Apr 27th 2012

Erik Peterson: The Middle

@ Chicago Artists' Coalition

217 N. Carpenter

Opening Friday, April 27th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, May 3rd

Chicago Artists’ Coalition presents two solo exhibitions (that meet in the middle) featuring HATCH Projects artists, Amanda Greive and Erik Peterson, and curated by Jessica Cochran.

Middle class. Middle child. Middle management. We want to know, can the middle be exciting? Extraordinary? Fantastically inefficient? Our exhibition, THE MIDDLE, is an irreverent take on the two-person show: over the course of three weeks, one solo exhibition will move into another solo exhibition. Beginning with one artist, and ending with another, we are most interested in the dialogue that happens when the exhibition space gradually turns over from artist to artist.

A durational exhibition is a particularly engaging model for showing the work of Amanda Greive, a realist painter of allegorical still lives and interiors, and Erik Peterson, who creates situation-specific installations which often implicate the audience in unexpected ways. While each artist has different studio outcomes, both share an acute awareness of the ways in which the viewer forms knowledge through the perception of images and objects. In other words, mining the everyday, Greive and Peterson deliberately re-order the visual world, placing reality into new aesthetic dimensions.

As the exhibition shifts, viewers will have opportunities to consider a common subtext that each artist explores from seemingly opposite ends: food. Greive depicts food in a highly metaphorical and subjective manner by way of symbolic still life paintings. Peterson, on the other hand, explores the production and consumption of food within a site-specific framework that acknowledges the gallery’s location in the Fulton Market meatpacking district.

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