Sep 17th 2022

Boris Ostrerov: Welcome To the Party and Raeleen Kao: Vital Signs

@ Bert Green Fine Art

8 S Michigan Ave, Suite 620, Chicago IL 60603

Opening Saturday, September 17th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Friday, October 21st

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo show by Chicago-based painter Boris Ostrerov, and our fourth solo show by Raeleen Kao, a Chicago-based printmaker and installation artist.

Boris Ostrerov exploits paint’s tactile qualities: using volume and viscosity along with color. His paintings are messy, exuberant, weighty, and sculptural. Layered with juicy piles of paint often squeezed from cake decorating bags, they both rely on and defy gravity. The pieces elicit attraction and repulsion — the work simultaneously (but abstractly) presents as food, abundance, human waste, viscera. The tension and conflict in the work between opposing themes and visual elements mirrors our own conflicted understanding of life.

Raeleen Kao’s “Vital Signs” is a site-specific installation which will fill the gallery project room. It is composed of printed etchings, hand-cut paper, and wax. The artist describes it as “an arrhythmia leached across the wall in paper.” Kao uses bodily imagery: hair, skin and scars to depict the interrelationship of mortality, bodily frailty, consciousness, and identity. Kao sees vanity as a futile foil against deterioration, and is highly critical of social norms around the treatment of women and the dismissal of their legitimate concerns. Her works expose extreme personal vulnerabilities yet project a quiet and profound sophistication.

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