ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Carola Bürgi - Chicago Art Department - May 17th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Swiss artist<strong> Carola Bürgi</strong>, formerly residing at the Lucerne Artist Studio in Chicago, is presenting <strong>Color Perception</strong>. <strong>Color Perception</strong> is a selection of her works during her stay here in Chicago. Carola Bürgi will realize a site-specific installation, integrating space and daylight of the exhibition room. Additionally she displays a photo/video oeuvre, playing with the subtle transformation of light and time of an unfinished Chicago building. And finally Bürgi presents wall pieces examining possible relations between sound and color.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the work of Carola Bürgi<br /> </strong>by Kathrin Frauenfelder, Art Historian, Zürich,Switzerland, 2010</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Dissolving borders<br /> </strong>Translucent material with its lucid interaction is fragmenting material limitations and equally breaking the order and dimension of a closed body. In this, it stimulates a different vision of a sculpture: that of a temporal fragment, an ephemeral and changing apparition. All of Carola Bürgi’s work plays with this concept of sculpture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist considers sculpture not as a closed and impermeable object, but as a creation in a constant state of transformation. In the exhibition “jetzt.Skulpturheute” (Museum of Art in Langenthal, Switzerland, 2004) the topic was: the object, the sculptural body and its importance for contemporary sculptural creation. – Carola Bürgi’s objects are seen as a pertinent and extremely stimulating answer. Due to their material quality, they oscillate at the edge between body and its dissolution, between the border of the object and its dissipation. Her objects, liberated from preconceived ideas, open the gaze, allow for an elementary and sensual encounter with the sculpture – a corporal experience.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 00:32:22 +0000 Brian Kapernekas - 65GRAND - May 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <ul class="next"> <li> <p style="text-align: justify;">65GRAND is pleased to present Brian Kapernakas in his third solo exhibition with the gallery, 40,000 Fathoms Before the Eye. This new body of work sees the artist reducing his palette and refining his gestures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Red, green, black and white. Kapernekas has not only settled on just two colors and two tones, the works in the exhibition are also monochromatic. His interest in red and green comes from the uncommon natural phenomenon called the "Green Flash" which occurs as the sun sets below the horizon. Kapernekas' work has always playfully drawn from the observed world while bordering on total abstraction. In this group of work he has tightened his focus further.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist's interest in medium and experimentation with material continues, but in a more refined, almost scientific way. Monocle is made from wood scraps and bamboo covered in packing tape that has been melted. Covered uniformly in black acrylic paint texture and surface are emphasized, much as they are the similarly all black painting Sand Castle. In Tile Kapernekas works in white on white as he embeds a very low relief paper board cast of a vinyl floor tile into the gallery wall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Overall, the work in this show is concerned with the space between fact and fiction and observation versus imagination. Kapernekas looks to the late French author and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, who in an interview once stated, "It is in my brain and not in front of my eyes. [P]eople always wrote, 'Robbe-Grillet means objectivity, the scientific eye.' Perhaps, but the scientific eye is looking at what is in the imagination."</p> <p> </p> </li> <li></li> <li>ARTIST STATEMENT<br /> <ul class="press"> <ul class="press"> <li style="text-align: justify;">I find myself at times in a transitory state, situated between the scope of objective material that informs process and subject within the work, and the roaming eye of recollected memories, direct observations and the imagined. What manifests for me is a critical dialogue between fact and fiction where the object and the self both become participants in the process, demarcating events and situations that the work has helped to reveal in both abstract and representational forms.</li> </ul> </ul> BRIAN KAPERNEKAS</li> <li></li> </ul> Sun, 20 May 2012 07:55:34 +0000 Nick Black - Antena - May 18th, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p><b>The Road to Candyland: </b><b>NICK BLACK</b></p> <div style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><b>Opening Friday May 18 from 7pm-10pm</b><br /> May 18- June 9, 2012<br /><br /><br /></div> <div style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">"Dear Friends<br /> I've roamed the thrift stores, discount dollar stores, and alleys of Chicago and burbs in vain search of the fallen icons from the glorious golden age of consumption now come to a shattering end. These new sculptures will hold no bars in slamming together every cheep, cheesy, sexist, office male humor, misogynistic, homophobic, racist cliché in the book in a personal attempt to come to terms with a guilt ridden past, towards the neurotic reality of a failed future. As usual, I'll be laying on the satirical self-depreciating humor thick and heavy. Hope you can make it." -Nick Black<br /><br /><br /></div> <div style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><i>Nick Black was born in Chicago in 1958. He has attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, Uncle Freddy's Gallery, Highland, IN, and Joymore, Buddy Space, and Klein Art Works, all in Chicago. Nick has had key works at Art Chicago, the Stray Show, Version Fest, and the New Chicagoans.