ArtSlant - Closing soon http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 Dave Richards, Carron Little - slow - February 2nd, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <p>Otherwise minded. Standing alone. We each have political leanings, but there is a different sort of problem when our politics lean on us so much they tell us what we have to say. We stand for causes at the expense of another part of ourselves, and it is difficult beyond language to get to that thing the standing stands for.</p> <p>Carron Little and <a href="http://paul-is-slow.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e341e313cf3e876de381d9d41&amp;id=0d368c4630&amp;e=766610da6e" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dave Richards</a> stand apart. From each other, from status quo. Their respective stances sometimes poke at sore spots, but the art is not overtly political. Perhaps there is respect for the posture, but make no mistake—these are not like-minded artists working toward a common good. This is not feel-good collaboration despite the fact they are showing work they worked out together. Neither is it a game of besting nor any sort of war. It is profoundly different for each Dave and Carron.</p> <p>Both Dave and Carron work with modular forms, layering, and compositions that meander. There is tension near the boundaries, in the overlaps. And that is why they are together, or the art is together. The tension tells itself. By leaning into that tense dance, we may get closest to the stand, to the <i>apart</i>. Close to anger, close to rebellion, close to fights worth fighting and the values they are fought for. Not causes, not morals. But for the only way each sees what is known.</p> <p>Dave is an artist working in collage and relief sculpture. He’s shown in Chicago venues ranging from Phyllis Kind gallery, the MCA, the Chicago Cultural Center, N.A.M.E., The Evanston Art Center and many others, and internationally in Milan and Tel Aviv. He taught at SAIC for much of his career. Dave has been moving away from rectangles as the grounding structure. He’s been known to lift colors schemes from tools used to produce the work. His work is built on a foundation of precision, but never at the expense of his own hand.</p> <p>Carron is a board member on the Wicker Park and Bucktown Arts Committee where she tirelessly works to direct public funding directly to artists for their good work. She writes, she teaches, and she directs a gallery, <i>Eyeporium</i>. She is perhaps best known for her performance work embodying characters like the <i>Queen of Luxuria.</i> She has shown at 6018 North, and performed at the MCA, Hyde Park Arts Center and with Food and Performance. She is the founder of <i>Out of Sit</i>e, a series of unexpected public encounters with performance. One direction in her painting and drawing practice began with shapes left over after cutting fabric for costumes.</p> <p>Who says negative thinking is all cynical and dark?</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:17:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Joseph Jachna - Stephen Daiter Gallery - December 7th, 2012 - February 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stephen Daiter Gallery is pleased to present<b> <i>Joseph D. Jachna: Surface Contradictions 1958-1970</i></b>, the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Initially intended to be a career retrospective, the exhibition narrowed in focus upon our discovery of several storage boxes that held a wealth of previously unseen photographs dating from the artist’s graduate school days at the Institute of Design.  We were stunned by both the breadth and the quality of this early work. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Surface Contradictions</i> is comprised of over sixty previously unknown vintage photographs from the artist’s 1961 thesis project on the subject of water, along with images made several years later in Door County, Wisconsin.  These photographs represent an overarching theme Jachna returned to time and again, all ideas of self - exploration, reflection, and expression.  Incorporating opposing surfaces found in the outdoors – Rough/Smooth; Wet/Dry; Matte/Lustre; Luminous/Dark; Teeming/Empty; Opaque/Transparent – Jachna enhances natural contrasts, and from his simplified compositions, complex revelatory images arise. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For Joseph D. Jachna, photography has always been a spiritual practice. His photographs are quiet meditations—offerings from a lifelong naturalist. Jachna considers himself a poet with a camera, creating the visual equivalent of a Haiku. As with Haiku, the highest form of Japanese poetry, his ideas flow with an intensity created by combining a few carefully chosen elements in a spare and elegant framework.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Our French colleague and essayist, Agathe Cancellieri, for this exhibition’s accompanying catalog writes:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I am reminded of a quote by Charles Baudelaire published in <i>Petits Poèmes en Prose</i> in 1869:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>”Parce que la forme est contraignante l’id</i><i>é</i><i>e jaillit plus intense!”</i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">- “The more restrained and concentrated the form, the more explosively the idea comes forth!”</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 19:50:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Mary Patten - Threewalls - January 11th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Mary Patten</strong> is a visual artist, video-maker, writer, educator, occasional curator, and political activist. For over 25 years, she has exhibited installations, videos, drawings, prints, and public collaborative projects locally, nationally, and internationally at venues ranging from the Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 400, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, the Hyde Park Art Center, DOVA Temporary, Randolph St. Gallery, Creative Time (with Feel Tank Chicago), Art in General, The Cooper Union, the New Museum in NYC, Shedhalle/Zürich, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Her book <em>Revolution as an eternal dream: the Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective</em> was published by Half Letter Press in 2011. She has also published in Radical Teacher, AREA Chicago, Prompt, The Passionate Camera (ed. Deborah Bright) and WhiteWalls. Online artist’s projects include “TERROR-ist?” and “Experiments in Living.