Floating World

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Floating World

3039 West Carroll
Chicago, IL 60612
September 7th, 2008 - October 8th, 2008
Opening: September 7th, 2008 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Sat 12-6; by appointment


devening projects + editions is very pleased to present Jin Lee's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Floating World brings together work from two recent projects "Small Mountains" and "Lake Effect", a series of photographs that evoke a deep sense of time that extends far beyond the present.   Made in areas around Lake Michigan during winter seasons, the work examines various effects of the presence of a large body of water, from the gray clouds that cover the sky to the piles of salt gathered to combat lake effect snow.

Taking its title from the17th century Japanese Buddhist term for the ephemeral pleasures of the world, as well as the geological condition of the earth as a dynamic moving body with its crust floating, the exhibition will feature photographs of natural materials and conditions that are in constant state of transformation: waves on the lake, winter trees, and stark otherworldly landscapes formed by snow, sand, and salt.

Whereas Lee's previous body of work, the "Prairie" series, centered on seasonal time, the new photographs of primordial waves and transitory mountains explore the outer limits of time by referencing slow and continuous formations of earth's body over an immense quantity of time.   The work is also a study of fleeting transient beauty, of the ever-changing light, atmosphere and textures of the water, sky and the land, which exist in a state of perpetual becoming. 

Lee's photographs have been shown at the Queens Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Gwangu Biennale in Korea, and the Sioux City Art Center in Iowa.  Her photographs are included in the permanent collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Madison Art Center, and Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.  She has received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in photography in 2005, and is currently a Professor of Art at Illinois State University. 

Showing in Off Space this month is Aline Cautis, a Chicago-based artist whose focus on water-based painting and works on paper delivers work that describes the transparency and presentness of communication through the intuitive language of gesture, mark making and abstract forms. This will be Aline's first project with devening project + editions.

The opening reception is on Sunday, September 7th from 4-7pm. For more information or directions contact Dan Devening at or call  312-420-4720 .