Jyl Bonaguro Artist
Jyl Bonaguro Artist

Vita

Artist Statement – Jyl Bonaguro

My artwork focuses on the concepts of industrialization, beauty and immortality. I examine and deconstruct the effects of industrialization with pre-industrial materials and techniques such as a hammer and chisel for carving stone sculptures.

My latest series of sculptures on wings explores the texture and fragmentation possibilities inherent to marble itself. Parts are left untouched in order to expose the natural state of the marble, while other sections are highly developed to reveal the quality of detail and luxuriousness of the polished surface.

Carving marble by hand, the sculptures loosely resemble fragments excavated by archaeologists. My artistic intention is to reveal how countless civilizations have risen and fallen to be only reduced to ruins. This rise and fall reveals the fallacy of immortality and this endless cycle casts immortality and beauty as transient forms of illusion. However, far from the desolation such a realization could entail, I chose to embrace a wing as a symbol of change. The material of marble then takes on another level as an earthly, heavy material that is offset by the apparent weightlessness and airiness of a wing in flight. The fragmented wings represent the aspiration of the soul towards a higher condition and are therefore messengers of hope.

While I am a multi-media artist, my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between my different series and writings, they are linked by these reoccurring concepts examining humanity amidst the backdrop of my own mortality.

 

Jyl Bonaguro // Marble Sculptor – Introduction to the documentary that’s being filmed on her story as an artist by Motion Filmworks

 

Artist Resume

Born in Chicago Heights
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois

Education

2016
Marble Sculpture 3 week Residency – Christian Lange, Pietrasanta, Italy Learn More

2009
Outdoor Sculpture and Mural Study in China & Tibet – Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL & Northeastern University, China

1998
BA, English Creative Writing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL & John Felice Rome Center, Rome, Italy

1993
Intro to Figure Drawing & Figure Drawing I, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Select Exhibitions

2017
Asia Contemporary Art Show, Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Hong Kong, China

2016
Scope, Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Miami, FL
Aqua Art Miami, Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Miami, FL
Exploring Stone, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2015
I, Fly, Public Art Outdoor Sculpture, Nature In Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL lpzoosculpture.org
Inspired by Antiquity, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2014
Sustainable You, Art Depth, Chicago, IL
Urania, The Life of Émilie Du Châtelet
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workshop production, produced by Arica Hilton, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL
Urania, The Life of Émilie Du Châtelet, staged reading, sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013
Love 2013, curated by Catinca Tabacaru of Tinca Art Gallery, NY, International Beethoven Festival, Chicago, IL
Art on Violence – Color Me,
digital mixed media installation for mentorship, Street-Level Youth Media, Chicago, IL
Wish You Were Here 12,
 A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Snow Days Chicago
, Co-Captain of Exhibition Team, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2012
Flying House – Terror of Release, sculpture mixed media installation, Chicago, IL
Reality, Rules & Rebellion
, digital arts installation for mentorship, Street-Level Youth Media, Chicago, IL
Snow Days Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2011
Voices and Visions, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
Intertwined, curated by Sun H. Choi, Korean Cultural Center, Wheeling, IL
EDGEART, Edgewater Artists in Motion, Chicago, IL
Snow Days Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2010
Art Under Glass, Evanston, IL
Green Arts Showcase,
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL
EAC Members Exhibition
, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

2009
Trees of Life I, Evanston Atelier, Evanston, IL
Group Invitational
, CCT Gallery, Chicago, IL
Green Arts Showcase, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL
Places: From Arcadia to Urban Landscape, Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008
Explorations 2008 – New Works by New Artists, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL

2005
Postcards to the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2004
Postcards to the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2002
Under Exposed, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Graves, Cemeteryscape Photographic Exhibition, Save Our Cemeteries, New Orleans, LA
Human Landscapes, West Bank Art Guild, New Orleans, LA

2001
Asia, Thirteenth Floor Gallery, Chicago, IL

Publications / Reviews / Talks

2017
“A room of one’s stone,” by Laura Pearson, Chicago Reader, Feb 2017 READ NOW
“SPACE: Inside a marble carver’s studio,” a video by Kerri Pang, Chicago Reader, Feb 2017, Watch Now
“Limitless Beauty,” by Gina J. Grillo, Sheridan Road, p.54-55 Dec 2016/Jan 2017  READ NOW