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Patten has directed and participated in many large-scale collaborative art projects for over thirty years, including the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project , Pathogeographies , Project Enduring Look, billboards with ACT UP/Chicago, Artists’ Call against Intervention in Central America, Action against Racism in the Arts, and Cityarts Workshop. Some of her videos are distributed by the Video Data Bank. She has won fellowships from Artadia, the Illinois Arts Council, the NEA, and many others. She teaches in the Film/Video/New Media/Animation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In all her work, she seeks to address collisions as well as alignments between the worlds of “politics” and art-making. The frailties of memory, speculative fiction, and the archive of the everyday are all evident in her “singular” work – where she claims authorship, fully aware that there are no wholly original ideas. She continues to be drawn to collective and collaborative forms of art and cultural production in which to re-claim language, feeling, and political passions from fundamentalist thinking, and to reclaim a utopia of the everyday, a way of being together in the world that allows for anger, joy, and reparative visions.</p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:22:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Matthew Paul Jinks - Threewalls - January 11th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Mathew Paul Jinks </strong>is an English Immigrant, living teaching 
and working in Chicago Illinois. He completed his undergraduate 
degree at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 2005, studying 
Fine Art Photography, then emigrating to the U.S and completing
 his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Studio Arts, as a University Fellow, 2008.  Whilst currently living and working in Chicago Mathew teaches at The School of The Art institute and De Paul University. Mathew is currently working on a body of work entitled Trauma Narratives; Relocated, that 
incorporates performance and sculptural works adapted from 
collected narratives of the histories of pre-diasporic 
immigrants in Illinois. In July 2012 Mathew plans to travel to India to explore the Brass workers of Moradabad through moving image and sound. 
Recent screenings and exhibitions include, 'Violence' 
in St Louis and Chicago, 'The Gene Siskel Theater', Chicago,
'On Sundrun' at Gallery 400, Chicago, 'Art Chicago,
Next Art Fair' Chicago, and "Instruments of Resurrection" 
at Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago, 
curated by Elizabeth Chodos.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>The Unreliable Narrator:</strong> A new moving image work by Mathew Paul Jinks. Shot in India and Chicago in 2012 and including elements of performative auto ethnography, speculative documentary, Chiromancy, Metallurgy and travelogue. From the transubstantiated history and elementals emerges an episodic study of a cross cultural inheritance of migratory politics. Hands punctuate and rhythmically embed the work, whilst the passage of time is kept pace by the witnessed labor. The medium of video becomes the material of response and in turn reflects and reveals the complex relationships it witnesses therein. Jinks and his Producer move from one location to another, transferring the experiential from moment to moment and as we follow we too become embedded, ourselves implicated by the passage of time.</p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:25:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Vera Klement - Zolla/Lieberman Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Zolla/Lieberman Gallery is proud to present two concurrent solo exhibitions by two noteworthy Chicago-based artists, Vera Klement and William Conger, the newest addition to our roster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://ennouncement.exhibit-e.com/t/y-l-jivirl-cujsjidy-j/" target="_blank"><br /> </a><a href="http://ennouncement.exhibit-e.com/t/y-l-jivirl-cujsjidy-j/" target="_blank">"Early &amp; Late Work,"</a> an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by <a href="http://ennouncement.exhibit-e.com/t/y-l-jivirl-cujsjidy-t/" target="_blank">Vera</a> Klement, will be the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. During her over 50-year career, Klement has placed equal importance on color and composition as the development of imagery related to time, memory, and human experience. The work on view provides the ingredients for a subjective experience by pairing open-ended, dichotomous elements such as a gestural splatter of paint and an ambiguous vessel, or a textured color field and isolated architectural fragments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“From the beginning I experienced a sense of duality - the bright light and rhythmic pounding of the sea, and there, rising behind it, the dark forest that held in its silence the northern European legends of evil spirits...Light and dark, good and evil, life and death. That juxtaposition that eventually became the underpinning of my painting..." – Vera Klement</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Vera Klement</b> (b. 1929, The Free City of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland)) has lived and worked in Chicago since 1964 and her work has been shown and collected extensively across the country. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, IL, and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, and group exhibitions at Governors State University, University Park, IL, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.  Public collections include The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. In years past, Klement has been the recipient of multiple grants and other awards, including the Camargo Foundation Residency and Stipend, Cassis, France (2006) and the Pollock-Krasner Grant (1998).