Veronica Clements: Pinky Promise

Evanston Art Center

Aug. 6, 2024 - Sep. 10, 2023

1717 Central Street
Evanston, 60201
PHONE 847.475.5300

www.evanstonartcenter.org/exhibitions/veronica-clements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2023
Evanston Art Center 2023 Exhibition

VERONICA CLEMENTS: PINKY PROMISE

EXHIBITION DATES: July 29–September 10, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, August 6, 1–4 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Monday–Thursday, 9 am–6 pm; Friday, 9 am–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am–4 pm

EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES A NEW EXHIBITION, PINKY PROMISE, FEATURING WORKS BY VERONICA CLEMENTS.

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to present a new exhibition, “Pinky Promise”, featuring works by Veronica Clements.

Veronica Clements is a Chicago native who lives and works in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2018 with a BFA in Painting and Art History. There, she won the Dorothy & James Shipley Award for Most Outstanding Graduating Senior. She is currently pursuing her MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises from Northwestern University while doing freelance marketing and social media for Stilwell Social. Clements is a board member, social media manager, and curator for the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art and the president of the Young Women’s Caucus for Art. Clements was recently included in The Art Center Highland Park’s annual benefit exhibition, Passion Project, and is curating a virtual exhibition with Woman Made Gallery this summer titled ‘Tickled Pink,’ which surrounds joy, humor, and color. She recently curated a show at AIR Gallery in Glencoe featuring the work of over 60 Chicago-area women and non-binary artists in a celebration of femininity and being unapologetically yourself. Clements has displayed her work throughout the Chicago, Urbana, and Springfield, IL area.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“I see my work as both a critique and a celebration of modern culture. My work deals with the theme of vanitas, which is a 17th century Dutch genre of painting that uses symbols of transience and impending death to warn against earthly vanity and pleasure. I see my paintings as curiosity cabinets of pop culture and girlhood, and I focus on brevity of life as a symbol of childhood. I don’t want to warn anyone against earthly pleasures in exchange for piety, I see it more as a true reflection of what it means to be an artist. The trivial pursuits of man become the plight of the artist as they strive to make a name for themselves. Just like everyone is constantly trying to relive their childhood, I am attempting to collapse my past into my future. I modernize 17th-century icons using plastic butterfly clips instead of real butterflies and a piggy bank skull instead of a real one. Glass objects that symbolized an artist’s ability to capture light have transformed into glittering bongs in my paintings. This new set of symbolism combines references from childhood with pop culture references. Through this process, I am collapsing and reclaiming these histories so they exist simultaneously although briefly, providing viewers with a different set of pop-imagery that is centered around girlhood and the power that can come from that. Displaying my female identity through investigative collections, I reveal and critique the notions and expectations that gender biases have perpetuated throughout history. Serving my audience with researched concepts and ideas on a hot pink platter, I deal with the theme of validity through violent femininity. I see my work as an expression of a justified autonomy, it’s an illustration of coming of age with the notion of agency.”

– Veronica Clements, Artist

“Pinky Promise” will be on display in the Evanston Art Center’s Second Floor Atrium Gallery from July 29–September 10, 2023, with an opening reception on August 6, from 1-–4 pm. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: Monday– Thursday, 9 am–6 pm; Friday, 9 am–5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am–4 pm. First and second-floor gallery spaces are accessible. Limited free parking is available. Masks are optional but strongly recommended for students, visitors and staff.

For more information, please visit us online at www.evanstonartcenter.org or contact Audrey Avril, Manager of Exhibitions, at 847.475.5300 or [email protected]. Visit the Evanston Art Center on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EvanstonArtCenter/, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/evartcenter, or on Instagram: @EvanstonArtCenter.

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