Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

“Under One Sun” Erika Harrsch at Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery

According to chaos theory, a single flap from the wings of a butterfly can set off a string of events leading to major global changes. It’s no coincidence that the butterfly is the chosen catalyst in this theoretical scenario; symbolically, butterflies have been a remarkably durable representation of change, transition, transformation, and resurrection in the human imagination. In Erika Harrsch’s exhibition “Under One Sky” at[.....]

Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight

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I witnessed at least a handful of passerby pause in front of the glass-front façade of the Jones Center in downtown Austin, Texas. They shuffled through pockets and bags to find their iPhones, quizzically documenting the two unusual objects on view. How much contemporary art stops people dead in their tracks, not to scoff and mutter “well, I could do that,” but rather to ponder[.....]

I saw the light was on, by Mie Kongo

"meeting you unexpectedly", 2011, image courtesy of the artist.

Living in a major city like Chicago, I seldom travel outside the city limits to visit an art gallery. But the recent exhibition “I saw the light was on” by Mie Kongo, was a “must do” trip. Kongo’s work is currently on view at Heuser Art Center at Bradley University, Peoria, where the sizable space with exceptional natural light provides the perfect atmosphere for the subtle and[.....]

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[.....]

BLUESKIES/BLACK DEATH by Noelle Mason

2012

In skydiving, the term Blue Skies, Black Death originated from the parachute infantry motto “Mors Ab Alto” in Latin, or “death from above”. To skydivers, it can be regarded as a greeting / farewell, or to indicate a fatality during a skydive. Yet, the exhibition BLUESKIES/BLACK DEATH by Noelle Mason at Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago is not about skydiving nor death. It is a metaphor[.....]

“the edge between structure and intuition” – An Interview with Anne Lindberg

Anne Lindberg, "parallel 34," 2012. Graphite and colored pencil on cotton mat board. 104 x 58 inches. Courtesy the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago.

On a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art this summer, I first encountered the work of Kansas City based Anne Lindberg. Tucked in a small, irregularly shaped gallery, Lindberg’s luminous installation immediately caught the eye, where individual threads created volume and marked space in a way that belied its virtually imperceptible constituent parts. Her large-scale graphite drawings also on view in the gallery invited[.....]

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[.....]