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Exploding Faces, [Confining Spaces]

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Mixed Media; Textiles
Exploding Faces, [Confining Spaces]

222 N. Desplaines Street
Under the "L", on Desplaines St., at Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661
February 12th, 2011 - March 15th, 2011
Opening: February 12th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.robertbillscontemporary.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
West Loop/West Town
EMAIL:  
bob@robertbillscontemporary.com
PHONE:  
312.234.9091
OPEN HOURS:  
Thursday and Friday, 11 AM-5PM; Saturday, Noon-5PM
TAGS:  
mixed-media, conceptual, pop, abstract, figurative

DESCRIPTION

Robert Bills Contemporary’s group exhibition, Exploding Faces, Confining Spaces, presents three artists whose violence and energy break the constraints of historical connotation and exceeds the confined space of their marginalized media. Nathan Vernau’s tormenting psychological narratives become entertainment for the viewer, showcased in shallow, comic-book-like and theatrical environments. The simple playfulness associated with the spaces and color themes inverts itself to become another mocking voice that tortures the multiple figurations of the artist that participate in acting out emotional turmoil. Steven Frost appropriates the combination of violence and theatricality that defines professional wrestling and boxing using the rhetoric of craft and textile. The exploding faces of the male figures, the symbolic location of their fictional and socially loaded identities, dissolve into entropic clouds shaped so as to embody the violence of their abstraction. Tiphanie Spencer’s employment of the antiquated arabesque aesthetic melds dainty decoration, abstracted figures and narratives into a single web of linear connectivity that seems to dismantle what was previously an entire environment into its component parts, yet whose forms and branches remain hopelessly
entangled.