Mary Lou Zelazny

March 7th, 2011

Mary Lou Zelazny:

Mary Lou Zelazny (b. 1956) is a native Chicagoian, and her work shares much of the humor often associated with Chicago painters, especially the Imagists. Her own work explores, “improvisations and…where my humor, discomfort, incomprehension, and pleasure can coexist. This indirect method appeals to [Zelazny] because of the unpredictability and technical demands that it presents. The fusion of photographic images and paint generates tensions within the vocabulary of picture-making, which in turn becomes a further source of motivation and inspiration.” Zelazny shows throughout the US, is represented by Carl Hammer Gallery here in Chicago, and is a professor at SAIC, a position she’s held since 1990.

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