</p> <p> </p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 13:09:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list William Conger - Zolla/Lieberman Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Zolla/Lieberman Gallery is proud to present two concurrent solo exhibitions by noteworthy  Chicago-based artists, Vera Klement and William Conger, the newest addition to our roster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“New Paintings,” William Conger’s inaugural exhibition at Zolla/Lieberman, features oil paintings on canvas or wood, all created within the past year. Conger continues his lifelong investigation of formal non-representational abstraction nuanced by the suggestion of illusionism to evoke an ambiguous welter of private and cultural memories, allusions, feelings, places and events. <br /> <br /> “I want viewers to confront my paintings as visual metaphors of their own experiences and imaginative creativity, just as I do.  Further, we can also pretend that painting, as an art, has its own experiences, feelings, and history.  With that in mind, I would like viewers to imagine their own sensibilities being merged with art.  We can pretend that shapes and colors have their art-historical biographies which we can adopt as our own surrogates, too.” – William Conger</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>William Conger</b> (b. 1937, Dixon, IL) work has been displayed widely in significant venues including recent solo exhibitions at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, the Union League of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. His work is in numerous permanent collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; and is included in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, Washington, DC; and Northwestern University Library Archives, Evanston, IL.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:29:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Group Show - Hyde Park Art Center - November 18th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">On Sunday, December 2, from 3 to 5 pm, the Hyde Park Art Center invites you to join EPIC SOMETHING’s twelve artists, in their opening exhibition, on a journey to the nexus of text and image, across a multitude of media: drawing, animation, installation, and writing, The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. For more information call 773-324-5520 or visit www.hydeparkart.org</p> <p> </p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:32:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list - The Art Institute of Chicago - September 24th, 2012 - February 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <div style="text-align: justify;" class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p>Immerse yourself in the richly creative environment of one of today's most innovative architectural firms with <em>Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects</em>, the first exhibition in the world devoted to the Chicago-based group headed by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang. This innovative presentation of the work of Studio Gang Architects (SGA) allows visitors to see how buildings and projects are created, what issues they resolve, and how solutions are shaped. Rightly recognized for such landmark buildings as Chicago's Aqua Tower, SGA is as much a laboratory for ideas and problem-solving as it is an architectural firm. Building brings visitors into that laboratory by examining SGA's built and unbuilt works in an engaging studio-like space.</p> <p>Though best known for Aqua Tower, the undulating 82-story mixed-use high-rise that is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman, Gang is also distinguished by the great diversity of her work, which includes the Hyderabad O2, a high-rise community in Hyderabad, India; the Zhong Bang Village residential towers in Shanghai; an ecological revitalization project for Lincoln Park Zoo's South Pond; and Oculus, a concert venue and public park in Taipei. All of these projects—which reflect the wide range of today's built environment—are marked by an open-minded practice committed to research and experimentation with materials and technologies. Visitors will be able to see beyond the buildings and into the creative process that brought them into being.</p> <p>The exhibition, a custom-made installation designed by SGA in collaboration with curators from the museum's Department of Architecture and Design, echoes the firm's studio-like environment, allowing visitors to see material samples, full-scale project mock-ups, research materials, digital media, and films. <em>Building: Inside Studio Gang</em> Architects truly brings contemporary architecture to life, showing the full lifespan of the creative architectural process—how an idea becomes a building.</p> <p>During the course of this exhibition, two Archi-Salons will engage a host of architects, journalists, and critics in discourse surrounding the contemporary practice of architecture. Held within the gallery space, the two salons will focus on different perspectives that influence current practices. These conversations will be inspired by Studio Gang's work, but ultimately will address larger issues in the field of contemporary architecture.</p> <p><strong>Saturday, November 17, 2:00–4:00 p.m. </strong><br /> Led by <a href="http://www.artic.edu/event/archi-salon-inside-studio-gang-architects-0">Iker Gil</a>, director of MAS Studio and editor in chief of MAS Context</p> <p><strong>Saturday, February 2, 2:00–4:00 p.m.</strong><br /> Led by <a href="http://www.artic.edu/event/archi-salon-inside-studio-gang-architects">Clare Lyster</a>, architect and assistant professor, University of Illinois, Chicago</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWssD7Is1vI" target="_blank">Video</a></strong><br /> In this in-depth lecture, award-winning architect Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, discusses the exhibition <em style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Inside Studio Gang Architects </em>and other recent projects.