Dec 18th 2009

To Face: A Portrait Show

@ Lloyd Dobler Gallery

1545 W Division St, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, December 18th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, January 30th

A show about the unconventional portrait featuring works by Ben Fain, Ian Hokin, Andrew Holmquist, Autumn Ramsey and Alice Tippit.

Throughout history, the face has been an enduring, ambivalent subject manipulated by artists to explore a range of human emotion. Often a formal affair required for the preservation of a family memory, portraiture has long been swapped out for it’s modern equivalent- the photo. Since the invention of photography, portraits have become a new beast altogether- sometimes barely reminiscent of the human form in varying states of play, despair, or terror. These five artists take the definition of ‘portrait’ and run with it in completely different directions. Ben Fain uses high definition video to define his girlfriend’s extraordinary father (Dr. Russell Schneider, a forensic odontologist) enacting a theatrical autopsy/taste-test on an injured rival player lying on a parade float during the Warren Township High School homecoming parade, (an event held in Gurnee, IL, on Saturday, October 4th, 2009). Alice Tippit employs analytical lines in her colorful compositions to suggest the interpretation of a human form, and Andrew Holmquist paints whimsical figures using fluid brushstrokes with a refined palette.

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