May 1st 2010

Stacie Johnson: Pizza and Alexis Mackenzie: All the Colors of the Dark

@ ebersmoore

213 N Morgan St, 3C, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, May 1st, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, May 22nd

Stacie Johnson makes art from the everyday items that she finds in her immediate surroundings. In her process of creating seemingly abstract works, Johnson first builds a temporary sculpture out of such items as fabric, pink Styrofoam, paper, tape, wood, and string. Johnson carefully observes these weird tableaus of line and color, studies the forms and shadows, then re-creates the sculptures in paint. In the translation from sculpture to painting, Johnson concentrates on the tension between illusion and flatness, condensing the accumulated passages in the 3-dimensional forms to embody similar relationships in a flat image. The paintings allow the viewer simultaneously to believe in and recognize the means of illusion. Stacie chooses this practice as a way to participate in the discussion of abstract painting while fulfilling a personal desire to express the extrasensory within the physical.

Gallery 2 will feature beautiful hand cut collages by gallery represented artist, Alexis Mackenzie. The exhibition, titled All the Colors of the Dark will be the artist’s first one person exhibition at EBERSMOORE. Her work, known for being seamless in its craft, has recently become interwoven with intricate typography. Sometimes direct, other times quite hidden, she considers them to be “simulacrum of things which sometimes have no real shape.” The collages for this exhibit are based on film titles from the giallo genre; composed primarily of botanical & biological elements, each piece leaves much to be discovered.

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