ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Philip von Zweck - 65GRAND - October 26th, 2012 - November 24th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">65GRAND is pleased to present Philip von Zweck in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. Since the 1990's von Zweck has gained recognition for his conceptual gestures that can always in some way be considered in relation to the conditions of network. Von Zweck plays off of the highly coded conditions of the contemporary art world with a frequent attempt to move the discourse out of the insular system and into culture at large. The result being a diverse body of work ranging from experimental radio broadcasts to paintings, to participatory works informed by the strategies of post-conceptual art.<br />  <br /> The works included in this exhibition stand as discrete pieces of art, but also bear the traces of von Zweck's collaborations, relationships and connections with artists and other cultural producers that brought them about. The pieces vary greatly, from a newsprint catalog designed by John Kannenberg with essays by Anika Marie and Brian Taylor, to an intervention involving the architecture of the building where the gallery is located. From a painting executed by von Zweck to a cardboard box used as target practice by a group of artists.<br />  <br /> Philip von Zweck lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Solo exhibitions and projects include Where Do I Get an Image of Yes (with Andreas Fischer), Important Projects, Oakland, in 2012; Performa 11 at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York in 2011; The Fortieth Anniversary of the First Anniversary of May '68 (in September), Three-Walls, Chicago in 2009; and Post, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007). Selected group exhibitions include Artists Run Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center in 2009; and Heartland, Van Abbe Museum, the Netherlands in 2008. Presently von Zweck is organizing a series of conversations and discussions with Claudine Ise for Gallery 400 entitled Public Hearings.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 01:51:35 +0000 Judith Geichman, James Kao, Susan Michod, Ian Pedigo, Ryan Richey, Rainer Spangl - ADDS DONNA - November 11th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013 <p>ADDS DONNA is pleased to present Water-reading, a group exhibition featuring work from Judith Geichman, James Kao, Susan Michod, Ian Pedigo, Ryan Richey, Rainer Spangl. Water-reading will open on November 11th and close on January 6th , with an opening reception on Sunday, November 11th, from 4 – 7 p.m.<br /><br />The following text contains excerpts from Mark Twain’s<br />Life on the Mississippi, from Chapters One and Nine.<br /><br /></p> <div class="text_exposed_show">The date 1542, standing by itself, means little or nothing to us; but when one groups a few neighboring historical dates and facts around it, he adds perspective and color, and then realizes that this is one of the American dates which is quite respectable for age.<br /><br />When De Soto stood on the banks of the Mississippi, it was still two years before Luther’s death; eleven years before the burning of Servetus; thirty years before the St. Bartholomew slaughter; Rabelais was not yet published; ‘Don Quixote’ was not yet written; Shakespeare was not yet born; a hundred long years must still elapse before Englishmen would hear the name of Oliver Cromwell.<br /><br />To say that De Soto, the first white man who ever saw the Mississippi River, saw it in 1542, is a remark which states a fact with out interpreting it: it is something like giving the dimensions of a sunset by astronomical measurements, and cataloguing the colors by their scientific names; – as a result, you get the bald fact of the sunset, but you don’t see the sunset. It would have been better to paint a picture of it.<br /><br />The Mississippi is remarkable in still another way – its disposition to make prodigious jumps by cutting through narrow necks of land, and thus straightening and shortening itself. More than once it has shortened itself thirty miles at a single jump!<br /><br />Nearly the whole of that one thousand three hundred miles of old Mississippi River which La Salle floated down in his canoes, two hundred years ago, is good solid dry ground now. The river lies to the right of it, in places, and to the left of it in other places.<br /><br />The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book – a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.<br /><br />ADDS DONNA<br />4223 W. Lake <br />Chicago, IL 60624<br />Open Sundays from 1 – 4pm and by appointment. <br /><a href=";h=WAQGGla5y&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br /></div> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 03:22:54 +0000 Irena Knezevic - Alderman Exhibitions - November 16th, 2012 - January 13th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us for our opening reception for an upcoming exhibition, Irena Knezevic: THE NIGHT OF THE WORLD. Flat works, multiples and <a href="" title="Powered by Text-Enhance" rel="nofollow" in_rurl="" id="_GPLITA_0" in_hdr="null">music programs</a> by Irena Knezevic.