Final Day of EXPO

Today is the last day of EXPO CHICAGO. If you haven’t made it out to Navy Pier to see the fair then change your plans and head on over.

expo2016_08Over the last few days we have been highlighting the artists we are featuring at the fair and today is no exception.

Robert & Shana ParkeHarrion’s Precipice series combines their love of theater and performance. In each image, we see a man bearing witness to his own desires and struggles. In all of these majestic photographs, the environment is larger than man, reminding the viewer that we need to listen, pay attention and care for our surroundings. Below is a fantastic Artist Talk we recorded during their exhibition at the gallery this past March.

Clarissa Bonet’s work is currently on view at the gallery through October 29 and is also on view at EXPO. In 2014, Bonet embarked on a second ongoing project, Stray Light, which looks at the anonymity of people in their homes at night. Bonet photographs once the sun sets, capturing the colorful glows from hotel and apartment windows. Back in her studio, she carefully constructs each image from multiple photographs, transforming the urban cityscape into a constellation, as the mind tries to organize the information presented.

Clarissa Bonet, SL.2015.0126 Chicago, 2015

Francesco Pergolesi was raised in Spoleto, a small Italian village filled with artisan shops and small businesses. Now splitting his time between Spoleto and Barcelona, Pergolesi creates photographic tableaus inspired by memories from his past: narrow cobblestone streets, the sound of a hammer coming from the open door of a shoemaker; the smell of fresh bread from a baker, the steady beat of a sewing machine from an open window, the smell of old paper in a used bookstore. In Pergolesi’s world, these sights and smells drive his art making, as he seeks to preserve the past. Below is a Chat Room episode that was recorded while Francesco was in Chicago for his exhibition at the gallery.

Click here to see more work featured at EXPO CHICAGO.

EXPO CHICAGO
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Booth 247

More EXPO Artists

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This year at EXPO we are featuring Jan Kaesbach and Guillaume Martial, two artists who were both recently featured this summer in our Still Moving exhibition.

Jan Kaesbach creates portraits of tradespeople that resemble contemporary August Sander’s photographs. The artist makes videos that appear static, yet upon closer examination, an eye twitches, a flame flickers or a hand tremors. Each “moving portrait” is made by seamlessly looping 3500 still images, which are then played back at standard film speed. The videos last between 3-4 minutes, creating a tension between the sitter and the artist, as each subject attempts to remain still. These are quiet pieces that allow an intimate interaction with the viewer.

We are presenting a grid of photographs by Guillaume Martial. In the photographs, we see the artist in a gymnasium interacting with three modules (blue, red and yellow). A modulor was an architectural measurement invented in 1945 by Le Corbusier that provides maximum comfort in the relationship between man and his living space. The artist tackles this concept by playing and interacting with three distinct shapes. The result is a surreal and comical piece about his relationship with architecture.

Guillaume Martial, Le Modulor 4, 2014

We are also, pleased to be exhibiting Gregory Scott’s work. Using illusion and surprise, Scott challenges the definitions placed on photography, painting and video, expanding its discourse and creating a dialogue with the viewer.

Click here to see more work featured at EXPO CHICAGO.

EXPO CHICAGO
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Booth 247

EXPO CHICAGO 2016

Vernissage was fantastic last night! Thank you to all the artists, collectors, friends and new friends that came to the opening.expo2016_opening3We are excited to feature work by ten different artists at EXPO! Today we will highlight four of them.

Serge Najjar transforms architecture into dynamic abstractions. He will also have a solo show this coming January at the gallery.

“Every Saturday I drive my car towards a destination, still unknown, and guide myself by my instinct, by light and by whatever attracts my eye. At some moment, I stop. I position myself. And then all I have to do is wait for something to happen. In most cases, what captures my attention are the architectural details. My aim, then, is to try and get closer to abstraction (within the real world). I try to look at my everyday surroundings with a new eye. These photos show what I have seen.”

—Serge Najjar (from LensCulture article)

Daniel Beltrá’s Iceland and Greenland work is also on view. We have featured Daniel’s work at several art fairs and in multiple exhibitions at the gallery. Daniel is an aerial and conservation photographer and has been documenting the effects of global warming on our landscape for over two decades. Below is a Chat Room episode we filmed with Daniel earlier this year during his exhibition at the gallery.

We are featuring fifteen photographs from Sandro Miller’s American Bikers series. Sandro has been making portraits for over thirty years was awarded the Lucie Foundation’s “International Photographer of the Year Award” in 2014 and 2015.

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Ysabel LeMay’s The Eye, 2016 is also on view at EXPO. In 2010 she turned her full attention to photography. Combining her technical expertise with her deep-seated roots as a painter, LeMay continues her exploration into the power and divinity of nature through a unique process she calls “Photo-Fusion”. At first glance, you might think you are looking at a hyper-realistic painting. However, LeMay’s innovative technique is a lengthy process during which hundreds of photographs are taken and light and visual properties are attuned. To hear more about her process, watch our Artist Talk we recorded with her in 2015.

