‘Up Up Out Out’, 2012, Paul Perkins, mixed media
‘Dead Heat’ - New work by Paul Perkins
September 8th - October 6th, 2012
Hours: Saturday, 1 PM - 6 PM and by appointment
Sorry folks, you missed it …..
Chicago Artist Writers, a new platform for criticism co-directed by Jason Lazarus and Sofia Leiby, seeks primarily students or recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs to submit short reviews of exhibitions at Chicago-based alternative, temporary, and nonprofit spaces.
CAW seeks to address the gap in critically addressing Chicago’s dynamic, vibrant, and diverse array of artistic activity.
Reviews may be traditional or experimental, should be limited to 500 words, and include no more than three images (500 pixels wide and accompanied by appropriate image credit information).
CAW seeks reviews on an ongoing basis. Reviews that are submitted within ten days of the exhibition’s opening date will be prioritized.
Submitted reviews will be guest edited by a wide range of cultural producers, critics, and art workers in Chicago. If a submission is chosen for publishing, it will be sent to guest editors for editing and refinement. Once completed, the collaboration with the guest editor will be published and publicly open for comments.
Interested parties should send an email consisting of a short summary of the proposed content of their review to email@example.com.
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Crosses, Diamonds, and Monsters opening tonight (October 5th 7-10) @ AdventureLand Gallery 1513 N. Western Ave. Chicago IL, 60622
On view October 5 – October 26, 2012
People, Places, and Things
September 21 - October 27, 2012
ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce People, Places, and Things, new works byJohn Opera in Gallery One.
Chicago, IL, September 21, 2012– ANDREW RAFACZ begins the fall 2012 season with People, Places, and Things, new works by John Opera. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. It continues through Saturday, October 27, 2012. Please join us for a reception for the artist Friday, September 21, 6-8pm.
John Opera has long been interested in the camera’s relationship to the empirical world, especially the natural world, in which it exists. For the artist, the act of experiencing and the act of observing are simultaneous and, in the process of recording them, they are also constantly acting upon each other. The act of being in the world with a tool or process for recording is a privileged ontological position, but it is also not without its own inherent dilemmas. With his new body of work, Opera continues to move from a reliance on the photograph as pure image to an examination of the threshold between image and surface and its metaphorical equivalence to the relationship between observation and imagining.
The artist has also spent much of his career examining the history of photography, especially the earliest experiments that have led to the image making of today. Previously, he investigated the anthoype, an image made directly in sunlight, which is linked to the earliest experiments with the photographic process. Similar to the process of creating an anthotype, the cyanotype arrives at an image through liquid chemical processes that were discontinued early on in photography’s history, except to be repurposed in the 20th century for architectural blueprints and the language of schematics. The results, for Opera, are works that are certainly photographic, but possess an unusual visual quality that directly connects to their inherent chemical properties. The final images are all rendered in the deep blue that is immediately recognizable in blueprints. They are also produced on linen-stretched canvases, further separating them from the traditional experience of a photograph.
Take a look at Art in America’s photos from EXPO Chicago!
QUIET ECHO ON LOUD WIND
New works by SOFIA LEIBY & LAURA HART NEWLON + HILARY BALDWIN
curated by ANTHONY STEPTER
September 23 - October 8, 2012
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 23, 4-8pm
Open Hours: Mondays, noon-4pm
and by appointment
1913 W 17th St, Chicago 60608
Laura Hart Newlon and Hilary Baldwin did not plan on making collaborative work together, but upon arriving at ACRE they met and began to build structures in the landscape. Fluorescent tape stretched around wooden frames and planted in the ground or hoisted into the air altered the view from the ACRE dining hall. The structures came to life when a gust of wind passed through the frames, sending the tape into brief, but furious fits of agitation–both giving form to, and taking shape from the wind.
Newlon and Baldwin spent many hours in the gallery considering ways in which the spirit of their structures–still standing in Wisconsin, might find resonance in the gallery. The structures and projections in this show encourage movement through the gallery and awareness of scale. Each change in position reminds the viewer of where they stand in relation to the image source, the structures, and other people, as shadows interrupt the flow of light and the image changes scale on the wall beyond the frame.
By enacting a practice she characterizes as “translating a gesture between media,” Sofia Leiby offers viewers a chance to perform their own reveal. Her work often begins with a painting, photograph, or drawing, which she then alters through screen printing, photocopying, blind contour, or peripheral gazing. For this exhibition Leiby has created an artist’s book that provides a glimpse into this practice and references the central role that writing plays in her creative endeavors.
Leiby’s work has been placed around the gallery to reference this important aspect of her practice. Moving through the gallery, the sight of a print that resembles a painting the viewer encountered moments earlier, establishes a relationship to the first work through a memory. An echo. Something that was uttered and returned slightly different, with a change in volume and shape.
Here three artists have taken memories that are deeply rooted in knowledge of a place and allowed them to resound off the walls of the gallery. It is in the movement from drawing to screen printing and from sculpture to moving image, that we gain distance from the original site, but are also reminded of its capacity for continuity in new forms.
Gallery Weekend Chicago in CS Magazine.
Pictured: Monique Meloche; Paul Gray; Andrew Rafacz; Rhona Hoffman; John Corbett and Jim Dempsey; Ellen Alderman; Scott Speh; Carrie Secrist