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Domestica Dentata: A Tyranny of Details

by Alicia Chester
Daniel Bauer’s photographs are hard to write about. His images are not easily encapsulated by description. I can more easily relate the experience of viewing them, which is slow and contemplative, or, in Michael Fried’s terminology, absorptive. These are self-contained worlds wholly manifest in every moment, in every detail, yet they also take time––the duration of exposure and the duration of viewing. I could say Bauer employs a modernist sensibility, in the sense that he explores and exploits photography’s most essential bases as a medium: light and temporality. He is a master craftsman in controll... [more]
Posted by Alicia Chester on 5/3/13
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Tim Nickodemus: Megatheria

by Steve Ruiz
Tim Nickodemus' exhibition at Alderman Exhibitions, titled Megatheria, has put me in a bind. I enjoyed the show despite itself. This is perhaps the ultimate admission of arbitrary criticality, but run with me: I want to write about it (and here I am) not because any of the paintings held particular resonance as great art objects, but rather because of how they engaged my attention as a viewer. A standard move in art is to elevate a common observation to the level of high consideration, framing this sight in a new artistic context and asking (demanding) an audience to consider an otherwise not... [more]
Posted by Steve Ruiz on 4/17/12
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Time Out Chicago

Time Out Chicago profiles Alderman Exhibitions, Hinge Gallery and the Mission Three new Chicago galleries promote local artists and more.  By Lauren Weinberg We should pour out a PBR for the West Loop’s late, lamented gallery-bookshop Golden Age, which closed in November. Yet 2011 was the first year since the recession that Chicago didn’t hemorrhage exhibition spaces. Moreover, the city gained some venues that are notable for their generous visions of what a commercial gallery can do and be. Here are three spaces I’m excited to watch in 2012: Alderman Exhibitions (1138 W Randol... [more]
Posted by Ellen Hartwell Alderman on 2/7/12
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Flavorpill - Alderman Exhibitions: Reopening Celebration by Abraham Ritchie

Alderman Exhibitions is one of Chicago's favorite galleries and one of the city's most innovative. Recently Alderman relocated and renovated their new digs into a clean, sophisticated gallery space where they are presenting an exhibition of the artists they represent. Daniel Bauer's two photographs of a dust-laden tree and modern architecture are quiet standouts that draw the viewer in with their enigmatic questions. The opening of the new space featured Robert Chase Heishman and Brendan Meara's feature length "Long Fuse," which you can see a bit of on Alderman's website if you missed it. [more]
Posted by Ellen Hartwell Alderman on 2/27/12
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Meditation on a Fuse

by Joel Kuennen
As I walked up the stairs into the darkened gallery of Alderman Exhibitions’ new loft space in an old warehouse on Randolph Street, I heard a long hissss and looked up to see a fuse burning in a shaky frame.  I had walked in on the screening of Long Fuse, 2012, by Robert Chase Heishman and Brendan Meara. I perched on the top step and watched the fuse burn over snow, ice, grass, wood, concrete and soil. When was the bam, or kaboom, or, my favorite, kablooey!? When will there be resolution to this promise? The slow hiss became my mantra and Long Fuse became a meditation on expectation. Robert Chase Heish... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 3/5/12
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Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas!

by Steve Ruiz
Editor's Note: As signaled by the first word in this essay, what follows is a creative exercise by the author, artist and critic Steve Ruiz. As the author says about the following work, "It's a story about the objects. I think the work [by Matias] suggested narrative."     1. Imagine a young Matias Cuevas at home, sitting cross-legged on the carpet, an iron to his left, a glass of Kool-Aid to his right. There is a painting in his head, and it’s beautiful, but there are rules about carpets and not painting on them. Matias is a smart kid, but a good kid too, so he waits. Installation view of "Matias: B... [more]
Posted by Steve Ruiz on 12/19/11
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Raquel's Exhibition strikes a note

I'm not an art critic but I was really taken by Raquel's work and the way it was shown at Alderman Exhibitions.  The best way I have to describe her work is as peaceful and charming as the artist herself.  Talking to her about her grandfather's creative work and her immersion in it was such a revelation that we can learn from our ancestors in new and different ways.  The exhibition space itself is filled with the  exuberance of youth with a different twist on your usual gallery.  The bicycle shop through the glass door gives this amazing touch of the arts juxtaposed with concrete details of th... [more]
Posted by downriversmiles@hotmail.com on 2/13/11
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Raquel's Exhibition strikes a note

I'm not an art critic but I was really taken by Raquel's work and the way it was shown at Alderman Exhibitions.  The best way I have to describe her work is as peaceful and charming as the artist herself.  Talking to her about her grandfather's creative work and her immersion in it was such a revelation that we can learn from our ancestors in new and different ways.  The exhibition space itself is filled with the  exuberance of youth with a different twist on your usual gallery.  The bicycle shop through the glass door gives this amazing touch of the arts juxtaposed with concrete details of th... [more]
Posted by downriversmiles@hotmail.com on 2/13/11
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Notes from the Grandsire

by Robyn Farrell Roulo
The inaugural exhibition at Alderman Exhibitions, located at 350 North Ogden Avenue, opened on January 15th with work by Chicago artist and University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) MFA candidate, Raquel Landensack.  The distinct industrial space,storage unit turned gallery, inhabited by Alderman pairs well with the understated collection of twelve photographs from Ladensack’s current body of work.  The curation of the newly configured space is carefully restrained, and compliments the subtle beauty and unassuming quality of the photographs on view. Ladensack’s work demonstrates her clear attention... [more]
Posted by Robyn Farrell Roulo on 2/12/11