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January 7 to February 18, 2017

Underlying system is not known
Current trends in pattern and repetition | images | Press: Chicago Reader | Newcity

Karen Arm, Elizabeth Atterbury, Emily Barletta, Joell Baxter, Ryan Travis Christian, Matthew Craven, Jenny Crowe, Edie Fake, Risa Hricovsky, James Jankowiak, Karla Knight, Jessica Labatte, Miller & Shellabarger, Hermonie Only, Sasha Pierce, Bayne Peterson, Andrew Scott Ross, David Salkin, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Ron Thomas, Suzanne Treister, Chan Mei Yu


In keeping with Western Exhibitions’ long-standing tradition of organizing a large biennial group show (1) which focuses on a prevailing theme occurring in the larger art world, the gallery is pleased to present Underlying system is not known. (2)

This exhibition features artists who utilize pattern and repetition. A number of Western Exhibitions’ artists traffic in this theme, specifically Ryan Travis Christian, Edie Fake, Jessica Labatte, Miller & Shellabarger and Geoffrey Todd Smith. For Underlying system is not known, we were curious to see how their work would look alongside several artists who have been on our radar for years, such as Elizabeth Atterbury, Matthew Craven, James Jankowiak, Sasha Pierce, Bayne Peterson, Hermonie Only, Andrew Scott Ross, Ron Thomas and Suzanne Treister. As thinking about the show progressed, artists unfamiliar to us with fresh approaches to pattern and repetition popped up, including Karen Arm, Emily Barletta, Joell Baxter, Jenny Crowe, Risa Hricovsky, Karla Knight, David Salkin and Chan Mei Yu. Pattern and repetition are traditionally linked with abstract painting and this show will include several examples, but we are also especially interested in how these concerns are used in figurative and narrative work. Expanding on those approaches, the works in this show include elements such as structure, geometry, angularity, obsession, labor, horror vacuii, internal logic, confusion, complexity, labyrinths, architecture, taxonomy, grids and more.

Underlying system is not known will open January 7th, and run through February 18 and will encompass both of our exhibition spaces (Gallery 1 and Gallery 2) in Western Exhibitions’ new location at 1709 W Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, this after 8 years in Chicago’s West Loop.

The opening reception on Saturday, January 7, 5 to 8pm, is free and open to the public. Please contact gallery owner Scott Speh at (312) 480-8390 or scott@westernexhibitions.com for images and/or more information.
Karla Knight
Spaceship Drawing 9
2015
Colored pencil on paper
29 x 29 inches
(1) Other shows in this vein:
The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious
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PEOPLE DON’T LIKE TO READ ART
"of or relating to the sky or visible heavens”
Several Landscapes


(2 )The title is taken from exhibiting artist Karla Knight’s artist statement.

Karen Arm
Untitled (Red Beam on Blue)
2016
acylic on canvas
27 x 22 inches
Emily Barletta
Untitled 137
2016
thread and paper
9 3⁄4 x 9 3⁄4 inches
Joell Baxter
Waver
2014
Screenprinted paper, glue, push pins
54 x 108 x 54 inches
Risa Hricovsky
Untitled
2016
woven pipe cleaners
2ft x 3ft x 18in, approx.
Andrew Scott Ross
Musees d’art et d’histoire de Genéve — White (1 of 4)
2016
Graphite on paper
25 x 18 1⁄2 inches
Suzanne Treister
HFT The Gardener/Diagrams/Hillel Fischer Traumberg/High Frequency Trading
2015
archival giclée print in Hanemuhle bamboo paper
8 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4 inches
Edition of 15


 

 
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