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© Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Thomas Robertello Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery

27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
April 12th, 2013 - June 8th, 2013
Opening: April 12th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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


Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Swing: an exhibition of new work by John Delk. This is the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. The opening reception is Friday April 12, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Swing is an installation of sculpture, photography, and video exploring the ephemeral nature of ecstatic repeating moments and their decay. Themes associated with dematerialization and post-carnal disintegration are combined with celebration, sensuality, and romance. The resulting work traverses a path of many forms and media.

Moon River is a sound sculpture. Snaking its way through the gallery, the wires and speakers saturate the gallery with over two hundred unique renditions of the song Moon River, cacophonously playing in unison.

A series of appropriated porn stills (Untitled, Swing) are abstracted into painterly romantic photographs that reference Fragonard's The Swing and Gèricault's Raft of the Medusa while the subjects float and drown.

The Ball Dropping is a video installation of the New Year's Eve ball dropping in Times Square. Like much of Delk's work, the repetition and excess of a wonderful thing taken to its gluttonous extreme changes form and becomes toxic.

Water is a suspended block of ice gradually melting above a heat source and evaporating. A series of untouchable breaking Trophies are precariously balanced glass objects that will fall, shatter and accumulate new and dangerous forms during the exhibition. Similarly, Stargazers decay throughout the gallery as the flowers' perfume turns to an organic rotting scent.

Newburgh, New York-based artist John Delk received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2001 and has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Chicago. He is the recipient of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.