I Surrender

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© Cortesy of Devening Projects + Editions
I Surrender

3039 West Carroll
Chicago, IL 60612
March 11th, 2012 - April 14th, 2012

West Loop/West Town
Sat 12-6; by appointment
hand-blown glass, works on paper, photography, sculpture


Please join us for the opening of I Surrender, an exhibition celebrating the 5-year anniversary of devening projects + editions.

In February 2007, we opened to the public with Preview, a selection of works by Rodney Carswell, Susanne Doremus, Joe Hardesty, Jin Lee, Adam Pendleton, Zak Prekop and other artists scheduled to appear in future exhibitions. It anticipated the direction of the gallery and established the complex blend of form and concept that continues to define the gallery's position today. We have presented more than a hundred noteworthy international artists in roughly 40 exhibitions. Working with artists who continue to bring tough and spirited work to the program is just one of our objectives going forward.

I Surrender again hints at the gallery's future. New work by Albrecht Fuchs, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder), b. wurtz, Lucas Blalock, Nathaniel Robinson, Julia Hechtman, Rosalyn Schwartz, Heiner Blumenthal, Gerd Borkelmann, Melissa Pokorny, Scott Wolniak, Dagmar Varady, Tom Meacham, Peter Otto, Cora Cohen, Gary Stephan and others points to the many ways in which the communication of information, form and conceptual structures is active today.

DAS INSTITUT's self-referentiality and focus on collaborative, site-specific actions negotiate terrain somewhere between social and cultural political discourse. In Alphabet Soup, Nathaniel Robinson's enigmatic reflection on language plays on our ability--or inability--to access and understand information distribution systems. b. wurtz's very modest sculptures have the poetic means to convey the emotional weight of something much more physically substantive; his work moves with the slightest of gestures. Lucas Blalock is a young artist whose photographic work offers strange temporal lags reminiscent of product photos or snap shots from the 1940s or 1950s. Julia Hechtman's hand-blown, glass worry stones elicit an immediate aesthetic and physical sensation; they're meant to be held, touched and used. Gary Stephan's recent works on paper show an artist working in his prime with images and spatial constructions as tough and immediate as his earlier work. Scott Wolniak offers Flag, a piece that could easily function as the index for the entire exhibition. Flag is an object of struggle; the dejected subject of the imposition of the artist's will. Torqued, beaten, forced into submission, this sculpture has neither won the battle nor conceded to its creator. It acts as a sign for the creative act and offers insight into many of the works presented in I Surrender.

In addition to the exhibitions we've produced, the publication and presentation of cutting-edge artist's editions and multiples continues to be a mechanism for the gallery to show what's happening in art today. In I Surrender, we'll be showing new editions by various publishers with work by Albrecht Fuchs with DAS INSTITUT, R.H. Quaytman, Thomas Struth, Mike Kelley, David Lieske, Richard Hawkins, Lothar Hempel and several others.