W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Wednesday thru Saturday
11am to 6pm
(most Tuesdays too)
editions and more
1 to March 9, 2013
curated by Geoffrey
Todd Smith | images
Mindy Rose Schwartz
show opens on Friday, February 1 with a free public reception
from 5 to 8pm.
Life, curated by the painter (and Western Exhibitions
gallery artist) Geoffrey Todd Smith, is a group
exhibition of artists who take flowers, plants or weeds as their
subject. Each artist transforms and manipulates, formally and
conceptually, their leafy content through a variety of materials
and manners of expression, asserting their idiosyncratic visions
by obsessing over materials, offering the plants new context
while broadening the relationship to their human neighbors.
Geoffrey Todd Smith:
I’ve never organized a group show before but I’ve
been kicking around in my head the idea of putting together
a show presenting artists with whom I share some philosophical
affinity yet whose work looks nothing like my own. I've long
been captivated by the ex-Chicagoan (now living in Portland,
Oregon) Eric Wert's meticulous, almost old-fashioned (in a good
way!) hyper-realist still-life paintings of flowers in vases
against patterned backdrops and have long wanted to see how
these paintings would work in a conversation with artists who
work with more contemporary idioms. So I added an eclectic group
of artists, mostly Chicagoans, who depict plants, weeds and
flowers in a variety of mediums, from painting to collage to
sculpture, to some, like Heidi Norton, who use actual living
plants in her assemblages.
Wert | Little Dahlia, 2009, oil on panel,
6" x 8"