Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Proximity Presents Exhibition Series:
Tales from the Bubble
September 25, 2009 through October 11, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, September 25 6-9pm
Extended hours until 1 am during performance program
3219 S Morgan St
Chicago Il 60608
Tel : 773.837.0145
Exhibition hours: Open during events and by appointment.
Tales from the bubble is the working title Berry Sanders has chosen for his participation in an art project of the Public Media Institute in Chicago. This project includes a solo exhibition and a residency for three weeks in one of the studios of the institute.
For his exhibition the artist created a series consisting of twelve stories painted in oil on paper. The works are painted only in black and white, with as another striking feature the use of a wide range in size of the brushes. This produces significant differences in detail and that adds to the dynamics of the image. Peacefully observing these images is a challenge. The eye is constantly torn between the immediate surface and the suggested depth. Perception pinches, because there is a clear tension between the different layers in which sometimes a single swipe can suggest a painted space. This tension in observing adds in processing the narrative element in his work. The stories are not to be interpreted at a single glance. The painter shows us persons in action in a constructed, not appropriate world. The pictures are confusing, the action seems pointless. In Recital no4 soldiers are pushing a piano through a forest. In TV-nation cameramen are filming a person behind a desk in an otherwise empty landscape.
The artist forces us to look at human activity with a distance. In F-side, for example, he shows us the needs of man to merge into a massive, almost religious devotion to soccer, complete with its rituals and symbols. The supporters or hooligans are ready to fight for their team, just as fanatical as believers do to protect their faith. Intrusively the artist shows us the struggle of modern man in facing an uncertain future, outside the previously so familiar religious inspired existence. Apparently life in the void is no option for this crowd. In these images the bubble is a key to the story. It is used as a metaphor for the accumulation of hopes and dreams of man. It is not clear whether the bubble is still beautiful and complete or already splashed.
The characters are placed in beautiful atmospheric landscapes. The often overwhelming nature of the mountains in Vietnam or the American wilderness, contributes to the international impact of his work. It also gives us the possibility for a different interpretation. He is not afraid to paint cliché landscapes. They seem to be picked from a postcard, and, by the lack of colour, they refer to a distant past. A past that is forever gone.
The beholder can make his own choice between being numb by comfort in the bubble, or cope with the harsh reality after the burst.
The artist is fascinated by Albert Camus (1913-1960). With existentialism as a starting point, this philosopher shows us the meaninglessness or absurdity of human life without faith in God or Salvation.
- essay by Elisabeth Schreuder, Art Historian, August 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Retórica del recuerdo
Rhetorics of memory
An installation by Jorge Miñano Ramírez
September 5 – Sept 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday September 5 6pm to 9 pm
Eastern Expansion Gallery
244 W 31st St Chicago
El: Red to Sox/35th. Bus: 29, 35
The exhibition is a starting point for a reflection about the concept of cultural memory and how it has overcome a binary opposition between the individual and the collective experiences. This reciprocal relationship came across my mind when I had to leave my own country; and experience a completely different place with a new community of friends. The feeling becomes more obvious when a visiting person has to go back home.
New concepts are related with the perspective of familiar history, memory and gender; colonial, postcolonial, and transatlantic studies; museums, monuments, and memorials, as well as the practical implications for heritage industries. It is also a skeptical way to leave one’s mark and prolong the virtual existence of a person in a specific place with techniques other than photography. The show is composed of graphic, writing, mail correspondence and actions in the city which were created for the exhibition as a tribute to Chicago. The artist also is going to take a group photo of friends and assistants during the opening in the gallery.
About the Artist:
Jorge Miñano Ramírez is a Spanish artist working with experimental narrative in film, video and photography. He documents actions about personal and collective experiences related to food, family and friendship. Using archive, reconstruction or performance, he creates different images to reflect our personal desires and the influence of one’s surrounding. He studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid and in 2008 received a fellowship from this university and the Bancaja Foundation to study at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Eastern Expansion is pleased to host Freakie Outie for a one night only performance August 14, 2009 from 7-9pm
Referencing peep shows and iPod commercials, Freakie Outie is a window-based performance installation which ties together personal electronics, affect, pop music and sensoral memory. Four performers at a time are contained within the boundary of a storefront window, with sets of headphones dangling from the top of the exterior. Each performer wears a uniform consisting of a green sensible sweater and khaki slacks. Each pair of headphones, one for the performer and one available for a viewer, is connected to one audio source playing a pop song selected by the performer. The performer rocks out to the pop song they have selected in a manner normally only practiced in a private space, as he or she would do in front of a mirror or in their bedroom at home. Viewers are welcome to listen to a set of headphones along the performance boundary for as little or as long as they like, or not at all. Freakie Outie is a study in personal connectivity to pop music which discusses the fine line between what makes one rock out and what doesn’t.
