ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Francesco Pergolei - Catherine Edelman Gallery - May 6th - July 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">We are proud to present the American debut of Italian photographer, Francesco Pergolesi (b. 1975, Venice), in a one-person exhibition, <em>Heroes</em>. The show opens May 6 and runs through July 1, 2016.</p> <p><strong>There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Francesco Pergolesi was raised in Spoleto, a small Italian village filled with artisan shops and small businesses. Now splitting his time between Spoleto and Barcelona, Pergolesi creates photographic tableaus inspired by memories from his past: narrow cobblestone streets, the sound of a hammer coming from the open door of a shoemaker; the smell of fresh bread from a baker, the steady beat of a sewing machine from an open window, the smell of old paper in a used bookstore. In Pergolesi&rsquo;s world, these sights and smells drive his art making, as he seeks to preserve the past, before big-box and chain stores arrive. As he says:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;When I was a child, I used to walk free, exploring my village streets. I loved to spend time in the little cobbler or the grocery where my grandmother sent me to shop. Time seemed to be extended and gave me a sense of freedom. I grew up loving neighborhoods where human relationships were the center of life. I understood these places were disappearing, pushed by a mysterious force, and a new era was coming.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The impact of his upbringing can be seen in <em>Heroes</em>, Pergolesi&rsquo;s project devoted to this disappearing landscape. A typical piece begins when the artist meets a person, or sees a shop, that evokes a memory. Working together, Pergolesi and his subject create a story that honors the past while preserving the present. In <em>Pino, Spoleto, 2013, </em>we see a woodcarver alone in his shop, shaping a block of wood. In <em>Righetta, Milano, 2014</em>, an older woman sits alone in a window lit by a small lamp, an homage to his grandmother who was a concierge in a hotel. In <em>Alfred, Macerata,&nbsp;</em><em>2015</em>, the owner proudly displays his knives and tools in his front windows. In <em>M</em>a<em>rl&egrave;ne, Spoleto,&nbsp;</em><em>2013, </em>a woman sits in her fruit and vegetable store, lit by an industrial fluorescent tube.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Francesco Pergolesi sees himself as a guardian of a vanishing world where people congregated to talk about families and daily activities. The artist presents his work as traditional photographic prints and as 5 x 7 x 2&rdquo; / 9 x 12 x 3&rdquo; photo boxes, lit from within. These small pieces force the viewer to stand inches away, creating an intimate interaction with strangers &ndash; it is what inspires Pergolesi every day, as he continues to wander the streets looking for a connection.</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 06:57:21 +0000 Ken Fandell - Western Exhibitions - May 14th - June 25th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">Western Exhibitions presents their first solo show with <strong>Ken Fandell </strong>featuring a new series of elegant collages. The exhibition opens on <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday, May 14, 5 to 8pm</span> and runs through June 25, 2016.<br /> <br /> Much of his work for the past ten years has featured elements of collage or montage. For the past few years Fandell has been utilizing a traditional cut and paste process in much of his work, spurred on by a move to California, a return to surfing, and contemplation of his own mortality. This new body of work stems from Fandell&rsquo;s conflation of corporeal concerns, along with a renewed appreciation for earth and ground, thoughts about the landscape around him and his own body. A History of Landscape Photography course he teaches also forced him to rigorously revisit Edward Weston&rsquo;s work.<br /> <br /> The source materials for the <em>Figures (Weston)</em> series are taken from a single monograph on Weston, and the F<em>igures (Weston-Cunningham)</em> series from single monographs on Weston and Imogen Cunningham, respectively. In each collage, Fandell combines a figurative image with one of the landscape or natural flora or fauna found within it; the images spliced together by one cut. Although Fandell shares an interest in Weston&rsquo;s aesthetic and attitude towards beauty, ultimately his collages have more in common with the mutants of early Dada and Surrealism than Weston&rsquo;s polished modernism. <br /> <br /> <strong>Ken Fandell </strong>has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the University of Delaware, the Asheville Museum of Art, and the Houston Center for Photography. His work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York and is currently hanging in the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. He has received prestigious awards from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and Artadia. Formerly based in Chicago, he lives and works in Los Angeles and is the Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in the Arts and Humanities at Harvey Mudd College.