ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Chris Duncan, Assaf Evron, Alina Tenser, Radius - ADDS DONNA - February 1st - March 8th <p>Join us Sunday, Feb. 1st from 1 - 4 pm, for the opening reception of &ldquo;and sometimes gravity,&rdquo; a group exhibition featuring the works of Chris Duncan, Assaf Evron, Alina Tenser and Radius.</p> <p>Few works in this exhibition depict space or place in the strictly pictorial sense. Some occupy a semiotic space, leaping from referent to referent. Others seem to fold space, collapsing two places into one, and by extension, two times. &ldquo;Quick now, here, now, always&mdash;&rdquo; Others almost fully occupy the same place and time as us, a kind of base materialism not unlike our bodies. Still others inhabit a world so abstract and intangible that it can actually deny gravity and corporeality. And yet even these virtual spaces are so human, so thoroughly filled with all our hopes and desires that they reeks of us, like a pile of dirty laundry. Many do all these things at the same time.</p> <p>Artists have likely been grappling with space and place since we were first able to travel; our nomadic ancestors contending with the here and now alongside the abstract idea of an expanse far beyond any immediate horizon. Globalization and virtuality lend to the perception of infinite space, of collapsing distance between places, or making place irrelevant altogether; yet algorithms continue to seek and provide the specific, relevant, and local&mdash;ultimately setting down a horizon within our virtual world. Is there danger in perceiving a limitlessness to a space that quietly sets down invisible limits?</p> <p>We keep using space and place interchangeably; that is probably the point. These works articulate that condition. They point towards the abstract, potential, and infinite, as well as the actual, finite, and sensible. And surely we do too. Living in the actual and the abstract simultaneously all day everyday, we are likely the site where all these spaces and places converge, like a vanishing point in reverse.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:44:26 +0000 Nate Otto - Vertical Gallery - February 7th - February 28th <p>Vertical Gallery is proud to present presents <em>Cities, Towns, and Color Fields</em>, a solo exhibition by Chicago based artist Nate Otto, featuring over 30 new pieces on canvas and wood. The exhibition runs February 7 &ndash; February 28, 2015 with an opening reception with the artist Saturday, February 7, 6-10pm.</p> <p>An imagist as well as an expressionist, Nate Otto&rsquo;s paintings, drawings, and collages represent a wrestling match among a deep vocabulary of individualistic styles. Nate is interested in reflecting the urban landscape through work strongly influenced by illustration, color field painting, street art, advertising, graphic design, and geometric abstraction. This is Nate's first solo exhibition featuring large scale paintings. The works, rendered in acrylic, spray paint, paint marker, collage, and ink, are an extension and evolution of Nate&rsquo;s illustrative works on small panels. The process often includes many layers of paint that are reflective of the ongoing renewal and revision of landscapes. In addition to these works on canvas, the exhibition will also include over 20 pieces of intensive detail done on wooden panels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:30:01 +0000 Wyatt Grant - Paris London Hong Kong - January 30th - March 7th <p style="text-align: justify;">Paris London Hong Kong&nbsp;is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Dreamer Gets Another Dream</em>, an exhibition of recent works on paper and sculpture by Wyatt Grant. The show opens on January 30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and continues until March 7<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In&nbsp;<em>Dreamer Gets Another Dream</em>, Wyatt Grant assembles a collection of recent work revealing influences from stories, cultural relics and everyday experiences. In a project that includes complex paper works and sculpture, he creates an assorted cast of characters &mdash; both figurative and other &mdash; that form the basis for intricate vignettes. The terms are written here in several ways. Using dioramas, pictorial narratives and abstraction, the project establishes an unlikely and mysterious mythology. Engaging in themes of displacement, humor, frustration and the supernatural, Grant exposes an interior state for each element of the installation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The material nature of the work in this show expresses Wyatt Grant&rsquo;s active studio practice. Roughly assembled geometric compositions, stacks of collages, an inventory of preliminary studies and experimental objects are linked together thematically. There is an amorphous relationship between the parts and the whole; bonds are formed through visual and structural links. Those isolated figures that remain act as monoliths to create a divide between what populates a dream and how we ascribe its meaning.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Dreamer Gets Another Dream&nbsp;</em>works feels like a theater set populated by a peculiar group of actors. The compelling narrative that unfolds comes to us through inference and allusion.