Opening tonight: Michael Kenna / The CEG Salon!

We are thrilled to present the 20th exhibition of work by Michael Kenna, and The CEG Salon, as our final shows in our River North location. Both shows open January 11 and run through March 16, 2019.

The opening reception is tonight, January 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

After 31 years in River North, Catherine Edelman Gallery is relocating to 1637 W. Chicago Avenue in April 2019. CEG opened in 1987, shortly after Catherine Edelman graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in photography. CEG quickly gained attention for its risk-taking shows, opening the gallery with “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” by Nan Goldin, and working with such luminaries as Joel-Peter Witkin, Duane Michals, Sally Mann, Richard Misrach, Abelardo Morell, Allen Ginsberg, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, James Balog, and more than 170 other known and emerging photographers. Edelman is often quoted stating that the gallery shows everything from Michael Kenna to Joel-Peter Witkin – from intimate landscapes to photographs that incorporate cadavers – and credits Michael Kenna for the longevity of her endeavors.

“When I first opened, the only place to have a gallery was River North. After 31 years in the same building, it’s time to move to a new area that is home to more than a dozen established and new galleries,” said Catherine Edelman. “We are excited to join the group in West Town and look forward to sharing our program with the new neighborhood. The move allows us to double our space, creating a new and vibrant exhibition program, including a dedicated video room, multiple gallery spaces, and plenty of room for educational panels and workshops. We look forward to inviting the public to our opening exhibition in May of 2019.”

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When thinking about the last exhibition in River North, Edelman and her staff immediately thought of Michael Kenna, whose work helped sustain the gallery throughout these 31 years. New photographs taken in Asia will hang alongside classic early pieces, representing the breadth of Kenna’s work over the past four decades.

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Concurrent with Michael Kenna’s show, the gallery will rotate a selection of artists who have helped define CEG’s legacy. The CEG Salon will include work by more than 40 current and past represented artists, hung salon style in the main gallery. Artists include Shelby Lee Adams, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Daniel Beltrá, Barbara Crane, Bruce Davidson, John Dugdale, Herman Leonard, Francesco Pergolesi, Doug Prince, Olivia Parker, and numerous local and international artists who have shown during the past 31 years.
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We thank all of the artists who have helped shape the programming at 300 W. Superior Street. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our new space in the Spring of 2019 for our opening show featuring classic and new work by Joel-Peter Witkin. Gallery hours will remain the same, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-5:30 pm, as will our phone number.

See both exhibitions in full on our website here.

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Top 10 moments of 2018

It’s been an incredible year for the gallery and our artists, which made the process of selecting our highlights difficult! These are our top ten moments from 2018. We can’t wait to share with you all we have in store for 2019, but for now, enjoy this year in review, shared in chronological order.

1. 2018 kicked off with Elizabeth Ernst’s third solo exhibition 

In perhaps one of CEG’s most dynamic installations ever, Elizabeth Ernst introduced us to the residents of Shady Grove Nursing Home. Using photography and painting, the Chicago-based artist shared with us the current whereabouts of her cast of GE Circus characters, continuing a narrative Ernst has been creating for over a decade. Throughout the gallery, one could peer into vitrines filled with ephemera belonging to Lenny the Caregiver, Pearl the Lunch Lady, Lois, Jake and others. The show was reviewed by The Chicago Tribune, part of its “See It Now” column.

2.  Barbara Crane celebrated 90 years on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

Screen Shot 2018-12-29 at 1.16.57 PMOur exhibition, Barbara Crane: The Polaroid Years ran concurrent with a solo show at Stephen Daiter Gallery, honoring the artist at 90 years of age. Marc Vitali stopped by the gallery to speak with Catherine and Barbara for Chicago Tonight.

3. Catherine Edelman honored by her alma mater at their 2018 commencement ceremony

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In May, the University of the Arts honored Catherine with their Silver Star Award for Outstanding Alumni! The school recognized her dedication as a leader and educator in the world of contemporary fine art photography.

