ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 Steven Husby - 65GRAND - April 12th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>65GRAND</strong> is pleased to present <strong><em>BRUTE FORCe</em></strong>,<strong> Steven Husby</strong>'s first solo exhibition with the gallery.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> At first appearing impersonal and cold, the paintings of Steven Husby display a highly individual approach. They are the product of an artist concerned with precision and permutation. Like many abstractionists working today, Husby takes painting as his subject. But that is just the starting point. The artist is concerned not with the meaning or purpose of painting but rather the construction of image. How are visual representations structured? What is the underlying mathematical logic?</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Husby's paintings look not only to the rich past of working methods along the lines of Agnes Martin and Ad Reinhardt with their monastic rigor and exhaustive variations, but also contemporary image culture. A precise geometric pattern of gradation relates as much to Albers and color theory as it does to algorithms used to compress information into 1's and 0's. Indeed the exhibition's title is derived from a style of problem solving in computer science called the brute-force search. This simple but exhaustive algorithm systematically specifies every possible solution to a problem and checks whether or not each possibility meets the necessary criteria.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> With a raw, brutish logic, the brute-force method plunges into a query much the way Husby exhaustively works through his explorations of painting. He explains, "I was thinking about the procedures I've been employing in the studio recently, as well as more obliquely to the sensibility I think informs my aesthetic choices, which bleeds a bit towards a kind of pop not only brute force the method, but brute force as the force of 'brutes,' among whom I count myself."</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Steven Husby lives and works in Chicago. Solo exhibitions include RUBICON at Julius Caesar, 2011; we speak the way we breathe, Peregrine Program, 2010; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007; and the Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, California, 2005. Group exhibitions include Afterimage at the DePaul University Museum of Art, 2012; Bad Moon at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, 2008; and at The Suburban, 2004. His work has been written about on,, Art:21 Blog, in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, and in the catalogs Afterimage and Can I Come Over to Your House? The First 10 Years of the Suburban.</span></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 09:07:33 +0000 Alex Jovanovich - ADDS DONNA - April 7th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013 <p>Alex Jovanovich:</p> <p><strong>Some Poor Girls</strong></p> <p>April 7 - May 12, 2013 Opening reception: April 7, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.</p> <p>Let's begin in black and white: opposites whose severe contrast makes legible our most basic differences. What is and what isn't. What can be seen and what refuses sight. Some might push toward ethics: right and wrong, good and evil. Some might return to the poetic: the nothing that isn't and the nothing that is. Alex Jovanovich's art does its work in such opposition, not to lend credence to the ease of judgment, but to show the ways in which our deepest ambiguities exist within the space of contradiction itself. Between black and white—be it by image or be it by word—this art shows us a realm of thought and feeling that exists where we did not think it could: that once airless, once unthinkable space, that one can breathe in, one can think in, only after the line has been drawn that ciphers blankness away from blackness. Jovanovich is a genius of such contradiction. Ambiguity is his accuracy, plethora his muse. Here flowers are light-full, and so seem eyes; and eyes are dark centers, and so seem orifices; and orifices lead within the body, and so introduce us to all within us we could not otherwise see: garters and ribbons, beauty and bondage, vein's vanity and vanity's nerve. What surprises most is not that intimacy and violence occur simultaneously, but that they do so with such fierce tenderness, they do so with such patient longing. Perhaps this is Jovanovich's gift to us, an old gift, the artist's ancient inheritance: he shows us how patience is erotic, how calm is filled with longing. And should we become patient, should we find ourselves wanting, then we hear inside what can be said everything that felt unspeakable—just as we find the seed of whiteness in the night's purest dark—we hear the unspeakable speak.</p> <p>— Dan Beachy-Quick</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>ADDS DONNA, 4223 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60624 /</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:53:17 +0000 Daniel Bauer - Alderman Exhibitions - April 27th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013 <p><strong>Daniel Bauer’s</strong> work from Israel exposes fissures and rifts in the multiple strains of modernism that have been imported, developed, or mutated in the contemporary Levant. Often focusing on architectural additions and subtractions, Bauer seeks out the spatial, temporal, and conceptual topos between the personal and the collective, each a reflection of the other seen askew. Photographs from the ongoing series, <em>Domestica Dentata</em> depict houses with bifurcated trajectories, their dormant histories emerging slowly from the built and rebuilt surfaces—latent images that document a decisive absence. <br /><br /><strong>Daniel Bauer</strong> received his BFA from The Photography Department at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and his MFA from Columbia University, New York. This will be his first solo show in Chicago. He has had two solo shows at the Andrea Meislin gallery in New York, has worked with architects and historians on exhibitions and projects in Kunst Werke, Berlin and the The Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, his work is in the collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.