Randall Miller

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ALLEYS AND PARKING LOTS Joel Ross in collaboration with Jason Creps at moniquemeloche

In the foreground of one of Joel Ross and Jason Creps’ photographs, the artists installed a sign that reads “At the beginning of the story I will say to you ‘This is how it happened’ and then we will proceed, okay?” This statement could be the thesis for the artists’ exhibition of cinematic photographs titled “Alleys and Parking Lots” at moniquemeloche, a show in which[.....]

Seymour Rosofsky “Xylophone Solo” at Corbett vs. Dempsey

"Couple Dancing In The Living Room" (1970), gouache and watercolor on paper, 24 x 35.75 inches. Courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Sometimes when I am out looking at art I ask myself the question “What does it mean to experience this artwork in this moment?” I found myself asking that question at the exhibition of Seymour Rosofsky’s drawings at Corbett vs. Dempsey titled “Xylophone Solo.” Rosofsky died the year I was born, 1981. He was part of the Chicago Imagists’ Monster Roster, a loosely affiliated movement[.....]

Paul Cowan, Brendan Fowler, Chadwick Rantanen, Dan Rees at Shane Campbell Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery

The collection of works by Paul Cowan, Brendan Fowler, Chadwick Rantanen, and Dan Rees at Shane Campbell Gallery add up to an exhibition that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. In his own way, each artist imbues an existing object and/or the space of the gallery with low-key but engaging creative intention. This makes for a surprisingly cohesive exhibition despite the fact[.....]

Molly Springfield and “The Proto-History of the Internet” at Thomas Robertello Gallery

Molly Springfield "La Pyramide des Bibliographies," 2012 graphite on paper 34 x 44" Courtesy of Thomas Robertello Gallery

Molly Springfield’s show at Thomas Robertello Gallery, titled “The Proto-History of the Internet,” isn’t really about the Internet. In actuality, the conceptual drawings, quizzical icons, and indexical paragraphs on view serve as obscure guide-posts pointing the way to broader dilemmas about the production of knowledge. The show is challenging by design. As viewers, we’re privy to certain facts while others are intentionally withheld. Dry diagrams and[.....]

In Decay – Stitching America’s Ruins; Eric Holubow at The Chicago Cultural Center

Eric Holubow "Downstaging Uptown"; 2009; Uptown Theater; Chicago, IL; 33 in. x 60 in.

Walking through Chicago Cultural Center – past the Doric columns of the Grand Entrance, beneath the 38-foot wide Tiffany Dome, and beside the ornate marble of Preston Bradley Hall – to the gallery featuring Eric Holubow’s photographs is like a visual confrontation of the before and after effects of society’s collapse. Displayed within the vast Neo-Classical halls of the Cultural Center, Holubow’s highly aestheticized images of[.....]

Just Say Yes

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Looking at Zachary Buchner’s one-man show of mixed media plaster paintings at Andrew Rafacz Gallery entitled, Just Say Yes, I couldn’t help but think of Julian Schnabel’s sculptural plate paintings from the 80’s. In both cases, the dense treatment of the surface straddles the line between sculpture and image while exploring painting as an idiomatic language. Unlike Schnabel, Buchner doesn’t go in for representation or introduce[.....]

GAME ON: Alan and Michael Fleming at threewalls

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Alan and Michael Fleming come to play in their show GAME ON at Chicago’s threewalls gallery. Working as a collaborative team, the identical twin brothers frame their practice within their genetic and fraternal relationship in order to create a variety of thought provoking gestures about similarity and difference, friendship, and the creative potential of games. Many of the pieces in the show were created during[.....]