Seeing Things

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Lookin' Out My Back Door, 2012 Ballpoint Pen On Paper 42 X 57 © Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
The Illusion of Order , 2012 Ballpoint Pen On Paper 20 X 20 © Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
Seeing Things

27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
November 9th, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
Opening: November 9th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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


Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Seeing Things: an exhibition of recent drawings by Chicago-based artist Mike Nudelman, November 9 through December 22, 2012. There will be an opening reception Friday November 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Nudelman's meticulous ballpoint pen drawings take Earth and outer space landscapes as a starting point, filtering sources through various historical ways of viewing: painting, stereoscopy, telescopic photography, and screen-based media found on the Internet. Each work is built up with thin layers of diagonally drawn iridescent marks. The artist's hand scans the surface of the paper from the lower left corner to the top right leaving thousands of marks the size of small hairs, gradually building an image.

Among Nudelman's sources for the images in this exhibition are reproductions of pictures by Hudson River School painters Frederick Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt, former-astronauts-turned-artists Alan Bean and Alexei Leonov, and NASA photographers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Some images are cobbled together using a combination of these sources depicting seemingly unbelievable, serendipitous phenomena. The images often appear closer to movie stills, simulations, or dreamscapes, than anything naturally occurring.  These supernatural images exist primarily on the virtual plane where time and space are malleable constructs and the sublime is more a feat of engineering than happenstance. 

Mike Nudelman (b. 1985, Smithtown, New York) currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2009 and a BFA in Printmaking from Cornell University in 2007. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery.