Opening Friday, March 24th, from 7PM - 11PM
On view through Sunday, April 30th
Sounds fade and time disappears when looking dominates the senses. Landscape motifs give way to this kind of seeing and unfold the eccentric forms that humans have carved into our world. When a dialectic between nature and consciousness mirrors one between observation and representation, the observed world becomes an imagined world, and between unaffected trees and domestic gardens, there is a wild serpent, a flock of fowl, something animate. This new world portends all that is child-like, animal-like, and angelic.
Shelter, likewise presents recent paintings and drawings made while James Kao was in residence at the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists in Lehon, France.
James Kao is a Chicago-based artist, co-director of 4 th Ward Project Space, and Assistant Professor of Art at Aurora University, in Aurora, IL.
I am highlighting materials and objects overlooked in everyday life and decontextualizing the familiar– from discarded eggshells to a row of staples. All items featured can be purchased in bulk, and instead of breaking them down into normal usages such as a piece of tape or a sleeve of Smarties, I embrace the army. Capturing motion and bridging spaces are themes I explore with the different sets of building blocks. I also seek to intertwine industrial consumption with motifs of the natural world.