Mar 8th 2013

David Weinberg Photography is pleased to announce the opening of A Decade of Printmaking, the second installment of a two part exhibition featuring the narrative works from the archive of David Weinberg. In the back galleries, The Coat Check is presenting Daniel Hojnacki: An Idle Procession, featuring unique prints and installations from the Chicago-based emerging artist. Both exhibitions open with a reception for the artists on March 8th, 2013 from 5-8pm.

A Decade of Printmaking is a glance in hindsight at the accomplishments and monumental life changes made by one man whose perspectives are shifting. David Weinberg spent the majority of his adult life working for Fel-Pro, Inc., a family owned and operated gasket manufacturing company. Ten years have past since he made the leap from corporate businessman to full time artist. Since the beginning of his new career, Weinberg has continued to focus on that which he finds to be most valuable. Whether that is promoting Illinois educational reform, serving on the board for arts organizations like Marwen, or making dreamscape images that reflect his childhood memories, Weinberg continues to create what he feels is earnestly calling him.

As the second installment of a two part exhibition, the show turns its focus on Weinberg’s five series of narrative works which scale from portraits from his travels in West Africa and Bhutan to the stunningly ephemeral images from his series Adrift and Mr. Wild’s Garden. It’s an exhibition in celebration of storytelling. David Weinberg is a Chicago based photographer whose work explores abstraction, narrative and portraits of global cultures. He is continually inspired by people’s lives, hard work and the ephemerality of memory and being. His work has been featured at venues such as the Elmhurst Art Museum, Art Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art and the Field Museum in Chicago.

Daniel Hojnacki has such an intimate relationship with the narrative of memory that he has to tear it apart. As an artist whose practice is primarily informed by photography, Hojnacki’s process is closer to that of painting than the modern mechanized work flow of his digital contemporaries. Dan’s process works in small fragments of acceptance and denial. For three years he’s been feeding paper that is selectively marked with tape and spackle into an archival inkjet printing apparatus. The material naturally accepts and denies the representational images it is programmed to render or is often completely negated by layering gestures of thickening spackle and ink. It’s a process of continually breaking the timelessness of the image, deconstructing the stability of the photographic memory, a departure from the permanence of objects. Like Richter, Hojnacki is trying to get past the image, past time and memory by utilizing photographic images as artifacts of the past to talk about the present. Through recurrent themes of domesticity and nature, the images hang with familiar respite that recalls what we know we have but have not seen before. An Idle Procession gives us pause. It is an exhibition that prompts us to reflect, to stand back and rearrange what’s familiar into new sentence formations and give into the beauty of that which develops.

Daniel Hojnacki is a driven and devoted individual whose work meditates on finitude and renders somewhere between photography, painting and complicated Rorschach tests. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, at prestigious venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois and at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China. Hojnacki received his BA in photography from Columbia College of Chicago in 2011.

Please come and join us in celebrating the opening reception for the artists on March 8, 2013 from 5:00 til 8:00 pm, at David Weinberg Photography, 300 W. Superior St., Suite 203, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

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