Ysabel LeMay, The Eye, 2016
Ysabel LeMay, The Eye, 2016

Click here to see more work featured at EXPO CHICAGO.

EXPO CHICAGO
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Booth 247

 

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline – Leigh Merrill

We are excited to feature the work of Leigh Merrill as the next Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist. Merrill’s photographs and videos will be on view September 9 – October 29, 2016!

Leigh Merrill’s work examines the construction of desire, fiction and beauty in our urban landscapes. The subjects in Merrill’s photographs are often created from ubiquitous objects and architecture. Familiar elements such as the lawn, manicured and manipulated plants, new buildings mimicking other eras and locations, often reveal a culture of perpetual longing. Elements of our constructed environments simulate, or reference other places and histories acting as evidence of desire. Merrill often mixes together the real and the fake in her work to create images of places and objects that challenge our expectations or reveal the simulacrum in our environments.

White Street, 2009
White Street, 2009

Merrill’s process begins by making thousands of individual photographs, videos, and audio recordings while exploring a city or neighborhood. In the studio, she then digitally assembles these sources to create photographs and videos of imaginary spaces. Some of the images have some veracity, but more often they suggest a visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail or object that fascinated her. These composite images function as a metaphor to the ways in which desire and control is physically constructed in the landscape.

Lemmon at Mahanna Street, 2012 (still from video)
Lemmon at Mahanna Street, 2012 (still from video)

Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MFA from Mills College (Oakland, CA). Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, Fotofest International, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Design Observer/Places Journal, Dwell.com, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Washington Post. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix, the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as various private collections. Merrill currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

LINKS:
Leigh Merrill website
Aint–Bad
Dwell
Lenscratch
Places Journal

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Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.

Clarissa Bonet: City Space + Stray Light opening reception!

We are thrilled to present our first solo exhibition for Clarissa Bonet, whose photographic work is garnering terrific international press! City Space + Stray Light runs from September 9 – October 29, 2016.

The opening reception is Friday, September 9,  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The artist will be in attendance.

The concept of place, and our relationship to it, is at the heart of Clarissa Bonet’s work, who was born and raised in Tampa, Florida – a coastal port city known for its amazing climate, sports teams, national defense outposts, and healthcare businesses. While the city is currently undergoing a population growth, it used to be a quiet place dominated by the warm gulf water. In 2010, Bonet moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at Columbia College Chicago. She immediately noticed the density of the city, its people, and its traffic. As she wandered the city, she was stunned by the isolation she felt among the throngs of people rushing along the sidewalks. It was this feeling that led her to City Space, an ongoing body of work about individuality in a large city.

Mixed Use, 2016
Mixed Use, 2016

Walking for hours, Bonet uses her phone to photograph the interactions between people, architecture and light. Later, she would revisit these places and recreate the feeling she had first experienced, hiring models to play specific roles at the precise time of day when the light was perfect. The resulting photographs are carefully staged memories that appear to be snapshots of everyday city life. As she states: “The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, and endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me. The images I create provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.”

In Progress, 2016
In Progress, 2016

In 2014, Bonet embarked on a second ongoing project, Stray Light, which looks at the anonymity of people in their homes at night. Bonet photographs once the sun sets, capturing the colorful glows from hotel and apartment windows.  Back in her studio, she carefully constructs each image from multiple photographs, transforming the urban cityscape into a constellation, as the mind tries to organize the information presented. Ultimately, the viewer is left dazzled by the glow emanating from windows that fill the city skies, much like the stars do on a clear night, far away from the lights of an urban landscape.

SL.2016.0215 NYC, 2016
SL.2016.0215 NYC, 2016

Clarissa Bonet (b. 1986) has already exhibited in numerous group shows in the United States. Her work can be found in the collections of the Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach, FL), The Haggerty Museum (Milwaukee, WI) and the JP Morgan Art Collection (New York, NY), as well as many private collections. Recent press includes articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Week, and PDN, among others.

The entire show can be viewed on our website!

Labor Day weekend

CEG wishes everyone a relaxing Labor Day weekend. We will be closed on Saturday, September 3rd for our own day of rest before the fall season begins! We hope you will join us September 9 for the opening reception of Clarissa Bonet: City Space + Stray Light.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, Locomotive taking sand, Chama, New Mexico, 1962 © David Plowden
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, Locomotive taking sand, Chama, New Mexico, 1962 © David Plowden

September…. what’s ahead

September is here and we are very excited about our upcoming exhibitions and events! Here are a few to add to your calendar. Stay tuned as we continue to develop the schedule…

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Clarissa Bonet: City Space + Stray Light
Opening reception with artist: Friday, September 9, 5-8p
September 9 – October 29, 2016

We are thrilled to present our first solo exhibition for Clarissa Bonet, whose photographic work is garnering terrific international press! To read more about the show and see all the images click here.

Mixed Use, 2016
Mixed Use, 2016 © Clarissa Bonet

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EXPO CHICAGO 2016
September 22 – September 25, 2016
Booth: 247
Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

Entering its fifth edition in 2016, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 140 leading galleries from around the world. Visit our website to see the work we will feature in our booth this year.

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