<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" style="color: #ff6600;"></a></i><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <b>Antena</b><br /> 1765 S. Laflin, St.<br /> Chicago, IL 60608<br /> antenapilsen (at)<br /> Hours: by appointment<br /> (773) 340-3516</div> Thu, 17 May 2012 13:28:48 +0000 Group Show, Alyssa Miserendino - Rockford Art Museum - May 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The <strong><em>Rockford Midwestern </em></strong>surveys the breadth and depth of contemporary art in the Midwest today. First held as an annual showcase for local artists, this biennial juried exhibition marks its 72nd presentation in 2012. Artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin were eligible to participate. More than 230 artists submitted 674 works for consideration by 2012 Juror Lisa Stone, curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award will be presented May 18 at the preview for museum members and exhibiting artists.<br /> <br /> This exhibition is organized by Rockford Art Museum. The museum purchase award is made possible by support from the Dean Alan Olson Foundation. The <em>2012 Rockford Midwestern</em>is sponsored by Jill and Tom Becker, Fran and Jim Knutson, Amy and Dean Olson, Pat and Jim Olson, Jane Smith; and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:00:06 +0000 - Rockford Art Museum - May 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:15:41 +0000 Peggy Macnamara - Elmhurst Art Museum - May 19th, 2012 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Peggy Macnamara will bring bird and insect specimens from the Field Museum to use as subjects for her one day watercolor workshop. She will demonstrate drawing systems as well as how to layer watercolor. All levels and any natural subjects of study are encouraged. $65 for 5 hour class. *</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:41:26 +0000 Richard Galling, Daniel Shea - LVL3 Gallery - May 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p><em>Suspended</em> is a state, a moment, some kind of disbelief, a stalemated gesture frozen in its own established conditions. Richard Galling’s paintings deconstruct and utilize marks and gestures within a framework of abstraction, proposing a new system of painted signs. Daniel Shea’s objects and installations examine the mythologies and histories of the post-industrial ruin and a perceived material authenticity. Together their work offers an interplay between an aesthetic and conceptual modernism and industrial modernity. As one history implicates another, their work shown together suspends multiple moments in aesthetic and political lineages.</p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 17:50:33 +0000 Robert Davis, Dan Gunn, Michael Langlois, Jason Middlebrook, Joel Ross - moniquemeloche gallery - May 19th, 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Each of the moniquemeloche gallery artists in this exhibition incorporates wood into their respective practices, manipulating the same raw material in various ways with different end goals. We ask ourselves why, at this time, are all these artists considering this once-living material?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Working both with and against the natural grain and knots in internal slices of Cury Maple, Redwood, English Elm, and Cairo Walnut trees, <strong>Jason Middlebrook</strong> (American, born 1966, lives Hudson, NY)laboriously paints abstract patterns and designs on his leaning plank paintings.  This material, along with Middlebrook’s continued investigation of man’s intersection with nature, reference the passage of time and growing cycles as much as McCracken and minimalist art practice.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The work of <strong>Robert Davis/Michael Langlois</strong> (American, born 1970/1974, live New York/Chicago) is often inspired by the visual language of the music world. In their newest body of work (the most sculptural to date), their richly stained wood constructions pay homage to the abstract linear designs on Eddy Van Halen’s guitars.  These perforated screens, which hang on the wall or stand dividing a room, often incorporate the artists’ photo-realistic paintings of spray painted symbols.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whether working with a table saw, teaching himself to chair-chain, or sourcing wooden panels from the local hardware store, the self-described painter <strong>Dan Gunn</strong> (American, born 1980, lives Chicago) builds malleable surfaces that use transparency and opacity to create balance and tension. His wall-based and free-standing works, comprised of materials like Plexiglas, glitter, paint and fabric in addition to wood, suggest different functional, aesthetic and cultural relationships between constituent parts that often evoke set-design or commercial display.