<a class="class1" title="Programs.html" href=""><br /></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="paragraph_style_1">Irena Knezevic works in various visual art formats, music, and architecture. Upcoming projects will be exhibited at New Projects, Chicago; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Kunstraum München, Germany. For information on past exhibitions and selected projects, visit: <a title="" href="" class="class2"></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="paragraph_style_2">Artist talk: Friday, November 30, 2012, 6 pm</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:33:04 +0000 Joe Wardwell, Daniela Rivera, Jeff Perrott, Tory Fair - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - November 3rd, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Lake Effect / Nor’easter: Part I, an exhibition in two parts in collaboration with LAMONTAGNE (Boston) in Gallery One. Each gallery will feature works by artists represented by the other. Part One takes place at ANDREW RAFACZ, opening November 3, 2012. Part Two will take place at LAMONTAGNE, opening December 15, 2012.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ continues the fall 2012 season with Lake Effect / Nor’easter: Part I, a collaboration with Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, featuring new works by Tory Fair, Jeff Perrott, Daniela Rivera, and Joe Wardwell. The exhibition aims to give Chicago a unique glimpse of the vitality of work being created by artists currently living and working in the Bay State. It continues through Saturday, December 22, 2012.<br /> <br /> Referring to Tory Fair’s recent work, Dina Deitsch, curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, writes, "In all, they stand out as overtly human-made objects that ultimately argue for the power of the human mind to create and connect to this world."<br /> <br /> Jeff Perrott's abstract, chance-based painting explores the contingent nature of existence, drawing attention to the fragile and unknowable quality of everyday life, while offering a critique of painting's will to power and knowledge.<br /> <br /> Daniela Rivera's paintings are often site-specific and react to the spaces of exhibition. Recreating utilitarian uses of painting and altering representational and perceptual planes, Rivera makes the painting perform as the space and asks the body to assume the role of the figure of the painting. Rivera simultaneously manipulates the process of baroque painting techniques, representational strategies, minimalism, and the legacy of Arte Povera.<br /> <br /> Joe Wardwell is interested in the historic link between landscape painting and the shaping of national identity, a lineage that can be traced back to the early imperial advocates of Manifest Destiny and the Hudson River School. Today, this sentiment is seen in advertisements where rugged terrain is a stand-in for American-ness. By conflating a 19th century painting style—made famous by landscape painters Thomas Cole, Frederic Erwin Church, and Albert Bierstadt—with the lyrics of American music, Wardwell creates a singular vision of contemporary America.<br /> <br /> TORY FAIR (American, b. 1968) lives and works in Boston. She received her MFA from Mass College of Art and her BA from Harvard. Recent exhibitions include the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Torrance Art Museum in CA; and the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk, VA. Other shows include Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY; and the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI. Her awards include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and a LEF Grant. <br /> <br /> JEFF PERROTT (American, b. 1966) lives and works in Boston. A graduate of Yale School of Art, Perrott's work is now featured in numerous private and corporate collections, including Wellington Management and Microsoft Corporation, as well as in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Wadsworth Atheneum, the deCordova Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He is represented in Boston by LaMontagne Gallery. <br /> <br /> DANIELA RIVERA (Chilean, b. 1973) lives and works in Boston. She received her BFA in 1996 from Universidad Católica de Chile, where she later worked as a professor in the art school, and later at the Design School of Universidad Mayor of Santiago. She received her MFA from SMFA/Tufts University in 2006. She was also a 2006 Gund fellow at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. <br /> <br /> JOE WARDWELL (American, b. 1972) lives and works in Boston. He received his MFA from Boston University and his BFA from the University of Washington. His exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, with work in both collections. Currently an Assistant Professor at Brandeis University, Wardwell was also a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2012.</p> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:55:55 +0000 Benjamin Funke - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - November 3rd, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ continues the fall 2012 season with Lapsed, new works by Benjamin Funke in Gallery Two. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. It continues through Saturday, December 22, 2012.