Aug 11th 2017

Desperate and Divine

@ baby blue

1651 W 19th St, apt 3r, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, August 11th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Thursday, September 7th

In Desperate and Divine, Kailyn Perry and Anwar Mahdi showcase a desire to take control of personal narratives through colorful works that bridge the real with the imagined. Kailyn Perry’s paintings are existential studies packed with painterly effects and layered with meaning, albeit elusive. Playful shapes that emphasize pattern in planar forms commingle with scenes of ordinary life tinged with humor. Anwar Mahdi’s practice centers around drawing on existing mythologies, folklore, and supernatural elements throughout cultures and fusing them with events in his life. Anwar’s recurring themes include the female vs the male, hyper-violence, and weaponizing both sexual energy and tropes of power to cope with the trauma of abuse.

Enter through gate to side alley and up back porch to 3rd floor.

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