Joint Exhibition

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Ana Hoffman, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 40 X 30 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery
Joint Exhibition

835 W. Washington Blvd.
60607 Chicago
June 5th, 2015 - July 25th, 2015
Opening: June 5th, 2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

River North/Near North Side
Tue-Fri 10:30-6; Sat 11-5; or by appt
painting, installation


Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by two Chicago-based artists: Alex Bradley Cohen and Kelly Lloyd. The exhibit is on view from June 5 – July 25, 2015.

Please join us for a reception for the artists on Friday 5 June from 5 – 8 PM.

Paintings by Alex Bradley Cohen investigate identity through a spectrum of cultural, spiritual and political experiences. Influenced by tropes and techniques found in traditional figure painting, Cohen composes new canvases from scumbling brushstrokes alongside flat, planar forms. Emphasizing color, pattern and shape, Cohen paints his own psychological and autobiographical truths. Existential studies of self commingle with playful portraits of family and tableaus from African American history, folding the artist’s own narrative into a larger history.

Kelly Lloyd considers the idiosyncrasies that structure normalcy, and the devices we form to navigate systems in our daily lives. For her debut project with Carrie Secrist Gallery, Lloyd exhibits a site-specific mural, its content borrowed from billboard advertisements for Montana tourism. Torn entirely from its context, the imagery challenges the rhetoric used to promote natural spaces. In addition, Lloyd exhibits new text pieces that use language to deny and reinforce cultural symbols and mediated signifiers. By restructuring commonplace materials – house paint, toilet paper rolls, vinyl – Lloyd incites uncanny and inconsistent combinations of meaning in a manner both highly critical and sincere.

Alex Bradley Cohen (b. 1989, United States) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Cohen is an alumnus of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is recipient of the 2014 James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA and The Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. His work was featured on the cover of New American Paintings (issue 113, 2014).

Kelly Lloyd (b. 1986, United States) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Lloyd received a dual MFA and MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. She is currently in residence at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition. Recent projects in Chicago include Hyde Park Art Center, Roots and Culture, Valerie Carberry Gallery, Kavi Gupta Editions, and Ballroom Projects. New City Chicago recently named Lloyd a 2015 Breakout Artist.

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