<br /> <br /> Funke investigates the spectacle of contemporary culture, focusing specifically on forms of masculine performance and collective experience while using sculpture, photography, moving images, sound art and performance to inject politicized commentary into his work.<br /> <br /> Lapsed presents three new digital vinyl outputs installed as large-scale banners, covering the gallery’s three main walls. The largest piece is a databent image of Andreas Gursky’s photograph 99 Cent. Acquired illegally, the artist has manipulated the raw data of the image to create something wholly new and exclusively digital in nature. It is presented to the exact proportions of the original photograph, printed as a vinyl banner, a somewhat antiquated advertising medium. The other two images in the show are created through the same process, but their original images deal more directly with the artist’s own psychedelic experiences and hypnagogia. <br /> <br /> BENJAMIN FUNKE (British, b. 1980) is an image and audio producer living in Indiana. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago in 2005 and his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Past exhibitions include ISLANDS IN THE STREAM at Johalla Projects in Chicago; Transient at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Ethnographic Terminalia at the Eastern Bloc for New Media, Montreal, Quebec; Imaginary at the Simutan Association, Timisoara, Romania; New Prints at the International Print Center, New York City, New York.</p> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:58:14 +0000 Michael Hernandez De Luna - Carl Hammer Gallery - November 2nd, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Back From The Dead</em>, literally,the art work of Michael Hernandez de Luna once again takes center stage in Carl Hammer Gallery. In 2010, the artist suffered a devastating loss of over 600 artworks, archival materials, tools, machinery and musical instruments due to flooding. Physically and mentally depressed, Hernandez de Luna, because of his art, has managed to rise above it all. <em>Back From The Dead</em> serves as testament of the artist's pluck, perseverance and survival skills, all the while providing him with a new take on life and its meaning.      </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As an image maker, Michael Hernandez de Luna remains fascinated by the endless channels fueling the energy of his stamp designing, his art. The art styles and forms of Fluxus, Dada, protest and performance, news, religion, politics, social media, entertainment and gardening have played immensely in influencing his work. As in its past incarnations, the new work is loaded with mockery, distaste, humor and sarcasm, all the heart and soul of his work from the get-go. After 18 years, his craft displays the same amount of vigor, fun and mischievousness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The future of de Luna's work, as we know it, will soon be determined by his collaborator, the U.S. Postal Service. Already the U.S.P.S. has undergone a remake of its postage cancellation and has dropped the flag from their cancellation process. Hence, the impact on this new body of work is visibly noticeable, a medley of fake-looking cancellations, one might say. Viewed as a crucial collaborator in his art making process (though the U.S.P.S. will never acknowledge it) the end of postage cancellation poses a possible deal breaking future for the continuation of this artist's craft and craftiness. Everything, however, has an end. And yet, at least for this artist, ends become new beginnings. So, until postage cancellation fades away into extinction, Michael Hernandez de Luna will continue to entertain and agitate us through his stamp art, as his mind will be set on staging his return, <em>Back From The Dead</em>.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:52:00 +0000 Dietrich Wegner - Carrie Secrist Gallery - October 26th, 2012 - December 8th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to present Dietrich Wegner: <em>And to Think That It Was Found Upside Down</em> from October 26 to December 8, 2012. For his second solo project with the gallery, Wegner exhibits new sculpture, painting, and work on paper.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>For And to Think That It Was Found Upside Down</em>, Wegner combines a study of primate evolution and human development with Dr. Seuss-like folklore. By layering found imagery with photographic, painterly, and illustrative techniques, Wegner manipulates the relationship between reality and perception. The resulting pictures of apes and children in precarious landscapes occupy a fantasy space of the artist’s own design. <br /> <br /> The sculptural installation Homeland (2012), composed of plastic model houses atop wooden stilts, acts as a backdrop for Wegner’s dystopic narrative imagery. Wegner imagines each of his two-dimensional pictures as scenes within this serene village setting. Invented evolutions, wherein chimps roost on eggs, disregard our known understanding of biological and psychological maturity. As Wegner’s fable unfolds, viewers empathize with his characters, becoming accomplices in his mythology. Inevitably, what we