ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 - Hyde Park Art Center - October 1st - October 31st <p>Curator and artist Melody Saraniti investigates the relationships that shape artistic practice by inviting one artist to select another with an influential but divergent practice to exhibit their work together. In this exhibition, <a title="Gwendolyn Zabicki" href="http://www.gwendolynzabicki.com" rel="nofollow">Gwendolyn Zabicki&rsquo;</a>s ornate paintings of individually wrapped gifts will be paired together with the heavily layered landscapes of <a title="Emmett Kerrigan" href="http://www.emmettart.com/" rel="nofollow">Emmett Kerrigan.</a></p> <p>Zabicki celebrates the contagious delight and anticipation of receiving an unexpected gift. She focuses our attention on the solitary gift the moment before it is torn open and its contents disclosed. Only the package and none of the partygoers are visible, adding mystery to the narrative.</p> <p>Kerrigan hints at the personal narratives hidden in urban landscapes. His unique ability to preserve a tenuous moment in a copiously painted surface is what connected Zabicki to Kerrigan&rsquo;s work. In her statement for the show, Zabicki states &ldquo;He builds his houses in paint much like a carpenter would, laying them down brick by brick, shingle by shingle, each brick equaling one brushstroke. A single brushstroke becomes a unit of construction and a unit of time.&rdquo; She goes on to say &ldquo;Carpentry and painting can be viewed as a struggle, against obliteration, against death. But seen optimistically, they are generative processes, the creation of new structures that will outlast their creators, gifts to the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Generous, deliberate and tactile are the inherent qualities in these selected works by Zabicki and Kerrigan.</p> <p>image: Gwendolyn Zabicki, Polka Dots and Fur, Oil on canvas, 14&Prime; x 18&Prime; 2014</p> <h3><a href="http://melodysaraniti.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow">Official Website</a></h3> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:12:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Gwendolyn Zabicki, Emmett Kerrigan - Hyde Park Art Center - October 1st - October 31st <p>Curator and artist Melody Saraniti investigates the relationships that shape artistic practice by inviting one artist to select another with an influential but divergent practice to exhibit their work together. In this exhibition, <a title="Gwendolyn Zabicki" href="http://www.gwendolynzabicki.com" rel="nofollow">Gwendolyn Zabicki&rsquo;</a>s ornate paintings of individually wrapped gifts will be paired together with the heavily layered landscapes of <a title="Emmett Kerrigan" href="http://www.emmettart.com/" rel="nofollow">Emmett Kerrigan.</a></p> <p>Zabicki celebrates the contagious delight and anticipation of receiving an unexpected gift. She focuses our attention on the solitary gift the moment before it is torn open and its contents disclosed. Only the package and none of the partygoers are visible, adding mystery to the narrative.</p> <p>Kerrigan hints at the personal narratives hidden in urban landscapes. His unique ability to preserve a tenuous moment in a copiously painted surface is what connected Zabicki to Kerrigan&rsquo;s work. In her statement for the show, Zabicki states &ldquo;He builds his houses in paint much like a carpenter would, laying them down brick by brick, shingle by shingle, each brick equaling one brushstroke. A single brushstroke becomes a unit of construction and a unit of time.&rdquo; She goes on to say &ldquo;Carpentry and painting can be viewed as a struggle, against obliteration, against death. But seen optimistically, they are generative processes, the creation of new structures that will outlast their creators, gifts to the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Generous, deliberate and tactile are the inherent qualities in these selected works by Zabicki and Kerrigan.</p> <p>image: Gwendolyn Zabicki, Polka Dots and Fur, Oil on canvas, 14&Prime; x 18&Prime; 2014</p> <h3><a href="http://melodysaraniti.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow">Official Website</a></h3> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:11:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Jason Dunda - slow - October 4th - October 25th <p>Wisdom from above. The voice of authority. &nbsp;Jason Dunda is interested in power. That unavoidable, elephant-in-the-room sort of power easily conjures malevolence, but it isn&rsquo;t necessarily the truth. Neither should anyone assume that power is benevolent. It takes so little to be perceived in the wrong light by those ensconced in power. A step back, away from front and center, is rarely perceived as withdrawal from vulnerable visibility. A step away is only away from center and therefore against uprightness.<br />&nbsp;<br />Then again, a frontal stance can be wielded like a weapon.<br />&nbsp;<br />Jason Dunda is dragging color along and feeling the weight of it as he moves it. Building by digging, leveling the ground, and then stacking. Stacking color. There seems to be some sweat along the way. The paintings aren&rsquo;t quite clear about good or bad, nor really what an unknown someone looks like. Dunda looks at power and its assumptions. He looks at the act of shrinking away from power&rsquo;s gaze. He puts the look and looked at together and we&rsquo;re left to look at the results of his collapse.