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The majority of <strong>Joel Ross’</strong>(American, born 1966, lives Urbana, IL) recent sculptural work has taken the form of roadside signage that the artist constructs in most part of wood, secretly installs, and abandons at locations ranging from single-lane gravel farm roads to major highways on the outskirts of suburban Illinois. His luscious, but documentary-style photographs of these installations become the only record of his signs which tend to mysteriously disappear quickly from these desolate locales.  Here we get a special exhibition of his sign constructions, sculptures onto themselves, slated to be installed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Currently operating out of studios in Chicago and New York, <strong>Robert Davis and Michael Langlois</strong> (American, born 1970/1974, live New York/Chicago) have been working collaboratively sincemeeting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. They have exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berlin, and Naples Italy. Recently their work has been included in exhibitions at Untitled NY, the Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, APEX Art NY, and DePaul Art Museum Chicago. Davis and Langlois are two-time recipients of Artadia grants.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Prior to earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007, <strong>Dan Gunn</strong> (American, born 1980, lives Chicago) received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics.  His work has been reviewed in publications such as <em>Frieze</em>, <em>Art in America</em>, <em></em>, <em></em>, <em>NewCity Chicago</em>, <em>TimeOut Chicago</em>, and the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.  Last year Gunn’s first solo exhibition at moniquemeloche was concurrent with his solo show – the 12×12 UBS: New Artists/New Work series – at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jason Middlebrook </strong>(American, born 1966, lives Hudson, NY), has exhibited extensively in the US and in Europe since receiving his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. His work has been exhibited at the Arthouse, Austin, TX; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; The Aspen Art Museum, CO; Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea Siena, Italy; The New Museum NY; The Whitney Museum NY; The Welcome Trust, London; and the Public Art Fund NY, among other institutions.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA;Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Microsoft Corporate Art Collection, Redmond, WA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; New Museum, New York, NY; Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield, OH; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Currently, Middlebrook has work in the exhibition <em>Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy,</em> curated by Lynne Warren, which has been traveling to various museum venues since its origination at the MCA Chicago in 2010. Upcoming in 2013, Middlebrook will have a solo exhibition of his wood plank sculptures at MASS MoCA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Joel Ross</strong> (American, born 1966, lives Urbana, IL) holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy for Art and a BFA from Tufts University. Born in Port Arthur,Texas, he is the son of a police sergeant and the grandson of a Baptist preacher. He received a discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1984. Currently he is Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Recent exhibitions include <em>It’s Not My First Time</em>, Beta Pictoris Maus Contemporary Art, Birmingham AL; <em>(No Vacancy</em>, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL; and <em>Write Now!</em> curated by Nathan Mason, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL.</p> <div id="section2"> <div id="gallery"> <div class="ngg-imagebrowserLG" id="ngg-imagebrowser-31-1789"> <div class="pic"><a href="" title="" rel="lightbox[wood]">  </a></div> <p></p> <div class="ngg-imagebrowserLG-nav"></div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 13 May 2012 05:43:18 +0000 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Camille Pissarro, August-Louis Lepère, Pierre Bonnard - Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - May 22nd, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In this installation, the museum invites viewers to visit Paris through a selection of paintings, prints and photographs that evoke the voyeuristic experience of the flâneur, an idle stroller who enjoys the urban environment in all its glory and decadence. The selection of artists include Pierre Bonnard, August-Louis Lepère, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and several others.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:23:37 +0000 Mark Rothko, David Park, Gabriele Münter, Helen Frankenthaler, Charles Burchfield, Max Beckmann, Karel Appel - Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - May 22nd, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Expressions in Color </em>highlights modern paintings and works on paper from the museum's permanent collection that consider the expressive language of color. This installation focuses on several stylistic movements, such as the German expressionist <em>Der Blaue Reiter</em> artists who believed in the spiritual qualities of color, evoking a mystical significance through brilliant hues. Other artists investigated the functions of pure color. The Color Field painters of the 1950s explored solid, flat areas of color, oftentimes absorbed directly into the unprimed canvases, and how color placement can create both dynamic and subtle movement. This selection of artists includes Karel Appel, Max Beckmann, Charles Burchfield, Helen Frankenthaler, Gabriele Münter, David Park, Mark Rothko, and many others.