Exhibition: McKenzie Family Collaborative

Exhibition Opening:

Friday, October 5, 2018


Exhibition Closing:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

3:00 - 7:00 pm


Extra gallery hours: Saturday, November 3 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Join us Friday, October 5, as we celebrate the opening of McKENZIE FAMILY COLLABORATIVE, a once-in-a-lifetime art show experience featuring mother, son, and daughter-in-law. Mac Blackout(Mark McKenzie) is at the center, husband to Alison McKenzie, and son of Elizabeth McKenzie. This show is a chance to see how this family of artists share common aesthetics, differ, influence each other, and inspire one another. Mac is featuring recent paintings and illustrations from his upcoming book “Random Man.” Alison is exhibiting her expressive cut paper pieces and it’s Liz’s Chicago debut featuring her big eye art, fantasy illustrations, and wearable art pieces. There will also be collaborative works involving all three artists. From 60s pop culture, to graffiti art, to elegantly delicate paper work, a common thread is evident that can only be defined as family. This will be one of the most artistically intense, sociologically interesting, and unique shows of 2018.



A solo exhibition by Sonya Benham

Ampersand Cowork is very pleased to present LARKS HEAD: A solo exhibition by Sonya Benham. Continuing our series of supporting local emerging artists, LARKS HEAD opens Friday, June 15 from 6:00 - 9:00pm. 

LARKS HEAD, Benham's premier solo exhibition in Chicago, brings together the traditional craft of weaving with contemporary design. The artist's use of natural fibers and wood paired with modern built structures results in unique pieces that bridge art and craft. 

After the opening reception on June 15, gallery hours will be held in July and August, and artwork can be viewed during business hours of Ampersand Cowork.


Tangla: Sara Goodman solo exhibition

Conceived by Chicago-based artist Sara Goodman, Tangla is the act of trying to imagine the color that does not exist. Artist, poet, curator, VJ and teacher, Goodman creates imagined landscapes and portraits with new and old technology. This solo exhibition, opening Friday, January 19 at Ampersand Cowork, will introduce Tangla via video and works on paper, as well as a virtual reality installation created in collaboration with Violet Forest. 

With the proliferation of the home computer, then the internet, followed by social media, Goodman is interested in art produced as a result of this technological evolution. Her influences draw from video artists from the 1960s to present day, current day Glitch Art groups on social media, vapor wave, net art, GIF art, new aesthetic and the Tachyons + and LZX communities. 

Goodman is the co-founder of S H R I N E, a Chicago-based artist collective formed with collaborator Jim Jam. S H R I N E is the celebration of obsolete and repurposed technology and promoting interaction with this technology in DIY and gallery settings. 

The artist received her MFA in poetry from Columbia College, Chicago, and teaches English, Creative Writing, Film Studies, New Media and Video Art at Fusion Academy High School in Evanston, IL.



Exhibition from February 10th to March 16th 2018.  

50% of all proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. 

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Mac Blackout


The show will feature a collection of the artist's recent work focusing on the abstraction of the human form and spirit as it relates to the urban landscape. These "Geometric Giants" are the subjects of current and future murals on city walls. Many of the pieces in this show are studies for the large scale public works. 

Much of Mac Blackout's work deals with human presence as it relates to our environment and is anthropomorphic in nature. Human characteristics are merged with the geometric forms of our dwellings and technological design creating a cosmic caricature-like portrayal of human existence. This themes can be seen in this new collection as well as the other recent pieces exhibited in this show.

See more on Mac Blackout at


Layne Jackson


We are thrilled to welcome artist Layne Jackson to Ampersand Cowork with her solo exhibition "Fine Romance: A Marriage of Color and Form" opening Friday, October 6. 

A Texas native and long-time Chicago resident, Jackson has created a vibrant collection of Gouache paintings inspired by the complex intersection of her global travel, textile colorists, light sources and nature present in her urban landscape. The artist carries on the heritage of illuminated books, fabric design and botanical paintings in her use of branches and leaves as the base to construct contemporary patterns of found objects and evocative color. 

The paintings, all on cotton paper hand-milled in an 11th century mill in southern France, present the "fine romance" ignited when the saturated color and the artist's lexicon of forms meet and marry. 

Exhibition dates: October 6- December 15, 2017. 

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