Light and the Unseen, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (Curator: Julie Rudder)

Olivia Schreiner Kennedy Overcast, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 24" x 30"

Olivia Schreiner
Kennedy Overcast, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 30″

Olivia Schreiner Evening Windows, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 36" x 48"

Olivia Schreiner
Evening Windows, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
36″ x 48″

I was pretty taken aback with Olivia Schreiner’s paintings when i showed up for the Midwestern Appropriation opening on Sunday. Without delving too far into it, I was initially taken by the use of the neon colors in a seemingly “classy way.” There was nothing stark about the paintings leaving them in a comfortable, approachable state. Even in their neonness, None of the paintings were screaming “LOOK AT ME.” A statement one can rarely make.

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