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:27:27 +0000 Roy Lichtenstein - The Art Institute of Chicago - May 22nd, 2012 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><em>Whaam! Bratatat! Varoom!</em> The Art Institute of Chicago explodes this summer with the energy of Roy Lichtenstein in the largest exhibition of the influential Pop artist to date. More than 160 works—from the familiar to the completely unexpected, including never-before-seen drawings, paintings, and sculpture—present a profound exploration of Lichtenstein’s signature style and its myriad applications. The result—a dazzling array of color and dynamism, traversing art historical movements, magazine advertisements and comics, nudes and heroes, sea and sky—captures the power of Pop with works of art as fresh and revolutionary as they were 50 years ago.</p> <p>Lichtenstein first made a splash with his groundbreaking brand of Pop Art in 1961 with <em>Look Mickey</em> and similar works that channeled the seemingly “artless” medium of cartoons. While playfully challenging the world of fine art, Lichtenstein’s use of comics and other mass media imagery also served as a vehicle for his lifelong exploration of the processes of painting and the question of “style.” His immediately recognizable signature—the hand-painted re-creations of benday “dots” derived from commercial printing—was critical to his act of blurring the boundaries between “low art” and traditional artistic genres. This technique also masked the effort and meticulous preparation—drawing, transposition, enlargement, and editing—he put into what can appear to be mechanically produced paintings.<br /><br />Through his surprisingly fluid approach, Lichtenstein explored a broad variety of subjects, from the eminently art historical to the commercial, and this exhibition chronicles them all, bringing together most of his major series. From cartoon panels and treatments of brushstrokes through representations of mirrors and “Artist’s Studio” paintings and finally to the luminous Chinese landscapes that Lichtenstein was working on before his death in 1997, this retrospective showcases one of the most prolific and brilliant careers in 20th-century art.</p> <p><strong>Catalogue:</strong> A major catalogue accompanies the exhibition and features new scholarship by an international team of distinguished curators, critics, and art historians including James Rondeau, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Chair and Curator, Department of Contemporary Art, and Sheena Wagstaff, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.</p> <p><strong>Organizer:</strong> The exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, London.</p> <p></p> Mon, 14 May 2012 15:43:32 +0000 - Gallery 400 - May 23rd, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>The film and video works gathered in <em>Color Films</em> aren’t just <em>in</em> color; they’re <em>about</em> color. Like the exhibition <em>Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)</em>, the works are organized along a spectrum that registers changes in color, but also in expressive modality: from red to abstraction to orange to ritual to yellow to landscape and so forth. The films and videos all share an investment in locating these diverse incidents of color within lived experience.</p> <p>Featuring:</p> <ul> <li>-Stan Brakhage, <em>The Dante Quartet</em>, 1987, 16mm film, 8:00 min.</li> <li>-James Bidgood, <em>Pink Narcissus</em>, 1971, video, 10:00 min. excerpt.</li> <li>-Peggy Ahwesh, <em>The Color of Love</em>, 1994, 16mm film transferred to video, 10:00 min.</li> <li>-John Kramer, <em>Yellow Carrie</em>, 1998, video, 3:46 min.</li> <li>-Paul Dickinson, <em>Infrared Nail Pull</em>, 1998, DVD, 4:00 min.</li> <li>-Nova Paul, <em>Pink and White Terraces</em>, 2006, 16mm film transferred to DVD, 8:00 min.</li> <li>-Cheryl Donegan, <em>Flushing</em>, 2004, video, 4:00 min.</li> <li></li> </ul> Fri, 11 May 2012 18:11:38 +0000 Eric Holubow - Chicago Cultural Center - May 24th, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition Opening</b></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-large; color: #00008b;"><b>“In Decay – Stitching America’s Ruins”</b></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b>Artist's Reception Friday, April 13, 2012</b></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Chicago Cultural Center proudly presents the large-scale photographs of <strong>Eric Holubow</strong>.  His subjects are architectural interiors of places man has forgotten, but time has not.  His work tells stories of times past that play out in the viewer's mind.  Whether in the engine room at the former industrial behemoth Bethlehem Steel or the impressive view from the stage of the Uptown Theater, all of these cultural cornerstones now stand silent.  Whether grand or commonplace, Holubow's images share an inherent beauty that few recognize in a building's final days. Holubow has chosen to capture these fleeting moments and reveal them to us, perhaps to act as a reminder of our own mortality.  His highly detailed, ultra-wide angle photographs are startling in their magnitude and explicitness<b>.