ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Boris Ostrerov - Paris London Hong Kong - September 17th - November 5th <div style="text-align: justify;">PLHK is pleased to present Boris Ostrerov&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will open on September 17 with a reception from 5pm to 8pm and will continue through November 5, 2016. </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <blockquote> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>The space is large. At the top of a wall, windows. The sky is calm and blue. Only one thick cloud leaves the blue. Very slowly, it moves beyond the windows, the blueness.&nbsp; </em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>There are no books. There are no words printed on a newspaper. There is no vocabulary in a dictionary. Everything is perfectly in order.&nbsp;</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>In the middle of the space is a low table, beneath which is another, lower table. The two tables are covered with empty tubes of paint, bent, often cut in the middle, often cut and spread open, scraped clean with knife blades.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>The open tubes and those still intact are not mixed in with the disemboweled, emptied ones. They are round, full, very healthy, very firm, like fruits that have not quite ripened.&nbsp;</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>(&hellip;)&nbsp;</em></div> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>In the midst of that conglomeration of objects, there is a man. He is alone. He is wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. He is speaking. He points to several cubic feet of paintings, lined up against another wall. He says they are the ones that have been painted, the ones for the exhibition.</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>There are many of them. They are all turned toward the wall. All the paint missing from the tubes went onto those canvases. That is where it now is, on the canvases whose progress it halted.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></div> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>Excerpt from Marguerite Duras, &ldquo;The Painting Exhibition&rdquo;, in On Writing, Gallimard&nbsp;1993&nbsp;</em></div> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Boris Ostrerov earned a BFA in Painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.&nbsp; Upon graduation he was awarded the SAIC fellowship.&nbsp; Ostrerov&rsquo;s current work is seductive, juicy, visceral, and grotesque.&nbsp; He has exhibited widely and has earned several opportunities including showing at Paris London Hong Kong (PLHK), Tory Folliard, the Portrait Society in Milwaukee and in Chicago&rsquo;s NEXT fair.&nbsp; He has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings #119 and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.&nbsp; Ostrerov&rsquo;s painting was included in the&nbsp;New American Paintings&nbsp;show at the Elmhurst Art Museum in 2016.&nbsp; Ostrerov currently lives and works in Chicago.</div> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:14:05 +0000 Nnenna Okore - moniquemeloche gallery - September 15th - October 29th <p style="text-align: justify;">Referencing delicately interwoven forms, artist Nnenna Okore&rsquo;s large-scale installations seek to reveal the marveling entanglement and twistedness of skeletal lattices found within nature. Through her use of recycled materials, the artist references the social, historical and environmental interconnectedness of our collective experiences as humans. Okore employs reductive and deconstructive processes to expose elements of decomposition that are elevated by age, death and decay &ndash; transient experiences that befall anything that is living.&nbsp; She is keenly sensitive to the rhythms and contours of everyday life, as they signal both the transience of human labor and its inevitable mark on the material world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For her <em>on the wall</em> installation, <em>When all is said and done</em>, Okore explores and exploits the inherent physicality and fragility of burlap and wire as form. The exhibition is comprised of undulating and drooping elements that dress the breadth of the wall space, while tumbling down at various points from the ceiling to the floor. The wall behind is laced directly with black line drawings complimenting the root-like forms of swooping, entangled threads in hues of red and black.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Okore&rsquo;s project is presented in conjunction with Kate Levant&rsquo;s second solo exhibition at the gallery, <em>&hellip;Which&rsquo;s Ploying the Fans</em>, for which there will be a fully-illustrated, digital catalog. The publication will include an interview with both artists and Karen Patterson, Associate Curator of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Nnenna Okore (b. 1975 in Australia, raised in Nigeria)</strong> has received international acclaim for installations in which she reconfigures organic or discarded materials into abstract, richly textured forms of extraordinary range and nuance. She earned her BA in 1999 from the University of Nigeria where she studied with acclaimed sculptor El Anatsui. Okore went on to receive her MA and MFA at the University of Iowa, in 2004 and 2005 respectively. At present, the artist is a Professor of Art at Chicago&rsquo;s North Park University, where she teaches sculpture.&nbsp;She was a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award, and has partaken in artist residencies for Jean Paul Blachere Foundation, Apt, France (2010), Art Omi International Residency, NY (2006), and SFAI Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM (2004). Her solo exhibitions include, <em>Nkata</em>, Krannert Museum of Art, University of Urbana-Champaign, IL (2015), <em>On the Brink</em>, Elmhurst Art Museum, NY (2015), and <em>Akaraka: What will be, </em>Art Twenty One, Lagos, Nigeria (2013). Okore has participated in group exhibitions at Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL (2015), Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015), Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA (2014), Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art (MoCADA), NY (2013), and at the <em>29</em>th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Generously funded in part by a grant from the <a href="" target="_blank">Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33</a>,&nbsp;the <strong>on the wall</strong> series is a rotation of projects on the gallery&rsquo;s 10 x 25 foot wall. It is viewable from Division Street 7 days a week, 365 days a year, through floor to ceiling windows.