</p> <h4>Sponsors</h4> <p>This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand, Antheus Capital, LLC, the Arcus Foundation, Magellan Development Group, James McHugh Construction Co., the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Architecture &amp; Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.</p> <p>Annual support is provided by the Exhibitions Trust: Goldman Sachs, Kenneth and Anne Griffin, Thomas and Margot Pritzker, the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation, the Trott Family Foundation, and the Woman's Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.</p> <p>Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 19:45:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Lisa Walcott - Threewalls - February 1st, 2013 - February 28th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Lisa Walcott is a Midwest based installation artist and kinetic sculptor whose work explores relationships to space and cycles of deterioration and growth, through various subtle gestural objects. Walcott received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010 and has continued to create and exhibit nationally. Her work explores mundane, extracted moments from familiar spaces ultimately giving lyricism to the unseen and visual articulation to the unsaid.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 23:54:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Holly Roberts - Catherine Edelman Gallery - January 11th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Since the late 1800s, artists have used paint to embellish photographs, adding rosy cheeks to a formal portrait or painting the sky of a majestic landscape. Throughout the years, photographers have treaded the line between painting and photography, at times blending the two mediums to create a new dialogue. One of the most revered artists to paint on photographs is Holly Roberts, whose images force us to examine our relationship to the land, each other and ourselves.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Roberts uses paint to define the photographic image, allowing the brush to guide her through a piece. In <em>Praying for Rain</em>, a coyote performs a ritual dance seeking relief from the New Mexican drought. In <em>Coyote with Thistles,</em> a coyote runs through a burning desert, a dead crow hanging from its mouth. In <em>Man with Holes in the Sky</em>, a male figure gazes up as birds fly overhead, darting in and out of stormy clouds punctuated by blue sky. Are the clouds clearing or is the fractured sky the result of global warming? Why is the desert burning? Questions are at the core of Roberts work. Through her steady and unflinching gaze, Roberts addresses real issues about the land and our effect on it.</p> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 13:39:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Michelle Grabner - Shane Campbell Gallery - Lincoln Park - January 25th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">“I am guilty of repetition, banality and confirmation of the expected"<br />--From Hephzibah Anderson’s essay In Praise of the Cliché<br /><br />Shane Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Michelle Grabner at the gallery’s three locations. This will be Grabner’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.<br /><br />Grabner will present an installation of paper weavings at the Chicago location as a flatbed of overlapping works.  <strong>In the Lincoln Park space, Grabner will show a group of small gingham patterned paintings. </strong> In Oak Park, Grabner will install three monochromatic woven gesso reliefs on Brendan Fowler’s sculpture.<br /><br />Grabner’s gingham patterned paintings, paper weavings, and gesso reliefs are exercises in visual cliché construction. Valuing sturdy truthfulness and unfailing predictability, Grabner implores the ‘uncreative,’ routinely engaging in acts of conditional boredom. <br /><br />Michelle Grabner is a Professor and Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband Brad Killam. She will co-curate the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Her work is included in the permanent collections at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:04:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list John Cage - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - September 1st, 2012 - March 3rd, 2013 <p>This exhibition traces the fruitful and decades-long intersection of the celebrated avant-garde composer and artist <b>John Cage</b> (1912-92) with the MCA. Cage was "there at the beginning," performing in a work with fellow-Fluxus collaborators Dick Higgins and Allison Knowles as part of the October 1967 opening celebration of MCA's inaugural exhibition, Pictures to be Read/Poetry to be Seen. Over the years he returned numerous times to Chicago, where he had lived in the early 1940s, often stopping at the MCA to execute various projects or see friends. Perhaps his best-known project with the MCA was part of the 1982 "New Music America" festival, where he created "A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity" (1978), a score created on a map of Chicago. Also on view are scores and books drawn from the over 80 items that represent Cage in the MCA Artists' Books Collection, and ephemeral materials such as letters written to MCA staff and other historical documents that trace Cage's legacy at the MCA.</p> <p> </p> <p>Perhaps his best-known project associated with the MCA was part of the 1982 New Music America festival. For this pioneering music festival, administered by the MCA, Cage realized <em class="first_child last_child">A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity</em> (1978), a score created on a map of Chicago. Materials demonstrating how to interpret the score of this important work, which later entered the MCA Collection, are on view along with scores and books drawn from the more than eighty items associated with Cage in the MCA Artists’ Books Collection. Ephemeral materials, such as letters written to MCA staff and other historical documents that trace Cage’s legacy at the MCA, are also displayed.