4. We signed the lease for a NEW space at 1637 West Chicago Avenue

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Cheers to making the move official!

After 31 years in our current building, CEG will relocate to West Town in April of 2019, joining other new and established galleries which span Chicago Avenue from Ogden to Western. Our new space will have two floors and almost twice our current square footage, providing much-needed room for storage and dynamic, expanded programming. Chicago Gallery News interviewed Catherine about leaving the River North Gallery District in their fall issue. Read the article, here.

5. How do you see me? programming included an insightful panel discussion with Chicago arts leaders

After watching the separate careers of these three amazing photographers develop over the past few years, we invited Alanna Airitam, Endia Beal, and Medina Dugger to exhibit in our September season-opener. How do you see me? featured work by three important bodies of work that confront perceptions of race, gender and beauty within the arts and the workplace. The gallery hosted and recorded a panel discussion with local arts leaders, as well as an informative artist talk with Airitam, Beal and Dugger, both of which you can watch here. The exhibition gained unbelievable press attention from the BBC, CBS, Chicago Tribune, among others, further propelling the ideals promoted by these incredible photographers.


6. Jess T. Dugan published To Survive on This Shore

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For over five years, Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabre have been traveling, photographing, and interviewing members of diverse trans elder communities. Thus, To Survive On This Shore was published with Kehrer Verlag, containing the stories and portraits of over 60 non-binary and transgender individuals. Within weeks of the September release, multiple news outlets had featured the photo book and the first edition sold out from the publisher. The New York Times Photo Lens Blog has included the series in it’s top 13 photo stories of 2018.

7. CEG welcomed baby Nolan!

Many of you know our amazing gallery Director, Juli. In the middle of a busy week filled with art-fair prep, installation and gallery events, Juli delivered a healthy baby boy! Though she and baby Nolan have visited the gallery a few times already, we’ve missed having Juli here everyday, making us laugh and leading our crew. We look forward to welcoming her back from maternity leave soon.

8. Michael Koerner’s first ever solo show closes out the year

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Left to right: Saira Chambers, Michael Koerner, and Yuki Miyamoto

We were thrilled to install “Michael Koerner: My DNA,” the artist’s first solo exhibition, which opened on November 2 and has been extended through January 5, 2019. Over 50 tintypes were initially installed, both framed and displayed on ledges through the gallery. Special thanks to former Director of the Japanese Culture Center Saira Chambers and nuclear ethicist Yuki Miyamoto for participating in an amazing dialogue with the artist concerning Gaman, a theme prevalent throughout Michael’s images. Read more about this purposeful work in these reviews by The New Yorker and Chicago Reader.


9. These works were acquired by public collections in 2018

Our artists had an incredible combined total of 14 museum and other public collections acquire their work this year! Total works acquired was almost triple.

10. New represented artists joined our roster

A successful year meant we were able to add four new photographers to our roster of represented artists. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the work of Marina Black, Garrett O. Hansen, Michael Koerner, and Pete Jacobs, head over to our website or stop by the gallery to see their work!

 

Small works at booth 211

This year at Art Miami, CEG is featuring several artists exhibiting work smaller in scale. We hope you’ll stop by the both and experience these intimate pieces in person.

Marina Black

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While you held me, 2015 © Marina Black

Marina Black’s photography is about experimentation and the physical process of reworking the surface. She works in analogue, digital and camera-less technologies and likes the tactile qualities of prints, and dealing with fragments, that often take her to a new place. She states: “Inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War, the imagery from the series Hasard Anticipé may be associated with manifold of inward and outward conflicts. I would like to comment on moral questions that emerge from the knowledge that harm and malevolence occur in both worlds: outside, and, to an extent, inside our minds.

“Portraying children rather than adults feels like magnifying fears and scars of childhood. I like the confrontation they create, that is simultaneously suggestive of tenderness and cruelty. I am interested in investigating the complexities of the childhood world, and how susceptible children could be to mental and physical injuries. While there might be joy in childhood, there are also bullies, strangers, loneliness and conflicts to be negotiated.

