The "Subject/Object" Exhibition of Bob Fields' and Sarah Kaiser's work opens at Avram Eisen Gallery on June 10th, 2011 and runs from 6 to 9 PM.
Avram Eisen Gallery
5204 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631
The "Subject/Object" Exhibition of Bob Fields' and Sarah Kaiser's workaddresses the ubiquitous debate between non-objective and realistic
Fields' embossed prints explore materials: what happens when one researches how diverse materials behave when run through a press? In the spirit of the Minimalist movement, the "subject" of Fields' work is his exploration materials he has used in compositions (at their face value). Fields' career as an industrial designer involved the planning and production of displays for retail stores, as well as creating commercial interior spaces.
Thus, his lifetime of experimentation with diverse media has led him to his "Subject," which is a non-objective usage of materials that is so pure that he doesn't use any form of inks or pigments.
In contrast. Kaiser's work oscillates between the realm of realism and abstraction. She concentrates on metaphorical subject matter: birds, a doll's dress, a trophy, a coffee perculator. In terms of subject matter, she focuses on the inherent meanings the objects convey. The doll dress stands for innocence and loss, while birds are a spiritual symbol of the divine. Kaiser's contemplative arrangements deal not only with metaphorical content, but also a sensitive rendering of surfaces, balance and design elements.
Thus, this exhibition is intended to challenge the concept of "Subject" and "Object." Fields' subject is his research and exploration of pure materials in their most essential, minimal form. In contrast, Kaiser explores the inherent meaning of everyday objects through her more traditional, naturalistic approach.
Robert Fields has organized group shows, locally, over the past 4 years, and periodically conducted drawing classes with adults in the community. As woodshop instructor with kids (7-14), for the Chicago Park District the past 3 years ... he oversees the construction of bird houses, tool totes, and treasure boxes... with lots of glue, sanding and fun. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited locally, and commissioned for installation from Florida to Fairbanks, and places in between.
Sarah Kaiser is in her fifth year of teaching at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. As an instructor, she conducts courses in Anatomy and the Fundamentals of Design. She holds an MA (2006) and an MFA (2003) from the University of Chicago, and a BFA from Colorado State University. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US.