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:08:45 +0000 Kate Levant - moniquemeloche gallery - September 15th - October 29th <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">Kate Levant makes her much anticipated return to Chicago for her second solo exhibition with moniquemeloche<em>, &hellip;Which&rsquo;s Ploying the Fans, </em>featuring a new body of work comprised of objects and energies that the artist has accumulated globally, from the islands of the Caribbean, New York, and Maine. The show&rsquo;s title is a reassembly of the phrase &ldquo;witches foiling the plans&rdquo;, referencing the traditional narrative that depicts witches as agents of chaos. Through the destruction of language and found materials, Levant herself is an agent of disorder, esoterically reconfiguring and layering her resources to challenge the audience&rsquo;s understanding of the natural and unnatural, verbal and non-verbal.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">As in her practice, much of the work is manipulated on site, leaving the end result ambiguous while in Levant&rsquo;s hands. The charged relationship she has with her materials is evident in the many stains and folds, the struggle to control their physical properties a metaphor for the artist&rsquo;s growing concerns about climate change. The subsequent imagery evokes the wreckage left behind by a hurricane or flood, and the push and pull struggle between Mother Nature and man.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">Levant&rsquo;s show is presented in conjunction with Nnenna Okore&rsquo;s site-specific <em>on the wall </em>installation <em>When all is said and done</em>, for which there will be a fully-illustrated, digital catalog. The publication will include an interview with both artists and Karen Patterson, Associate Curator of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Kate Levant (b. 1983 in Chicago, lives in New York) </strong>received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2006, and her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. She held a two-year residency position at the Rijkskademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2012 &amp; 2013 and most recently was a 2016 artist-in-residence at Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY. Levant&rsquo;s solo exhibitions include, Collicaligreggi Gallery, Catania, Italy (2015); Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany (2014); Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY (2014), and her first solo show with moniquemeloche in 2013. She was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and in 2010, the Los Angeles-based Nomadic Division commissioned her site-specific performance work on Flagler Memorial Island, Miami Beach. Levant&rsquo;s work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Art Review, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Mousse Magazine, Nero, Art Ltd., Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Chicago New City, Detroit Metro Times. Levant was awarded the Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize at Artissima 2015 in Torino, Italy. This fall she&rsquo;ll exhibit concurrent solo shows at moniquemeloche in Chicago and Susanne Hilberry in Detroit, followed by a presentation of works alongside Sanford Biggers and Nate Young for moniquemeloche at Artissima 2016, curated by Rossella Farinotti.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:06:53 +0000 Ben Foch, Laurie Kang - LVL3 Gallery - September 24th - October 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">LVL3 presents <em>Becoming</em>, a two-person show featuring Chicago-based Ben Foch and Toronto-based Laurie Kang. Foch&rsquo;s practice delves into the transformative meaning behind accessible imagery and symbols, &nbsp;unveiling new perspectives onto common aesthetics. Kang&rsquo;s multifaceted practice exploits material and its conventional use through abstractions that reconfigure their physical and metaphorical implications. Becoming pulls both these artist&rsquo;s diverse approaches to recontextualizing material and meaning and looks at the space between the beginning and end.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:05:00 +0000 Lauren Taylor - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - September 17th - October 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ presents <em>Standing on my knee</em>s, a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Lauren Taylor. The exhibition continues through Saturday, October 22, 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With Standing on my knees, Lauren Taylor presents a series of text based and figural paintings on paper as well as a series of floor sculptures. Her paintings tease out a narrative of vulnerability, intimacy and desire, while capturing details of a personal, lived experience. Rendered delicately, they are about absence as much as presence and create a tone of longing, while offering a sublime space between potential, personal moments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist also presents her idiosyncratic floor sculptures, created from a variety of articles of found and collected clothing. Some are individually scattered while others are piled together. For this exhibition, the artist has chosen only clothing that is blue, with the exception for a few flesh toned socks. Suggesting the possibility of an unseen and undressed figure or clothing left behind by a lover, her laundry sculptures are subtle reminders of the human body that is no longer present. The sculptures hold ghost-like qualities, becoming abject props or stand-ins for the objects&rsquo; original, practical purpose, further implying the vulnerability inherent in an intimate relationship. Both humorous and trenchantly romantic, her works offer a deeply ontological and playful perspective.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">LAUREN TAYLOR (American, b. 1992) lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received her B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. She had a recent solo exhibition, Baby&rsquo;s on Fire, at Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, IL (2015). She will participate in a group exhibition, How High?, curated by Ryan Travis Christian and Travis Fish at Left Field Gallery; San Luis Obispo, CA. Selected group exhibitions include Lionel Messi, Bahamas Biennial, Detroit, MI (2016); Late November, cornerstone, Chicago, IL (2015); and Earthy Footholds, Disco City #8, Chicago, IL (2015). She will have a solo exhibition with Bahamas Biennale, Detroit, MI in 2017. