding a conch shell in one of his four arms. Tribal dancers in Africa wear strand of cowries on headpieces, belts and anklets. Seashells are identified with the female sex in Western paintings. Many European painters incorporated shells to illustrate Aphrodite and the Madonna. Some examples include Botticelli’s Venus, who stands on a floating clamshell and Piero’s Madonna under a clamshell canopy. Aristotle recognized the aesthetic design of the Paper Nautilus; Da Vinci’s double helix staircase design was inspired by the spiral structure of seashell. Even Frank Lloyd Wright was an admirer. He wrote, ‘Here in these shells we see the housing of the life of the sea. It is the housing of a lower order of life, but it is a housing with exactly what we lack—inspired form.’
In an effort to articulate these qualities, I draw and paint shells at a scale much larger than their actual size. Under natural light, the shells are rendered in chiaroscuro manner, and set against a neutral background. The image I create can resemble abstract sculpture and the muted, luminous quality resembles surfaces from marble to human skin.”

Helen’s seashell exhibition runs from November 6, 2009 through January 30, 2010. Interested in visiting?  

Here are the details:
Seashells: Inspired Form, Artist Opening Reception
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Friday, November 20, 2009
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Open to the Public, RSVP required by Wednesday, November 18 to lgeller@naturemuseum.org or call 773-755-5108.

Seashells: Inspired Form
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive, Chicago, Illinois
November 6, 2009 – January 31, 2010
Admission to the Museum, including special exhibitions, is $9/adult, $6/child 3-12, $7/seniors and students. Thursdays are suggested donation.

Also, you can visit Helen’s website at: http://www.ohandconklin.com/

Painting by Helen Oh

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