devening projects + editions is pleased to announce the opening of our first exhibitions of the fall 2011 season. In the main gallery, Volker Saul presents new laser-cut and painted, aluminum wall pieces; in the off space, Timothy Bergstrom shows a new body of material- and process-based painting. Please join the artists at the opening reception on Sunday, August 28 from 4 - 7 pm.
In the off space, Timothy Bergstrom offers his most recent paintings. These Glounds -- a curious combination of glue and sound -- begin with invented language and quickly move to pure material and process. The words act as both a structure and foil for this young Chicago artist who’s been experimenting material formulas to achieve the amazing results found in this new work. His desire is to actualize the phonetic or aural effects of text and he does so through the physicality of gesture and demarcation. As the paintings progress, the words become buried under the layers of glue, paint, floss and wire that eventually build to a dense topographical terrain. The paintings have a strong connection to 20th Century process-based abstraction found in artists like Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Günther Uecker and Lee Bontecou. But Timothy’s paintings are much more exuberant; evidence of his energy, passion and love of material and gesture is found everywhere on the surfaces of these new canvases.
Timothy Bergstrom received his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and was the recipient of the Carrie Ellen Tuttle Fellowship. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His recent projects include exhibitions at Monya Rowe Gallery in New York; The Suburban in Oak Park, IL; FFDG in San Francisco; and Hungryman Gallery in Chicago. He lives and works in Chicago.