Opening Saturday, March 10th, from 5PM - 8PM
On view through Saturday, May 26th
R&D is a group exhibition of contemporary Chicago artists working in a variety of mediums that explore the concept of Research & Develop as a working methodology for creating works of art in an overtly process-based manner. Each artist works in a manner that continually breaks down, reassembles and manufactures art making both literally and conceptually, as a means to manifest their ideas formally in presentation.
This exhibition is located in a gallery adjoining the manufacturing space that houses several furniture designers and builders who incorporate research and development as a standard element integral to their process. By placing art works by artists who work in a similar vein within this context, the translation into the visual art world becomes more evident. R&D compliments and blurs the line between the design and “fine art” process while paying special attention to the nature of the product.
Karolina Gnatowski & Heather Mullins
Geoffrey Todd Smith
Curated by Britton Bertran
The Gallery: Manifold is a new gallery owned and operated by Ross and Elizabeth Fiersten, who recently moved their furniture manufacturing studio into the Ravenswood neighborhood to share with the Chicago community their refined approach to the craft of metal furniture and art. For more information about Manifold, please contact the gallery.
*Image: Geoffrey Todd Smith. Truth Theorem, 2012, ink, gouache and acrylic on paper, 22″x20″. Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions