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GACI Gallery Opening Reception, Friday 10/2, 5-8:30

by Leon Sarantos in New Exhibit

Autumn Fields and Purple Lake

You’re invited!  

When:  Opening reception is this Friday, Oct 2, 5 to 8:30. Come and see our art!   This reception is free and open to the public. My abstract paintings are on display.


What:   This is the inaugural reception for GACI Gallery, which is a new gallery in downtown Chicago.  The gallery is directed by Miyeon Kwon and aims to feature the work of local and international artists. Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11 am to 7 pm and Sun 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  It is hosted by the Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association

My abstract art reflects a wide range of themes, whimsical, absurd, and often playful. Many artworks are from my “Networks” series, and were displayed in my recent solo exhibit.   I use painted networks to create a single result from a network of random lines all joining together to create an unexpected result. I start by applying swatches of color to the canvas in a random but slightly controlled composition. Then, using a single color, I start outlining these swatches. Eventually, a figure or scene starts to emerge as the lines are laid in, just as a social network starts to take on a life of its own to create its final phenomena. Like reading a Rorschach inkblot, my subconscious offers up a definite recognizable shape or scene from the materializing network, a surprise image.  I created my painting, Autumn Fields and Purple Lake, in this way.

Where:   GACI gallery is located at 6 W. Ontario in Chicago.  It is just above the Redhead Piano Bar and about two blocks west of the “Magnificent Mile,” Michigan Avenue, in the River North area of downtown Chicago.


Participating Artists Joseph Ahn, Lynn Basa, Saya Da Jung,  Salvador Dominguez, Maria Fragoudaki, Erica Jane Huntzinger, Hyunsook Jeong, Frank Juarez, Youngse Kim, Youngme Lee,  Alan Lerner, Yuki Nyhan, Diane Ponder, and Leon Sarantos.



To see more of my abstract art check out 


GACI gallery hosted by Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association 

My abstract art is also available at Artfinder, a curated, online gallery located in London 

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