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Wyatt Grant received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with an emphasis in fiber and material studies. Based in Chicago, he has exhibited with LVL3, Autumn Space, HungryMan Gallery and the West Pilsen Sculpture Garden, among others. He is the founder of the Chicago band Pool Holograph and frequently produces posters, album covers, and murals for a variety of clients.<em>Dreamer Gets Another Dream</em>&nbsp;is his first solo gallery exhibition.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:01:59 +0000 Margaret Welsh, Marcus Geiger - Document - January 30th - March 7th <p style="text-align: justify;">Document is pleased to present Geiger/Welsh a selection of works by Marcus Geiger (Vienna) and Margaret Welsh (Chicago). The exhibition is the first in a planned series of exhibitions (organized by Michael Hall and Aron Gent) inviting both local and international artists to work on an exhibition and collaborate with the production side and services that Document offers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The main Geiger work on view is a sculpture that functions somewhere between a model and physical architecture. Six identical 4&rsquo; x 8&rsquo; panels that can be assembled and re-assembled into various objects or buildings, originally the object was designed in the 90&rsquo;s to present smaller works, something between a shelf and a wall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Geiger&rsquo;s approach to the gallery space is more understandable when you learn that he studied stage design (1978-82) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna where his classmates were Peter Kogler and Heimo Zobernig and he has often collaborated with Kogler and Franz West. What all these artists have in common is a particular &lsquo;Viennese&rsquo; approach to art and design, seeing all things as equal and making no particular valuations between a painting and a chair, a carpet or a sculpture. The room itself should be used and activated, not just peered into like a canvas. Known as an &ldquo;artist&rsquo;s artist,&rdquo; especially in today&rsquo;s hyper art market, Geiger&rsquo;s approach appears aloof and he is known to rarely accept general invitations to present his works at galleries or museums, questioning the value of his own artistic production and its reception.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Margaret Welsh was considered an up-and-coming Chicago artist in the late 90s receiving press for her installations and photo/video work in Artforum, Flash Art, The New York Times, New Art Examiner and many others, until she suddenly stopped producing and exhibiting. More than a decade later Welsh has started on a new series of works connecting back to the work she made before her Pop Art influenced installations. The Welsh works on view explore the physical unfolding and refolding of paper shopping bags, creating readymade forms that often repeat or are variations of one another. Once settling on a pair of shapes she applies layers of house paint picked up at her local home improvement center. Welsh uses Mistints and rejects from the discount paint bin, painting her found shapes with found colors to create unique object/images out of everyday discarded materials.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Welsh&rsquo;s works ultimately bounce between the dualities of painting and sculpture, the expressive and the formal, the symbolic and the literal, and nonsense and meaning. The works deconstruct a structure used to safely transport our belongings (paper bags) and Welsh physically manipulates the bags to create geometric compositions out of these discarded readymades. The works offer up humility by using what the artist refers to as &ldquo;oops&rdquo; colors that lay unclaimed at the reject colors shelf in the paint department. However, Welsh chooses to cover the entire surface of the bags without the hint of gesture, and in doing so they retain a certain boldness as the works float on the gallery walls.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Marcus Geiger (b. 1957, Switzerland), lives and works in Vienna.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Selected Exhibitions: 2014 &ldquo;Soliel Politque&rdquo; Museion, Bolzano, Italy (curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc); 2013 (Solo) Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna; 2010 6th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; 2005 &ldquo;Occupying Space&rdquo; Haus der Kunst, Munich; 2007, Galerie Engholm (with Axel Huber), Vienna; 2003 Bawag Foundation (with Peter Kogler) Vienna; 2000 Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, CH; 2001 (Solo) Secession, Vienna; (Solo) &Ouml;sterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Vienna; 2000 Manifesta 3 Biennale, Ljubljana, SL; 1998 &ldquo;100 JAHRE SECESSION&rdquo;, Secession; 1997 &ldquo;postproduction&rdquo; Generali Foundation, Vienna: (solo) Kunsthalle Bern, CH</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Margaret Welsh (b. 1965 USA), lives and works in Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Selected Exhibitions: (1994-2000) LISTE 99, Basel; (Solo) 1998 Chicago Project Room; (Solo) 1998 PPOW, (Solo) New York; 1997 Chicago Project Room; Ten-in-One Gallery, Chicago; Gallery 400, Chicago; N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago.</p> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:57:33 +0000 - Rhona Hoffman Gallery - January 16th - February 28th Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:41:53 +0000