Kristin Komar believes beauty is strangely familiar. She is fascinated with creating abstract paintings that, upon first viewing, evoke a sense of familiarity or remembrance. Her work explores spatial and color relationships. She approaches her paintings through a process of layers that emerge as she works. The layering occurs both in the physical layering of paint and the visual layering of elements vertically suspended or stacked in a sedimentary effect. Through careful consideration, objects are saved, abandoned, or eclipsed until she finds a composition that interests her. Painting allows her to indulge in her compulsion to organize. She enjoys composing and arranging shapes and forms so that the end result is unexpected, yet harmonious.
Kim Frieders is an abstract painter and mixed media artist based in Chicago, born in 1978 in nearby Morris, IL. She has practiced and exhibited art since age eight. She received her BFA in painting, printmaking and drawing from Millikin University in 2000, focusing her work there on gestural abstraction and process-driven experimentation. She has exhibited throughout Chicago, including Judy A Saslow Gallery and Ai Gallery in 2006 and The Artist Project (concurrent with Art Chicago) and Polvo in early 2007. She was awarded a CAAP grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006 and 2008, and was featured on the cover of the 2007 CAAP application booklet. She has hosted, curated and coordinated group exhibitions and open studio events. She belongs to local artists’ groups Parts and Labor Collective, Infidel Group and ARTbitch. She sits on the Programming Committee for the Chicago Artists Coalition and acts as Curator for the Bloomingdale Mural Project. In October of 2007, she completed her first public mural in her own West Bucktown neighborhood.
Renee Robbins is a Chicago-based painter who has lived in various cities around the Midwest. She holds a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from Michigan State University. As an artist, her work has been recognized with awards, grants, publications, and through selection for national exhibitions. Her selected exhibition highlights include the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Ai Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tony Fitzpatrick’s Big Cat Press. During the 2008 Chicago Artists Month, she was the featured artist at Function+Art in Chicago’s West Loop gallery district. She received a fellowship in 2004 from the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University to study in Tokyo, Japan, and a 2009 Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.