“All combined, I like to subvert the sanitized notion of children as innocent beings, removed from and unaware of ambition for power and control. The images, populated mainly by the youth, represent dark forces akin to spirits or villains from childhood dreams or worse – the incarnations, that exist inside our minds and might never entirely mature.”

Marina Black originally studied History and Painting, then art has become her primary preoccupation. Black received W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award in Fine Arts for outstanding achievement in creative & scholarly work, as well as a number of Ontario Arts Council grants. She was a featured exhibitor of the CONTACT International Photography Festival. Her work has been published in Eyemazing Susan Vol.II, curated by Susan Zadeh; FOSSILS OF LIGHT + TIME, curated by Elizabeth Avedon, an editor of L’Oeil de la Photographie; Mercy project, curated by a photographer James Withlow Delano; and BURN, 1st edition, curated by a Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey. Black’s work has been shown in solo & group exhibitions worldwide and reviewed in numerous fine art publications. She maintains an active art practice both independently and collaboratively working with artists from different mediums. Her photographs are included in the public collection of Heritage Municipal Museum of Malaga, Spain; in Alliance Francaise in Canada; in IZOLYATSIA non-governmental arts foundation, Ukraine.

Clarissa Bonet

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Building facades melt into darkness, their architectural details vanish, leaving only glowing windows in a sea of pitch black, like stars in the night sky.

Stray Light is an ongoing photographic project aimed at imaging the nocturnal urban landscape. We have all but lost the night for our progress. In its place we have formed a new cosmos, one of vanished surfaces and flecks of light. Carefully constructing each image from multiple photographs, I reform the urban landscape in my own vision – one that seeks to reconstruct the heavens in its absence above the cityscape. Light emanating from each window references a world unknown, evoking a sense of mystery and awe. We no longer look up to the night’s sky with awe. Instead, that is how we look out at the city.

Clarissa Bonet lives and works in Chicago.  Her work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context.  She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body, she uses the camera to transform the physical space into a psychological one, providing a personal interpretation of the urban landscape. Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and resides in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s MPP collection, The South East Museum of Photography, and The Haggerty Museum. Most recently she received the Chicago Individual Artist Grant and was curated into a group show at Aperture Foundation Gallery.

Pete Jacobs
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Pete Jacobs lives and works in Chicago.  Born and raised in New Haven, CT, he attended Wesleyan University, graduating with a B.A. in English Literature. A published poet, he has received, among other awards, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In recent years, his drive to experiment and innovate has steered his interests towards the visual arts.

As a photographic conceptual artist and a painter, he often portrays a vulnerable humanism. His multi-panel Tableaux series transforms the worldly—a tightrope walker, a laughing woman, a collection of prosthetic eyes, a text statement on unrequited love—into strange and illuminating melding of expressionistic color fields with ghostly underlying imagery.

In these visual narratives, the viewer experiences both a sense of fracturing into parts and a coming together as a whole. As with chapters in an unfolding story, the eye lingers on the contents of one panel and then is drawn on to the next in a progression of hue gradients and the linking up of the image. A tension hovers in this attempt at unity never fully realized due to the spatial separation of the individual panels.

Laurent Millet

For more than twenty years, Laurent Millet has channeled his innate curiosity to create photographs that question the way objects appear within space and time. Citing R. Buckminster Fuller and Denis Diderot among his influences, Millet creates an artistic vocabulary through metal wire, vineyard posts and barrel hoops – objects prevalent in the coastal town of France in which he resides. There is a rich history of artists constructing environments simply to be photographed and then disassembled. These created realities were prevalent in the 1980s, as works by Sandy Skoglund, Bernard Faucon, Bruce Charlesworth, James Welling and other artists burst onto the scene. All of these artists worked with objects to create a narrative, captured by the camera. Laurent Millet (b. 1968 France) continues to work in this tradition, using various 19th c. printing techniques to magnify his vision.

