Dance CardOur friend Joanne recently told us about an interview she had with Chicago artist Lorraine Peltz, whose Cosmic Hostess exhibition is closing this weekend at the Hyde Park Art Center. Joanne describes Peltz's work well: For years the Chicago painter has combined abstract painting and an aesthetic inspired by '70s-style advertising, using stencils, patterning, graphic elements and iconic symbols that relate to female fantasies, domestic histories and fashion. Peltz's recent work further probes the complicated position of the contemporary woman by balancing the eye candy allure of her decorative painting style with loaded symbols—white go-go boots, red lips, thought balloons, cupcakes and a pair of pears—to provoke questions about the female identity in our personal and popular cultures. Clicking around, we also saw some online coverage and some great images of Peltz's work on Moco Loco. We wish we had had the opportunity to see her paintings in person - the colors and patterns look like they'd be rich, wonderful, and thought-provoking additions to an art-filled home.
Lotus (Thanks, Joanne!)