Works by David Vancil
Exhibition Dates: Through March 28, 2024
Works by Chris Hodge
Chris Hodge has been working on art since a very early age. He works intuitively incorporating various symbols, and thoughts into his artwork. Influenced by such artists as Ivan Albright, Albrecht Durer, and Hieronymus Bosch, his art tells stories in great detail focused on the element of line. His body of work has been described as “obsessive narrative,” articulating his imagination while allowing for the work to take on a life of its own. Starting with sketches and very loose pencil lines, Chris Hodge prefers to render his artwork in ink, due to the high level of commitment that ink requires. Once a line in ink is placed there is no turning back, and if a mistake is made one must find a way to either cover the line, or incorporate it. This allows for his artwork to evolve as he creates it. “I believe the imagination to be a dream-like, fuzzy thing, and it isn’t able to be defined until it is born into some form of creation.”
Chris Hodge started his art education at Waubonsee Community College, and continued his studies at North Central College where he received a Bachelor’s in Art Education. Chris Hodge is currently an art teacher in the Midwest. He also holds a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership & Administration from North Central College.
Works by David Vancil
Vancil’s roots and inspirations stem from Chicago’s melting pot of culture and Art. His photography is predominantly portraiture from Chicago and Japan’s countryside and city scenes. Social justice and political engagement flow unobtrusively and pointedly through his written words particularly in his commentary on The United States Penal system in his book Martyr of the American Night.
Vancil brings a seasoned voice and a unique storytelling style to a variety of mediums, including sculpture, utilizing concrete, steel, and wood. His writing has earned him the Vivian Steward Award, an award given for educational excellence. His photography and writing have been published in the Prairie Light Review, the Art Journal for the College of DuPage, and Point of View, the Art Journal for Harper College. In 2022 he received The Poetry Award from Harper College’s Point of View. Vancil’s photography was featured in the UIC’s 2023 edition of Graphe’ magazine. In 2022 he received a scholarship from the Cook County College Teachers Union, and in the fall of 2023 and the spring of 2024 a Talent Tuition Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
To learn more or contact the artist, visit @vancidavid12 on Instagram.