May 6th 2017

It will be more like scratching than writing


319 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Saturday, May 6th, from 3PM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, June 10th

Paintings by Caroline Kent, Sofia Leiby, Suzanne McClelland, and Emil Robinson

Curated by Matt Morris

Within these paintings, a syntax of abstraction is examined, not only for its potential to organize into language but to question how such language is used. The paintings in this exhibition deal with surface as a site for incident, working across more than into a picture plane. Taken together, these painters de/construct a psychological logic for how mark-making is accreted, gestures recorded, and spaces of the audience press up against the fronts of their canvases. The title of the exhibition is drawn from a line in Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. in which a domestic existential crisis dismantles the protagonist’s relationship to language, humanity, selfhood, and matter. While place, text, and means of apprehension are suggested in these works, they are suspended in tension with painting’s directness—a scratching that looks past communication and toward a potential to trouble the structures by which the world around these paintings is organized.


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