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Artist's Reception: The Chicago Project at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

EXHIBITION DATES: July 12 - August 31, 2013


Friday, July 12

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Catherine Edelman Gallery's Chicago Project is a running online gallery that features underrepresented artists living and working in the Chicagoland area. The project celebrates its 10th year with this exhibition, and has in the time since its inception shown the work of over 80 photographers. This summer's show includes the work of nine artists: Clarissa Bonet, Eddee Daniel, Juan Fernandez, Peter Hoffman, Justin Chase Lane, Paul Marquardt, Jessica Tampas, Anthony Vizzari and Jacob Watts.

The selected artists and their works represent a true cross-section from the participants. Themes of place real or imagined hold the works of Bonet, Daniel, Fernandez, Hoffmen, and Lane together. Though a loose unifier, place gives a starting point for further investigation of each artist's work. Beyond place for Bonet's work are narratives that emerge from direction and balance formed in two images that feature pedestrians in the public way. There is a strangeness, an otherworldliness even to Paths where one woman stands alone at an intersection, her shadow pushing into our space, and Street Dance again is an odd revelation of the rhythm to a daily march. Daniel's works are structured formality and though we are offered two broad views the frames are tight and hold us. Fernandez too engages a strong sense of structure; his architectural images are ever so clean and rhythmically balanced.

Hoffman and Lane's works hold to place, but form bridges into other areas. For Hoffman materials reinforce meaning and for Lane imagined place opens our curiosity. Hoffman engages place, the Fox River, and pushes onto question our relationship with the natural world and our resources through his choice of materials, water and fossil fules. The works are recognizable yet otherworldly; they seem to tear, dissolve, and become stained. They are affected altered spaces. Visually they ally with the work of Vizzari, an artist who combines imagery to reveal or suggest inner stories. These works are charged with memory that we long for and grasp for. Lane's world is invented. It in no way tries to trick us; these are miniature sets that have been photographed. The works are odd enough to carry themselves, and while we know they can't be real we do care about the story around them. We wonder about the star-gazer in Lookout or the crazed person who marks time in 1044. These works are a nice juxtaposition with Watts, who's images are fantastic, but soft and almost dream-like; they are composed from photographs old and new. Like Hoffman, Watts cares about our relationship with the natural world, but Watts is most interested in our history; his works trace our timeline.

The remaining two artists, Marquardt and Tampas engage figures. For Marquardt it is a formal standing figure the identity of which is lost to gleaming light that erases the form's head. With Tampas this is all we are given- the face, but the depicted is the visage of a doll. We may pause between their works to think about identities real and projected.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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