Peter Van Ael, coordinator of the Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art and Design and museum studies faculty member, and his spouse, Jessica Gondek, will open an exhibition of their work at the Bridgeport Art Center, Friday, September 16.

The exhibition is titled “Parallels and Symmetries” and will run in the art center’s 4th Floor Gallery through November 4.

An opening reception will be held from 7 – 10 p.m., September 16.

Parallels and Symmetries features the work of artist couple Jessica Gondek and Peter Van Ael. While their work might appear at first glance divergent, the artists share parallel interests in exploring visual dualities through symmetry, pattern, left-right image reversal and additive-subtractive layering processes.

Sharing a studio for more than 30 years in a mutually supportive environment has informed and nurtured a rich and rewarding life in the visual arts. Parallels and Symmetries showcases Gondek’s Ironmades and Van Ael’s Pollinators.

Bridgeport Art Center is located at 1200 W. 35th Street in Chicago. Hours are Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. to noon.

Artwork featured above by Jessica Gondek and Peter Van Ael