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New Exhibit from Cary Artist Focuses on Relationship between Technical, Cultural & Self

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  • Paul Stacey Artwork from OCULAR AESTHETICS exhibit at Art Museo in Rosemont

    Paul Stacey Artwork from OCULAR AESTHETICS exhibit at Art Museo in Rosemont
    Paul Stacey

Jody Grimaldi

The Art Museo at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare (ICO) has announced a new, free exhibition by local up-and-comer, Paul Stacey, opening October 17th. Entitled Ocular Aesthetics and curated by Schneider Gallery Chicago, the original installation is essentially a series of self portraits, via the artist's unique aesthetic. An aesthetic that runs very deep, and very complex…

About the Exhibit:

"The motifs and symbols I use revolve around a kind of natural selection," said Stacey. "It fulfills an aspect of anonymity, and at this time it has no formal name other than the connotation with Stacey-Theory." The works capture Stacey's thoughts and emotions during time he created them, which is why he refers to them as 'ruminative emblems of my existence'. Additionally, color theory approaches and scientific understanding of light and pigments reflecting in the eye reminds Stacey, and 'hopefully the observer', that we are all composed and bound to of the universe's particles and forces. At the same time, Stacey thinks of the particles of the paper and inks as interacting with another dimension.

All the drawings are made with calligraphy pen. The large pieces on exhibit at Art Museo take Stacey roughly four months to complete working 8 -- 10 hours each day. This process is all freehand without penciling any layout. The work slowly cultivates from there, as certain critical occurrences define the outcome of each piece.

About the Artist:

Stacey grew up in the Northwest suburbs in the town of Cary, IL -- a short drive from the Art Museo. He attended Columbia College Chicago for an Art History B.A. with a concentration in Non-Western Art, graduating in 2012. Stacey enjoys skateboarding, learning about the discoveries within the scientific community, and hockey. He's also enthralled with indigenous cultures from all locations and periods in time. Currently Stacey lives in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Some of his work is currently on display at Peanut Gallery Chicago.

The Art Museo at ICO

5300 N. River Road

Rosemont, IL 60018