SCOTT SPEH GALLERY
845 W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Wedensdays thru Saturdays
11am to 6pm
2- July 7, 2007
the Main Gallery:
The PAUL NUDD CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE
In the Plus Gallery:
a two-person exhibition by
This summer, Western Exhibitions presents The Paul Nudd
Curatorial Experience, showcasing three artists who captivate
Paul Nudd's fevered imagination: Arlene TextaQueen
from Australia, Jason Villegas from Texas and Aaron
Wrinkle from California, with an opening reception on Saturday,
June 2, from 6 to 9pm.
Arlene TextaQueen's "Textadnudes", life-sized felt-tip
marker drawings of nude women in the natural environments, overturn
the voyeuristic and aesthetically detached tradition of The Nude, conveying
an intimate exchange between artist and subject. Initially conceived
as drawings for a Manga-esque soft-porn website, TextaQueen depicts
female (and very rarely, male) friends in intimate spaces such as bedrooms
and baths. Their unique character shows through their chosen attire
and environs, such as a puppy suit or as a walrus riding queen, whether
drinking champagne in the toilet or as two tangled nudes on a tandem
bicycle. Arlene TextaQueen has exhibited widely in Australia, including
the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary
Art in Sydney and the Mori Gallery in Sydney and has been an artist-in-residence
at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in NYC. TextaQueen
received her BFA from the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Jason Villegas is debuting a large wall painting, Ultrabastard
Salesmen, portraying salesmen who engage in war crimes, terrorism, shopping,
voodoo worship and suicide in order to promote Ultrabastard consumption,
the brand name of fictional line of a series of fashionably absurd war
machines. Jason Villegas' recent show solo at Plush Gallery is reviewed
in the May 2007 issue of Art in American. Villegas is a 2004 Artadia
(Houston) grant recipient, was named "Houston's Best Artist"
by the Houston Press in 2005 and has upcoming exhibitions at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, UT Dallas, and at the Lima Cultural Center
in Peru. He just completed his MFA at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Aaron Wrinkle states of his low-fi sculptural work that it
is "art history, it's politics, it's the academic, it's humor,
it's process, unfortunately it's irony, it's appropriation, it's sometimes
laziness, it's bullshit, it's violence, it's love, it's self-obedience,
it's spirituality, it's maybe not even art." Aaron Wrinkle, an
MFA-candidate at the California Institute of Art, has shown at the Leedy-Voulkos
Art Center (solo show) in Kansas City, LAX Art in Los Angeles, Rocket
Projects in Miami and Fahrenheit Gallery in Kansas City and his many
installations and collaborations include the Dolphin Gallery Billboard
in Kansas City, the Yellow Freight Warehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas
and the acclaimed "Never Eat Soggy Waffles" with Burak Duvenci
at the Lynn Foundation in Kansas City.
Plus Gallery, we'll complement The Paul Nudd Curatorial Experience
with a two-person show by Paul Nudd and Stacza
Paul Nudd will unveil his first serious sculpture, a mysterious
table-top model called "Temple of Greening Flesh (A Graveyard)",
an unnamable green monument to death and decay. This sculpture extends
Nudd's explorations of the fecund, the funky and not-so-fresh. The work
brings his anxious ink drawings, boogery collage paintings and slimy
videos into the third dimension.
Nudd's work has been widely exhibited, but this, his second show with
Western Exhibitions, marks his debut as a Western Exhibitions gallery
artist. Paul Nudd's most recent solo exhibitions include "Pus Lust"
at Jack at Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY (2006) and "Green Slug
& Wet Filth: a Dog's Dream" at Bodybuilder & Sportsman
in Chicago, IL (2005). Recent group exhibitions include "Vomitorium
with AgitProp" at Gallery 40000 in Chicago (2006) and "Drawing
Room" at Western Exhibitions in Chicago (2006). He has a concurrent
curatorial effort at Butchershop Dogmatic in Chicago. Paul Nudd received
his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001.
Stacza Lipinski's "Towhead" is a sprawling delicate
assemblage of painted intricate curlicues of cut vellum pinned to the
wall in heavy layers. The voluminous curls of painted vellum allude
to body parts and bodily functions, much like Nudd's corporeal fixations
but with less of an intention to disgust, as well as decorative Victorian
patterns. Lipinski will also show several small colorful gouache drawings,
curious shapes that refer to plant forms, festooned with heavy strings
of painted beads.
This is one of three shows Stacza Lipinski is participating in this
summer: she's engulfing the Hyde Park Art Center in an explosively colorful
and sinuous installation titled Hang Up that will be on display until
August 5th, and she'll be in the group show "Obsessive-Explosive"
at the Evanston Art Center that opens on June 3rd. Her recent group
shows include 18th Evanston & Vicinity Biennial at The Evanston
Art Center (2006) and In Memorium and Works on Paper at Las Manos Gallery
in Chicago (2006). Lipinski received her MFA from Ohio State University