</p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:30:06 +0000 Group Show - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - April 6th, 2013 - May 25th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Psychosexual, curated by Scott J. Hunter, in Gallery One and Gallery Two. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Chicago, IL, April 6, 2013– ANDREW RAFACZ continues the spring 2013 season with Psychosexual, curated by Scott J. Hunter. The exhibition includes work by Lutz Bacher, Tom Burr, Edmund Chia, Matthias Dornfeld, Jayson Keeling, Jutta Koether, Nazafarin Lotfi, Jeffry Mitchell, John Neff, Rachel Niffenegger, Peter Otto, Kirsten Stoltmann, and Brenna Youngblood. It continues through Saturday, May 25, 2013.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Psychosexual explores the constructed, yet unconscious meaning of the physical gesture in contemporary art making, and its intimacy and eroticism. The gesture, across mediums, is first and foremost taken as a representation of the artist’s underlying self, as it is envisioned, fabricated, and then executed. As such, it holds in its execution a projection of the artist’s desires and assertions. Its consequent evocation, in the mind of the viewer of the work, is a representation of the artist’s self; a projective identification by the viewer that is considered, taken in and incubated as memory, and which is then explored, challenged, or discharged. It is the intersubjectivity between artist and viewer that becomes a principal interest in this exhibition; to assess and frame how the artist's and viewer's unconscious eroticism becomes both psychologically and aesthetically tangible. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> A catalog, with essays by Jason Foumberg, Elijah Burgher, and Scott J. Hunter, is forthcoming during the run of the exhibition.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> LUTZ BACHER (American) lives and works in Berkeley, CA and New York. She has had solo exhibitions at Ratio 3, San Francisco; Alex Zachary Peter Currie, New York; and Taxter &amp; Spengemenn, New York; and is currently exhibiting at Portikus in Frankfurt. Forthcoming exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland. She had a retrospective at P.S. 1, New York in 2009 and was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> TOM BURR (American, b. 1963) lives and works in Norfolk, CT and New York. He studied at the School of the Visual Arts, 1982-1986. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at Galerie Neu, Berlin; Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London; Almine Reich, Paris; and Bortolami, New York. He was included in the recent exhibition, The Black Mirror, curated by James Welling at Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts, Los Angeles.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> EDMUND CHIA (Singapore, b. 1977) lives and works in Chicago. He received an MFA from SAIC in Painting and Drawing in 2009 and is currently on the painting faculty. He has been included in multiple group shows in Chicago, including The Mind’s I at Julius Caesar and had a solo exhibition in 2011 with ADDS DONNA.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> MATTHIAS DORNFELD (German, b. 1960) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Art Academy in Munich, Germany. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the former Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin/Munich and Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago; Blanket Contemporary, Vancouver, BC; Harris Lieberman, New York; Ancient &amp; Modern, London; and Soy Capitan, Berlin.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> JAYSON KEELING (American, b. 1966) lives and works in Long Island City, Queens. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> JUTTA KOETHER (German, b. 1958) is an artist, musician, and critic living and working in New York, NY. She has collaborated in her exhibitions with Tom Verlaine and Kim Gordon. Solo exhibitions have been held at Bortolami, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Koln/Berlin; and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York. She was featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and the 2012 San Paulo Biennial in Brazil. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> NAZAFARIN LOTFI (Iranian, b. 1984) lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from the SAIC in 2011. She has had solo exhibitions at Brand New Gallery, Milan; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; and Autumn Space, Chicago; and will be included in an upcoming group exhibition at Ana Cristea Gallery in New York this year.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> JEFFRY MITCHELL (American, b. 1956) lives and works in Seattle, WA. He recently had a midcareer retrospective at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in 2012. He has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Ambach &amp; Rice, Los Angeles; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; White Columns, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Seattle Art Museum. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> JOHN NEFF (American, b. 1975) lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from UIC in 2001 and he continues to teach in their Department of Art and Architecture. He currently is having his first solo institutional exhibition at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. He has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at GOLDEN, Chicago/New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> RACHEL NIFFENEGGER (American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago and Amsterdam. She received her MFA from Northwestern University in 2012, following completing her BFA at SAIC. She has had solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions, Chicago and Club Midnight, Berlin. She has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Tracey Williams Gallery, New York; the Block Museum of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NL; and Green Gallery, Milwaukee.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> PETER OTTO (Dutch, b. 1955) lives and works in Arnhem, NL. A sculptor and painter, he has had solo and group exhibitions across Europe and in the US, including Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago; Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen; Boÿmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam; Galerie Swart, Amsterdam; and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> KIRSTEN STOLTMANN (American, b. 1968) lives and works in Ojai, CA. She received her MFA from UIC in 2002. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Brennan &amp; Griffin, New York; Sister, Los Angeles; Guild and Greyshkul, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; and Wallspace, New York. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> BRENNA YOUNGBLOOD (American, b. 1979) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from UCLA. She has been included in several group exhibitions, including the most recent surveys, FORE, at the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York and Made in L.A. 2012, at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She has had solo exhibitions at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; and Wallspace, New York.</span></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 09:31:03 +0000 ARISTOTLE GEORGIADES - Carl Hammer Gallery - April 12th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p><span style="font-size: small;">I<span size="4">n this his first solo exhibition at Carl Hammer Gallery, Aristotle Georgiades’ new body of work uses primarily repurposed materials to touch on themes of altered ambition and obsolescence. Most of the new pieces have an intention or ambition that has been re-directed for one reason or another, making the emotional content of this change in direction the subject of this new work. The wood trim, banisters and railings, salvaged by the artist for this body of work, all come from a historical period when the “constructed environment” was not as efficiently mass-produced as it is today, and workmanship was important. The vintage in the materials used most definitely conveys a nostalgic quality, triggering something in us to reference the past. Yet, the forms and installations go beyond a sentimental moment about handwork and a “simpler time”. They are formally composed and employ a sculptural vocabulary which causes us to re-consider our relationship to the material world of today, and how the things that we have constructed reflect our values and concerns. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;" size="4"> Many of Georgiades’ source objects and materials are no longer useful in the way they were intended, and through sculptural manipulation, he finds a way to give them a new purpose, often that of expressing the condition that many humans find themselves in as well.  If work is what makes people feel useful, what happens when the rapidly changing world about us renders people obsolete or worn out?  How does one find meaning when one’s strengths are no longer needed?  Through the application of formal and design language to the materials chosen by the artist, we are offered a sculptural point of view on this human condition</span></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:14:42 +0000 Michael Robinson - Carrie Secrist Gallery - April 6th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce <b>Michael Robinson: <i>Circle Spectre Paper Flame</i></b>, opening Saturday, April 6 from 5-8 PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Michael Robinson presents a new body of photo and collage work together with the film <i>Circle in the Sand </i>(2012). Layering and reassembling leftovers of culture, the artist creates contemporary venues for spiritual exchange and transformation. The resulting pictures hum subtly, revealing new meanings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the main space, Robinson exhibits new photographs offering a magical interpretation of landscape. Using basic light manipulation, Robinson captures subjects such as forest mushrooms and moonlight cast on a book page. Communicating an oblique narrative, his eerily pleasing images capture the potential for transcendence in the mundane.