Sep 9th 2016

Diane Simpson and Jeff Perrone

@ Corbett vs. Dempsey

1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, September 9th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, October 15th

Corbett vs. Dempsey is excited to kick off the Fall season, 2016, with Diane Simpson, an exhibition of new work by the artist of the same name. This is her second solo show at the gallery.

Continuing a line of inquiry that she’s been diligently and exhaustively following since the 1970s, Simpson constructs artworks that examine relationships between clothing and architecture, between design and affect, and between drawing and sculpture. In seven newly unveiled works – six floor-standing and one wall-hanging – she delves primarily into one form: the peplum. As Benjamin Chaffee explains in his catalog essay: “The etymology of the word relates to the Greek word, ‘peplos,’ a long tunic-like garment worn by women in ancient Greece…Today a peplum is a short overskirt designed to be worn over another garment adding a decorative element, a literal flair.” These are human-scale vertical constructions, most of them featuring disparate materials, many industrial in nature, including aluminum, galvanized steel, LDF and MDF (light and medium density fiberboard), linoleum, spunbond polyester, and foamboard, sometimes accenting or patinating them with crayon, enamel, acrylic, or marker. Simpson is always acutely aware of angles, plying complexes of nested shapes as she superimposes one upon another, forcing geometry to yield a sort of grace. The resulting works call into play the constructed quality of human presentation, recalling Hugo Ball’s dada costumes, constructivist painting, and modernist design, but looking like nothing but Diane Simpson. In the last five years, Simpson has been steadily rising in international visibility, with a stunning survey at the ICA, Boston (2015-16) and a beautiful exhibition at the MCA, Chicago (2016), as well as solo shows in London (Herald St.) and New York (JTT), and group shows in Berlin, Los Angeles, Glasgow, Portland (OR), and Washington DC. In addition to her new sculptures, Simpson will show several related drawings. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color 56-page catalog with essays by Chaffee and Tessa Paneth-Pollak.

In the East Wing, CvsD is delighted to present the first Chicago exhibition of canvases by Jeff Perrone. Debuting a previously unseen body of work, this exhibition features small and medium sized canvases – coarsely textured African mud cloth, in fact – onto which colorful buttons have been sewn. The buttons themselves are gorgeous, hand selected vintage ones collected over decades by Perrone, who carefully arranged them into sharply political, polemical, and sometimes offensive texts. The jewel-like opulence and ingeniousness of the compositions is productively contradicted by the extremity and curtness of their multi-layered meanings. Born in Atwater, California, and active in New York since the 1970s, Perrone was a founding figure of the movement known as Pattern and Decoration. He showed with Charles Cowles Gallery in the ’80s, and has had solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater, Holly Solomon Gallery, and Cheim & Reid. Perrone is also a well-respected arts writer, and his 1976 Artforum essay “Approaching the Decorative” helped rethink the status of the decorative in contemporary art.

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