ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Richard Hull, Robyn O'Neil, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Deb Sokolow - Western Exhibitions - November 12th - December 31st <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">To inaugurate Courttney Cooper&rsquo;s first solo show at Western Exhibitions, the gallery will present a related group show, <em>Four Large Drawings</em>, in Gallery 2, featuring one large drawing each from four gallery artists, Richard Hull, Robyn O'Neil, Geoffrey Todd Smith and Deb Sokolow. Both shows open with a free public reception on Friday, November 11 from 5 to 8pm and will run through December 31. The gallery will be open by appointment from December 24 to December 31. For more images and information, contact Scott Speh (312) 480-8390</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">While Cooper's massive hand-drawn, ball-point pen maps of Cincinnati occupy Gallery 1 of Western Exhibitions, selections in Gallery 2 from four other gallery artists connect to various aspects of Cooper's practice in terms of scale and content. The four large drawings are all black and white for the most part, mirroring Cooper's black ink on collaged office paper aesthetic. His winding streets of Cincinnati parallel the circulatory systems of <strong>Richard Hull's</strong> scroll-like charcoal drawing. At their most relatable level, Cooper's drawings are landscapes, a genre long beloved and travelled by <strong>Robyn O'Neil</strong>; the upside-down wave in her "Hurricane" matches the undulations and energy of Cooper's frenetic cityscapes. Both he and <strong>Geoffrey Todd Smith</strong> share a sense of patience and rigor, making work that requires exhaustive attention to detail and intricate mark marking. And Cooper and <strong>Deb Sokolow </strong>each bring idiosyncratic points of view to the subject matter of their drawings, with Cooper's verve for and sometimes indignation towards his hometown simpatico to Sokolow's gimlet-eyed observations of human behavior.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:50:41 +0000 Courttney Cooper - Western Exhibitions - November 12th - December 31st <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><strong>Courttney Cooper</strong>, a Vernacular Artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, is known for drawing large-scale cityscapes of his hometown that respond to changes in the city's architecture and environment. These drawings, punctuated with idealistic imagery and commentary, are dedicated to what Cooper calls Cincinnati/Zinzinnati Ohio USA (<strong>1</strong>). His title for the city refers to a dualistic site both real and fantastic, where the pragmatic is depicted alongside an Oktoberfest celebration that never ends. The show opens with a free public reception on <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday, November 11</span> from <span style="text-decoration: underline;">5 to 8pm</span> and will run through December 31. The gallery will be open by appointment from December 24 to December 31. For more images and information, contact Scott Speh (312) 480-8390.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A self-proclaimed &ldquo;map artist&rdquo;, Cooper combines direct observation of city sites with an impressive memory of buildings and streets gleaned from his travels. Using information gathered from phonebooks and various random maps, Cooper recreates a cityscape of both Cincinnati and his beloved Oktoberfest-ed Zinzinnati, USA. Cooper&rsquo;s practice is a perpetual celebration of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, USA, a commemorative and nostalgic place that exists parallel to or as a transparent layer upon Cincinnati, Ohio. Hot air balloons, beers, pretzels and banner-carrying airplanes fill the horizons above his three-quarter view landscapes. The large maps are drawn exclusively with ball-point pen on multiple sheets of office paper, glued together to accommodate additional drawing space as needed. He works on one cityscape at a time, taking from three months to one year to complete one piece. During that process of creation, Cooper carefully folds the growing piece and carries it with him wherever he travels. Cooper first draws I-75, the major interstate running north-south in Ohio. Before adding additional highways, streets, buildings and monuments, Cooper scrawls thoughts and phrases across the surface that are ultimately hidden beneath the twisting streets and buildings and revealed within the open white space of the paper, almost diaristic notes that reflect his romance and frustration with the city.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cooper will present for the first time a new sculptural work titled &ldquo;The Carnival.&rdquo; In it, Cooper renders aspects of Zinzinnati USA in three-dimensions from repurposed paper, cardboard and objects found at his jobs and studios. Smaller, more formal works on paper such as "Union Terminal" and "Cincinnati from Newport" demonstrate a quieter, reflective and direct view of the city. Made on site, these works are created on traditional materials and approached with a more conventional method: working directly from observation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Courttney Cooper was born in 1977 in Cincinnati, Ohio where he still resides. His earliest drawing tool was an Etch-A-Sketch, a children&rsquo;s toy whose up-and-down and side-to-side sketchiness has made a lasting impression that can still be viewed in the web-like marks in his current drawings. Since graduating from Western Hills High School, Cooper has been working two jobs steadily, one at a major grocery store and the other at the York Street Cafe, a locally-owned and operated restaurant located across the river in Newport, Kentucky. During this time he has maintained a rigorous art practice at both his home studio, and since 2004, at Visionaries + Voices, a non-profit arts organization that provides support for artists with disabilities, offering them professional studio space that allows them to grow professionally and personally.