May 4th 2013

Methodical Deconstruction

@ The Franklin

3522 W. Franklin Blvd

Opening Saturday, May 4th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, May 25th

Opening Reception: Saturday May 4th from 6-9PM
Closing Reception: Saturday May 25th from 2-4PM

The Franklin is pleased to announce Methodic Deconstruction, an installation comprised of the works by artists Katya Grokhovsky, Tracy Ostmann, Sarah Weber and Sarah Beth Woods. Domestic life and studio practices could become collateral at their core. A chair, a table, a lamp
and a painting, resonates when their pragmatic qualities are being tampered with.

Methodic Deconstruction explores the relationship between representation and abstraction and the spaces in-between.

Katya Grokhovsky’s installation deals with her own absent migrant narrative, through the metaphor of a “vacant”, skeletal, “found” body-sculpture in a domestic setting, adopting pop culture references.

Tracy Ostmann’s paintings are a “snapshot” that documents a fragment of time, A narrative of modern family experience. Every piece presents contemplation on timeless activities—a consideration of how they are undertaken today, and of how they were undertaken by the women artisans of her heritage.

Sarah Weber’s work presents the dual nature of light as beautifully enticing and detrimental, where glares of graphite thinly veil the scratching and burning of her obsessive, excessive hand.

Sarah Beth Woods current practice involves the deconstruction and reconstruction of bath poufs and hair weaves as a means to explore, elevate, and examine the social meaning embedded within these objects.

Katya Grokhovsky is based in Brooklyn, NY and works across disciplines including performance, video, installation, photography, sculpture, drawing and painting. She has an MFA (2011) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA (2007) from Victorian College of the Arts, Australia and a BA (Honours, 2000) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Grokhovsky is a recipient of various awards, including Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant (2013), NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Mentoring Program (2012), Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others.

Tracy Ostmann After receiving her BFA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, she moved to Chicago where she earned a Post Baccalaureate certificate from The Art Institute of Chicago and began a decorative painting business that allowed her to earn a living while continuing focus on her studio work. Some of her previous clients include The John G. Shedd Aquarium, The Chicago Historical Society, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Jelly Belly Inc., Warner Brothers, as well as The University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Weber is an artist currently living and working in Chicago. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in 2011 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in Galerie Nord (Berlin), Vox Populi Gallery (Philadelphia), and Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago). Sarah has most recently completed a body of work commissioned by The HEAT Group, owners of the Miami Heat basketball team.

Sarah Beth Woods is a Chicago based multidisciplinary artist. Woods received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA from Northern Illinois University. Her work has been included in shows at the University of Michigan’s Work: Detroit space, A.I.R. gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Bob & Smith Kunstverein at Coventry University, Coventry England, and in Chicago at Western Exhibitions, MDW fair, Hyde Park Art Center, and Woman Made Gallery. She currently teaches 2D Foundations at Harper College in Palatine, IL.

3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago (West Side / East Garfield Park)
ph. (312) 823-3632
hours: F 4-6pm, Sat 12-4pm or by appointment

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