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June 18 to August 7, 2010

In Gallery 2

The Power of Selection, Part 2
Curated by Ryan Travis Christian

Evan Gruzis
Denise Kupferschmidt
Keegan McHargue

Dana Dart-Dart-McLean

The Power of Selection, Part 2

Western Exhibitions is pleased to present The Power of Selection Part 2, the second in a series of three shows curated by Ryan Travis Christian at the gallery. Mr. Christian, who writes for ,Beautiful Decay and selects an Artist of the Day, each and every day, on his Facebook page, organized these shows, the first in January, the second in June and the third in November, to increase the circulation of contemporary artwork seen in Chicago by showing works by out of town and/or up-and-coming artists.

In this second installment, Christian selected a variety of new works from three New York artists (Gruzis, Kupferschmidt, McHargue), and one from the Pacific NorthWest (Dart-Mclean). Dana Dart- Mclean's loosely rendered paintings on paper distort text and imagery into folk-esque abstraction. Evan Gruzis' "Consider My Mind Blown" is a hi contrast, pop noir portrait painting of a tuxedo clad man who's head is exploding into white light leaving only a floating form in it's place. Denise Kupferschmidt will be featured in the form of 3 small vase studies and a corresponding sculpture of the same nature. Keegan Mchargue's seemingly floating, delicate assemblage of fragile objects from his newest series "Pre Teen" will also be on view, this marks the exhibition debut of McHargue's three dimensional work.

Evan Gruzis lives and works in New York and has had solo exhibitions at Duve - Berlin, Gallery Saks - Switzerland, A-M-P - Athens, and Deitch Gallery - NY.

Denise Kupferschmidt
lives and works in New York and has exhibited work at Allston Skirt - Boston, John Connelly Presents - NY, and Hallway Bathroom Projects - San Francisco.

Keegan McHargue lives and works in New York and has had solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery - SF, Metro Pictures - New York, Hiromi Yoshi - Tokyo, and Gallerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Paris as well as numerous group exhibitions both here and abroad.

Dana Dart-Mclean lives and works in Portland, OR and has exhibited work at Small A Projects - New York, Nicolai Wallner - Copenhagen, Laura Bartlett Gallery - London, and Kavi Gupta - Chicago.

The Power of Selection, Part 1 was shown January 2 to February 6, 2010. See images and info here. The show was reviwed in the Chicago Reader, ArtSlant, and Time Out Chicago.

Installation views