As he stated in a 2014 interview in L’Oeil de la Photographie: “I felt like I had to take refuge in something that was comforting and reassuring… This idea brought me back to what I did as a child in the countryside when I would play with wood and stones. I rediscovered that pleasure as an adult… Starting with the first things I built, fishing machines, I felt like a world was opening up in which I could really exist. These objects are powered by my personal fictions, my dream of another life. The photograph is proof of that, a record of the moment, a reward.”

Laurent Millet’s work can be seen in numerous publications including his 2014 book, Les Enfantillages Pittoresques (Filigranes Editions) and in major museum collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Fonds National d’art Contemporain (Paris), among others.

You can see work from all the artists featured at booth #211 here.
For more information on the fair, visit www.artmiami.com.

Catherine Edelman Gallery at Art Miami 2018

Booth #211

The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

Show Hours:

Friday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 9 11am – 6pm

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Portraiture on view in Miami

 

Alanna Airitam
When Alanna Airitam (b. 1971, Queens, NY) was studying the history of art, she noticed the absence of black people in the history of Western art. This exclusion is familiar to many dark-skinned people who are used to seeing themselves represented in paintings and films as domestic workers, slaves or barbarians. By inviting African Americans to pose in the style of classic Dutch portraiture, Airitam reclaims art history, shining a light on the racial disparity in her series, The Golden Age. Titling her images after places in Harlem — Saint Sugar Hill, Saint Minton and Saint Lenox — the artist pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance, which opened doors for many young African Americans working today. It is a powerful series that celebrates black identity while highlighting the racial divide that exists throughout art history.

Endia Beal
Endia Beal (b. 1985, Winston-Salem, NC) focuses her camera on how African American women are perceived in the corporate world based on their physical appearance. As a young black woman in a mostly white dominated corporate job, Beal knew people talked behind her back about her hair, which did not conform to their definition of beauty. Now, as a professor at Winston Salem State University, Beal tackles the stereotypes that her students and other black women face when they do not fit the corporate mold. Am I What You’re Looking For? poses black women in front of a photographic backdrop of a typical office setting, wearing an outfit they find suitable for work. Through this work, Beal challenges the viewer to look at their own biases or stereotypes as they view the photographs.

Medina Dugger
Medina Dugger (b. 1983, Corpus Christi, TX) pays homage to Nigerian photographer J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, whose 40 year black and white photographic study of African women’s hairstyles set the standard for the celebration of black hair culture. African hair braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process, which begins in childhood. The methods and variations have been influenced by social/cultural patterns, historical events and globalization. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal/family traditions. In her Lagos studio, Dugger pays homage to historical and imagined hairstyles, honoring Ojeikere’s work through a contemporary lens in her series Chroma: An Ode to J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere.

 

You can see work from all the artists featured at booth #211 here.
For more information on the fair, visit www.artmiami.com.

Catherine Edelman Gallery at Art Miami 2018

Booth #211

The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

Show Hours:

VIP Preview
Tuesday, December 4
5:30pm – 10pm

Thursday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 9 11am – 6pm

Debuting new work at Art Miami

We would like to extend a big thank-you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the VIP Preview of Art Miami! Opening night is always a great time spent talking about our featured artists. The first day of public hours begins today at 11:00 am. You will discover new work by three of our featured artists, as well as new bodies of work by our represented artists. Read on to learn more about Michael Koerner, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, and Gregory Scott!

Michael Koerner

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DNA #7797L – #7801R, 2018 © Michael Koerner

Michael Koerner (Okinawa, Japan, 1963) is the oldest of five brothers. Due to genetic abnormalities and cancer, he is the only remaining living son. His brothers’ fates (and potentially his own one day) can be linked to their mother, who was eleven years old on August 9, 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. She lived in Sasebo, Japan, 45 miles away from the blast. The long-term effects of severe, acute exposure to gamma radiation led to his mother’s death at an early age, and all of his brothers. Koerner’s work explores his family history and genetics through small tintypes, using photographic chemistry to assimilate the bursts and biochemical fallout from the atom bomb.