see in And to Think That It Was Found Upside Down is not always true or essential, advancing the exhibition’s premise that the compression of “reality” with both digital and analog methods offers varied meanings. <br /> <br /> Dietrich Wegner (American, b. 1978) is Associate Professor of Art at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Previous exhibitions include Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; and Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 18:12:39 +0000 Group Show - Catherine Edelman Gallery - November 2nd, 2012 - December 29th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">To mark 25 years, Catherine Edelman Gallery presents, <em>What I Was Thinking</em>, a salon-style exhibition featuring more than 100 images by more than 75 pho­tographers, including work from the first exhibition, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" by Nan Goldin.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">My biggest goal in 1987 was to realize my five-year plan, which was to operate a gallery in Chicago for five years and then transition into museum curatorial work. In 1992, at the height of the first gulf war and recession, my dream job became available – to work for my mentor, Robert Sobieszek, in Los Angeles. Much to my disbelief, Robert told me to stay in the gallery world and not to apply for the job. Robert passed away in 2005 and yet his advice still resonates today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There are so many people responsible for the longevity of the gallery, but clearly the most important people are the artists. I owe a special thanks to the numerous photographers who have entrusted me with their work, and, in some measure, their careers. I also want to thank the collectors and curators who have supported the gallery and our artists over the past 25 years, and the Chicago photographic community, for sustaining the gallery all these years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From the onset, CEG has sought to showcase internationally known photog­raphers alongside new and emerging talent, presenting the best living artists who work with photography. Along the way, we have introduced new initia­tives – The Chicago Project, Artist Talk, Artists Profile, Ctrl + P – embracing online technologies, video platforms and print media. We hope to continue to push the boundaries of photography and introduce the public to new and exciting work. Please stop by and enjoy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">*********************</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The gallery will be closed December 25 &amp; 26 for the holidays</p> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 13:22:55 +0000 Stephen Beal, Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall - Chicago Cultural Center - March 12th, 1994 - December 31st, 2020 <p><em>Presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, this exhibition of 72 black and white photographs from 1956 to 1987 offers a detailed view of 24 designated Chicago Landmarks.  The exhibit features the work of renowned architectural photographers Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall and Stephen Beal.</em></p> <p> </p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:51:44 +0000 Denise Milan - Chicago Cultural Center - June 8th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">One of Brazil’s visionary artists, <strong>Denise Milan</strong> invites viewers on an exhilarating journey to her country through an exhibition of sculpture and photo-collage that celebrates the natural wonder of Brazil’s jungles, ocean and desert regions, and the vibrancy of its multifaceted culture. <br /> <br /> Working from a deeply humanistic tradition for more than 20 years—as an ecological and arts education activist, as well as an artist—Denise Milan has been making sculptures, photographic installations and performances that draw actively from her experiences living with and interviewing people in the Brazilian coastal villages of Paraty and the dry desolate lands of Bahia in Brazil’s northeast. <br /> <br /> <em><strong>Denise Milan: Mist of the Earth</strong></em> is the culmination of past experience and the embodiment of the artist’s ongoing concerns, as much a testament to a troubling legacy of colonization, the enslavement of African peoples, and the despoilment of whole regions, as to the more life-asserting side of Brazil, its breathless beauty, sensuous earthiness, and ravishing mysticism.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:32:53 +0000 Adam Brooks, Mathew Wilson - Chicago Cultural Center - August 17th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The newest exhibit to open at the Chicago Cultural Center this month is <b><i>Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi</i></b>, but it will be anything but.