Jul 28th 2023

Chantala Kommanivan: Here After

@ Elephant Room Gallery

704 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Opening Friday, July 28th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, September 9th

Elephant Room Gallery is excited to present “Here After”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by artist Chantala Kommanivanh. The exhibition runs from July 28th through September 9th. There will be an opening reception on Friday, July 28th from 6 to 9pm that is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 704 S Wabash Avenue in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. More information on gallery hours and available artwork can be found on the gallery’s website: www.elephantroomgallery.com.

“Here After” is Kommanivanh’s return to his focused studio practice. Explorations with aggressive mark making, collage, abstraction and sensitive moments of photographic clarity serve as metaphors for his present emotional state. With a careful approach to gesture, the imagery is vivid in color and playful at times. These new works are a reflection of the artist’s changing perception of time, patience, loss and renewal.

An emerging Laotian American artist based in Chicago, Kommanivanh primarily works with mixed media, creating reinterpretations of memories to document his personal and family history as refugees of the unfortunate outcomes of the Secret War in Laos. Raised with traditional Lao customs at home and active in hip-hop outside of his home, Kommanivanh’s work investigates cultural hybridity and tensions of identity. He is interested in creating new memories by “sampling” from past events, drawing inspiration from old family photographs and found images representing his childhood and pivotal moments of his life.

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