</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:25:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Pedro Cabrita Reis - The Arts Club of Chicago - October 15th - May 9th, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, known for works that respond to specific architectures and histories, creates an original installation in conversation with the spaces of The Arts Club of Chicago. Combining industrial and domestic materials, along with new compositions, documentation, found materials, photography, drawing, painting, and fragments of previous works, Cabrita Reis&rsquo;s site specific installations resonate with the uses of each aspect.</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:11:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Allison Smith - The Arts Club of Chicago - October 16th - January 31st, 2015 <p style="text-align: justify;">The Arts Club of Chicago is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Allison Smith: Set Dressing&nbsp;</em>(16 October 2014&shy;-31 January 2015). Known for her combined interest in the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment and the social histories embedded in craft practices, Smith has staged performances, demonstrations, installations, and workshops in spaces ranging from her storefront studio in Oakland, California to the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, or the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she recently participated in the Artists Experiment initiative. These projects have engaged the public in such historic trades as indigo dyeing, stoneware pottery, crewelwork embroidery, theorem painting, and various forms of trench art.<br />&nbsp;<br />For her installation &ldquo;Fancy Work&rdquo; at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2010, she looked to an exuberant early-nineteenth-century decorative arts movement known as American Fancy to trace an alternate lineage for modernist abstraction and psychedelic light shows, creating a kaleidoscopic quilt top that served as a projection screen for a faceted mirror wall sconce and outsized electrified candle. In her project &ldquo;Rudiments of Fife and Drum&rdquo; at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2013, she explored the history of American fife &amp; drum music, tracing its roots to the Middle East and reconsidering the emblematic rope tension drum as a communication device. For that project, Smith worked with traditional drum makers and musicians to make instruments and compose music that was performed throughout the summer at parades and musters. Within Smith&rsquo;s oeuvre, such spectacles of the outmoded are made to question the links between national identity, craft, social participation, and war. As Roberta Smith has written in the<em>New York Times</em>, &ldquo;Her subject is a skewed Americana at once nostalgic and biting&hellip;&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />For The Arts Club of Chicago, Smith&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in Chicago, she will present a series of sculptures and photographic works printed on linen that explore the relationship between materiality and performativity. This will include a series of images taken over the course of the past decade at living history museums such as Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, and others. Focusing on the evocative power of objects and spaces as precipitates of extinct cultures, these images animate their subjects in surprising ways. The puffed sleeve of a calico dress seems inhabited, while a carefully curled wig turned away mimics its human analog. Mirrors, doors, hallways and windows suggest entry into mysterious spaces, while sculptural furniture including tilt-top tables and braided rugs suggest the gallery as a backdrop or stage set for performative acts of the viewer. This exhibition draws historic forms into the present to show how materials and making reveal what is valued in any particular moment or culture.<br />&nbsp;<br />Born in Manassas, Virginia, and educated at The New School, Parsons School of Design, Yale University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Smith is a tenured professor and Chair of the Sculpture Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad including solo shows or performances at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Public Art Fund, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Saatchi Gallery London and other public and private collections worldwide.</p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:04:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Michael Schmelling - Museum of Contemporary Photography - October 16th - December 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">During an eighteen month-long commission in his hometown of Chicago, Schmelling explored the musical landscape of the region. The artist has immersed himself headlong into Chicago&rsquo;s music scene, focusing on the overlooked and off the beaten path, frequenting house party shows and searching out niche and local acts that are not widely known. While photographing at clubs and parties, Schmelling has taken stock of the fluid crossover between music genres in Chicago.&nbsp;Close attention has also been paid to the fans of these varied genres, as well as the performative roles audience members play at the city&rsquo;s summer festivals and other larger venues.&nbsp;All the while, Schmelling has maintained a careful awareness of Chicago&rsquo;s rich music history that includes the blues, psychedelic jazz, and house music as well as other major contributions to music. The project&rsquo;s title,&nbsp;<em>Your Blues</em>, has multiple meanings, at once referring to Schmelling&rsquo;s insertion of himself into Chicago&rsquo;s most iconic musical legacy, the blues, while also calling attention to a feeling of DIY individualism that permeates Chicago&rsquo;s music landscape.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:20:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list