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Western Exhibition s is pleased to present Underwater Highway\, an exhibition of phot ographic works by Jessica Labatte that continues her inves tigations in photographic illusion\, while respecting the material processe s of photography. Labatte&rsquo\;s most recent body of work addresses and e mploys light and color as a model for space and time\; the barely visible\, such as dust particles\; minerals as pigments\; and digital or antique pho tographic processes. The show opens with a free public reception on Friday\, March 13 from 5 to 8pm and will run through April 25. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday\, 11am to 6pm.

For "Figural Concretions\," a series of black and white photographs that sit upon pedestals in the gallery with large frames leanin g against the wall\, Labatte photographs rocks gathered from Bradenton Beac h in Florida\, identified by the proprietor of a seashell shop as remnants of an &ldquo\;Underwater Highway&rdquo\; that traverses the Gulf of Mexico. Although no evidence of such a roadway exists\, the fragments of this fict ional road speak to the hidden and undiscovered potential within our world& ndash\; a magical potential found buried beneath the waves. The negatives o f these images were left unexposed in the artist&rsquo\;s studio for four m onths\, accumulating tiny hairs and dust.

Labatte again embra ces dust\, the natural enemy of the photographer\, in her series\, "Spottin g". In the analog darkroom\, the space between the enlarger and the photogr aphic paper hides all but the largest particles of dust. If a photographer is not meticulous about removing dust from all photographic apparatuses\, t hey have to spend time &ldquo\;spotting&rdquo\; their final prints to preve nt surface imperfections in the final print. &ldquo\;Spotting&rdquo\; fills in the dust spots with ink that will match the surrounding surface. Ironic ally\, the high resolution scans that make large format inkjet printing pos sible illuminate every particle of dust that graces the surface of the film \, even specks beyond the photographer&rsquo\;s vision\; it can take hours to remove dust from a very large file. &ldquo\;Spotting&rdquo\; is work tra ditionally done by assistants as it is considered to be mindless labor. Con temporary digital technology offers a specific tool\, the clone stamp\, whi ch has made &ldquo\;spotting&rdquo\; an incredibly quick and simple process . To honor the labor of the assistant in the retouching process\, Labatte h as left the &ldquo\;spotting&rdquo\; layer in Photoshop visible in the fina l print. This labor is not mindless\, but reveals the individual decisions each assistant makes regarding brush size\, gesture and what should be remo ved. The resulting marks acknowledge the virtual cutting away of the image\ , revealing a perfect simultaneous contrast of color and tone to the backgr ound layer.

In Labatte&rsquo\;s "Pond Weeds" series\, Labatte has cut shapes from color photographic backdrop paper that resemble botanic al elements. Using a multiple exposure process\, the sculptural paper is sh ot several times in the studio with different arrangements layering two and three exposures on top of each other on a single sheet of film. The reflec ted light from the paper mixes directly on the film\, creating new colors u nseen by the photographer\, allowing past and present to mix\, creating a n ew colored space. The ethereal plant forms float between foreground and bac kground\, giving the illusion of floating underneath water.

C arbon printing is a historical photographic printing process developed in t he 1880s. This antique process uses gelatin as a binder for pigment\, which is sensitized to light. Originally black carbon from ashes was used to cre ate luscious photographic prints. Working with the Geology department at No rthern Illinois University\, Labatte pulverized minerals (turquoise\, lapis \, and malachite) in a machine called a &ldquo\;shatter box.&rdquo\; Once p ulverized to dust the minerals are used to pigment gelatin emulsions\, whic h are used as the foundation for a new photographic series.

T his is Jessica Labatte&rsquo\;s first show with Western Exhibitions and her first solo show in Chicago since her UBS 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Other solo shows include Golden in both New York City and Chicago and the Humble Arts Foundation in NYC. Group shows include Museum of Fine Arts\, St. Petersburg\, FL\; Elmhu rst Art Museum\, Elmhurst\, IL\; and Horton Gallery in New York City. She r ecently completed a residency at Light Work\, Syracuse\, NY and her work ha s been written about in The New Yorker\, artforum.com\, Art F City and Chicago Magazine. Jessica Lab atte (b. 1981\, Salt Lake City\, UT) lives and works in Chicago\, IL. She r eceived an MFA and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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 \;  \;  \ ;THE SUB-MISSION is pleased to present Kal Pani\, a site-specific installation by Maya Mackrandilal. Describing her artistic practice as tran s-disciplinary &ndash\; incorporating several media including drawing\, dig ital imagery\, text\, performance\, video and installation &ndash\; Mackran dilal creates incomplete narratives that retell history. In her solo projec t in THE SUB-MISSION\, Mackrandilal constructs a meditative space influence d by time she spent in Guyana\, her family&rsquo\;s native country\, on an Odyssey Travel Grant in 2011. \; An opening reception will be held Frid ay\, March 13 from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition continues through Saturday\, Ap ril 25\, 2015.

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 \;  \;  \;Kal Pani features a video projection of footage gathered from various locations in G uyana near the Mahaicony River\, a main avenue for transportation that flow s through land owned by Mackrandilal&rsquo\;s family. Recordings of spoken passages that address historical\, political and cultural issues accompany the projection. \; Sourced from text written by the artist over the pas t several years\, the spoken passages explore fractures in her family histo ry caused by migration. \; The installation also features a clay floor painting that wears away and drifts as viewers move through the space.

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 \;  \;  \; They called the sea kal pani\, b lack water. To cross it was a rupture\, a separation from the land\, from c ulture\, from caste\, to be forever outside\, forever a nomad. This was the journey of my ancestors\, as slaves and indentured laborers\, from India a nd China and Africa. Even as farmers\, intimately connected to the land\, t heir descendants&rsquo\; feet would wander.

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- M aya Mackrandilal

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Maya Mackrandilal received her BFA from the University of Virgini a and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has recently been exhibited at Smack Mellon in New York\, Heaven Gallery in Ch icago and Ruffin Hall Gallery at the University of Virginia. She was an art ist in residence at HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014 . Mackrandilal lives and works in Chicago.

DTEND:20150425 DTSTAMP:20150303T031852 DTSTART:20150313 GEO:41.8960393;-87.6636428 LOCATION:THE MISSION\,1431 W. Chicago Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Kal Pani\, Maya Mackrandilal UID:375534 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150313T200000 DTSTAMP:20150303T031852 DTSTART:20150313T180000 GEO:41.8960393;-87.6636428 LOCATION:THE MISSION\,1431 W. Chicago Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60642 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Kal Pani\, Maya Mackrandilal UID:375535 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

THE MISSION is pleased to present Mental Land scape\, an exhibition of recent graphite drawings by Argentine artist Mariana Sissia. In her second solo exhibition at THE MISSION\, Sissia prese nts a series of landscape drawings on rice paper. Mental Landscape features large-scale\, scroll-like drawings\, as well as a 65-foot drawing installation that drapes over iron bars throughout the gallery. An opening reception will be held on Friday\, March 13 from 6 to 8pm. The show contin ues through Saturday\, April 25\, 2015.

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Mariana Sissia&r squo\;s delicate drawings begin as layers of &ldquo\;frottage\,&rdquo\; a t echnique developed by German surrealist artist Max Ernst in 1925 where grap hite is rubbed onto paper placed on textured surfaces. She uses varying mat erials &ndash\; cement floors\, walls and stones &ndash\; to build layers o f graphite rubbings that she further refines by hand. The materials Sissia sources in her drawings transform into complex graphite renderings that are products of the artist&rsquo\;s own cognition. Through thought\, experienc e\, and sensation\, she produces ethereal compositions without reference to geographic features that landscape often suggests.

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[In this series]\, we find\, not a place nor even a point\, but a conceptio n in the mind. Sissia calls this series of work Mental Landscape\, where th e artist traces an order that one cannot quickly grasp\, the order of emoti ons and sensations\, something similar to the feeling of your own skin\, yo ur hair or your body. Sissia&rsquo\;s drawings are not a &ldquo\;thing\,&rd quo\; but a layer of a thing that proposes an order that can be contained i n paper. Their space is both physical and abstract &ndash\; concerning mate rials and matter\, and escaping precisely being a thing.

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- Ionit Behar

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An exhibition brochure feat uring an essay by Ionit Behar\, curatorial assistant at Gallery 400\, will accompany the show.

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Vertical Gallery is proud to present presents Heroes &am p\; Villains\, a group show with an international roster of artists sh aring their unique interpretation of comic characters. The exhibition is Ma rch 7 - 28\, 2015\, and allows each artist to show several original works o n paper\, canvas\, and found materials. The opening reception is Saturday\, March 7\, 6-10pm

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The show will feature new work from: Chris Cunnin gham (Dublin\, IE)\, Cept (London\, GB)\, Steve Seeley (Chicago\, US)\, Par lee (London\, GB)\, Gré\;goire "Lé\;on" GUILLEMIN (Paris\, FR)\ , Adam Lister (New York\, US)\, Cieu (Paris\, FR)\, Greg Gossel (Minneapoli s\, US)\, E LEE (Chicago\, US)\, Brad Novak (Auckland\, NZ)\, and The Thoma s Brothers (Bristol\, GB).

DTEND:20150328 DTSTAMP:20150303T031852 DTSTART:20150307 GEO:41.8998836;-87.6873403 LOCATION:Vertical Gallery\,1016 N Western Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Heroes & Villains Group Show\, Chris Cunningham\, Cept\, Steve Seel ey\, Parlee ERZ\, Grégoire Guillemin\, Adam Lister\, Cieu\, Greg Gossel\, E . LEE\, Brad Novak\, The Thomas Brothers UID:375161 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150307T220000 DTSTAMP:20150303T031852 DTSTART:20150307T180000 GEO:41.8998836;-87.6873403 LOCATION:Vertical Gallery\,1016 N Western Ave. \nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Heroes & Villains Group Show\, The Thomas Brothers\, Cept\, Cieu\, Chris Cunningham\, Parlee ERZ\, Greg Gossel\, Grégoire Guillemin\, E. LEE\, Adam Lister\, Brad Novak\, Steve Seeley UID:375162 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR