Apr 26th 2015

Please join us for What Creature Deserves Such Devotion, a solo project featuring ceramics and works on paper from Jessie Mott and myotherisanother, an ambitious new installation of wall works, paintings and prints by Steven Husby.

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion, Chicago artist Jessie Mott’s first solo show with the gallery, is a selection of polymorphously exuberant objects exploring material immediacy; various lumps and holes beneath the glazing of the ceramic pieces suggest creature status. Transformation is key to the tactility of the work, vacillating from clumsy to formal elegance. The palette is bittersweet, expressing both joy and melancholy.

(b. 1980) Jessie Mott’s practice encompasses a variety of media that includes painting, drawing, sculptural objects, and writing. Often the work employs a menagerie of human, animal and celestial forms, otherworldly anatomies in various states of being. Mott has exhibited her work widely; collaborative animations with artist and writer Steve Reinke have been screened at national and international venues including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, VIDEOEX International Experimental Film & Video Festival in Zürich, Switzerland; the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany; and the Sydney Underground Film Festival. Her drawings were featured in Reinke’s video program in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Mott received an MFA in Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern University and a BFA from New York University.

Well known for his highly controlled geometric paintings, and most recently for his Tumblr blogs, Steven Husby selects an abbreviated cross section of recent and older work, including xerox, RISO prints, and works on canvas, as well as employing other strategies, for myotherisanother, his upcoming exhibition with devening projects + editions.

(b. 1977) Steven Husby lives and works in Chicago. Working across multiple mediums and platforms, his work investigates the relationship between the universal and the particular by collapsing the distance between the axiomatic and the idiomatic, employing a simple graphic vocabulary in order to find the place where inner and outer structures converge. Recent Solo exhibitions include BRUTE FORCE at 65GRAND in 2013, RUBICON at Julius Caesar, 2011; we speak the way we breathe at Peregrine Program, 2010; and UBS 12×12, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 2007. Collaborative projects include In Medias Res with Aya Nakamura at Biblio Projects, and Tears for Fears with Sarah Anne Lobb, both 2014. Recent group exhibitions include Fragments of an Unknowable Whole at Urban Art Space in Columbus Ohio, 2014; Afterimage at the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, 2012; Bad Moon at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, 2008; and a summer group show with Philip Vanderhyden and Greg Perkins at The Suburban, 2004. His work has been written about on Artforum.com, ArtSlant.com, Art:21 Blog, the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, and most recently by Kate Sierzputowski on Inside/Within, and by Robert Burnier on the Bad at Sports blog.

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