Abraham Cone | Mu Gallery
July 29 – August 20 1541 W Chicago Ave. Opening: 6–10PM, July 29
Mu Gallery is pleased to present and welcomes all to the opening of Wall Ornament, Abraham Cone’s first solo show in Chicago. Moving across large-format oil paintings, garlands of corded milkweed silk, acrylic paintings on stretched canvas, infrared photographs, and works on paper, Cone trails through the woods of Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, beholding places through orna- ments and ornaments as places along the way.
Works in Wall Ornament are lilting, mischievous, and mirthful as they join painterly traditions of the nocturne, manuscript, and landscape. Holding narrative, myth, and eroticism dear, Cone’s visions become re-membered between stretcher bars—anointments, formed into ornament, as a return for the gift of night. Dozens of slightly varying tones blur as Cone’s brush ambulates around and around painted forms. Luminous yet subtle progressions of color re-enact the optically indistinct quality of low-light conditions. Cone sings his paintings into being even as cadences of color hum and emanate.
Born and raised in rural Michigan, Cone’s subjects span bushcraft to agriculture and are often sourced from personal and familial history. Graph paper preparatory drawings pay homage to his father’s pattern-making, while his painterly precision echoes a cherished (yet bygone) lineal attention to craft. Images speak a language of adornment as subjects are set in pattern.
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