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space and full-time shared creative studio.
It's no Guggenheim, but it's pretty good.

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DMITRY SAMAROV - "Between Beverly & Bridgeport"

Rational Park is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Chicago painter, author and former hack, Dmitry Samarov. “Between Beverly & Bridgeport" will include depictions of interiors, still-lifes and cityscapes painted by the artist in the two South Side neighborhoods he has recently called home. Samarov's paintings are intense meditations on his surroundings, laden with bold, expressive strokes. They are a welcome respite from the bleeps and bloops and flashing screens of our everyday digital reality.

Opening reception Friday, April 17th, 2015 from 7-10 PM. Hours by appointment.

“Volga for Neko", 2014

​"Beverly Living Room", 2014





DAN KESTLER - "The Raft of the Medusa"

Rational Park, in collaboration with Johalla Projects, is very excited to present The Raft of the Medusa, a new exhibition of works on panel and paper by the Detroit-based artist Dan Kestler. The exhibition will run from May 15 through May 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15th from 7pm to 11pm.

Dan Kestler’s works are the result of looking. A steadfast student of classical painting, Kestler’s main subject here depicts – in varying stages of recognition – the figure. In The Raft of the Medusa (named for the seminal Romantic-period work by Géricault), he considers the form with a raw, monochromatic take, and primarily relays his subjects’ movement (or lack thereof) via gesture and texture.

For the exhibition, Kestler presents multiple bodies of recent paintings and drawings – many of which purposefully allude to ancient statuary or European old master works. These references, combined with Kestler’s moody process of mark-making and construction, leads to a result that hovers between figurative and abstract, and further forces the viewer to interpret the works’ compositions much in the same way that Kestler experienced and rendered them.

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"Woman 13" from The Raft of the Medusa by Dan Kestler

Dan Kestler (b. 1970) is an artist and manager in the distribution industry who lives and works in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information regarding this exhibition or about Rational Park, please contact

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Founded in 2010, the 3000 square foot space was designed primarily to serve the day-to-day workspace needs of those camped at Rational Park. Six offices fill the center, and in back is a screen-printing room and workshop. The work area is partitioned by a 12 x 8-foot retractable wall that separates it from the front gallery. 14-foot high ceilings and dropped track lighting offer an inviting blank canvas for installations and events. The 10-foot wide rolled sweep attached to the ceiling provides an excellent resource for photo shoots.

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About Us

Rational Park essentially started in 2007 as a cooperative model for friends running independent creative businesses. After relocating to the current space, it has evolved into a resource not only for the members, but for their larger scale projects and for the community as a whole. They are designers, developers, art directors, illustrators, publishers and musicians.

About Adam

Adam is a jack of all trades, master of some. Running much of the platform and language gamut, he is a hyper-critical data architect and a steady-handed code surgeon. He is a also musician, (very) amateur photographer, gardener, cook, and animal lover... and no matter what he says, he does not believe your data models are quite up to snuff.

Penly Solutions, Inc., The Laureates, Paul Cary, Instagram, @adampenly, @penlysolutions

About Anna

Anna Cerniglia is an adjunct faculty of the School of the Art Institute, freelance curator and the director/founder of Johalla Projects.!/johallaprojects

About Craighton

Craighton Berman is an industrial designer, creative director, and illustrator who's interested in bringing ideas to life. He's often thinking about the next cup of coffee.

Craighton Berman Studio, fueledbycoffee, The Following is for Reference OnlyReal Men Swear@fueledbycoffee@craightonberman, InstagramRdio

About Johnathan

Graphic Designer, Wordpresser, Photographer, Wood Worker, Recorder, Drummer. Enjoys a well oiled chain and a sharp knife as well as his Wacom pad. He has not yet mastered the art of making hard boiled eggs, but is currently looking for a mentor on this matter.


About Johnny

Johnny Sampson is an illustrator, printer, picker and grinner. He acts as a curator and frequent collaborator with Rational Park.


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