Michael-Sheppard-Shoes
Gallery B | September 19 – November 8

FREE and open to the public: Tue–Sat, 11am–5pm

Fashion and form intersect in this innovative exhibition of art inspired by clothing, and clothing inspired by art. Coinciding with the opening of the fall gallery season in September and Fashion Focus Chicago in October, this group show includes original artwork by Project Onward artists and examples of their creative collaborations with fashion industry insiders. Featured in the exhibition are over 40 works, including handmade garments, collages, paintings, illustrations, and mixed media works that blur the line between art and fashion.

Fashion Form highlights include:

  • Bill Douglas mines his obsession with magazine supermodels in a series of eight collages commissioned for Glossed & Found’s Fall Beauty issue. A “countrypolitan” wall hanging melds the artist’s fashion collage sensibility with the folk quilt-making traditions of his native East Tennessee;
  • Jacqueline Cousins’ fashion illustrations reflect her own flair for design—a passion for fashion that led directly to a professional collaboration with eco-friendly handbag designer Urban Junket;
  • Michael Sheppard’s paintings of ladies’ shoes combine a raw, outsider sensibility with a fetish for high fashion;
  • Lucy Woodhouse draws inspiration from nature, architecture, and textile design for her intense black-and-white designs in ball point ink on paper. Transferred to fabric, Lucy’s drawings make bold fashion statements;
  • Michael Smith‘s colored pencil drawings reflect a lifelong interest in fashion design, with mysterious figures draped in polka dots, stripes, ruffled collars, and imaginary period dress.

Fashion Form will also revisit Project Onward’s exciting “Moving Art Museum” initiative with professional runner and fashion designer George Melichar. T-shirts constructed by Melichar began as a collaboration with Project Onward artist Adam Hines. Hines, an artist with autism, created a bold artistic look for the race shirt Melichar would wear in the Chicago Marathon. Melichar then created a custom shirt for artist Hines to wear at the 2014 Walk Now! for Autism Speaks at Soldier Field. Most recently, Project Onward partnered with Melichar to create the “Moving Art Museum”—a series of 10 artist-designed race shirts worn by 10 professional runners in the Chicago Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in July. This astounding collection drew upon the talents of Melichar and Hines, as well as Project Onward artists John Behnke, Ricky Willis, Jacqueline Cousins, Michael Hopkins, Stephon Doby, Michael Bryant, David Holt, and Bill Douglas. Each of the original shirts will be on display in the gallery and studio.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 19, from 6-9pm.

The artwork in this exhibition, and throughout our galleries and studio are for sale, with profits from all sales benefiting the artists; for inquiries or to purchase art, click here to email us. The Project Onward gallery, located at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., 4th Floor, is open to the public Tuesday–Saturday, from 11am-5pm, and on the 3rd Friday of each month until 9pm.