244 W 31st Street
Monday, August 10, 2009
Eastern Expansion is pleased to host Freakie Outie for a one night only performance August 14, 2009 from 7-9pm
Referencing peep shows and iPod commercials, Freakie Outie is a window-based performance installation which ties together personal electronics, affect, pop music and sensoral memory. Four performers at a time are contained within the boundary of a storefront window, with sets of headphones dangling from the top of the exterior. Each performer wears a uniform consisting of a green sensible sweater and khaki slacks. Each pair of headphones, one for the performer and one available for a viewer, is connected to one audio source playing a pop song selected by the performer. The performer rocks out to the pop song they have selected in a manner normally only practiced in a private space, as he or she would do in front of a mirror or in their bedroom at home. Viewers are welcome to listen to a set of headphones along the performance boundary for as little or as long as they like, or not at all. Freakie Outie is a study in personal connectivity to pop music which discusses the fine line between what makes one rock out and what doesn't.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Eric Fensler's installation at Eastern Expansion gallery may have presaged Michael Jackson's recent heart attack. Fensler's psychic intervention re-appropriating MJ's t-shirt featured in the the video Beat It could be the culprit. The work will be on view until July 4, 2009.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
May 30, 2009
Eric Fensler will create an installation for Eastern Expansion Gallery.
Eric will be hosting the opening. Stop by and have a Groslch.
Stop by Co-Prosperity Sphere afterwards for the Cardboard Show.
The installation will run through June 17, 2009.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Our clients at Seripop need a hand. If they win the most votes for this t-shirt design they will get an edition of them made at threadless, the grand daddy of t-shirt action! Kids will be able to order it, our team will win, and the world is a little brighter.
Please VOTE FOR THEIR DESIGN RIGHT HERE! Go ahead and sign up, too.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Reueben Kincaid client, Rachael Marszewski, will be presenting work at the Version Festival's NFO XPO on Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, 2009. Her piece " How to learn Finnish in 48 hours will be conducted over the two days of the art fair.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Reuben Kincaid is back from Switzerland and has decided to pull together his top artist, so get ready!
Michael T Rea
and more if we get a bigger space....
Aron Gent "Untitled Outpost", 2008
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Reuben is going to The Netherlands to conduct business.
While there he will be checking out: http://trendbeheer.com/artrotterdam/ where he is checking up on works exhibited by Juan Chavez, Cody Hudson, Sighn, Aron Gent, Jason Lazerus, Brian Ulrich and Michael T Rea.
Talking to MFA students at http://www.akvstjoost.nl/eng
He will be resenting at AKI, ArtEZ academy of Visual Arts Enschede re: Artist run culture in the US.
And he will also be going to http://www.extrapool.nl to freak out.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Image Splimage: Recent Paintings by Brad Biancardi
January 15 - February 17, 2009
Opening reception: January 15, 6-9 pm
244 W 31st Street Chicago Illinois, 60616
About the work
Brad Biancardi's work begins with direct, observational drawings of specific spaces or objects that carry personal importance. Working from observation is the most important mode of informing his work. Though they begin from observational drawings, they eventually abandon their dependence on them and enter an area that exists somewhere between invention and representation. For this reason Brad describes his studio practice as “referential.” Sometimes he begins with a space, sometimes he attempts to subvert a pop-cultural icon in order to transform them into something more personal and elusive, i.e. bikes, the spacecraft from the Star Wars films, governmental buildings, etc.
The mathematical system of linear perspective is one formal tool within which Brad's explorations occur; color is another. He composes his imagery based on a symmetrical model with full knowledge that asymmetrical nuances are inevitable and will bring life to the work.
Brad also desires to retain a direct connection to art history by utterly consuming the potential of basic formal tools. As contemporary culture inevitably permeates his working process, he attempts to consume it, contemplate it and eventually either abandon it or use it. It is an ever-present concern of his to be equally aware of both contemporary culture and historical knowledge. Brad finds fault in the painter who feels embedded in twentieth century theoretical matters. At the same time he thinks that contemporary art is becoming more concerned with ideas of market and fashion, while moving further away from an artistic utopia.
Brad Biancardi received his MFA from the University of Washington. From 2005 – 2007 he was a member the Seattle based artist collective Crawl Space: Artist-Run-Gallery. He has exhibited his paintings and drawings in Seattle at Platform Gallery, the Lawrimore Project, Soil, and was an artist-member of the Crawl Space gallery from 2005 through 2007. He has exhibited in Chicago at the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Zhou Brothers Art Center. He teaches at Gallery 37, was a visiting artist at Harold Washington College, and has taught at the University of Washington, Pratt School of Fine Art in Seattle, the Northern Indiana Artists Association and at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. His studio is currently rejecting him like a virus.