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We proudly open on June 7 th at 6pm\, our two summer exhibitions:  Conrad Freiburg’s  “Before t he Grave and Constant” and Eric Esper’s “Chicago Calamities\, Catastrophes and Conflagrations” as we celebrate Linda Warren Projects’ 10 year annivers ary in Chicago.  

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While conceptual ar tist Conrad Freiburg continues his ongoing investigation of the “void\,” se eking to explore the many unknowns and invisible forces at play within the realm of consciousness\, his attention\, not surprisingly\, steers to one o f mankind’s greatest concerns and mysteries: mortality. From this terrainsp rings the perfect fodder for Freiburg’s well-known intellect\, imagination\ , craft and his humorous “Rube Goldberg”-like aesthetics.It is the thing th at isn’t there that is always the most interesting for Freiburg\, fueling h is quest to create objects that embrace and recognize the beauty of the her e and now.His works are enriched with both a playfulness and a ridiculousne ss that succeeds in expressing the weighty certainty of mortality\, the sub lime quality of uncertainty\, and everything else beyond materiality\, to e mphasize the notion that art\, like life\, is laden with the unexplainable and that every good story is not logical.

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At the core of Freiburg’s exhibit in Gallery Y\, “Before the Grave and Constant\,” is the experiential\, interactive sculptural installation that joyfully deals with the idiom “kicking the bucket.” Upon entering the gall ery\, one will find that the opening and closing of the front door will act uate a mechanism which literally kicks a bucket filled with little metal ba lls.  These reflective balls go to various places and sculptures around the room where participants can set them in motion\, enabling them to pour int o additional sculptures and buckets\, until eventually they return back to their origin. Each point along the path is like a different ride at an amus ement park beseeching you to experience and enjoy\, acting as metaphor for consciousness with a very clear message:  live life\, love better and appre ciate beauty while you still can.

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Bot h shows\, while obviously in extremely different manners\, address the subj ect of death. They connect our shared humanity and take us on a journey thr ough the past into the present\, instilling in us recognition of life’s fra gility and the need to embrace and savor the moment.  We aim on this evenin g to rejoice in our relationships with each other\, as we also put artwork from all of the gallery artists ondisplay in the office space\, offering a sincere thank you to them and all of our community of supporters and art lo vers for the good years behind us.  We will toast to the here and now\, and share a few additional surprises that evening\,as we look forward to the f uture with great anticipation and hope for further growth and consciousness .

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Conrad Freiburg received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute in 2000.  Since then he has shown his work and performed his music in venue s throughout the United States and abroad\, including a solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2011 as part of his six month Artist-in-Residen cy.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards\, including being named “ Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune in 2007 for his awe-inspiring creation of the Slipping Glimpser.  He has been the recipient of nu merous grants and awards\, including a New York Foundation for the Arts fis cal sponsorship\, as well as a frequent and welcomed resident at Harold Art s’ Artist in Residency program\, where he created this new body of work as well as the work in a concurrentlyrunning show curated by Shannon Stratton at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications\, including Art Ltd\, Artforum\, Artnews\, Time Out\, New City \, Bad at Sports\, Chicago Public Radio and the Chicago Tribune.  This mark s his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

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