30 to March 7, 2015 | images
world is mystical, dangerous and delicious
show is about ghosts. And dreams.
by gallery staff and presenting work in a variety of media, including
printmaking, drawing, artist books, collage and sculpture, The
world is mystical, dangerous and delicious opens with a free
public reception on Friday, January 30, 5 to 8pm, and runs
through March 7, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
11am to 6pm.
Elijah Burgher's (b. 1978, Kingston, NY) drawings, paintings
and prints utilize ideas from magick and the occult to address sexuality,
sub-cultural formation and the history of abstraction. Citing early
20th century occultist Austin Osman Spare’s system, Elijah Burgher
makes sigils—emblems to which magical power is imputed. By recombining
the letters that spell out a wish into a new symbol, Burgher’s
pictures of sigils literally encode desire while embodying it abstractly
through shape, color and composition. For this show, Burgher will
be presenting new abstract pressure prints made at Chicago’s
Burgher's work has been included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial;
the 2014 Gwangju Biennial as part of AA Bronson’s “House
of Shame” installation; and in group shows at Witte de With
Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hales Gallery
in London; Cabinet in London; Exile in Berlin; Rhodes College in Memphis,
TN; and the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago. His work has been written about in New York Times,
Art in America, ArtReview, Artforum.com, New
City and Daily Serving and was been included in Phaidon’s
VITAMIN D2 hardcover survey of contemporary drawing practices.
He lives and works in Chicago.
Dana Carter works across media often using ephemeral materials
that convey the passage of time. In The world is mystical, dangerous
and delicious, Carter will present works made by evaporating
saltwater on fabric. Carter’s visceral hybrid objects look like
images from satellites or gleaming mountains at night. The fabric
is used as a physical representation of darkness and the crystalline
forms give the viewer a sense of being disoriented in the landscape.
light, fabric and video installations have been exhibited at the Elmhurst
Art Museum, Il; MassArt, Boston; American Institute of Architecture,
New Orleans; Iceberg Projects, Chicago; Devening Projects, Chicago;
Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, NY; Vox Populi, Philadelphia;
Locust Projects, Miami; Gallery 400, Chicago; Glass Curtain Gallery,
Chicago; Cleve Carney Art Center, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago;
The Bioscope, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Centro de Desarrollo
de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba. Her work has been written about
in the Chicago Tribune; Chicago Reader; Architect's
Newspaper; New City; and New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Carter lives and works in Chicago.
Pamela Fraser's (b. 1965) loosely graphic paintings are subtly
detailed, simple compositions. Her abstracted forms appear like an
innocuous symbolic language that infuses flat colored shapes with
a playful, sometimes humorous sensibility. She recently expanded her
painting practice to include sculptural forms, both wall-based and
in site-specific installations. In The world is mystical, dangerous
and delicious, Fraser will be presenting one of her first forays
into ceramics, an interlocking irregularly-shaped diptych of black
and white panels perforated with triangular patterns.
exhibitions include Galerie Schmidt Maczolleck, Cologne; Galleria
Il Capricorno, Venice; The Blaffer Museum of the University of Houston;
Casey Kaplan Gallery, NY; and Golden Gallery, Chicago. Fraser is a
recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and continues
to be featured in national and international publications. Fraser’s
work is represented by Galerie Anke Schmidt in Cologne, Germany. She
lives and works in Barnard, Vermont.
Leah Mackin (b. 1985, Philadelphia, PA) work investigates
the ephemeral nature and malleability of photocopied paper. In the
book objects, paper is photocopied onto itself to create abstracted,
bound compositions. In a new construction for The world is mystical,
dangerous and delicious, folded and conformed paper is presented
in a table vitrine. For Untitled (Swipe) toner is unfixed
and removed by the touch of a finger.
work has been presented in group shows at the Slusser Gallery at University
of Michigan, the Printer’s Ball event in Chicago, Cranbrook
Academy of Art, Quarter Gallery at University of Minnesota, and &
Pens in Los Angeles. In 2012, Mackin presented a solo exhibition,
Frequency Illusions at Western Exhibitions. Mackin lives
and works in Chicago.
Dutes Miller's (b. 1965, Pennsylvania) work critically engages
with the mythologies surrounding human sexuality, especially an exploration
of the male body as it manifests itself in gay desire, in its evident
state of arousal, its protuberances, its emissions. His new woven
collages in this show obscure bodies in a tangle of patterned elements.
Miller's work has been reviewed in artforum.com, the Chicago
Tribune, New City and the Chicago Reader. Groups
shows include White Flag Projects in St. Louis, the Ukranian Museum
of Art and 40ooo in Chicago. His collaborative work within Miller
& Shellabarger won awards from Artadia and the Louis Comfort Tiffany
Foundation and has been shown in galleries and museums across the
country. Miller lives and works in Chicago.
Rachel Niffenegger's (b. 1985, Evanston, IL) work focuses
on the ephemeral state of the feminine figure in contemporary society,
addressing notions of the body, sculpture, clothing and painting;
alluding to both physical and psychological violence. Niffenegger
will be showing a steel and epoxy clay sculpture from a new series
of intimately scaled, open-form busts. This achromatic portrait suspends
a mesh synthetic wig and idiosyncratic features from a bone-like hook.
solo shows include Western Exhibitions in Chicago and Club Midnight
in Berlin and her work has been included in group shows at Museum
of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem; Bourouina
Gallery in Berlin; Tracy Williams Ltd in NYC; Ceri Hand Gallery in
Liverpool; and in Chicago at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Andrew Rafacz Gallery,
and the Hyde Park Art Center. Niffenegger lives and works in Chicago.
Corkey Sinks (b. 1983, Dallas, TX) works in a variety of
media including sculpture, textiles, and printed matter. Through constellations
of escapist fantasies, self-help culture, and geometric pattern-making,
Sinks seeks practical and psycho-spiritual alternatives to the mainstream.
Sinks is showing large hand-cut, heat-fused plastic piece besotted
with black and clear triangles, a uncanny object that resembles both
a quilt and tarp.
Recent exhibitions in Chicago include BLACK CAULIFLOWER,
with Jamie Steele at Roots and Culture; Events, Coincidences,
and Repercussions, a solo exhibition at Elastic Arts Foundation;
New Collaborative works by Corkey Sinks and Jesse Butcher
at Adult Contemporary; and RANCH, curated by GURL DONT BE DUMB
at Iceberg Projects, Chicago IL. Sinks is co-founder of Walls Divide
Press and lives and works in Chicago.
Deb Sokolow’s (b. 1974, Davis, CA) text-driven drawings
combine research, fiction and humor to speculate on topics relating
to politics, conspiracy theory and human nature. The drawings in The
world is mystical, dangerous and delicious ruminate on recent
interactions with ghosts.
group exhibitions include the 4th Athens Biennale in Greece, The Drawing
Center in New York City, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in
Germany, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Western
Exhibitions in Chicago. Sokolow’s 2013 solo exhibition at the
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Some Concerns About the Candidate,
was reviewed in The New York Times, and her work has been reproduced
for Creative Time’s Comics project, for Swedish art magazine,
Paletten, and in Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing.
Sokolow lives and works in Chicago.