Nov 17th 2018

Victoria Marie Barquin: Tile Factory

@ The Beans Gallery

2553 W Fullerton Ave (2nd Floor) Chicago IL 60647

Opening Saturday, November 17th, from 5 PM - 8 PM

On view through Monday, December 3rd

A reception for “Tile Factory” – an exhibition of monotype prints by Victoria Marie Barquin – will take place this Saturday, November 17th from 5 – 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Excerpt from an essay by the artist about the work, which will be released at Saturday’s event:

“The depiction of real and imagined wall phrases throughout Tile Factory acknowledge the continued relationship between print media and protest, while commenting on the digital realm, social media, nostalgia, and the art world today. Although sometimes only present in the titles, these messages stand in place of glaze names, paint chip titles, and Instagram captions. Conflating these old and new forms of labeling is one way the work confronts the reciprocal relationship between past and present. Another example is in the exploitation of the square format, which nods to both the long-standing tradition of European tile work and Instagram’s debut aspect ratio. The use of the square also connotes the act of tiling in both the digital and physical world—from tiling bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes to scrolling through Google image results and Instagram profile pages. Even the act of scrolling has roots in analog and digital realms—from rolling and unrolling paper to pushing images across an illuminated glass screen.”

Exhibition runs through December 3rd, 2018.

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