ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Cole Pierce - THE MISSION - July 8th - August 19th <p>COLE PIERCE| IN SECRET UNISON<br /> July 8 &ndash; August 19, 2016</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>CHICAGO, IL (6/23/16) &ndash; THE MISSION is pleased to present <em>In Secret Unison</em>, an exhibition of recent paintings by Chicago-based artist Cole Pierce. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 6 to 8pm and will continue through August 19, 2016. A site-specific window installation by Pierce will be on view on the gallery windows.</p> <p>&nbsp;Pierce implements a relief painting process by taping off geometric-based grids and applying several bold gradients of acrylic. The tape is removed to reveal rigid layers of accumulated paint that have formed triangle-, square-, and circular-shaped patterning across the canvas.&nbsp; Although his use of geometry is informed by the Op Art movement of the late twentieth century, Pierce dedicates his practice to confronting the expectations of the errorless, measured precedent set by Op Art. Pierce&rsquo;s subtle inconsistencies and evident brushstrokes violate this expected, calculated abstraction and lend itself toward a more unpredictable form. The interruptions circumvent the viewer&rsquo;s perception and create a phenomenological experience by challenging the viewer&rsquo;s ephemeral transition between comprehension and delusion.</p> <p><em>The masking by now is more or less flawless, but it is not without the occasional eruption or slippage, which is accepted for the most part. In fact, upon close examination, his paintings often point to the imperfect process of their making &ndash; modular and additive, rather than deductive and a priori &ndash; and to the unstable facts of their beholding, not to some ideal sense of order or balance (with all of its moral overtones).&nbsp; On the contrary &ndash; these paintings share with Op Art a belief in the destabilizing effects of perception itself. Yet they have as much or more in common with the nearly immaterial investigations of artist like Robert Irwin, Norman Zammitt and Robert Swain as they do with more matter bound painters like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> </em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ndash; </em>Steven Husby, Chicago-based artist and writer</p> <p>&nbsp;A catalogue with an essay written by Steven Husby will accompany the exhibition and will be available online.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COLE PIERCE </strong>(b. 1978) received his MFA from Northwestern University and received his BSS in Art and Sociology from Cornell College. He has recently exhibited at ROMAN SUSAN, Johalla Projects and Hinge Gallery. He received a DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) grant in 2016 and is currently a S&Iacute;M (Association of Icelandic Visual Artists) resident in Reykjav&iacute;k, Iceland. His work was included in <em>Plane Figures</em>, a group exhibition of geometric abstraction at THE MISSION in 2015. <em>In Secret Unison </em>is Pierce&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at THE MISSION. He lives and works in Chicago, IL.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>ADAM GONDEK | IN THE OFFICE<br /> July 8 &ndash; August 19, 2016</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>THE MISSION is please to present multi-media works by Adam Gondek in THE OFFICE. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 6 to 8pm and will continue through August 19, 2016.</p> <p>Gondek&rsquo;s collected and appropriated advertisements from the iconic American magazine, <em>LIFE </em>and pin-ups from old-time girlie magazines are transformed into hazy, ambiguous color fields of mustard green, white, yellow, pink, gold and black. With varying opacity, Gondek applies layers of enamel, lacquer, spray paint, gesso, gouache and graphite to mask the visual content. Gondek&rsquo;s purposeful approach challenges the viewer&rsquo;s perception as the under-laying visual content oscillates between conspicuous and indiscernible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ADAM GONDEK</strong> (b. 1979) received his BFA in Studio Arts from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been included in <em>Moments in the System </em>at THE MISSION (Houston, TX) and in group exhibitions at Parlor Gallery (Asbury, New Jersey), Andrew Rafacz (Chicago, IL), Riverside Arts Center (Chicago, IL), among others. <em>What You Get and What You See </em>was Gondek&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at THE MISSION in 2013. He lives and works in Chicago, IL.</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:17:28 +0000