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Discipline and Distraction–Opening Reception

Discipline and Distraction is a body of work by Devin Owsley-Aquilia inspired by her transition into Chicago, into isolation and a new understanding of what it means to be present. “To accept challenge and change, I use material to guide myself through these mental obstacles to reach a place of poise and clarity. Layered images of abstracted landscapes derived from personal experiences, place, relationship, behavior and interaction are inscribed into copper plates, informing the basis of which my work manifests. The importance of line and act of carving speak to a growing dialogue between material and my person as well my emotional attachment to place.” The image transferred into a physical print serves as an artifact, a portrayal of momentary consciousness that nurtured self-discipline and potential.

Discipline and Distraction will kick-off with a Gallery Talk with Devin Owsley-Aquilia at 6:00 p.m. on March 4, followed by the Opening Reception.

Discipline and Distraction is one of three Residency Exhibitions, a series of solo exhibitions that feature the 2015 Spudnik Press Resident Artists and the new work they each produced through the Spudnik Press Residency Program.

Devin Owsley-Aquilia is a visual artist with great interests in printmaking, drawing, fibers and painting. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she moved to Milwaukee to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where she received her BFA in printmaking  in 2015. Her work in print involves various abstracted representations of anatomical form, material and growth that are used as personal symbols of progression and transition of identity. She has recently relocated to Chicago to further challenge her work in printmaking.

The exhibition runs through March 26th, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, or by appointment.