William Conger: New Paintings
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery is proud to present two concurrent solo exhibitions by noteworthy Chicago-based artists, Vera Klement and William Conger, the newest addition to our roster.
“New Paintings,” William Conger’s inaugural exhibition at Zolla/Lieberman, features oil paintings on canvas or wood, all created within the past year. Conger continues his lifelong investigation of formal non-representational abstraction nuanced by the suggestion of illusionism to evoke an ambiguous welter of private and cultural memories, allusions, feelings, places and events.
“I want viewers to confront my paintings as visual metaphors of their own experiences and imaginative creativity, just as I do. Further, we can also pretend that painting, as an art, has its own experiences, feelings, and history. With that in mind, I would like viewers to imagine their own sensibilities being merged with art. We can pretend that shapes and colors have their art-historical biographies which we can adopt as our own surrogates, too.” – William Conger
William Conger (b. 1937, Dixon, IL) work has been displayed widely in significant venues including recent solo exhibitions at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL, the Union League of Chicago, Chicago, IL, and the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL. His work is in numerous permanent collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL; the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; and is included in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, Washington, DC; and Northwestern University Library Archives, Evanston, IL.