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cooper&rsquo;s solo show at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago in spring of 2016 was reviewed in and New City. His 2-person show (with Cole Carothers) at The Cincinnati Art Museum in 2013 was reviewed in CityBeat and AEQAI. He has exhibited extensively in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area including the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY. Cooper recently won The Wynn Newhouse Foundation Award and his work is included in a number of private and public collections including The Cincinnati Art Museum and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. This is Courttney Cooper&rsquo;s first solo show at Western Exhibitions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>1</strong> Oktoberfest, called Zinzinnati USA, takes place in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio every September and is the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, Germany. </p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:48:38 +0000 Diana Guerrero-MaciĆ” - Carrie Secrist Gallery - November 11th - January 14th, 2017 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Slow Blossoming</em> is a modern and conceptual update on the 18th century social gatherings known as a Salon. This exhibition brings together art work in a variety of mediums along with a series of social events, and a gallery installation reminiscent of the traditional Salon experience. Guerrero-Maci&aacute;&rsquo;s myriad of symbols, texts, materials and visual juxtapositions all combine for a cumulative effect that positions iconography as a still-valuable interpretive tool for understanding that which surrounds us. Through the use of semiotics, or the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior, specific themes such as gender equality, the tension between craft and fine arts, and references to both literary and scientific constructs are explored.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The original idea of the Salon revolved around participants exchanging ideas under the auspice of a cultural experience while in pursuit of intellectual stimulation. In an environment surrounded by exquisite tapestries, plush furniture and musical instruments, invited guests were introduced to new literature, musical compositions and partially moderated conversation. The historical and sociological impact of these events was tremendous and helped shape a societal changes related to a number of philosophical and cultural developments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On view will be Guerrero-Maci&aacute;&rsquo;s series of textiles that historically reference Flemish Mille-Fleur tapestries while introducing a multitude of symbols creating cumulative effects that relate to a personal iconography. Also included is <em>Come Red, Come Yellow, Come Blue </em>(2016), an interchangeable sculptural installation that is simultaneously interactive and functional as seating. Derived from a mathematical learning tool called Cuisenaire Rods, reference to modern design is coupled with a DIY aesthetic while relying on the non-objective truths that mathematics provides. Observing the spectacle of this exhibition is <em>The Greek Chorus</em>, a series of spectrally dyed Belgian Linen characters interspersed with their abstract counterparts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A series of special performances organized by Joe Adamik, in collaboration with his partner Guerrero-Maci&aacute;, will take place over the course of the exhibition. <em>A Transformation of Things</em> utilizes a pair of specially fabricated drum &ndash; using Guerrero-Maci&aacute; imagery &ndash; sets as the setting for rotating call and response duets performed by Adamik and special guest drummers. The performances will aurally activate Slow Blossoming by inducing a form of dialogue that, once rendered, would expound on the overall premise of the exhibition: to create a more optimistic, user-friendly and inclusive future world for all of us to partake in.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Diana Guerrero-Maci&aacute;&nbsp;(b. 1966, lives in Chicago) <em>has exhibited nationally and internationally, created several public art commissions, received multiple grants and residencies including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and two fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. Selected solo exhibitions include: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Additional exhibitions include: Elmhurst Art Museum (Chicago), Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (California), Loyola University Museum of Art (Chicago) and the Bronx Museum. Guerrero-Maci&aacute; studied and was awarded fellowships at both Skowhegan School of Art and Penland School of Craft. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Villanova University. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.