Governors State University is pleased to present Figures in Abstraction, new work by Karen Keorpes. Figures in abstraction illustrates an abstraction of the figure in taking us away from the reality of what we show the world and pushes the figure into a visual display of our inner self. Karen Keorpes abstract oil paintings will be exhibited in a solo show at Governors State University, Visual Arts Gallery E-1580. The exhibition will open on August 31, 2010 and run through September 8. The opening reception is Friday, September 3 from 5:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Keorpes’ oil paintings evolve from her large collection of spontaneous sketchbook ink drawings. They are spontaneous drawings that I am compelled to draw these expressive figures as a way of unburdening my thoughts visually as if in a personal diary. Shapes and forms are used instead of words to create a visual story. Of emotions I have felt, seen, and heard on a particular day of events. My work is always about relationships with people I encounter and the daily interaction I have.

Keorpes’ is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently received a Master in Arts in painting at Governor State University. Keorpes’ is a teacher of art at Thornwood High School and currently lives in Orland Park, Illinois.

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