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Misery and Its Company

by Mia DiMeo
Misery and the company it loves converge beneath a cobalt stained glass window that reads, “2009 Was A Rough Year.” Brooklyn-based artist Lilly McElroy created the custom window at the Thomas Robertello Gallery as a kind of banner for her installation, a hanging declarative statement dressed up like a reverential church mosaic. Spotlit, the window's colors bleed onto a nearby wall in a marbled reflection, and the text is lost completely. For a second it feels like a sacred space for memories and welcomed self-pity. But only for a second, as any reverie would be interrupted by a video of the art... [more]
Posted by Mia DiMeo on 1/17/11
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Realms of the Unreal

by Robyn Farrell Roulo
        A few blocks west of the Washington and Peoria Street galleries you will find Thomas Robertello Gallery among a slew of West Loop eateries and store fronts on Randolph Street.  The gallery's latest exhibit, "Gravity Buffs" features work from seven artists working across all media exploring the unusual and challenging the norms of the literal.  In an attempt to understand what the artist is trying to convey, the viewer must accept the unbelievable scenarios and characters.  In the gallery's statement it describes that, "each work requires a suspension of disbelief."  The fantastical... [more]
Posted by Robyn Farrell Roulo on 3/8/09
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Abstraction at Two West Loop Galleries

by Erik Wenzel
Two group shows that have recently opened focus on abstract painting by contemporary artists. "Unpainted – Recent Abstract Painting" at Thomas Robertello Gallery in the West Loop and Bianca Beck, Josh Brand, Matt Connors, Zak Prekop, Hayley Tompkins, Sue Tompkins a number of blocks north and west of the West Loop at Shane Campbell Gallery. "Unpainted" is more declaratively focused on the theme of abstract painting, while the group show at Shane Campbell’s is a de facto one. The most captivating work on view at the latter is by Zak Prekop, the painting is a field of near id... [more]
Posted by Erik Wenzel on 6/23/08