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:00:53 +0000 Samantha Bittman - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - September 17th - October 22nd <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ presents <em>Picture Structure</em>, a solo exhibition of paintings by Samantha Bittman. The exhibition continues through Saturday, October 22, 2016.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Samantha Bittman continues her practice of weaving complex textiles on a loom and painting parts or the whole of their surfaces, simultaneously obfuscating her initial compositions as she highlights their structure with a rich, bright palette of acrylic paint&mdash;often revealing new patterns through the masked or semi-masked surface. Her works remain indebted to a textile-making tradition while also being decidedly contemporary, referencing Op Art, Color Field painting and 20th century abstraction.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bittman&rsquo;s approach is a multi-step process in which she must be mindful of the final work when weaving the painting&rsquo;s support on her loom. Starting with individual threads and bound by the parameters and limitations of the loom itself, she generates woven structures that yield visually patterned compositions. These ultimately inform her decision making during the painting process. The act of weaving becomes inextricably bound to the act of painting that follows. Similarly, the practice of manifestation and concealment, seemingly opposing forces, are part of a dialectical approach that produces her unique results.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For this exhibition, the artist has scaled up her works while retaining the intimacy of her previous output. While working larger, she has continued to develop the intricacy and delicacy of her weave, employing a number of different patterns and directional shifts. The structures of these new works have more complexity and bandwidth of color in both textile and paint. Bittman has also begun to explore more contrasting colors within a single painting, creating works that are both subtle and jarring in their surfaces.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The gallery has published a catalogue to accompany the exhibition. Eschewing any supplemental text for a purely visual dialogue of reference points and fully realized works, it gives the viewer further insight into Bittman&rsquo;s unique eye and conception of the perceivable world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">SAMANTHA BITTMAN (American, b. 1982) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Bittman received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include Pattern Structures, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO; Material Data at Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA; Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Soft Counting, at Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn, NY. Selected group exhibitions include Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL; Tracy Williams Ltd., New York, NY; and David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL. She is a recipient of the 2016 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program award. Bittman has been exhibited widely at art fairs in Chicago, Miami, Mexico City, and Copenhagen. She is included in numerous private and public collections. This is her second exhibition with the gallery.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:00:51 +0000 Leslie Baum, Kevin Goodrich, Deborah Handler, William J. O'Brien, Kellie Romany - 65GRAND - September 16th - October 22nd <p>We are thrilled to announce that 65GRAND is opening in a new location on September 16th, 2016 with the group exhibition <em>Ohne Titel</em>.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:50:44 +0000 Greg Gossel - Vertical Gallery - October 1st - October 29th <p>Vertical Gallery is proud to present &ldquo;The Color of Life&rdquo;, our second solo exhibition with Minneapolis-based artist Greg Gossel, featuring over 50 new original works. The exhibition will run from October 1 &ndash; 29, 2016 with an opening reception with the artist Saturday, October 1, 6-10pm.</p> <p>Continuing to explore his signature mixed-media pop aesthetic, Gossel debuts a new series of letter-based works and wood panel collages for &ldquo;The Color of Life&rdquo;. Pulp noir and silver age romance comics are juxtaposed with anonymous family photos, vintage dime store packaging, and children&rsquo;s coloring books; creating a fragmented visual memory of times gone by. These images are applied to wood panels with silkscreen ink, acrylic paint, and enamel; only to be physically cut apart and reconstructed in rhythmic geometric patterns referencing the works of Frank Stella and Jasper Johns. The end result is a new series of vibrant, heavily layered compositions that offer a window into the joys and sadness that make up the colors of life.</p> <p>About Greg Gossel: Gossel was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin, and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel&rsquo;s multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process that simultaneously features and condemns popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Japan, London, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, and Chicago. His commercial clients include American Express, Levi&rsquo;s, Burton Snowboards, Stussy, VICE Magazine, and Interscope Records.</p> <p>About Vertical Gallery: Vertical Gallery is committed to exhibiting and promoting urban, contemporary and street art. Established in 2013 in Chicago&rsquo;s Ukrainian Village neighborhood, the gallery focuses on work influenced by urban environments, street art, pop culture, graphic design and illustration. New monthly exhibits highlight local, national, and international artists with a mix of solo and group shows. You may view and purchase past and current work either in the gallery space or online. Vertical Gallery also consults on public art commissions, creating new collections, corporate collections, and secondary market artwork.</p> <p>Greg Gossel<br /> &ldquo;The Color of Life&rdquo;<br /> October 1 &ndash; 29, 2016<br /> Opening reception Saturday, October 1, 6-10pm<br /> Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:26:34 +0000