Inspired Terrain, Palimpsest, Drawn, Paper/Ink/Press, and Modern Groceries

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Psyche Steel Wire, Found Glass Bottles, Electric Lights © FLATFILE Galleries
Inspired Terrain, Palimpsest, Drawn, Paper/Ink/Press, and Modern Groceries
Curated by: Susan Aurinko

217 N. Carpenter
Chicago, IL 60607
February 20th, 2009 - March 27th, 2009
Opening: February 20th, 2009 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tue-Sat 11-6
photography, installation



On Thursday February 19, FLATFILEgalleries will host a preview/book signing event for the publication of National Geographic photographer Alexandra Avakian's book WINDOWS OF THE SOUL, My Journeys in the Muslim World, (Focal Point/National Geographic) at which poets from UniVerse of Poetry will read, and members of Pont des Arts Ensemble will provide music and poetry.

On Friday March 6, Kahil El'Zabar performs Urban Rituals - The Magic of Music in an Inspired Terrrain, featuring The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Corey Wilkes / Ernest Kahbeer Dawkins, Siren D.J. & The Lengendary Sun Drummers in the premiere of an interdisciplinary visual sound installation by Kahil El'Zabar and Lucy Slivinski.

On Sunday March 22, FLATFILE will welcome His and Her Royal Highness, the Prince and Princess of Denmark, in honor of Danish Artist, Carl Krull, whose work will be on display. There will also be a performance during the reception by Chicago Danish artist Anni Holm.

On Thursday March 26, the gallery will host a reception for members of the Southern Graphics Conference, in light of the show PAPER/INK/PRESS. Please check the gallery website for times of special events.

In gallery A, gallery artist Lucy Slivinski transforms the gallery into a fantastic lighted landscape of her marvelous recycled material sculptural works in INSPIRED TERRAIN. Slivinski, a well-known Chicago sculptor, has created pieces for public commissions in half a dozen states, and has work in more than 45 corporate and private collections.

Guest Artist Carl Krull, from Copenhagen, Denmark will show large floor drawings, as well as some smaller works that feature video of the process beside the actual paintings, in his exhibition, DRAWN. Krull, who is a son of two artists, is very involved in the process of art making, and to that end, videotapes much of the making of his art. Mr. Krull and his work appear with the support of The Danish Arts Agency.

In Project Room 1, gallery artist Jennifer Mannebach creates enigma with PALIMPSEST, sculptural pieces that find their strength via light and shadows. These architectural pieces throw shadows that belie their humble beginnings as masking tape and graphite to gain almost monumental stature once lit. Mannebach, who teaches in The First Year Program at the School of the Art Institute, has shown widely in the US and received numerous awards.

Downstairs, Gallery B will house PAPER/INK/PRESS, a celebration of printmaking by gallery artists John Himmelfarb (Chicago), Nancy Genn (San Francisco), Carrie Iverson (Chicago), Adi Holzer (Denmark), Alexandra Loewe (France), and guest artist Shawn Stucky (Chicago) The exhibit will explore the variety of techniques and possibilities that printmaking offers.

In Project Room 2, Stephanie Dean brings us MODERN GROCERIES. At first glance, Dean's images are photographic facsimiles of Dutch still life paintings, but when the viewer looks closer, the truth is revealed; labels, plastic, flies, and assorted other signs of current grocery practice. Dean makes several points with this work, one being that is that food is meaningful to the world on a variety of levels.