Holly Roberts: As the Crow Flies

CEG is excited to welcome Holly Roberts back to Chicago for her fourth exhibition at the gallery. Holly Roberts: As the Crow Flies opens January 11 and runs through March 2, 2013. The opening reception with the artist is on Friday, January 11, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Coyote with Thistles, 2012

Since the late 1800s, artists have used paint to embellish photographs, adding rosy cheeks to a formal portrait or painting the sky of a majestic landscape. Throughout the years, photographers have treaded the line between painting and photography, at times blending the two mediums to create a new dialogue. One of the most revered artists to paint on photographs is Holly Roberts, whose images force us to examine our relationship to the land, each other and ourselves.

Roberts uses paint to define the photographic image, allowing the brush to guide her through a piece. In Praying for Rain, a coyote performs a ritual dance seeking relief from the New Mexican drought. In Coyote with Thistles, a coyote runs through a burning desert, a dead crow hanging from its mouth. In Man with Holes in the Sky, a male figure gazes up as birds fly overhead, darting in and out of stormy clouds punctuated by blue sky. Are the clouds clearing or is the fractured sky the result of global warming? Why is the desert burning? Questions are at the core of Roberts work. Through her steady and unflinching gaze, Roberts addresses real issues about the land and our effect on it.

Three Birds Resting, 2012

Visit CEG’s website for more information on Holly and to see all the images included in the exhibition, Holly Roberts: As the Crow Flies.