Feb 2nd 2018

Kevin Blake: A Prosthetic Tongue With A Natural Curl

@ Orbit

1350 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60642

Opening Friday, February 2nd, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, March 11th

Here, in the twilight of history, we stand at the mercurial edge of tomorrow-not in a line of progress-but in a circle, each at an equal distance from eternity. One era speaks to the next in filtered and foreign speech-a dialogue of tragically alien accents. We’ve evolved to lean heavily on our eyes to provide the burden of proof and to produce any testament of efficacy by the life of any generation. We’ve been charged with understanding what the world is by understanding what the world was-information, which we imbibe with our eyes through time-torn filters. People often say, they will believe something if they can see it, but rarely do people ask themselves why they see the things they see.

In this exhibition, Kevin Blake presents a series of new paintings that address this conundrum by suggesting contemporary discourses within historically patterned social contexts. The titles, often stamped onto the surface of the paintings or in the borders, aim to produce a variety of potential meanings within the images. In this way, colloquial language is forced into a more ambiguous space, wherein the potential of the image coalesces through the cadence of the words in the mind of the viewer establishing the individualized understanding of what the eyes see. A Prosthetic Tongue With A Natural Curl embraces the dream of accuracy while understanding that truth is a sound as much as seeing is believing.

Kevin Blake is an artist and writer living and working in Chicago, IL. After completing a BFA (2004) in Painting and Drawing and an MA in art education (2011) from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Kevin went on to receive an MFA in visual arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (2014). Kevin’s debut solo exhibition opened at The Riverside Art Center in March of 2017 and followed by another solo exhibition at the University of Indiana Northwest in November of 2017. Kevin is a contributing writer for Bad at Sports, and has published numerous catalog essays, a few poems, and an artist book.

A Prosthetic Tongue With A Natural Curl opens with a public reception on Friday, February 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Don’t miss a short reading by the artist at 7:00 p.m.

The exhibit runs through March 11.

Viewing hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11:00am to 4:00pm and Saturdays by appointment.

Orbit is a series of exhibits and experiences open to humans that desire creativity, adventure and action offered up by Dorman + Torluemke in association with mmg (Media Made Great) 1350 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL.

For additional information please contact, Linda Dorman, unclefreddys@gmail.com

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