Exhibitions is moving, and we're thrilled to be inaugurating
our new gallery space with a solo show of new work by STAN
SHELLABARGER. After 4 years in a near west-side industrial
complex, Western Exhibitions will transfer its operations to
the 119 N Peoria Building in Chicago's West Loop gallery district.
The gallery will be joining its new neighbors in holding receptions
on Fridays. Shellabarger's show will open with a public reception
on Friday, September 5, 2008.
Shellabarger's performance and book work addresses issues relating
to the body. The artist often takes mundane, everyday activities
like breathing, walking and writing to extreme measures in endurance-based
performance work: walking from sunrise to sunset on solstices
and equinoxes, counting every breath he takes in an 8 hour time
span, filling notebook after notebook with his signature. Shellabarger's
work amplifies the traces humans leave on the earth, as in his
walking performances, or on objects, as in his Lightswitch and
his second solo show at Western Exhibitions, Shellabarger will
show several new Walking Books, works that marry his performance
and book-making impulses. To make the Walking Books, the artist
paces on long sheets of rag paper with graphite-soled shoes.
His footsteps create a luminous graphite/gray drawing that betrays
the pattern of the surface trod upon. The verso side of the
drawing simultaneously becomes a beautiful blind embossment
of this same surface. He folds the paper accordion style and
affixes the ends to waxed MDF panels that function as the covers
of the book. Shellabarger started this series of books this
summer and made 5 of them at the Volta art fair in Basel in
June. The books in this show capture several different surfaces
form multiple locations, including a particle-board platform
in Basel, Switzerland, a parking lot in Portland, Maine, the
floor of Western Exhibitions old location and several others.
Shellabarger will make a new book on each Saturday during the
run of the show, either in the gallery proper, or somewhere
in the surrounding West Loop neighborhood.
will be Stan Shellabarger's second proper solo
show with Western Exhibitions. His last show was reviewed in
Art in America, artforum.com and ArtUS.
Shellabarger has been invited to do performances at the VOLTA
show in Basel, Switzerland, the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland,
Oregon; Macy's downtown department store window during the Looptopia
festival in Chicago; Millennium Park in Chicago; the Museum
of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Illinois State University in Bloomington,
Illinois; The Suburban in Oak Park; and the Center of Contemporary
Art in St. Louis. Shellabarger has been included in shows at
inova in Milwaukee, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Madison
Museum of Contemporary Art and has had a 12 x 12 New Work/New
Artists solo exhibition at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary
Art in December 2005. He also makes work collaboratively with
his husband Dutes
Miller. Together they won a Tiffany Foundation
Award in 2007 and their show at Western Exhibitions in 2007
was reviewed in Time Out Chicago, New City and
the Chicago Sun-Times. Their performance work at the
Volta fair was covered in Artnet and at the NEXT fair was covered
in Art & Antiques.