We are thrilled to welcome Leonid Osseny back to EPL this month for a brand-new Local Art @ EPL exhibit. After making his library debut in 2011, the local architect and designer has returned with a vivid collection of illustrations used in Richard Reeder’s new book Chicago Sketches. Depicting such diverse Chicago landmarks and personalities as Maxwell Street, Riverview, Nelson Algren, and the Big Klu, Osseny’s stunning graphic works help bring Reeder’s personal vignettes to life. You can view more of Mr. Osseny’s artwork by visiting the website for his Lincoln Terrace Art Studio and Gallery and also meet the artist himself when he joins Mr. Reeder for an art reception and author reading on Tuesday, February 12 at 7 pm in the Community Meeting Room of EPL’s Main Library.
Leonid Osseny is an architect, designer, teacher, and the latest artist to be featured in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. His show – titled 36 Views of Ulysses – is currently on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Branch and insightfully interprets scenes from James Joyce’s landmark novel with a stunningly original collection of inventive graphic works. You can catch 36 Views of Ulysses through April 5th and also learn more about Mr. Osseny’s work at the website for his Lincoln Terrace Art Studio and Gallery. What’s more, you can meet Mr. Osseny in person and hear him speak about 36 Views of Ulysses when he visits EPL’s 1st Floor Community Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. In anticipation of his visit, we recently spoke with him via email about his artistic beginnings in Belarus, his experiences at the 2004 International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin, and his future plans as an artist and writer.
We are extremely pleased to introduce local architect, poet, and designer Leonid Osseny as the next featured artist in our ongoing exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. From now until April 5th, his eye-popping exhibit 36 Views of Ulysses will be on display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Branch. For 36 Views of Ulysses, Mr. Osseny created a stunningly original collection of inventive graphic works that interpret scenes from James Joyce’s landmark novel as well as 8 poster installations subtitled “Inner Monologue” that explore Joyce’s work in relation to that of Sergey Eisenstein and Stanley Kubrick. Recognized internationally, the exhibit was part of both the North American James Joyce Conference in 2001 and Dublin’s 19th International James Joyce Symposium in 2004. So don’t miss 36 Views of Ulysses right here at EPL, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in March for a featured interview with Mr. Osseny and info on how you can meet the artist himself. Stay tuned.