Ways of Worldmaking

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Pantomime, 2009 Oil On Canvas © Courtesy of James Kao and Lloyd Dobler Gallery
Ways of Worldmaking

1545 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60642
September 12th, 2009 - October 24th, 2009
Opening: September 12th, 2009 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Saturday: 12-5pm


Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to present the beginning of our fall season with Ways of Worldmaking featuring new paintings by James Kao. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 6-10pm. The gallery will be available for viewing by appointment on Thursdays from 6-9pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

The paintings on linen refer to Kao's search for a universe all his own. In his new series of work, Pantomimes, he turns literal piles of decaying fruit into delectable, painterly discs amidst a vibrant and ethereal landscape. Drawn from the aesthetic philosopher Nelson Goodman's "Ways of Worldmaking", Kao embraces this world-building philosophy in his work by making many imperfect versions of the true world he ultimately seeks.

James Kao lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute in 2006 and his BA in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1997. Selected solo exhibitions include Possible Worlds, Toomey Tourell Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (upcoming 2010); Frequencies: New Paintings by Michael Ajerman and James Kao, Toomey Tourell Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2008; James Kao: and New Paintings, Gosia Koscielak Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2007. Selected group exhibitions include Third National Juried Exhibition (Juried by Susanna Coffey), Prince Street Gallery, NY, 2009; Mutability, ATC Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2008; artWork5, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 2008; and Slowness, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2006.