In Collaboration with ACRE Projects
AS ABOVE SO BELOW
JANUARY 25 – JANUARY 31, 2013
Opening Reception: January 25 from 8-10PM
Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only
Connecting with nature and spirituality through process and invented ritual is the driving force within both Lauren Payne and Erin Washington’s work. Their processes intersect with a mutual desire to question the unknown. Presenting new works based upon the collaborators’ return to ACRE, As Above So Below will focus on where these disparate methodologies converge.
Erin Washington embraces materiality and labor to examine themes of vulnerability and permanence. Questioning how time structures transitions in ephemera, she creates mixed-media paintings, drawings, and sculptures which unravel time through the performance of their making, and their subsequent degradation. Erin employs fugitive and symbolic materials such as blackberries, lemon-juice, fire, ashes, moss, sugar, bone and saliva. Colors fade or pigments are burned: and the resulting objects emulate the cycles they describe. Her actions and products are in a constant state of flux, highlighting the disharmony between meaning, beauty, and a fundamentally messy universe. However, the temporality of the work’s making counters ambivalence; the immediate process and present-ness the work demands eclipses uncertainty…for the moment. Erin Washington received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Selected exhibitions include MDW fair, Julius Caesar, Murdertown, Columbia College NY, and Zolla Lieberman. More information atwww.erinwashington.com
Lauren Payne’s desire to connect is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in aims of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences. Her work aims to illuminate a new understanding of the metaphysical through photography, video and daily performances. Lauren Payne received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Selected Exhibitions include: ACRE in Miami, Design District, Miami, Florida; My Apocalypse, Hungerford Building, Rochester; Hammes/ Payne, New Capital, Chicago, Is This Thing On, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Magic > Nature False Front, Portland; White Lodge, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago; Out of the Woods, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Lauren Payne lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. www.laurenpayne.com
GRAFTS & RUPTURES: NEW WORK BY JORDAN MARTINS
JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19 from 7-10PM
2557 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Gallery Hours: 10-4, M-F
Chicago based visual artist Jordan Martins will exhibit new collage and mixed media work at Rational Park from January 19th until February 12th. Martins’ work features intuitively crafted worlds of candy-like bold color, vintage imagery and contrasting textures. Much like the spaceships and comic book hero drawings from his youth which built up complicated surfaces and rippled muscles through brute repetition, Martins’ collages create a space where new visual languages can develop and take shape. By manipulating and layering each fragment, he builds up to a larger, more captivating form. This multidimensional mashup results in wonderful tension between the chaos of the larger composition and the orderly, contained details of collage.
The title of one recent series, Ghost Nets, references a phenomenon in which fishing net scraps co-join in the ocean to form unruly conglomerations that both create provisional ecosystems and entrap and suffocate sea life–an apt metaphor for the images within the collage that take on new meaning when bound together with other images while remaining ensnared by their previous associations. Martins’s Ghost Nets are punctuated by bold shapes and patterns with whirling, dripping masses floating atop muted painted backdrops that possess a suspended quality like the nomadic, detritus-bound sea communities for which this series is named.
Live musical performance by: Ben Babbitt
For more information regarding this exhibition or about Rational Park, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Collaboration with ACRE Projects:
Andrew Mausert-Mooney’s Studio Audience (WEATHER PATTERNS)
JANUARY 11 – 16, 2013
Opening Reception: January 11, 2013 from 8-10PM
Gallery Hours: By Appointment Only
Join Andrew Mausert-Mooney and collaborators* on January 11th for an evening of cinematic vivisection.
**On one end of the gallery there is a set. An actor performs a series of gestures amidst props, camera persons, a musician, projected backdrops and a studio audience. Simultaneously, at the other end of the gallery, the resulting video piece (WEATHER PATTERNS) – restricted by frame, dismissive of scale, married by cut – is presented via live feed on a monitor.
The performance repeats, like a voice pronouncing a word until only sound can be heard, for the duration of the opening. At the end of the night a single iteration of the video is selected to run, opposite the empty set, for the remainder of the show.
This opening is produced in collaboration with ACRE Projects.
Andrew Mausert-Mooney (b. 1986) is a Chicago-based artist working with 16mm film,video, performance and installation. Andrew’s work has showed in festivals, galleries and exhibition series around the world including the American Film Institute, CineVegas, Chicago Underground, Gallery 400, the Sullivan Gallery and Other Cinema. He recently received his MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Spring of 2012.
*Kimberly Christian, Edward Dignan, Marriana Milhorat, and Tim Nickodemus
**As a preview of the work, the artist has provided the above information.