</span></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:59:40 +0000 Marshall Brown - Western Exhibitions - May 14th - June 25th <div align="justify"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">Western Exhibitions presents its second solo show with <strong>Marshall Brow</strong>n, featuring new architectural photomontages. The exhibition opens on Saturday, May 14, 5 to 8pm and runs through June 25, 2016.<br /> <br /> The <em>Chimera</em> series is named after the mythological beast believed to have been part lion, part goat and part dragon. Brown describes these cross-bred works as acts of &ldquo;creative miscegenation&rdquo;. In a technique Brown dubs &ldquo;stealth collage,&rdquo; he samples published photos of buildings and remixes them, painstakingly cutting and pasting found fragments. He creates new alignments between diverse, seemingly incompatible aesthetics. Different from modernist collages which were designed to shock, Brown&rsquo;s Chimera are intended to deceive viewers into new awareness.<br /> <br /> After having worked in collage for over a decade, Brown created the suite of one hundred pieces on view between January 1 and December 31, 2014. Each 14 x 17 inch composition begins with an intuitive selection of samples, and proceeds with a disciplined assemblage of new architectural visions. Unlike most works of architecture, these photomontages have neither site nor function. They may be sketches for potential future projects, showcasing Brown&rsquo;s unique ability to make new spaces and forms using diverse sources. Brown insists with the Chimera that he&rsquo;s more than an architect of buildings&mdash; he&rsquo;s a creator of intricate worlds. <br /> <br /> <strong>Marshall Brown</strong> is an architect based in Chicago. He is designing a new project for Detroit to be presented at the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Venice Architecture Biennale</a> and will also unveil a garden folly for the <a href="">Arts Club of Chicago</a> in April 2016. He has been a MacDowell Fellow, and also the first Saarinen Architecture Fellow at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His projects and essays have appeared in several books and journals, including <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Metropolis</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Architect's Newspaper</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Architectural Record</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Crain's</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The New York Daily News</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Art Papers</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Believer</span>, and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">New Directions in Sustainable Design</span>. Brown&rsquo;s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Western Exhibitions. He received his Masters degrees in Architecture from Harvard University where he won the Druker Fellowship.<br /> <br />&nbsp; </span></p> </div> <div align="right"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><br /> </span></em><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;"><em>(1) Miscegenation is an archaic term typically associated with laws that forbade mixed marriage and/or racial interbreeding</em></span></p> </div> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:58:33 +0000 Onsmith/Nudd - Western Exhibitions - April 30th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">Painter, printmaker and publisher <strong>Paul Nudd</strong> and comix-artist<strong> Onsmith </strong>discuss what goes into the beef-clay that makes up their collaborative show <em><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: small;">Metaphysical Meatloaf</span></a>, </em>moderated by <strong>Ryan Standfest</strong>, publisher and editor of <a href="" target="_blank">Rotland Press</a>, Detroit</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Georgia,Times New Roman,Times,serif;">This talk is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. There might be beer and other liquids. </span></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:54:41 +0000 Whitney Bedford - Carrie Secrist Gallery - May 21st - June 25th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:50:36 +0000 Elizabeth Atterbury - Document - May 14th - June 25th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:50:36 +0000 Michael Rakowitz - Rhona Hoffman Gallery - May 19th - August 13th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:42:35 +0000 Anthony Pearson - Shane Campbell Gallery - April 30th - June 11th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:42:13 +0000 McArthur Binion, José Lerma, Angel Otero, Clare Rojas, Jessica Stockholder, Tony Tasset - Kavi Gupta Gallery - March 18th - May 14th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:36:27 +0000 - Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts - University of Chicago - May 23rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Yesomi Umolu oversees exhibitions in the Logan Center Gallery. Specializing in global contemporary art, Umolu has presented exhibitions and public programs with Ibrahim Mahama, Otobong Nkanga, John Akomfrah, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Mithu Sen, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, and Minouk Lim, among others. Her writing has appeared in numerous catalogues and journals, including Art in America and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.</p> <p>FREE</p> <p>Logan Center, Room 901</p> <p dir="ltr">Presented by Open Practice Committee, DoVA.</p> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:30:22 +0000