2016
“Jyl Bonaguro’s Wings,” Éclat International, p.18-19 Nov/Dec 2016  READ NOW
“Jyl Bonaguro // Marble Sculptor,” Documentary by Motion FilmWorks, Watch Now
“Jyl Bonaguro The Art of Sculpture,” by Donovan Stanley, NUE Magazine, p.46-51 READ NOW or PDF
“The Art of Jyl Bonaguro Beauty and Immortality,” Éclat International, p.40-41 Feb/Mar 2016 READ NOW or PDF
“Set in Stone,” by Laura Pearson, Chicago Tribune,  2016 READ NOW or PDF
“Reflecting On Relationships And Immortality,” Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry, Winter 2016, Volume 4, Issue 1, READ NOW
“Hammer and Stone,” Kickstarter Campaign, Watch Now

2015
“Wild Art:  Lincoln Park Zoo displays outdoor menagerie,” by Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune, May 2015 READ NOW
“The Story of Urania,” PechaKucha 20×20, Chicago, IL LISTEN & WATCH NOW
“Featured Artist,” Masque & Spectacle, November 2015 READ NOW

2014
“Climbing High,” Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, Spring 2014 READ NOW p.86
“Urania, Historical Play by Local Artist,” by Lizzie Schiffman, DNAinfo Chicago, READ NOW
“Radio Interview with Arica Hilton & Jyl Bonaguro,” by John Hansen, DNAinfo Chicago, July 2014 LISTEN NOW
“Career Moves: Writer to Artist to Playwright,” by Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, Chicago Artist Resource, Feb 2014 READ NOW

2013
“Peace, Love and Understanding,” The Whole 9 Publishers, 2013 READ NOW p.101
“Documentary for Snow Days Chicago 2013,” by Heather Momyer, January 2013
http://youtu.be/6shwAFaIFmw

2012
“Flying House Volume #3 Summer 2012,” Neugideon Press Publishers, 2012
“Rising temperatures and melting snow sculptures in Chicago,” by Al Podgorski, Chicago Sun-Times, January 30, 2012

2011
“Interviews by Valeria Basso for Edgewater Artists in Motion,” June 2011
http://youtu.be/yOqgXU4l8YU – Oil Painting Tips
http://youtu.be/7yXmnoIIRIs – Sculpture Tips
http://youtu.be/8o6yFgXe3YE – How to Make Paint

“The Pieces That Matter: Refocusing on My Own Art,” by Jyl Bonaguro for Chicago Artist Resource, May 2011 READ NOW
“Galleries on the go,” by Lauren Viera, Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2011

2010
“Artists fill empty Edgewater storefronts,” by Crystal Fencke, News-Star, December 1-7, 2010
“A Connected Collection,” by Evangeline Politis, Sheridan Road, Vol. 4, No.3, 2010
“Roundtable with Rani Woolpert featuring Jyl Bonaguro,” by Rani Woolpert, Transistor Chicago, March 28, 2010 LISTEN NOW

2009
“Review: Places – Murphy Hill Gallery,” by Chris Miller, Newcity Art, February 2, 2009

Awards

2013
“Winner of Open Call,” Love 2013, curated by Catinca Tabacaru of Tinca Art Gallery, NY for International Beethoven Festival, Chicago, IL
“Co-Captain of Exhibition Team,” Snow Days Chicago 2013, Chicago, IL

2010
“First Place,” – All Catagories, EAC Members Exhibition, Evanston, IL

2009
“Honorary Credential for Mural & Sculpture,” Northeastern University, China

2002
Merit Award, Graves, Cemeteryscape Photographic Exhibition, Save Our Cemeteries, New Orleans, LA

1994 – 1998
Presidential Honors Academic Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Private Collections

George Accatto, Evanston, IL
Dr. Jake Brown, Naperville, IL
Rae Ann Cecrle, Chicago, IL
Paula & Jeff Danoff, Winnetka, IL
John Farrell, Chicago, IL
Judy & Rick Fenton, Highland Park, IL
Betty Giorgi & Tom James, Chicago, IL
Meredith Mays Espino, Chicago, IL
Hadley Newton, Chicago, IL
Melissa Purdom, Chicago, IL
Dr. Caroline Scholtz, Lincolnshire, IL
Rob Sullivan, Chicago, IL
Dr. Raffaela Villella, Chicago, IL

Gallery Representation

Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL

Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Chicago, IL

 

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