Koerner’s 6 x 8” tintypes seduce the viewer with glistening deep blacks, metallic silvers, and odd green, yellow and blue hues, to talk about disease. By blowing through a straw, or dripping chemicals from an eyedropper onto tin plates, Koerner manipulates collodion to create sunbursts, explosions, amorphous shapes, and double helixes, all of which reference his family history. In Waterfalls we see vibrant blue chemical drippings, reminiscent of pieces by the 18th c. Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai; in Phases small balls float across the sky, resembling shooting stars; in Finger Prints, the repetitive imprint of the artists fingertips suggests a medical scan or disease.

Michael Koerner started showing his tintypes less than two years ago, and is part of numerous collections including the Sir Elton John Collection (Atlanta, GA), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City, MO) and the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL). We are honored to present his first solo exhibition and believe it is a fitting way to close out our 31 years in River North.

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

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Chasing Birds, 2018 © Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

Act Without Words

We have focused on a key inspirational source of our work over many years: Performance Stills and Stills from Cinema.

Our work has always relied heavily on research. Key within that research has been perusing film and performance stills of works ranging from Brecht, Beckett, Cunningham, Rauschenberg, Postmodern Dance, Experimental theater and Cinema. We find viewing stills to be central to igniting our creative engines. These images allow us to Ponder the totality of the past performance, without knowing the fullness of the event. It is like a spark of magic. This incompleteness allows us to begin the dreaming process. Within this dreaming we find our own story, our own meaning. And from that point new images form.

These images are constructed with that in mind. Rather than creating a complete narrative, we created these images attempting to embody that electric charge we respond to in performance stills. Our intent is for the viewer to experience these images as awakenings to ponder the scenes much like we imagine while viewing performance stills.

Each image in the series is one-of-kind.

Gregory Scott

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Basquiat Dreams, 2018 © Gregory Scott

This year at Art Miami we are debuting a new piece from Gregory Scott titled, Basquiat Dreams. Gregory tackles Jean-Michel Basquiat, who first gained recognition as part of a duo graffiti team named SAMO, popular from 1977-1980. He went from being homeless at the age of 17 to major success within a few years. His fame is often credited to his blending of text and image, which tackled racism, classism, colonialism and celebrity, while staying true to his street art roots. The result was more than 600 paintings and 1500 drawings, all done before his untimely death at the age of 27.

Many references to Basquiat’s life and works can be seen in Basquiat Dreams. The video starts with numbers, which reference the date of his birth and death, and the highest price paid for one of his paintings. From there, Scott eludes to SAMO, skulls, figures and markings, among other known Basquiat symbols. The result is a poetic and spirited homage to an artist whose genius was cut short, but lives on as an inspiration.

Basquiat Dreams, 2018 is a framed 30½” x 40″ pigment print, oil on panel, and 4k UHD video (7 min 45 sec), made in an Ed. of 10.

You can see work from all the artists featured at booth #211 here.
For more information on the fair, visit www.artmiami.com.

Catherine Edelman Gallery at Art Miami 2018

Booth #211

The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

Show Hours:

Wednesday, December 5 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 9 11am – 6pm

CEG at Art Miami

In its 29th edition, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s modern and contemporary art fair market and is globally recognized as a primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries. The VIP Preview, sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate and benefiting the Perez Art Museum Miami, takes place tonight from 5:30 – 10:00 pm. We are pleased to showcase the work of Alanna Airitam, Endia Beal, Marina Black, Clarissa Bonet, Medina Dugger, Pete Jacobs, Michael Koerner, Laurent Millet, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison and Gregory Scott.

You can see work from all the artists featured at booth #211 here.
For more information on the fair, visit www.artmiami.com.

Catherine Edelman Gallery at Art Miami 2018

Booth #211

The Art Miami Pavilion
One Miami Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & Macarthur Causeways

Show Hours:

VIP Preview
Tuesday, December 4
5:30pm – 10pm

Wednesday, December 5 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 6 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 7 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 8 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 9 11am – 6pm

Michael Koerner: My DNA opens tomorrow!