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Opening on August 17, the exhibit will focus on the work of artists Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson who celebrate the every day. This is a retrospective of 10 years by these two artists and throughout the installation, which runs February 17, the artists will engage and involve several local artists as well as the general public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While their work takes many forms, it is largely performative and seeking to engage the viewer as an inclusive display. The show includes a sampling from over 80 of the Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO) projects displayed with objects, photos and video documentation that includes “Line in the Sand” which engaged the public directly as the artists drew a line on State Street with a flesh-colored crayon to encourage on-lookers response.<br /> <br /> Brooks and Wilson were raised in England but have been living and working in Chicago for many years and they will be sharing some of the exhibit with local artists including the platform stage which will change throughout the show.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Brooks and Wilson have solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to be part of <em>Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi</em> creating their portrait in a wide variety of media. IOTO will also produce <em>Everyone 2012</em>, an animated scroll listing of all of the artists in Chicago.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 10:45:05 +0000 Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson), Alicia Chester - Chicago Cultural Center - August 17th, 2012 - February 17th, 2013 <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr valign="top"> <td class="bodyFont"> <p class="bodyFont"><br class="Apple-interchange-newline" />As part of their mid-career survey&nbsp;<a class="rolloverNav" href="" rel="nofollow"><em>Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary 2003-2013</em></a>, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Industry of the Ordinary solicited a number of Chicago-based artists to make their portrait, in a wide variety of media. IOTO&rsquo;s interest was in creating a collective work that reveals the artists behind the portraits, reflects on the place of the portrait in contemporary art practice and considers the motivations behind the enduring urge to fashion a likeness.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><a title="Portrait Project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:51:08 +0000 Doug Stapleton - Chicago Cultural Center - September 29th, 2012 - December 30th, 2012 <p>This artist's meticulous collages are replete with art historical, religious, and symbolic content, combined in enigmatic, often surreal narratives</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:33:50 +0000 Gordon Powell - Chicago Cultural Center - October 6th, 2012 - December 26th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;"><b><i><a href="">About Place</a></i></b>, a unique collection of assemblages of unique materials from artist <b>Gordon Powell</b> will be on display beginning <b>October 6 - January 6, 2013</b>. Powell's work blends a strong feel for materials with minimalist abstractions.</p> <p>Powell’s assemblages blend a strong feel for of materials with minimalist abstraction.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:37:48 +0000 Sarah Krepp - Chicago Cultural Center - October 6th, 2012 - December 26th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">Krepp’s constructed paintings blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture, and this exhibition now adds installation elements.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:35:33 +0000 Joyce Pensato - Corbett vs. Dempsey - October 26th, 2012 - November 24th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do, its first exhibition of new works by Joyce Pensato.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Working largely in black and white, and often with signature images drawn from comics and popular culture, Pensato is an exuberant expressionist painter. A native Brooklynite, she has lived and worked in the borough for her entire career. Over the last ten years Pensato has slowly but surely garnered an international reputation for her darkly provocative and often poignant paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In this exhibition Corbett vs. Dempsey will present a group of brand new paintings, including images of Groucho Marx and South Park Kenny, as well as a startling new batch of painting collages, a new facet of her oeuvre. These bold and explosive works often begin as splatters from her canvases, migrating onto other surfaces in her studio, which are grafted together into photographic assemblages featuring the likes of Muhammad Ali, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino. Additionally, specially concocted for Corbett vs. Dempsey, Pensato will install selected elements and splattered sculpture from her studio.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition comes on the heels of Pensato’s wildly successful show Batman Returns that opened at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York earlier this year, and anticipates her upcoming 2013 exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, curated by Jeffrey Uslip. You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do will open on Friday, October 26, with a reception from 5:00-8:00pm, and runs through November 24, 2012.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 01:52:53 +0000