Intersecting Realities: Three-person show at the Eight Modern highlights crossroads

Kate McGraw

Three artists whose work highlights the intersections between the material and natural worlds exhibit new works starting today in a show at Eight Modern. It’s the small gallery on Delgado Street, a block off Canyon Road.

Michelle Cook, Lora Fosberg and Shaun Gilmore are all making their Eight Modern debut with this show, gallery spokesperson Jaquelin Loyd noted. Eight Modern opened in May 2007 in a historic 1860s farmhouse. Specializing in modern and contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture, the gallery is committed to premiering works by internationally acclaimed artists. Many of them, like Cooke, Fosberg and Gilmore, have not been exhibited before at the gallery.

Lora Fosberg

Lynne Warren, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, wrote that “There is a sly nature to Lora Fosberg’s work. The drawing style, which I would describe as more illustrative as cartoon-y, is friendly and draws the viewer in, only to reveal rather uncomfortable images…(She creates) open-ended works that suggest but do not dictate narratives.”

Fosberg, a scholar of the quotidian and self-described tree-hugger, is particularly draw to depict the intersections of the natural and the man-made. One frequently reoccurring subject of the works in this show is the tree stump.

Fosberg was born in Waukegan, Ill. She received her master’s in fine arts in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign. She has been featured in shows at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Kendal College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids and the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, and has been a visiting artist at the Frans Masereel Art Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium. In 2008, Fosberg published the book ‘The End of the Beginning: A Decade of Work.”