Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to announce Case-By-Case Basis, featuring the print and mixed media work of Diana Behl, Alex Chitty, Regan Golden-McNerney, Joe Hardesty, Noah Hyleck, Jeremy Lundquist, Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson, and the collaborative work of Ryan McMurran and Shira Soskel.
The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, March 6 from 6-10pm. An additional artistsÕ reception will take place on Friday, March 27 from 9 to 11pm, coinciding with the Southern Graphics CouncilÕs Conference, hosted by Columbia College with events throughout Chicago (for more information visit www.colum.edu/sgc).
The work gathered for Case-By-Case Basis will address instances where the relationship between an individual and an institution are in flux. The collaborative work of Ryan McMurran and Shira Soskel explores the very action of representing the complexity of contemporary society. Their work is based in a systematic, non-hierarchical theory that by design seeks to be inclusive of multiple cultures and traditions. This search for understanding is taken into the realm of science by Alex Chitty, who refers to herself as both an artist and biologist. Her recent prints appropriate old illustrations in print of fauna but leave out the representation of the main subject, the animals. In addition a new title is given pushing the work back into scientific-like attempts to collect, preserve, document and decipher the world.
Diana BehlÕs acts of documentation question our quotidian relationship to the world around us. The works delve into how emotions are at play with verification while the question of emotion in Regan Golden-McNerneyÕs work places us on the edge or right in the middle of an abyss of perception. Cut paper and carefully articulated patterns beg for an understanding of our History and of the places we inhabit. Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson brings the concept of place and home to the forefront, questioning the very constructions that our society builds upon. Landscapes, maps, and text are brought together by Thomson to elucidate our response to where we are.
Noah Hyleck explores who we are to each other. Small, careful considerations of the interactions between people are found in his drawn, collaged and printed works. These examinations of specific connections between individuals can provide insight into the act of communication in society Ð what is normal and what is awkward? Joe Hardesty brings the connection between individuals squarely to the artist/viewer relationship. Drawn text describes representation in his work as the viewer is left to fill in even more specifics. The work of Jeremy Lundquist also gives the viewer a challenge to fill in what is missing. In these works, information is truncated, re-routed and composed with bare intention. The consideration of facts and lies are laid out in a progression that questions the very construction of meaning, knowledge, and history in our society.
The collected works of these artists will test how consideration of the individual on a case-by-case basis in todayÕs society can improve and impede our lives. Diana Behl lives and works in Brookings, SD. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2005. Selected exhibitions include: Sioux City Art Center, Lux Center for the Arts (Lincoln, NE), Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis) and the International Print Center New York.
Alex Chitty lives and works in Chicago, IL. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Selected exhibitions include: ATC Gallery (Chicago,), Zhou B Art Center (Chicago), RIDER Project (Chicago), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, OR), and The Horticultural Society of New York. For more information visit www.alexchitty.com.
Regan Golden-McNerney lives and works in St. Paul, MN and Chicago, IL. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin Ð Milwaukee in 2006. Selected exhibitions include: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Cue Art Foundation Gallery (New York), Gallery 400 (University of Illinois at Chicago), Brooks Barrow Gallery (Milwaukee), and the WalkerÕs Point Center for the Arts (Milwaukee). For more information visit www.drawnlots.com/regan.
Joe Hardesty lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Chicago, IL. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Selected exhibitions include: Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Devening Projects (Chicago), Galerie Lifebomb (Berlin), and The Soap Factory (Minneapolis). For more information visit www.joehardesty.com.
Noah Hyleck lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Ohio University in 2002. Selected exhibitions include: Hjemkomst Cultural Center (Moorhead, MN), Makeready Press (Montclair, NJ), Fleckenstein Gallery (Towson, MD), Nash Gallery (University of Minnesota), Lancaster Museum of Art (PA), and the Ostrobothnian Museum (Vaasa, Finland)
Jeremy Lundquist lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received his MFA from Ohio University in 2003. Selected exhibitions include: Gallery 2 (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), WalkerÕs Point Center for the Arts (Milwaukee), 400 Gallery (University of Illinois at Chicago), Nash Gallery (University of Minnesota) and the Chicago Cultural Center. For more information visit www.drawnlots.com/jeremy.
Amanda Repo Taiwo Thomson lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Selected exhibitions include: Western Exhibitions (Chicago), OÕConnor Art Gallery (Dominican University, River Forest, IL), For more information visit www.passingplace.com.
Ryan McMurran and Shira Soskel received their BFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Selected exhibitions include: Gallery X (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Galerie Lifebomb (Berlin), and the Moser Gallery (University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL). For more information visit www.mcmurran-soskel.com.