MICHELLE COOKE, LORA FOSBERG, SHAUN GILMORE
Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming three-person exhibition, Michelle Cooke, Lora Fosberg, Shaun Gilmore. This will be the first time each artist has shown at the gallery.
Cooke creates subtle, powerful post-minimal works. “I find the recurring themes in my work to be those of fragility, transparency, balance, weightlessness, and gravity,” she writes. “Each work yields its meaning through the handling of the material. I prefer fragile materials used in unconventional ways. In my work with glass I’ve focused on the inherent tension between its transparency as a light medium and its aggressiveness as a projecting grid.”
The works on display will include the artist’s sensuous and finely rendered drawings of pears, several of her works of glass slides on board and an installation created specifically for the exhibition. Her art has been repeatedly praised by critics for its spare, expressive nature, poetic construction and transformative effect on light.
Cooke holds an MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from the Art Institute of Southern California. Her glass installations have been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including dozens of solo and group shows in New Mexico. She also works as an art consultant and has curated over a dozen exhibitions in the last decade. Cooke lives and works in New York, NY and Arroyo Seco, NM.
Lynne Warren, curator at the MCA in Chicago, writes “There is a sly nature to Lora Fosberg’s work. The drawing style, which I would describe more as illustrative than cartoony, is friendly and draws the viewer in, only to reveal rather uncomfortable images… [She creates] open-ended works that suggest but do not dictate narratives.” Fosberg, a scholar of the quotidian and self-described treehugger, is particularly drawn to depict the intersections of the natural and the man-made. One frequently reoccurring subject of the works in this show is the tree stump.
Fosberg was born in Waukegan, IL. She received her MFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been featured in shows at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, MO, and has been a visiting artist at the Frans Masereel Art Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium. In 2008, Fosberg published the book The End of the Beginning: A Decade of Work.
In her Horizon drawings, Gilmore draws a single line based on a specific horizon seen while driving around the southwestern United States, which is closely followed by a succession of lines, each paralleling the preceding line. At certain points, Gilmore collages in paper scraps cut from art exhibition announcement cards. These recycled elements create geologic disturbances and force subsequent lines into new patterns and unexpected formations.
As artist and writer Harmony Hammond describes it, “The result, what looks like a topographical map with bits of color locating high plateaus, can be seen as a mapping of one’s art practice within a larger territory. It’s an interesting visual strategy of appropriation and insertion – one that allows Gilmore to engage with the landscape in which she lives and travels at the same time that it acknowledges that art is not immaculately conceived (we are all influenced by other art and artists) – as well as a desire for connection, and a placing of oneself in a historical narrative.”
Gilmore has also spent a significant portion of her life in the world of motion and modern dance. From 1980 to 1991, she worked as a dancer, choreographer and assistant director of the Chicago Moving Company. Gilmore graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1977 with a BFA in painting and photography and pursued further studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Santa Fe Art Institute.