The opening reception will include a conversation between Bill Conger and Kendra Paitz, Director and Chief Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University. The reception begins at 3 and the conversation will start at approximately 5pm.
Goldfinch is pleased to present ‘something like leaving,’ a solo exhibition by Bill Conger. Conger (not to be confused with Chicago painter William Conger) is known for working with found objects and materials, which the Peoria, IL-based artist poetically reconfigures by recontextualizing them in gallery settings. Many of the objects in Conger’s works are so slight or ephemeral as to be nearly unnoticeable–a knotted cherry stem, a razor blade, a beer bottle fragment, or the twisted frames of an old pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, for example. For his exhibition at Goldfinch, Conger will take full advantage of the gallery’s refined, airy rawness with an ultra-minimalist meditation on potentiality and finitude. Conger’s work has always integrated language and found objects to create melancholic signifiers of transience and loss; the two spare, singular pieces on view in the main gallery evoke this through their conflation of ideas of momentum and stoppage. Gallery 2 will include a selection of Conger’s recent paper works that explore and embody related themes of removal and erasure.