Jan 22nd 2011

Michelle Grabner: Like a rare morel

@ Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago)

673 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Saturday, January 22nd, from 3PM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, March 5th

An exhibition of graphite and metalpoint works on birch panel by Michelle Grabner.

This exhibition marks Grabner’s return to domesticated geometric pattern. Gingham, a plain-woven fabric where the warp and weft are aligned to form a simple perpendicular crossing pattern is the basis of Grabner’s recent metalpoint panel works. Gold, silver, copper, and graphite are employed to imitate the basic grid structure generated by gingham weave. The small scale of these works, their minimal gestures, and their ever-changing metal patina up-stage their common reference soliciting theoretical notions of times and geometric abstraction. These simple works re-postulate the restlessness set forth by the long-standing theoretical debates between the polemical conditions of representation and non-representation, relative and non-relative, material and immaterial, the measurable and the immeasurable.

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