May 22nd 2010

Jason Middlebrook: LESS

@ moniquemeloche

2154 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, May 22nd, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, July 31st

Jason Middlebrook’s longstanding interest in the decaying landscape was all about “sustainability” before the word became part of our everyday vernacular. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations address the concept of living with less and literally build upon this strategy to convey that one can also be “alive with less.” Re-imagining discarded materials like cardboard and plastic bottles into provocative installations, Middlebrook essentially creates something from nothing. In his site-specific installation LESS, Middlebrook uses trashed and abandoned wood materials scavenged from the streets, alleys, and basements of Chicago to create a jumbled starburst of reclaimed wood in the gallery. The gravity-defying installation will be tension-supported as the arms of the starburst press against the gallery walls, each arm anchored with paintings and drawings further investigating man’s relationship with nature.

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