Sep 9th 2016

Styles of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture)

@ Sector 2337

2337 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60647

Opening Friday, September 9th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, November 20th

About the show: The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present its fall exhibition, Styles of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture), by Stephen Lapthisophon, on view in the main gallery from Sept 09-Nov 20, 2016. Styles of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture) mixes sculpture, wall drawing, found objects, text, photography, works on paper, and fabric to address issues of time and duration. Works prepared in both the artist’s studio and created onsite in the gallery space make reference to artistic precedents in Italian art from the mid 20th c. such as Piero Manzoni, Jannis Kounellis, Giovanni Anselmo and Giuseppe Penone. This show extends Toccare (Non) Toccare, a body of work Lapthisophon presented for a 2016 project at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Texts will be drawn from an artist book produced in conjunction with the Nasher project, Notebook 1967-68, incorporating the work of Italian poet Giscomo Leopardi. The way the show brings together installation, sculpture, and writing congeals in Lapthisophon’s simple correspondence about his materials, unified suddenly in a list without commas: Paper flowers ink vegetables fabric lumber cardboard leaves egg shells strings Books dead flowers light nails glass and a flag “Lapthisophon’s work evokes the past, and in general a sense of pastness, to poetically address the present.” —Artforum, print edition, May 2016

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