Lloyd Dobler Gallery is pleased to present the opening of To Face a show about the unconventional portrait featuring works by Ben Fain, Ian Hokin, Andrew Holmquist, Autumn Ramsey, and Alice Tippit. The exhibition will begin with an artists' reception of Friday, December 18th from 6-10pm and will continue through January 30, 2010. Public hours will be held on Thursdays from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 12-5pm, or by appointment.
Throughout history, the face has been an enduring, ambivalent subject manipulated by artists to explore a range of human emotion. Often a formal affair required for the preservation of a family memory, portraiture has long been swapped out for it's modern equivalent- the photo. Since the invention of photography, portraits have become a new beast altogether- sometimes barely reminiscent of the human form in varying states of play, despair, or terror. These five artists take the definition of 'portrait' and run with it in completely different directions. Ben Fain uses high definition video to define his girlfriend's extraordinary father (Dr. Russell Schneider, a forensic odontologist) enacting a theatrical autopsy/taste-test on an injured rival player lying on a parade float during the Warren Township High School homecoming parade, (an event held in Gurnee, IL, on Saturday, October 4th, 2009). Alice Tippit employs analytical lines in her colorful compositions to suggest the interpretation of a human form, and Andrew Holmquist paints whimsical figures using fluid brushstrokes with a refined palette. For more information visit our website www.lloyddoblergallery.com.