summer, Western Exhibitions is pleased to present two group
exhibitions of contemporary art in the landscape genre: Several
Landscapes in Gallery 1 and 3 Landscapes
in the Modern Style in Gallery 2. The shows will
be open from July 5 to August 16, 2008. The reception, free
and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, July 12,
from 6 to 9pm.
Landscapes brings together seven artists whose
disparate approaches to depicting landscape imagery range from
brushy, atmospheric painting to cool photo-and-text conceptualism.
a recent review on Artforum.com, Ana Finel Honigman states that
DAN ATTOE’s oil paintings on panel have
“the emotional subtlety and narrative complexity of a
haunting short story.” Attoe currently has two solo shows
in Europe: at MUSAC in Leon, Spain and Peres Projects in Berlin.
His upcoming group shows include Shape of Things to Come, at
Saatchi Gallery in London and The Contemporary Northwest Art
Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.
COSGROVE’s relate to notions about labour, task,
virtue, solidarity and a desire for adventure. These subjects
are informed by experience involving upbringing and boyhood
and how these translate into adulthood. There is a tentative
analysis made of occupations involving craft, labour, adventure
and the return to nature, these subjects appear as romantic
fascinations in the context of the city, conveying outmoded
ideas about proper work, effort, survival and craft. The romantic
or idealised image of a task or adventure is open to take on
elements of humour and pathos, absurdity and irony. Western
Exhibitions first encountered Cosgrove’s work at the NEXT
art fair in a solo booth presented by Mother’s Tankstation
from Dublin, Ireland, where he had recently had a solo exhibition.
Cosgrove is a recent graduate of the National College of Art
and Design, Dublin.
EUKER’s paintings often depict figures at leisure
or in moments of intimacy. Her works foreground the importance
of shared everyday routines and the spaces where such moments
occur. Euker recently received her MFA from the School of the
Art Institute of Chicago. This summer Euker has a solo project
space show at Linda Warren gallery in Chicago and a two-person
exhibition at Togonon Gallery, San Francisco.
HARDESTY’s deceptively simple drawings use quirky
hand-drawn texts to describe scenes that are at times disturbing
and at times sweet, but are always visualized in the viewer’s
mind’s eye. Hardesty recently received his MFA from the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited at
40000 and Devening Projects in Chicago.
SHERMAN’s lush paintings of of vast open spaces,
cliffs, ravines, rapids, and other ominous topography are informed
by philosophical writings on the sublime. She recently had a
solo show at the Kavi Gupta Gallery and was recently included
in the exhibit Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York.
THOMSON’s photo-etchings of barren landscapes
in the American Southwest have names of invasive or extinct
species screen printed across their surfaces. She just completed
her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and
holds a BA from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.
VAN DYKE’s pinhole landscape photographs investigate
how traces of the photographic process are legible or illegible
in completed photographic prints. The photos were shot with
a hand-built camera that had pinholes at the right and left
edges of its subtly convex front face. Due to reversals in the
exposure process, the images made using this camera at first
appear to be unitary but, on further inspection, revel themselves
as internally split and inverted. Van Dyke had a Western Exhibitions
solo show in January and won a MCAD/McKnight Visual Art Fellowship
Gallery 2, 3 Landscapes in the Modern Style
brings together three artists making figurative and landscape
images influenced, however subtly, by early American Modernist
painting. Forms reminiscent of Dove, Hartley, Lawrence and others
are realized in a variety of media from cut paper to watercolor.
BARATTA’s bizarre, fanciful paintings combine
popular and unpopular cultural references, ranging from anime
to English psychedelic album covers to Middle Eastern miniature
paintings. All of his works depict imagined worlds and create
tensions between static images and dynamic narratives. Baratta
recently had a solo show at Vox Populi in Philadelphia. His
two-person show at The Green Lantern in Chicago was named one
of the top five gallery shows of 2007 by New City.
review in the New Yorker of BENJAMIN DEGEN’s
recent show at Guild & Greyshkul in New York states that
the artist “favors the folksy and the decorative, the
look of the woodcut and of computerized graphic design.”
Degen has had solo shows at Kantor/Feuer Gallery in Los Angeles
and Mario Diacono Gallery in Boston. His work is in the collection
of the Museum of Modern Art in NY and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary
Art in Kansas.
VELLIQUETTE’s cut paper collages are rich with
personalized symbolic images of beasts, warriors, imbeciles,
scouts, healers, goons, and gods. Velliquette recently completed
a residency in Iceland. He has been included in shows at Ferragamo
Gallery in NY, Lamontagne Gallery in Boston. Velliquette’s
most recent Chicago presentation was a solo booth with DCKT
at the NEXT art fair.
Exhibitions organized these exhibitions with assistance from