Chicago artist Bojana Ilic-Bojit paints a new original work live at the Alma, Art & Interiors opening on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 36Squared, 3636 S. Iron St., Chicago.

Exhibition Showcases New Chicago Fine Art Within Vintage Environs

Published November 17, 2021

A massive exhibition of original artwork from 30 of Chicago’s leading fine artists has landed at the 36Squared Business Incubator, 3636 S. Iron St., in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood. Alma, Art and Interiors showcases contemporary sculpture, painting and functional art inside vintage interiors on weekends in November.

 
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“This exhibition is exciting because the SOFA [Sculpture Objects and Functional Art] event where we typically show our work was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bojana Ilic-Bojitt.

 
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This Serbian-born, Chicago-based artist spent hours painting an original piece, revisiting her other artwork on display and entertaining hundreds of guests at the exclusive Alma, Art and Interiors opening on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Art During Pandemic

Kimberly Oliva, proprietor of Oliva Gallery, stands by one of the works on display at the Alma, Art & Interiors opening on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 36Squared, 3636 S. Iron St., Chicago.Kimberly Oliva, proprietor of Oliva Gallery, stands by one of the works on display at the Alma, Art & Interiors opening on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 36Squared, 3636 S. Iron St., Chicago.Spread across three floors of wide-open lofts in the historic Central Manufacturing District building, the exhibition presents breathtaking installations curated by Kimberley Oliva of Oliva Gallery and Gosia Korsakowski of Architectural Anarchy. They want to connect buyers to the best artists of Chicago, they said.

“This exhibition is essential because it shows that artists are still working: They are creating new work,” Oliva said. “Many of the pieces in this exhibition were created in various stages of the pandemic.”

 
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Motivation to produce the exhibition came from wanting to host artwork too large to fit in her Logan Square neighborhood gallery, Oliva said.

Large-Scale Work

“We decided to hold an exhibition for large-scale work,” Oliva said, “like contemporary art, ceramics, metal work installation.”

“This event is a way for artists like us to get out and show people what we have made,” Ilic-Bojitt said.

Sheryn Arends, who attended the opening, said she came to see the latest work from Chicago artist Michelle Albandoz. “Michelle is fabulous,” Arends said. “I love following her wherever she goes.”

Fostering Community

Arends described one of Albandoz’s wood creations, built from slices of church organ pipes, as “prayer upon layer.” The artwork is priced at $9,000.

 
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Valerie Valeria, a gallery assistant at Alma who helped organize the show, said the hard work of installing a massive exhibition has been worth it. “Everybody that has come in today has been so incredibly happy,” she said.

“This event will foster a sense of community and get everyone together to have a discourse about art,” Oliva said.

 

 

 
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A portion of proceeds from art sales on the opening night went to the Infant Welfare Society.

Works on display at Alma, Art and Interiors include:

The Alma Art and Interiors exhibition continues and is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2021.

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