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Alongside the photographs, Robinson shows new collage work. In each mixed media piece, central halo forms frantically explode across found photographic backgrounds. The backgrounds act as photographic representations or readymade additions to the disseminated montage of deities in each foreground. Robinson mines sources as varied as fruit tree diseases and 1980s computer graphics to generate his otherworldly scenes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the second gallery, Robinson screens <i>Circle in the Sand</i> (2012). Set in a post-apocalyptic near future, the 45-minute film follows a band of listless vagabonds ambling across a war-torn coastal territory. Rummaging, stuttering, and smashing through the scraps of Western culture, this group of ragged souls conjures an unstable magic fueled by their own apathy and the poisonous histories imbedded in their unearthed junk.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Circle in the Sand</i> screened previously at the New York Film Festival (2012) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2013); the film will project hourly at the Carrie Secrist Gallery during its Chicago debut.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Past exhibitions and screenings for Michael Robinson (American, b. 1981) include the 2012 Whitney Biennial, Walker Art Center, MoMA P.S.1, London Film Festival, REDCAT Los Angeles, Sundance Film Festival, Tate Modern, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Hong Kong International Film Festival. Honors include a Kazuko Trust Award (2012), a Creative Capital Grant (2012), and a 2011-2012 Film/Video Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Michael Robinson: <i>Circle Spectre Paper Flame</i></b> will be on view through May 11, 2013. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10:30 to 6 and Saturday 11 to 5 or by appointment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> Sun, 12 May 2013 08:45:35 +0000 Frieke Janssens - Catherine Edelman Gallery - March 8th, 2013 - May 4th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">For decades society was accustomed to seeing people smoke cigarettes in advertising campaigns, television sitcoms, and mainstream Hollywood movies. The sight of a cigarette was as common as the family dinner. Many mothers of baby boomers smoked during pregnancy, well before the surgeon general declared it harmful. Virginia Slims sponsored women’s tennis, and the Marlboro man and Camel Joe became American icons. Today, cigarettes are banned on airplanes, and in restaurants and bars in cities throughout the world. At the same time, there has been a resurgence of allure associated with smoking, as can be seen in one of the most beloved shows on television, Mad Men, which celebrates the era of cigarettes and martini lunches.<br /> <br /> Frieke Janssens embarked on <em>Smoking Kids</em> in response to seeing a video of a chain-smoking toddler in Indonesia who became a tourist attraction. Alarmed by this reality, she decided to show people what the act of smoking looks like through the posturing of four to nine year old children. Working with modeling agencies, volunteers and family friends, Janssens tackled the issue of glamour often associated with smoking. Both irreverent and stunning, Janssens' photographs challenge our perceptions of smoking and the attitudes often defined by it. As the artist states:<br /> <br />             “A YouTube video of a chain-smoking Indonesian toddler inspired me to create this series. The video highlighted the cultural differences between the east and west, and questioned the notion of smoking as an adult activity. Since adult smokers are the societal norm, I wanted to isolate the viewer's focus on the issue of smoking itself. I felt that children smoking would have a surreal impact upon the viewer and compel them to truly see the act of smoking rather than making assumptions about the person doing the act. Coincidentally, around the time I was making <em>Smoking Kids,</em> a law passed that banned smoking in Belgian bars. There was an outcry from the public about government intervention, freedom being oppressed, and adults being treated like children. With health reasons driving many cities to ban smoking, the culture around smoking has a retro feel, like the time period of Mad Men, when smoking on a plane or in a restaurant was not unusual. The aesthetics of smoke and the particular way smokers gesticulate with their hands and posture cannot be denied, and at the same time, there is a nod to the less attractive aspects, examining the beauty and ugliness of smoking.“</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is important to note that chalk and sticks of cheese were used as props for the cigarettes, and candles and incense provided the wisps of smoke. The final photographic results were done in computer, combining the photograph of the child with a photograph of an adult hand smoking a cigarette. Janssens invites the public to wrestle with these hauntingly beautiful images, which both seduce and shock.</p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:46:27 +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 Shawn Decker - Chicago Cultural Center - February 8th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Shawn Decker is a composer, artist, and teacher who creates sound and electronic media installations and writes music for live performance, film, and video.  <em>Prairie</em> references the dynamic rhythms of grasslands and the rich soundscape and eco-systems found within, evokes insect sounds, as well as rain, wind, and other rhythms of life within the prairie, enacted within a architectonic minimalism. <strong></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:53:29 +0000 Hale Woodruff - Chicago Cultural Center - March 23rd, 2013 - June 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Opening March 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center and running through June 16, "Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College" features six monumentally-scaled murals painted in 1939-42 by African American artist Hale Woodruff. Never before seen outside of Alabama's Talladega College, the murals depict the 1839 mutiny by slaves on the Spanish ship La Amistad and its aftermath. Newly restored to their original, vibrant colors, the murals are accompanied by 30 paintings and prints that document Woodruff's work from the 1920s to the 1940s, making this exhibition a rare opportunity to see this important Harlem Renaissance artist's work in depth. <i>"Rising Up" is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama. This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. </i></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:43:07 +0000 David Hartt - Corbett vs. Dempsey - April 5th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present for everyone a garden, an exhibition of new work by David Hartt. In his first show at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Hartt commandeers the gallery space, introducing three large glass sculptures, a diptych based on two of his drawings, and a single photograph. The impetus behind for everyone a garden is Hartt’s research into utopian architecture, in particular the work of Moshe Safdie, the architect whose 1974 book lends its title to the show and whose work includes Habitat 67, located in Hartt’s city of origin, Montréal. A recurrent off-oval form drawn from the “juxtaposable cellules” of architect Jean-Louis Chanéac is referenced in the stacked, hand-blown glass modules of Hartt’s sculptures, the structures referenced in Hartt’s drawings, and the various supplementary images in the extensive exhibition catalog—designed by James Goggin, and with an essay by John Corbett—itself an intrinsic part of the installation. This ambitious, subtle, and defiant installation builds on Hartt’s ongoing line of inquiry into the shape and nature of ideology.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Although he is known as a photographer, Hartt’s work extends conceptually and materially beyond the medium. His investigation of the political and social ramifications of design and architecture, which is an emphatic component of his photography, has led him to consider installation, video and sculpture. In Stray Light, Hartt’s 2012 show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, he explored a vision of the Johnson Publishing building, using large scale color photographs, an elegant video with soundtrack by jazz flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell, and a carefully plotted installation with a sculptural object, custom made carpet and a détourned high-design couch.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">David Hartt (b. 1967, Montréal) currently lives and works in Chicago. He graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. His exhibition Stray Light opens at the Studio Museum in Harlem in March 2013 and will travel in the fall to the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and in 2014 to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012), Golden Age, Chicago (2011); Howard House, Seattle (2009); Deven Golden Fine Art (1998, 1997); Andrew Kreps, New York (1996); L’Observatoire-Galerie, Brussels (1995); and Ten in One, Chicago (1995). In 2012 he was named a United States Artists Cruz Fellow. He is a 2012 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:18:34 +0000 - DePaul Art Museum - April 4th, 2013 - June 16th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition reunites some of the prints, drawings, and paintings from the notorious Armory Show of 1913, which introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art. Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and abstraction seem unremarkable now, but the intensity—and polarity—of the critical reception had ramifications in the Chicago art world for decades.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is made possible in part by generous funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art.</p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:27:33 +0000 Group Show - DePaul Art Museum - April 25th, 2013 - June 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age, War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art looks at the construction of mixed-heritage Asian American identity in the United States. Working in traditional media as well as video, installation, and other approaches, artists explore a range of topics, including US wars in Asia, multiculturalism and identity politics, racialization, gender and sexual identity, citizenship and nationality, and trans-racial adoption.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition features works across diverse mediums by emerging, mid-career and established artists who reflect a breadth of mixed heritage ethno-racial and geographic diversity: Mequitta Ahuja, Albert Chong, Serene Ford, Kip Fulbeck, Stuart Gaffney, Louie Gong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Lori Kay, Li-lan, Richard Lou, Samia Mirza, Chris Naka, Laurel Nakadate, Gina Osterloh, Adrienne Pao, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Jenifer Wofford, and Debra Yepa-Pappan.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">War Baby / Love Child was curated by Laura Kina, Vincent DePaul Professor of Art, Media and Design, and Wei Ming Dariotis, associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.<br /> <br /> A 304-page companion book has been published by the University of Washington Press and is available at the museum or from the publisher.