Opening reception for University Gallery exhibits

The University Gallery will celebrate the opening of two exhibitions, "Jaume Plensa: Silent Noise" and "Jeronimo Elespe: Paintings," with a reception on Friday, Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Both artists are scheduled the event, which is free and open to the public. Plensa will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m.

"Jaume Plensa: Silent Noise" features 13 sculptures and a number of works on paper by this Spanish artist who experiments with a wide variety of
artistic practices and media to explore the sensory perceptions of the body. Plensa is fascinated by the ways we apprehend our environment both on a pre-verbal level and through formal thought and language.

Plensa was born in Barcelona in 1955 and lives and works in Barcelona and Paris. Although the artist has had exhibitions throughout the world,
most recently a retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofma in Madrid, this is his first major traveling exhibition in the U.S.

Plensa was also recently chosen to create a site-specific work in Chicago''s Millennium Park. Crown Fountain was completed and dedicated in July (www.millenniumpark.org/plensa).

"Jaume Plensa: Silent Noise" was organized by the General Directorate for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in collaboration with the State Corporation for Spanish
Cultural Action Abroad (SEACEX), and curated by The Arts Club of Chicago.

An illustrated exhibition catalogue is available for purchase at the University Gallery, located on the lower level of the Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition runs Sept. 18 through Dec. 12, but will be be closed Nov. 1-8.

"Jeronimo Elespe: Paintings," which runs Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, features works on extremely small aluminum panels, sometimes less than one-inch square, in a loosely realistic hand. His imagery is of the most ordinary of scenes but, with the artist’s eye towards a sequential arrangement, the works collectively become the equivalent of poetic thought-impressions, leaving the gaps in "reading" to the viewer’s imagination.

Elespe was born in Madrid in 1975, and lives and works in New York. He received his MFA from Yale University in 2001 and is represented by Von Lintel Gallery, New York.

In collaboration with the artist, a catalogue will be published by the University Gallery during this semester.