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Gallery Talk & Artist's Reception: Wendy Burton at Ars Libri, presented by the Robert Klein Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

HISTORIES

Exhibition Dates: November 2 - December 22

Opening Reception:
Friday, Nov. 2
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Gallery Talk & Reception :
Saturday, Nov. 3
2:00 - 4:00 pm


The trace of life is palpable in the work of Wendy Burton. The artist focuses on places that have been abandoned. Presence is heavy in void scenes of a grain elevator, a lonely farm house on the prairie, a schoolhouse hidden by overgrowth, a rotting staircase, church pews, and any number of window panes. Her new work focuses now on tiny lives and stories in images of bird's nests and animal skulls. Histories will highlight works old and new.

In all the work we sense moments gone but proven. There is a mournful quality and a humbling recognition in the echo of presence, the tangibility of that which seems to slip through our memory like water through our fingers ignites desperation. We grasp at what we do not see, wonder at the stories we do not know. As we imagine what was as we hold onto memories that are not ours and have a nostalgia for them. In the new works, the simplest of natural artifacts- nests and skulls, especially the nests, become metaphors for life and death; present and past; home, family, and childhood. A connectivity of life emerges too from parallels born from these seemingly natural inclinations to metaphor.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit, Robert Klein Gallery

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25 Year Anniversary at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

What I Was Thinking

Exhibition Dates: November 2 - December 29, 2012

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS:
Friday, November 2
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


The show What I Was Thinking is a salon-style view of artists and works that date back to Catherine Edelman's first show, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" featuring work by Nan Goldin. The exhibition touches all the interim years through 100 works by more than 75 artists.

What seemed at first to be the perfect practice for a future in the museum and curatorial wold, Edelman confesses her "biggest goal in 1987 was to realize [her] five-year plan . . . to operate a gallery in Chicago for five years and then transition into museum curatorial work," and she almost did. Five years in with the first Gulf War and recession in full swing exit seemed perfectly timed. She had the opportunity to work under her mentor Robert Sobieszek in Los Angeles. Something happened. He told her to stay in the gallery world, and for 20 more years she has.

From the outset Catherine Edelman gallery sought to bring the best of the media to the forefront from internationally acclaimed to emerging, and undiscovered talent. Through her work and many years of dedication she has continued to push into new areas through the Chicago Project, which features emerging talent in the Chicagoland area and Ctrl +P, a project that provides further exposure for new artists discovered online through vignette exhibition in the gallery. Artist Talk, another initiative, allows viewers to gain an intimate knowledge of the motivation behind the work of featured artists through video presentations. All of the gallery's extra efforts work to bridge the gap between working artists and the public. Edelman has also pushed the boundaries of photography and photography galleries by including artists who engage video as well as photo-based objects.

With all the gallery has accomplished in the past 25 years, we have every reason to expect continued success and leading initiative from Catherine Edleman Gallery. Congratulations on this major milestone!

For more information on the exhibition and the gallery please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Thierry Cohen at Esther Woerdenhoff Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 26, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Exhibition Dates: November 8 - December 22, 2012

Artist's Reception:
Thursday, November 8
6:00- 9:00 pm


In this series of photographs of Therry Cohen we believe we see a starry night over cities, but it is exactly the reverse. These are the skies we do not see.

These photographs are a composite images, but are quite the intentioned creations. The artist does not just borrow any segment of sky to mesh with his cityscapes, rather travels to another location- somewhere remote- that rests on the same latitude as his intended city. The artist trekked to the deserts most notably, including the Atacama and Mojave deserts. Using the same angle and careful marking of place, Cohen manages to reveal to us the sky as it would be in Rio, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong-Kong or Paris. The effect is delightful and poignant- if the cities of man did not disrupt the celestial beauty of the night sky with their light and atmospheric pollution what grand evening views they would have. The resulting frames are magical.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Esther Worerdenhoff Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Steve Kahn at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

The Holywood Suites

Exhibition Dates: November 3 - December 8, 2012

Opening with the Artist:
Saturday, November 3
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Made in rundown apartments in the 1970's these images by Steve Kahn are charged through their void. Tension emerges in the work most immediately through the quality of the prints then through content in layers and time. The high-contrast of the prints flattens space, introducing an abstract quality, and a graininess further distorts perception. Images reduce but intensify our sensations, and each frame is both unsettling and gripping.

The Hollywood Suites breaks into two groupes- nudes and mirrors, windows and doors. One series fed into the next. Kahn had been working with porno industry models in the old Hollywood district of Los Angeles when the work began. The nudes are well done- direct confrontations reveal a moment that either offers a glimpse of the woman inside the shell of a body or the persona it wore, but when on one occasion Kahn's model didn't show he began photographing the rooms. In the nudes series the woman display themselves and try to be provocative, but more powerful works are images where Kahn employs fragmentation. In both types there is a lack of wholeness that agitates even if it seduces. The situations were "loaded," to use Kahn's words. He found that "By removing the extreme content, [he] could focus on . . . [the] environment for the ideas it embodied" (Bellows press release).

The mirrors, windows and doors works are heavy. The spaces become metaphors for the figures but expand beyond the specific story or situation the nudes engaged; they illude to poverty, desire, loss, and raise questions about the history of place. Complex and even cinematic-style narratives unfold in our minds as we wonder at the stain left by a missing mirror, the tear in a curtain, the boarded doors, and the false promise of serenity in the cheep art. Drama mounts and the unanswered questions do not stop coming.

The exhibition to be the first solo exhibition of Kahn's Hollywood Suites in San Diego. Kahn was part of an important generation of Los Angeles photographers that included Robert Heinecken, Ilene Segalove, and Jerry McMillan. In 1979 Kahn received the Young Talent Purchase Award from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the following year a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kahn is represented in many collections, among them the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bibliotheque Nationale, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

For more information on the artist please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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Artist's Reception: Julie Blackmon at Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, October 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Day Tripping

November 1 - January 12, 2013

Reception with the Artist:
Thursday, November 1
6:00 - 8:00 pm


Julie Blackmon will debut six new works in this, her second, exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery. In the new pieces we see a shift of focus. While the quality of visual play and style identify the work as hers, there is an inward turn in the characters. Rather than what had become an almost classic scenes of domestic chaos we find characters trapped in their own moment- a girl with a tennis racket chasing a ball down the sidewalk, a teenage boy dressed all in black leaning agains a wall smoking a cigarette, and in the distance a third figure- a man in white carrying a plank of wood over his shoulder. This third figure is a direct nod to a new source of inspiration, the French painter Balthus. Where Blackmon's earlier work traced the history of art to Dutch Renaissance painters like Jan Steen these new images reveal a more contemporary approach with cleanly simplified, boldly uncluttered scenes where figures engage the world each in their own space.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Robert Mann Gallery

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