</p> <p class="last_child">This exhibition is organized by Lynne Warren, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</p> <p>In conjunction with the exhibition, The <b>MCA Stage</b> presents a concert on October 6 by <b>ICE </b>(International Contemporary Ensemble) titled <b><i>John Cage: Correspondences to Correspondence: Cage and Boulez. </i></b>This program explores the music and relationship of John Cage and Pierre Boulez, two very influential and innovative 20th-century composers.</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:51:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Leslie Baum, Avantika Bawa, Elijah Burgher, Lilli Carré, Chris Edwards, Anthony Elms, Richard Rezac, Paul Schuette - PEREGRINEPROGRAM - February 3rd, 2013 - March 3rd, 2013 <p><b><i>Drawer’s Drawing</i></b><i><br /> </i>curated by Carrie Gundersdorf and Eric Lebofsky</p> <p>Julius Caesar and Peregrine Program jointly present "Drawer's Drawing"<br />February 3 – March 3, 2013<br />Reception: Sunday, February 3, 3-6 pm<br />Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm, and by appointment</p> <p>Artists:<br /> Leslie Baum<br /> Avantika Bawa<br /> Elijah Burgher<br /> Lilli Carré<br /> Chris Edwards<br /> Anthony Elms<br /> Richard Rezac<br /> Paul Schuette</p> <p><br />We are two friends who have been talking to each other about drawing for a long time. We are both makers and fans. This show is an attempt to explore the perpetual malleability of drawing – how it does so many things in so many ways, and remains fresh, with a quality of immediacy. We are bringing together a group of artists who use drawing towards distinct ends in order to ask: what sets drawing apart from all other media, even as most of these artists tap into other media with their work?</p> <p>A small, black and white, photocopied zine will accompany the exhibition with writing and images.</p> <p>- Carrie Gundersdorf  &amp; Eric Lebofsky</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:15:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Brendan Fowler, Michelle Grabner - Shane Campbell Gallery (Oak Park) - January 27th, 2013 - March 3rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">“I am guilty of repetition, banality and confirmation of the expected"</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">--From Hephzibah Anderson’s essay In Praise of the Cliché</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Shane Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Michelle Grabner at the gallery’s three locations. This will be Grabner’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Grabner will present an installation of paper weavings at the Chicago location as a flatbed of overlapping works.  In the Lincoln Park space, Grabner will show a group of small gingham patterned paintings.  In Oak Park, Grabner will install three monochromatic woven gesso reliefs on Brendan Fowler’s sculpture.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Grabner’s gingham patterned paintings, paper weavings, and gesso reliefs are exercises in visual cliché construction. Valuing sturdy truthfulness and unfailing predictability, Grabner implores the ‘uncreative,’ routinely engaging in acts of conditional boredom. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Michelle Grabner is a Professor and Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and runs The Suburban and The Poor Farm with her husband Brad Killam. She will co-curate the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Her work is included in the permanent collections at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.</span></p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:03:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Paul Cowan - Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - November 6th, 2012 - March 5th, 2013 <div class="text-container has-images no-subsubnav has-subnav has-heading no-iframe no-map first_child"> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="first_child"><span style="font-size: small;">The BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works exhibition series is designed to showcase the best new work being made in Chicago, regardless of the status of the artist’s career—whether emerging or established, mid-career or undergoing reinvention. <em class="first_child last_child">BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Paul Cowan</em> captures artist Paul Cowan at the beginning of his professional life. A recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Illinois Chicago, Cowan has in a short period distinguished himself as a penetrating observer of and participant in the long tradition of painting, questioning its cherished ideals and putting forth provocative proposals for its future.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In this exhibition, Cowan debuts new work, drawing from several recent bodies of painting, sculpture, and installation that revolve around mark making, composition, and artistic authorship. These concerns are at the heart of debates about painting, and Cowan has found inventive ways to address them. One recent series of paintings, for instance, relies upon supports made from store-bought fabrics—some single-hued, others patterned—on which the artist affixes fishing lures. The positioning of the lures, as well as the color relationships between these objects and the fabrics they are attached to, constitutes the primary painterly activity. Seeming at first like just another riff on the readymade, each lure is carefully selected by Cowan, subtly and minutely contributing to a finely tuned composition that might at first appear nonchalant.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Even more recently, the artist has engaged commercial sign painters working in Chicago in the creation of abstract paintings. Focusing on the decorative flourishes that these painters use to advertise products at local liquor or grocery stores, Cowan reveals how painterly marks and colors attract the eye in the everyday realm. Stripped of content, these marks—squiggles, starbursts, emphatic underlines—reinvigorate gesture with urgency and purpose.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="last_child"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.</span></p> </div> <p></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 02:30:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list