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In the Company of Flowers

Kruger Gallery Chicago, 3709 N Southport Ave, from December 1, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Bringing together nine early-career Chicago artists, In the Company of Flowers presents paintings and sculptural works that explore themes of memory, sensuality and everyday experience. The artists’ diverse practices are connected by attempts to evoke or embody ephemeral phenomena, as well as a focus upon nature, the body, and the affective power of everyday objects. Amongst these forms and images, moments of poetry, fragility, permanence and possibility emerge.

A letter from the curator,

“I was left alone there in the company of orchids, roses and violets, which, like people waiting beside you who do not know you, preserved a silence which their individuality as living things made all the more striking, . . .” Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, Vol II

This fall I spent, sitting by a window, reading and reviewing essays on walking — walking as methodology, walking as a way to index the infinite ways in which the world manifests — and something in the text reminded me of this passage about orchids, roses and violets. I had been thinking for days on end about the artists I invited to participate in this exhibition, about their work. I was waiting for an inspiration to verbalize the unconscious similarities I had thought were inherent in their practices in order to justify a desire to have each and every one of them be a part of this exhibition, and so it came.

The works comprising this exhibition, in their singularity and unsuspected togetherness, present to us an accumulation of personal histories; a series of imaginative incidents that were carefully composed and deliberately crafted. Through a variety of materials and mediums, the participating artists translate the permanence and impermanence of a memory, of a sentiment, of a moment of vulnerability or blooming sensuality. I welcome you to walk through a space where to index is to experience a nomadic journey across gestures—forms that focus on the possibility contained within the ephemeral and concrete. I invite the audience to find and lose themselves in a space filled with living things.

 

Jeffly Gabriela Molina

 

Artists:

Jaclyn Mednicov

Michael Ford

Kayla Risko

Kristian Bruce

Sarah Crow

Yani Aviles

Asli Ozdoyuran

Leander Knust

Ana Segovia

 

Contact:

Mikelle Kruger

mikelle.kruger@krugergallerychicago.com

www.krugergallery.com

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‘Yes, you’re in heaven’

 

871 North Rush Street, Corner of Chestnut, Chicago, IL

May 22 – June 12, 2014

 

‘Yes, you’re in heaven’ presents a refreshing collection of new works from emerging Chicago-based artists. The paintings, sculptures, and installations comprising this exhibition explore the intersec­tion of creative process, self-awareness, and personal narrative. The participating artists, recent graduates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, introduce a multifaceted critical dialogue, transforming materials and ideas into precious compositions that reflect experiences specific to this social and historical moment. This exhibition confidently straddles the fence between stability and flux; the art exists in the limbic space between perfection and play, structure and chaos, precious and disposable, the surreal and the hyper-real. ‘Yes, you’re in heaven’ presents a selected a body of work that engages seductively; the work is witty, enticing, and shamelessly attractive. It visually investigates our situation as we grapple with a culture of increasing immediacy and rapid change.

 

Featuring new works from:

Jeffly Gabriela Molina

Jason Guo

McKenzie Thompson

Margaret Bobo-Dancey

Mika Horibuchi

Brendan Luchik

Lesley Jackson

 

Curated by:

Sara Van De Walle

Jeffly Gabriela Molina

 

For more information:

www.yesyoureinheaven.com

www.facebook.com/yesyoureinheaven

Twitter @yesyrinheaven

 

Presented by J.G. Arts Studio & Exhibition Projects, LLC