We are thrilled to end the 2018-year with work by newly discovered artist Michael Koerner, whose tintypes have stunned the art world. My DNA opens November 2 and runs through December 22, 2018. This will be the final show in our River North location. After 31 years in the same building, we are moving to 1637 W. Chicago Avenue, to join fellow gallerists in West Town.

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There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The artist will be in attendance.

This Saturday, November 3 at noon, we will host a discussion in the gallery between the artist, Saira Chambers, Director of the Japanese Culture Center, and Professor Yuki Miyamoto, a nuclear ethicist at DePaul University. The discussion will explore how contemporary artists like Koerner tackle the concept of Gaman (我慢), creating a conflict between his cultural heritage and his need to examine the effects that the atomic bomb had on his family. This event is free and open to the public. More information and a link to RSVP here!

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On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the town of Nagasaki, a short distance from the home of Michael Koerner’s mother. The chemical fallout from the bomb instantly killed tens of thousands of people, and left many more reeling from its effects for the rest of their lives. Koerner’s family is just one example of the devastation that chemical warfare had during World War II.

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Shoreline #7415, 2018 © Michael Koerner

Michael Koerner (b. Okinawa, Japan, 1963) is the oldest of five brothers. Due to genetic deformities resulting from cancer, he is the only remaining living sibling. His brothers’ fates (and potentially his own one day) can be linked to their mother, who was eleven years old on that ill-fated August day. She lived in Sasebo, Japan, 45 miles away from the blast. The long-term effects of gamma radiation led to his mother’s death at an early age, and all of his brothers. Koerner’s work explores his family history and genetics through small tintypes, using photographic chemistry to assimilate the bursts and biochemical fallout from the atom bomb. With a family history of various cancers, it is no wonder Koerner became an organic chemist, currently teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Koerner’s 6 x 8” tintypes seduce the viewer with glistening deep blacks, metallic silvers, and odd green, yellow and blue hues, to talk about disease. By blowing through a straw, or dripping chemicals from an eyedropper onto tin plates, Koerner manipulates collodion to create sunbursts, explosions, amorphous shapes, and double helixes, all of which reference his family history. In Waterfalls we see vibrant blue chemical drippings, reminiscent of pieces by the 18th c. Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai; in Phases, small balls float across the sky, resembling shooting stars; in Finger Prints, the repetitive imprint of the artists fingertips suggests a medical scan or disease.  As he states:

“I am the oldest of five brothers.  The next born son of my parents lived for only several days. The next son was stillborn and the next was miscarried late in the third trimester. The cause of each of these tragedies was traced to genetic abnormalities. My youngest brother, Richard, eventually succumbed to complications associated with two separate bouts of lymphatic cancer. He lived until he was 32 years of age. There is a tremendous amount of pain and guilt associated with these horrendous endings. It is almost impossible to eliminate or even subdue the feelings that something could have been done differently or avoided.

About half of the 80 thousand deaths from the attack on Nagasaki occurred in the first day, while the other half of the deaths occurred from radiation sickness and burns in the following few months. Realistically, the ultimate death toll is at least ten times higher when you approximate the long-term effect of severe, acute exposure to gamma radiation. My mother and each of her four siblings died of rare genetic disorders and/or cancer at ages much younger than the median life expectancy. I remain hyper-vigilant towards my own cancer diagnosis and exhibit my own feelings of survivor’s guilt. These feelings, and family history and experiences, drive my artistic practice.”

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Michael Koerner started showing his tintypes less than two years ago, and is part of numerous collections including the Sir Elton John Collection (Atlanta, GA), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City, MO) and the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL). We are honored to present his first solo exhibition and believe it is a fitting way to close out our 31 years in River North. We opened the gallery with Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a visual diary of the artist’s struggle with love, addiction, heartache and friendship. And we say thank you to River North with the work of a newly discovered photographer, Michael Koerner, who teaches us about our past and its ramifications, through visually stunning pieces of art. We look forward to welcoming the public to our new space at 1637 W. Chicago Ave., in March 2019.

The entire show can be seen on our website here.