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Sandra Perlow: Permeated Surfaces at Finlandia University Gallery

Sandra Perlow: Permeated Surfaces will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from October 23 to November 24, 2014.

An opening reception at the gallery will take place on Thursday, October 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sandra Perlow will give an artist talk beginning at 7:15 p.m. The reception is free, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Biomorphic forms float and merge, drift and collide like improvised verse in Sandra Perlow’s painted collages. Her visual plane includes rich fields of color and organic abstraction mixed with layers of found and printed paper.

In Perlow’s collages accumulations of forms and textured surfaces inspired by the view from her Chicago studio perform a visual call and response. Echoing the flow of pedestrians, the colorful pattern of window displays, and the syncopated geometry of buildings and skyscrapers, her compositions are records of movements and matter.

“In my work, singular forms move through complex networks and organic shapes find balance with architectonic structures,” notes Perlow. “The visual exchanges reflect the ongoing dialogue between nature, industry and self.”

Many of the titles for Perlow’s work come from literary sources, one especially inspiring is Thomas Mann’s four part novel, Joseph and His Brothers. Music helps relax the mind and suggest new imagery. Like the titles, which are suggestive, Perlow listens to the process until she visually feels a response.

Perlow lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Mid-west, California, and in New York City. In September 2014, she participated in a three-person show at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois. This exhibit brought together three diverse artists with the shared interest of exploring boundaries that exist between the natural and artificial.

Sandra Perlow received her B.A.E at the School of Art Institute of Design, Her M.A. from the Illinois Institute of Design, and her M.F.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Her work is represented by Dubhe Carreno Gallery in Chicago, IL and Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

“Permeated Surfaces” will be on display through November 24, 2014.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 12 - 4 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, call 906-487-7500.



Photo captions:

  • Photo 1: “Open Stairway”, 24” x 30”, collage pencil, and canvas, 2014 by Sandra Perlow
  • Photo 2: “The Great Gate” 24” x 30”, acrylic, collage, and canvas, 2014 by Sandra Perlow
  • Photo 3: The artist Sandra Perlow