Dec 5th 2010

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes and Jered Sprecher: Kabinett 4

@ devening projects + editions

3039 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Sunday, December 5th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, January 22nd

Featuring new work from Mark Holmes, Britta Bogers and Jered Sprecher. Kabinett 4 — including works on paper, painting, sculpture and installation — looks at collaborative practices within carefully defined contexts.

Britta Bogers’ work in Kabinett 4 is a small fraction of an expansive practice that includes large-scale paper works and paintings. By limiting the focus here to a specific group selected from hundreds,we glimpse into the practice of an artist who is continually making decisions that move form, line and composition forward. These drawings, made with acrylic and pigment colors on primed paper, are defined by a distinct set of chromatic decisions. The result is immediate and direct; well past a sketch but never taken to over-definition. The structural forms come from memories of concrete things; but those memories are blurred and fused with other influences, leaving the images feeling familiar but still elusive. Britta Bogers’ drawings are made with a light touch, but securely anchored by the masterful use and understanding of her visual language.

For more than 10 years, Mark Holmes has been making sculpture from common materials that riff on functional construction. The work never stays there though. With subtle pronouncements revealed through the joinery and other key elements of the facture, Holmes makes poetic and nuanced declarations about form, space and light. The sculpture can be languid or highly dynamic, but it always shifts as you move from one point to another. His past productions of floor and wall objects referenced vaguely functional objects, but here, things are slippery. These objects feel domestic in scale but his use of color creates a tricky deflection that leads the allusion to functionality astray. In linen, wood and pigment, his recent standing sculptures are clearly figurative but feel more like sentries than moving bodies. Surfaces striated with horizontal seams keep us aware of the floor and hold them firmly in place. But in the end, their emphatic color and a weird sense of direction keep these characters active.

Jered Sprecher’s studio practice explores the “handwriting” of humankind. He collects the markings of cultural communication and filters and processes these notations into complex visual constructions. Laden with a dense vocabulary culled from endless sources derived from his immediate surroundings, Sprecher’s paintings, drawings and installations reflect on how we process information and make sense of “noise” in our environment. Kabinett 4 includes a group of new paintings and a Project Table with source material from all three artists in the exhibition.

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