Oct 7th 2022

Sage Smith & Heather Polk: Ways Of Another Place

@ Blanc Gallery

4445 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL 60653

Opening Friday, October 7th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Friday, November 18th

Blanc Gallery is excited to present the work of Sage Smith and Heather Polk in Ways Of Another Place, a dynamic two-person show that delves into and explores the rich, and sometimes dark, interiority of both artists.

In Ways Of Another Place we are invited to fall into worlds sculpted from the complex interior lives of Sage Smith and Heather Polk. Through the deep blacks of Heather Polk’s collages and the vivid playfulness of Sage Smith’s paintings, you are transported into a landscape of surfaces that ripple and flex with self-reflection. It is as if transported into Alice’s Wonderland with fragments of N.K. Jemisin’s Onyx Obelisk floating above it. This is a world in which you encounter your most challenging emotions as colorful and unnerving characters; smiles neither welcome nor menacing, but whose eyes follow you unblinkingly. It is also a world whose terrain refuses to stay still, moving beneath your feet in the same way memories shift and reconstitute themselves over time.

Between them we lose ourselves in a space that walks between the abstract and the figurative; narrative and meaning discovered in the wide and layered cracks that mark the shared vocabulary of their work. United by the visual language of collage, but working in distinctly different mediums (Heather in collage, Sage in painting), these two artists have sought to reflect on the possibilities their bodies harbor through exploring the fissures and multiplicities articulated when you layer texture, pattern, image and form on top of, across and in conversation with one another. There are no stable locations. There are no certainties.

Opening Reception is from 6-9pm at Blanc Gallery.
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