</p> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:30:49 +0000 Matt Rich - Devening Projects + Editions - April 28th, 2013 - June 8th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>devening projects + editions</strong> is very pleased to invite you to <strong><i>Razors &amp; Vapors</i></strong>, <strong>Matt Rich's</strong> second solo exhibition with the gallery. In the <strong>off space</strong>, <em><b>Pages, Pages</b></em> features new works on paper from <strong>Alain Biltereyst</strong>, <strong>Britta Bogers</strong>, <strong>Gerd Borkelmann</strong>, <strong>Andreas Fischer</strong>, <strong>Matt Rich</strong>, <strong>Cary Smith</strong>, <strong>Jered Sprecher</strong> and <strong>Alice Tippit</strong>. Both exhibitions open on <strong>Sunday, April 28th, from 4-7pm.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As <strong><a href="" target="_blank" shape="rect">Matt Rich</a></strong> describes his paintings, " ... they aren't quite many things: flat, dimensional, representational or perfectly singular. In being not quite many things, they commit to a formal and experiential dissonance." The dissonance seems to come out of his joy in making work that wobbles through different neighborhoods. Painting, sculpture, emblematic signage, performative action - Matt Rich finds possibilities in each of these. To keep things in flux in the studio, he maneuvers among these territories and enlivens the work through improvisation and modification. Hanging directly on the wall, the work emphatically holds space, acting at times like heraldic insignia and at others, like portals into some visually skewed netherworld. Each work is assembled from cut paper activated with acrylic pigments applied in a variety of gestures-evenly sprayed, messily smeared, scraped, brushed and rolled. The process of composing is "pre-indeterminate;" it starts someplace-almost any place-and evolves through a liberated sense of composition and construction toward tenuous stability. The final shape may feel familiar - usually the title leads someplace - but the work quickly slips and becomes something entirely other. That the paintings frequently hover almost there or not-quite-there is a testament to Rich's awareness of how things congeal, how the paintings form and become whole-or potentially dissolve into some unexpected result. They may feel provisional, but it's the declarative nature of what we ultimately experience that intimates a work as an essential being: something flawed but resolute. The work's heartfelt exuberance is expressed through shape, color and construction, but we feel its willingness to be imperfect as absolutely human.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Matt Rich has had solo exhibitions at Project Row Houses in Houston, devening projects + editions in Chicago, the Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois, Samsøn Projects in Boston, VOLTA NY art fair and Halsey McKay in East Hampton, New York. In the past three years, Rich has had group shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Cottage Home and LACE in Los Angeles, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco, Galerie oqbo in Berlin, and DODGEgallery and BravinLee Programs in New York. Rich's works are held in the collections of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Terra Foundation for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work has been reviewed by <em>Modern Painters</em>, <em>Artforum</em>, <em>Art Papers</em> and T<em>he Boston Globe</em>. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><i>Ghost Muscle</i></strong>, a 32-page catalog published on the occasion of Matt Rich's recent exhibition at <strong><a href="" target="_blank" shape="rect">Samsøn</a></strong> in Boston, will accompany the exhibition and is available at the gallery.  </p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 10:44:14 +0000 Alain Biltereyst, Britta Bogers, Gerd Borkelmann, Andreas Fischer, Matt Rich, Cary Smith, Jered Sprecher, Alice Tippit - Devening Projects + Editions - April 28th, 2013 - June 8th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">In the <strong>off space</strong>, <em><b>Pages, Pages</b></em> features new works on paper from <strong>Alain Biltereyst</strong>, <strong>Britta Bogers</strong>, <strong>Gerd Borkelmann</strong>, <strong>Andreas Fischer</strong>, <strong>Matt Rich</strong>, <strong>Cary Smith</strong>, <strong>Jered Sprecher</strong> and <strong>Alice Tippit</strong>. <strong></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" href="" target="_blank"><strong><i><a href="" target="_blank"></a></i></strong> This most recent installation of exciting new drawings and prnts, echoes the gallery's ongoing interest in well-conceived, thoughtfully developed and thoroughly arresting works on paper from artists connected to the gallery and those whose projects add a new dimension to the program.   </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 10:44:56 +0000 - Graham Foundation - March 21st, 2013 - June 1st, 2013 <p>Model Studies is the third installment of the cycle of exhibitions curated by and featuring a new body of work by artist Thomas Demand, and selected works by Fernand Léger, Francis Bruguière, Thomas Scheibitz and pictures made by students of the Vkhutemas school of architecture in Moscow (1920-27). Together, the work in the exhibition circles around a rigid formal view of the world and questions how to find a position towards the world other than realism. Seeking new ways to look at and construct meaning, figuration is replaced with new modes of representation, new dimensions of making, seeing and understanding the world. Central to this idea is that of the model, from its most literal to its most abstract manifestation.<br /><br /></p> <p><b>RELATED EVENTS<br /></b>Opening reception with Thomas Demand<br />Thursday, March 21, 6-8PM<br />5:30PM Talk by Thomas Demand<br />6-8PM Opening Reception</p> <div> <div> <div> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:12:03 +0000