</em></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:43:42 +0000 Sara Greenberger Rafferty - Document - November 11th - December 31st Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:37:08 +0000 Kyle Schlie - THE MISSION - November 4th - December 17th Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:29:10 +0000 Noah Singer - THE MISSION - November 4th - December 17th Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:29:06 +0000 Michelle Prazak - THE MISSION - November 4th - December 17th Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:28:53 +0000 Jerry Spagnoli, Dan Estabrook, Kate Breakey - Catherine Edelman Gallery - November 4th - December 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">We are excited to present three photographers in&nbsp;<em>Today is History</em>, which examines the use of early photographic techniques among today&rsquo;s practitioners. Work by Kate Breakey, Dan Estabrook and Jerry Spagnoli will be featured. The show opens November 4 and runs through December 31, 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">First it was questioned as art. Then painters used it as a tool. Decades later it was still defending itself as a viable art form. And now, more than 175 years after its inception, photography is an exalted medium, embraced by galleries, collectors and museums worldwide. While photographers engage with new technologies and new means of presentation, many artists working today still incorporate historical techniques in their work.&nbsp;<em>Today is History</em>&nbsp;brings together three artists who work with 19th / 20th c. processes to talk about present day concerns.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kate Breakey (B. 1957 Adelaide, South Australia) is best known for her large-scale photographic work with birds and flowers that she painstakingly brings back to life with colored pencils. These pieces can be seen in two monographs,<em>Small Deaths</em>&nbsp;(2001) and&nbsp;<em>Flowers/Birds</em>&nbsp;(2003). In 2014, Breakey turned her focus to the land, and the small details of everyday life: a hummingbird resting on a tree limb, a wilting tulip, figs on a counter, the moon setting over the mountain, trees swaying in the evening dusk. Produced as Orotones (prints made on glass and backed with 23k gold leaf) Breakey creates small objects that command our attention, using an early technique to comment on the beauty, fragility and simplicity of her daily surroundings.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more than 30 years, Dan Estabrook&rsquo;s (b. 1969 Boston, MA) work has been at the intersection of yesterday and today. Working with salt prints, calotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, Estabrook creates art that echoes his life, loves, desires and fears. Like many practitioners before him, he turns the camera on himself to make contemporary works inspired by the gap between today&rsquo;s photographic perfection and the past&rsquo;s technical limitations. As he states:&nbsp; &ldquo;Using 19th-century techniques and celebrating their flaws and failures, I make seemingly anonymous photographs in order to re-imagine a more personal and dream-like history of photography, seen from a 21st-century perspective. With these processes, I can create my own &lsquo;found photos&rsquo; - highly personal objects in which to hide my own secrets and stories.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jerry Spagnoli (b. 1956 New York City, NY) is credited as today&rsquo;s preeminent photographer working with the daguerreotype, a polished copper plate treated with mercury vapor. Using this material, Spagnoli has photographed significant historical events, including the horrors of the World Trade Center and the beauty of Times Square on the eve of the Millennium. In his 2012 series,&nbsp;<em>Glasses</em>, Spagnoli tackles the reflective quality of everyday water glasses. As he states, &ldquo;Ultimately my use of various materials and methods is centered in my desire to make complicated stories out of the everyday world, which is my apparent subject matter. Photography allows me to engage viewers with images and ideas which are filtered through the abstracting apparatus of the camera and woven into the matrix of its rich history.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:33:14 +0000 Alma Allen - Shane Campbell Gallery - October 29th - December 3rd Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:59:46 +0000 Erik Wenzel - 65GRAND - November 4th - December 7th Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:56:51 +0000 Morgan Blair, Francesco Lo Castro, Zoe Nelson - LVL3 Gallery - November 4th - December 18th <p style="text-align: justify;">LVL3 is excited to present <em>Never Far Away</em>, a three-person exhibition featuring Morgan Blair, Francesco Lo Castro and Zoe Nelson. Blair&rsquo;s multicolored paintings act as fragments taken from everyday events, mixed with the absurdities seen in popular culture. Lo Castro&rsquo;s layered abstractions pull together intricate networks of lines and colors while holding onto a much deeper past of emotional moments. Nelson&rsquo;s vibrant surfaces evoke a sense of anxiety and pleasure through the voids and overlaps presented in her paintings. Connections to our past, present and future exist independent of our cognizance. Never Far Away connects these artists&rsquo; feelings, memories and reactions into new forms of communication via mark making and layering of pigment that takes us back to familiar forms.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:54:08 +0000