Lookin' Out My Back Door

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Heaven & Hell, 2011 Ballpoint Pen On Paper 11 X 14 © Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
Lookin' Out My Back Door

27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
March 16th, 2012 - April 29th, 2012
Opening: March 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Summer Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 12-6; All other times by appointment
works on paper


Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Lookin’ Out My Back Door: an exhibition of recent drawings by Chicago-based artist Michael Nudelman. The exhibition opens with a public reception Friday March 16, 6:00 - 8:00PM and continues through April 28, 2012.

Nudelman’s work develops out of an ardently optimistic response to technological advancement and a casually philosophical conviction that reality is a multilayered, intangible illusion. Using ballpoint pen, Nudelman repetitively scans his hand over the surface of the paper building up thin layers of diagonal, feathery, slightly iridescent marks. This disciplined meditative process amplifies the disconnect between the physicality of the paper's marked surface and the illusionistic image that the marks create. Much like pixels on a screen, these ballpoint strokes create a veil through which the image can be seen. Source materials for these images are taken largely from reproductions of iconic paintings and photographs.

The three drawings in the show are derived from original imagery: paintings by former astronaut Alan Bean, former cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, a painting by Wyland, and a photograph from an Apollo 8 mission.

Born in 1985 in Smithtown, New York, Michael Nudelman received a BFA in printmaking from Cornell University in 2007, and an MFA in Painting/Drawing from the School of the Art Institute in 2009. He has exhibited work in group exhibitions in Chicago at numerous venues including the Union League, Sullivan Galleries, Devening Projects, Julius Caesar, and Zrobili. He will have a solo exhibition in the gallery’s main space in the fall of 2012.