Join us Friday, November 30th for “Equal Parts” the Second Solo Exhibition by Claire Burke Dain at Rubberneck Gallery
Opening Reception November, 30th
6-9pm at Rubberneck Gallery
2058 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL
Claire Burke Dain is the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Hart Benton Painting Scholarship. She received first place in the Lester Goldman 9th Biennial Drawing Competition and was a Yale/Norfolk Summer Program Nominee. Dain received a Full Merit Scholarship at the Kansas City Art Institute.
In May, I injured my right hand which is my dominant hand. It left me without the use of it for five months. I was unsure if I would recover. I started to question my identity. Who would I have to be if I wasn’t an artist?
Before injuring my hand, I thought I had to make sure my paintings had a strong back story. After I injured it, I stopped caring as much about giving my paintings meaning. Making lines was meaning enough.
This body of work is important to me not because of its back story, but because of being able to make it at all. These paintings and drawings are mostly hand exercises to strengthen and retrain my hand. I see now how much it has changed the way I approach making artwork.
As I look at the show, I see that it is still meaningful and that it also has a backstory, even though I didn’t push it on beforehand.
The name “Equal Parts” comes from my job as a bartender. When I sustained my injury, I started to bartend more and paint less.
When shit happens, people may partake in negative behavior more than positive. We all pray and hope that it will balance out so we can stand on both feet, use both hands, nourish the body and become strong again. This body of work is about that hope, that longing, that feeling of not knowing what is ahead. It’s about not having balance, but knowing it is within reach.