Western Exhibitions is pleased to present The Power of Selection, the first in a series of three shows curated by Ryan Travis Christian at the gallery. The show begins on Saturday, January 2 and a public reception, free and open to the public, will follow on Saturday, January 30, from 6 to 9pm. Mr. Christian, who writes for Fecalface.com and selects an Artist of the Day, each and every day, on his Facebook page, organized these shows, the first in January, the second in the summer and the third in December, to increase the circulation of contemporary artwork seen in Chicago by showing works by out of town and/or up-and-coming artists. In this first installment, Christian selected work that takes figuration into strange and bewildering stylizations through the use of drawing, sculpture and video.
Alika Cooper lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and has had solo exhibitions at Mark Wolfe Contemporary (San Francisco), Kim Light/ Lightbox (LA), Hamish Morrison Galerie (Berlin), and Galleria Studio Legale (Rome).
Mike Rea lives and works in Chicago, IL and has shown works at The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, FFDG (San Francisco), Synchronicity (Los Angeles), Morgan Conservatory (Cleveland) and Hyde Park Art Center. In 2009, Rea was a 2009 West Prize recipient.
Allison Schulnik lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and has had solo exhibitions at 1/9 Unosunove (Rome), Mark Moore Gallery (Santa Monica), Mike Weiss (New York), and Rokeby (London). She also makes stunning claymation video works for the band Grizzly Bear.
Marissa Textor lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and has exhibited works at Subliminal Projects (Los Angeles) The Studio (Los Angeles), and New Wight Gallery UCLA (Los Angeles).
Eric Yahnker lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and has exhibited at Ambach and Rice (Seattle), Jack the Pelican (Brooklyn), Polad-Hardoiun (Paris), Space (Portland), and Kim Light/ Lightbox (Los Angeles) and the Torrance Art Museum (CA).
Ryan Travis Christian is an artist, independent curator and the Chicago correspondent to the art and design website Fecalface.com. Recent curatorial projects include West, Wester, Westest at FFDG (San Francisco), SPORTS at Synchronicity (Los Angeles), and Control C, Control V at EbersMoore (Chicago). He lives and works in Chicago.