</b>  This show is set in the Michigan Avenue Gallery’s intimate south salon – a choice that serves to further draw the viewer in. </p> <p><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">WHEN:</span> </b></p> <p><b>Reception (public invited)</b> - <b>Friday, April 13, 2012</b> from 5:30pm to 7:30pm</p> <p><b>Exhibition -</b> Saturday, March 31 though Wednesday, June 20, 2012.</p> <p><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;">WHERE:</span> </b></p> <p><b>Chicago Cultural Center, South Salon of the Michigan Ave Gallery</b></p> <p>78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602</p> <p>Phone 312-744-6630 (main number)</p> <p>One block east of the “Randolph” El stop of the Orange, Pink, Green, Purple and Brown lines.</p> <p><b>ABOUT THE ARTIST:  </b></p> <p>Chicago artist, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Eric Holubow</a> offers a maturity in his photographs that belie his young age.  With a Masters in Design from IIT’s Institute of Design, it is no surprise that Holubow is fascinated with buildings.  He joined the program in 2002, the same year the former New Bauhaus also discontinued offering a masters degree in photography.  Now Holubow continues what remains of the photography curriculum by teaching its graduate level photography course.  Link to CBS Evening News clip <a href="" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</p> <p><b>ABOUT CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER:</b></p> <p class="ecxmsobodytext" style="text-align: justify;">Originally built in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the Chicago Cultural Center was established in 1991 as the nation’s first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Drawn by its beauty and abundant free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. This stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 00:14:21 +0000 Christraud Geary - DePaul Art Museum - May 24th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Christraud Geary will explore the changes in fortune of Seydou Keita, a photographer from Bamako, Mali, who was a contemporary of and competitor with Malick Sidibé. Primarily a studio portrait photographer practicing around the time of Malian independence, he became world renowned in the 1990s after several of his photographs were displayed as anonymous works in the exhibition <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art</span>, presented in 1991 at the Center for African Art in New York City.  Dr. Geary is Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a specialist in African photography.<strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Mon, 07 May 2012 00:48:55 +0000 - The Field Museum - May 25th, 2012 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Explore the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of <em>Extreme Mammals, </em>the biggest, smallest, and most amazing mammals of all time.  Inspect oversized claws, massive fangs, extraordinary snouts, amazing horns, and other traits that make these mammals truly remarkable.  Uncover the characteristic that links us to over 5,400 wonderfully weird living species, and discover how we might be the most extreme mammal of them all, only at The Field Museum.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:01:48 +0000 JOHN PAROT - Western Exhibitions - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This is Western Exhibitions our third solo show with<strong> JOHN PAROT,</strong> whose poetic investigations into gay urban living manifest themselves in vibrant paintings, collages and sculptures, where psychedelic visions, personal reflection and Warrior symbols prevail amidst idiosyncratic patterning and geometries. The show opens on Friday, May 25, 2012 with a free public reception from 5 to 8pm and will run through June 30, 2012. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm and by appointment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In John Parot's new show, "Excavation", he further explores his fascination of ancient Egyptian tomb art as well his love of the psychedelic age. Large-scale works and paintings evoking remnants from a lost burial chamber urge you to focus on their patterns and color, all the while seducing you with their possible histories. His intricate patterns of gouache, often lovingly painted on smiling disembodied heads, clipped from fashion and porno mags, carry both tribal and retro-futuristic connotations. He has now enlarged this signature patterning from his often-intimate scale to greater dimensions, by painting directly on thick roofing paper. The patterns become objects in and of themselves and the results, for the viewers, are akin to walking into one of Parot's drawings. The new works touch upon psychedelic visions and personal discovery. With his references to tomb artifacts Parot conjures a more reflective tone, taking stock of his desires and identity. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Parot's work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Jack Hanley Gallery in San Fransisco, Locust Projects in Miami, and Light &amp; Sie in Dallas and it has been discussed in <em>BUTT Magazine, Artcritical, Beautiful/Decay, the Art: 21 blog, The New Yorker, Time Out Chicago, Artnet Magazine, NYFA Quarterly</em> and <em>Art on Paper</em>. His 2010 show at Western Exhibitions was reviewed in<em> The Chicago Tribune</em> and<em> New City</em> and his 2007 show at Western Exhibitions was named on of the top five shows of the year by <em>New City</em>. Parot is a 2004 recipient of grants from the Illinois Art Council and Artadia. He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and he lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 13:14:37 +0000