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Inheritance Enamel, Varnish, Sugar Free Candy, Foam, Sunflower Seed Shells, Cat Litter, Nylon Strap, Band Aids, Vitamins, Super Balls, Toilet Paper, And Body Hair On Sanded And Bleached Lambda Prints Mounted On Hand Plasma Cut Aluminum Variable © Courtesy of Artist and Contemporary Art Workshop
"Autarekia" Acrylic And Mixed Media On Canvas 60' X 60' © Courtesy of Artist and Contemporary Art Workshop
The End

542 West Grant Place
Chicago, IL 60614
December 5th, 2008 - January 23rd, 2009
Opening: December 5th, 2008 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

mixed-media, photography, installation, sculpture


Matt Davis states that his work "tests the soft membrane shared by photography, painting and sculpture. Appropriated images decompose and regenerate through an elaborate process of digital and physical manipulation, intimately marrying the relationship between the beautiful and grotesque. Delicately destructive handling provokes dark themes of residue, growth and stifling accumulation. The transformations culminate in psycho-structural manifestations, dangling between the womb, tomb and bedroom."

Matt Davis has shown extensively in Chicago for the past decade in venues including the Renaissance Society, Hyde Park Art Center and Sullivan Galleries. He received his MFA degree from University of Illinois Chicago in 2008.

John Lyon writes of his work, "I work with the ideas and histories of counter-culture, conveying this information through the processes associated with these movements. This creates the opportunity to overlap content and form. From the very basis of their structure my paintings cultivate meaning nested inside form. Ideas are evident not only in the process of painting but also in their structure. The idea of tie-dye as a painter appealed to me because it utilizes the natural properties of fabric. The process dispenses liquid unevenly across the gridded weave of canvas to create a pattern within a pattern. By integrating processes with ideas I have been able to fold information into design."

John Lyon now lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA degree from Claremont Graduate University in 2005.