Inside the Outside explores how nature informs the act of representation in various forms of art including paintings, sculpture, and even trout flies and automobile air fresheners. The exhibition is presented within the context of a fictionalized northwoods cabin, where nature is unmade, remade, and made over: there is a pot-belly stove remodeled in crystal urethane; beside it is a small pile of split logs cast in zinc; nearby is a mounted deer, with antlers covered with knitted, blaze-orange wool. In the middle of all of this is a fly-tying table, as well as an archive of flies: flatwings, haystacks, Wulffs, and the materials used to make them: muskrat fur, pheasant, partridge, wild turkey, and wood duck feathers, deer hair, and an array of hackle. The flies themselves—minuscule, hydrodynamic sculptures whose ultimate utility is proven in their action, as much as their similitude—share with the paintings a tension between figuration and abstraction. Like nature itself, Inside the Outside is a mutable exhibition: the art, and the way it is installed, will change over the course of the exhibition challenging convention and offering alternative modes of engagement within the gallery context. Work that constitutes a reflection on the transformation of nature will accumulate within the space, including work by Stephanie Brooks, Paula Hayes, Breehan James, Todd Norsten, Thomas Rapai, David Schutter, and others. On December 13th and 14th, the noted Maine fly tier Robert Burke will be tying in the gallery.
Joseph Grigely has exhibited extensively in the US and Europe. His work is in collections that include the Tate Modern, London; Kunstmuseum, Bern; the MCA, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent exhibitions include the Centre Pompidou, Metz; CAPC, Bordeaux; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual & Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is represented by Gallery Air de Paris, Paris.
Amy Vogel lives and works in Chicago, where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited with Larissa Goldston, New York; Paul Kotula Projects, Detroit; and Air de Paris, Paris.