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Ellen Hartwell Alderman

20130503105502-2_kupferdistanz_2013_55_x_70 Domestica Dentata: A Tyranny of Details   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Daniel Bauer at Alderman Exhibitions April 27th, 2013 - July 20th, 2013
Posted 5/3/13

Daniel Bauer’s photographs are hard to write about. His images are not easily encapsulated by description. I can more easily relate the experience of viewing them, which is slow and contemplative, or, in Michael Fried’s terminology, absorptive. These are self-contained worlds wholly manifest in every moment, in every detail, yet they also take time––the duration of exposure and the duration of viewing. I could say Bauer employs a modernist sensibility, in the sense that he explores and exploits... [more]

20120417181303-elegy_with_handles Tim Nickodemus: Megatheria   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tim Nickodemus at Alderman Exhibitions March 24th, 2012 - April 23rd, 2012
Posted 4/17/12

Tim Nickodemus' exhibition at Alderman Exhibitions, titled Megatheria, has put me in a bind. I enjoyed the show despite itself. This is perhaps the ultimate admission of arbitrary criticality, but run with me: I want to write about it (and here I am) not because any of the paintings held particular resonance as great art objects, but rather because of how they engaged my attention as a viewer. A standard move in art is to elevate a common observation to the level of high consideration, framing this s... [more]

20120306002738-nocturnal Meditation on a Fuse   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Daniel Bauer, Matias Cuevas, 
Joel Dean, Michael Hunter, Irena Knezevic, Raquel Ladensack at Alderman Exhibitions February 24th, 2012 - March 18th, 2012
Posted 3/5/12

As I walked up the stairs into the darkened gallery of Alderman Exhibitions’ new loft space in an old warehouse on Randolph Street, I heard a long hissss and looked up to see a fuse burning in a shaky frame.  I had walked in on the screening of Long Fuse, 2012, by Robert Chase Heishman and Brendan Meara. I perched on the top step and watched the fuse burn over snow, ice, grass, wood, concrete and soil. When was the bam, or kaboom, or, my favorite, kablooey!? When will there be resolution to thi... [more]

20120228193212-treecut Flavorpill - Alderman Exhibitions: Reopening Celebration by Abraham Ritchie  
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Daniel Bauer, Matias Cuevas, 
Joel Dean, Michael Hunter, Irena Knezevic, Raquel Ladensack at Alderman Exhibitions February 24th, 2012 - March 18th, 2012
Posted 2/28/12

Alderman Exhibitions is one of Chicago's favorite galleries and one of the city's most innovative. Recently Alderman relocated and renovated their new digs into a clean, sophisticated gallery space where they are presenting an exhibition of the artists they represent. Daniel Bauer's two photographs of a dust-laden tree and modern architecture are quiet standouts that draw the viewer in with their enigmatic questions. The opening of the new space featured Robert Chase Heishman and Brendan Meara's featu... [more]

20120207214028-robert_heishman-brendan_meara_long_fuse_still Time Out Chicago  
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Matias Cuevas, 
Joel Dean, Robert Chase Heishman, Michael Hunter, Irena Knezevic, Raquel Ladensack, Brendan Meara at Alderman Exhibitions February 24th, 2012 - February 24th, 2012
Posted 2/7/12

Time Out Chicago profiles Alderman Exhibitions, Hinge Gallery and the Mission Three new Chicago galleries promote local artists and more.  By Lauren Weinberg We should pour out a PBR for the West Loop’s late, lamented gallery-bookshop Golden Age, which closed in November. Yet 2011 was the first year since the recession that Chicago didn’t hemorrhage exhibition spaces. Moreover, the city gained some venues that are notable for their generous visions of what a commercial gallery can... [more]

20111031142232-matias_cuevas_02 Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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MATIAS at Alderman Exhibitions November 4th, 2011 - December 23rd, 2011
Posted 12/19/11

Editor's Note: As signaled by the first word in this essay, what follows is a creative exercise by the author, artist and critic Steve Ruiz. As the author says about the following work, "It's a story about the objects. I think the work [by Matias] suggested narrative."     1. Imagine a young Matias Cuevas at home, sitting cross-legged on the carpet, an iron to his left, a glass of Kool-Aid to his right. There is a painting in his head, and it’s beautiful, but there are rules about carpets a... [more]

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