Pictures of Nothing

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© the artist, image courtesy of Lloyd Dobler
Pictures of Nothing

1545 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60642
November 21st, 2008 - January 3rd, 2009
Opening: July 27th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Saturday: 12-5pm


Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to announce Pictures of Nothing. This exhibit surveys the work of You-Ni Chae, Neil Infalvi, John Opera, Michael Anthony Simon, and Philip Vanderhyden. Five artists working within current yet historical dialogues of abstraction. Whether it is Michael Anthony Simon's affinity to phenomenology or You-Ni Chae's unruly paint handling, each artist demonstrates that pictures of nothing continue to have currency in a time when what is considered art is at its most expansive.

In his book "Pictures of Nothing Abstract Art Since Pollock", Kirk Varnedoe addresses the various permutations of abstraction within the twentieth century. From the outset of his project, Varnedoe's argument indicates that "abstraction" is pluralistic and thus cannot be reduced to any single historical trajectory or correct reading. Moreover, it is a history composed of often conflicting ideologies. That such disparate ideas and approaches to abstraction often yield similar or even identical artistic output makes today's abstract disciplines confounding yet relevant as ever.

You-Ni Chae lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Selected group shows include the 2008 Milwaukee International Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI; Lucky 13, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Bauhaus Art Show, Guertin's Graphics, Chicago; and The Nature of Disturbance, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago.

Neil Infalvi lives and works in New York, NY. He received his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Selected exhibitions include Rotations (One Work): Heather Guertin, Neil Infalvi, Zak Prekop, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago; Ghost Art Is a Lie: Heather Guertin, Neil Infalvi, Zak Prekop, Gallery X, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

John Opera received his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Selected exhibitions include Can I Get A Witness, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago; John Opera and Amir Zaki, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Summer Group Show, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago; and Zoar and Other Works, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago. Opera participated in the Lloyd Dobler Lecture Series this past summer.

Michael Anthony Simon lives and works in Buk-gu Gwangju, South Korea, formerly of Chicago. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Selected group exhibitions include Open & Closed, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago; For Every Occasion, Thrones Gallery, Chicago; Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL; and Akademie of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic.

Philip Vanderhyden lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from Northwestern University in 2004. Selected solo exhibitions include Philip Vanderhyden, New Work, Light & Sie, Dallas, TX (upcoming in 2009); Red Pictures, Hudson Franklin Gallery, NYC; Philip Vanderhyden, Hudson Franklin Gallery, NYC; and Three Paintings, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL.