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The Perfect View

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The Perfect View (Interior 1), 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
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Vanishing Point (angle), 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery
The Perfect View

27 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
February 12th, 2010 - April 3rd, 2010
Opening: February 12th, 2010 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.thomasrobertello.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
West Loop/West Town
EMAIL:  
tr@thomasrobertello.com
PHONE:  
312.421.1587
OPEN HOURS:  
Summer Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 12-6; All other times by appointment
TAGS:  
mixed-media

DESCRIPTION

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present The Perfect View; an exhibition of new work by Troy Richards examining the disparity of controlled domesticity vs natural and manmade disasters.

Central to the exhibition are laser cut vinyl works (a la Colorforms) on plexiglass depicting a plane crash viewed from multiple perspectives inside and outside a modernist house. Coolly appointed with posh accoutrements, furniture, floral arrangements, and artwork by Bridget Riley and Christopher Wool, the uninhabited domestic scenes are cheerily at odds with the recent intrusion of a large airplane that has fallen from the sky. The odd pairing of extreme control and extreme loss of control rendered throughout in stark black and white freeze-frames various embodiments of polarity.

In a second body of work, Richards has created an extension of op art to include trompe l'oeil works riffing on Bridget Riley paintings and Robert Lazzarini sculpture. The two-dimensional laser cut vinyl 'paintings' highlight the artist's mastery of his laborious process confounding the viewer's sense of spatial perception and logic.

Troy Richards is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Delaware. He received his MFA in 1997 from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Richards has participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program and the Artists in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Grand Arts in Kansas City, Duncan and Miller Gallery in Washington D.C., and has been included in group exhibits in New York City at P.S.1, White Columns, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LFL Gallery, and Sara Meltzer Gallery. This is his second exhibition at Thomas Robertello Gallery