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Chicago\, IL\, Saturday\, April 2\, 2011– ANDREW R AFACZ is pleased to present with COUNTRY CLUB | Los Angel es/Cincinnati\, Abstract Location – featuring works by Steven Bankhe ad\, Katarina Burin\, Fritz Chesnut\, Jacob Dyrenforth\, Freeman and Lowe a nd Ryan McGinness. The show continues through May 14\, 2011.

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The ar tists featured in Abstract Location use abstraction and re-pr esentation as a way of examining the physical world. They offer up everyday experiences and images but in skewed and difficult to define spaces. The i dea that all of our senses can provide ways to view\, construct and deceive our logical thoughts drives their creative process. Whether it is a halluc inatory experience as in Ryan McGinness’ black hole painting\, or Freeman a nd Lowe’s examination of fashion by literally blowing it up\, these artists look externally for inspiration from abstracted forms and concepts.

\n< p>STEVEN BANKHEAD presents three new works that play with the traditional idea of the frame. They collage together different pieces of p aper\, that he letter presses\, draws on and paints with airbrush. A leitmo tif of these drawings is the cartoon dust balls of a catfight\, where the t wo animals start to brawl and their action turns into an abstracted ball of energy. Bankhead’s work was recently featured in a solo booth at NADA Art Fair in Miami. He has had solo shows at Andreas Binder Gallery in Munich\, Circus Gallery and Emma Gray HQ in Los Angeles. Bankhead lives and works in Los Angeles.

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KATARINA BURIN combines screen-printing with p ainting and drawing techniques\, in this case\, to re-contextualize images from matchbook covers focusing on an international selection of odd Moderni st structures and designs. Promotional gifts from hotels and restaurants re -presented as a visual essay on leisure\, commerce\, advertising and painti ng. Burin lives and works in Berlin. She has held solo and group exhibition s in such venues as Andreas Grimm\, NY/ Munich\; Galerie Lucile Corty\, Par is\; China Art Objects\, LA\; Participant Inc.\, NY\; Galerie Max Hetzler\, Berlin\; White Columns\, NY.

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FRITZ CHESNUT is well known fo r a dynamic series of photo-realist paintings of crowd scenes and performer s that deal with fandom and idol worship. Chesnut’s move to abstract painti ng\, though formally opposed to his previous work\, similarly mines ideas o f the transcendent and the sublime. Chesnut has had solo shows at Bellwethe r in NYC\, and Country Club in Los Angeles and Cincinnati. His work has als o exhibited White Columns\, The Bronx Museum of the Arts\, ARENA Gallery\, the Dumbo Arts Center\, in Buffalo at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center\, in Milan\, Italy at Marella Arte Contemporanea. Chesnut lives and works in Los Angeles.

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JACOB DYRENFORTH produces labor-intensive drawi ngs depicting celebrity-obsessed stalkers and self-destructive rock stars – exploring the dark side of fame and the morbid curiosity brought on by tra gedy. The works in this exhibition offer up a slanted perspective on the co nstructed identities and harsh realities of the music world. Dyrenforth's s olo exhibitions include presentation at Renwick\, NY\; Sandroni Rey\, Los A ngeles\; Wallspace\, NY\; 31 Grand Gallery\, NY. Dyrenforth lives and works in Brooklyn\, NY.

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FREEMAN AND LOWE have made a name for the mselves making immersive hallucinogenic installations. Their shifting forms and distorted aesthetic jar the viewer’s concept of space and reality. The y often employ narrative to their projects to transcend the viewer’s expect ations of an everyday world. Recent major installations include Bright Whit e Underground at Country Club\, LA\; Black Acid Coop\, Deitch Projects\, NY C\; Hello Meth Lab In The Sun\, Ballroom Marfa\; Hello Meth Lab With A View \, The Station Miami.

DTEND:20110514 DTSTAMP:20140712T133001 DTSTART:20110402 GEO:41.8830194;-87.648947 LOCATION:Andrew Rafacz Gallery\,835 W. Washington \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Abstract Location \, Steven Bankhead\, Katarina Burin\, Fritz Chesn ut\, Jacob Dyrenforth\, Freeman and Lowe\, Ryan McGinness UID:155198 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR