Jessica Labatte, the 100th artist to participate in the UBS 12 x 12 series, explores the color and shape of everyday objects and materials to create an installation that combines the traditions of collage and still life with the illusionistic tendencies of photography. For her UBS 12 x 12 exhibition, Labatte employs elaborate compositional strategies and the careful juxtaposition of found paper objects, to create sophisticated images with a confusing sense of spatial depth. She manipulates the picture plane using a large format camera to emphasize a deceptively flattened space. On first look, her three-dimensional arrangements often appear two-dimensional. However, she deliberately leaves clues (often in the form of small shadows) to remind viewers that these are photographs of objects. Her large-scale work The Brightness forms the centerpiece of her installation that showcases paper detritus found in her studio, which is then meticulously arranged to explore ideas of color theory. She discusses her work in a public conversation on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 6 pm.
Labatte’s exhibition opens at First Fridays on December 3, with the theme of “Holidaze.” Guests can enjoy many festive activities including: music from DJ Duke Shin and Nate Manic; hand dips and mini manicures for men from Halo men’s salon; artist interactions with Trevor Stone and Team Holiday Love; dessert sampling from Francesca’s on Chestnut; and a scavenger hunt through the galleries. The first 200 guests receive gifts bags with goodies from Links of London, Andy’s frozen custard, Yogahouse, Francesca’s on Chestnut, Halo Men’s Salon and more. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Pucks Café are available, as well as beverages for purchase. Tickets are $18 at the door and advance tickets are $13 and available through the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or www.mcachicago.org. Doors are open from 6-10 pm. A cash bar is open until 9:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.