Jan 22nd 2010

Jeff Marlin: Paintings

@ Corbett vs. Dempsey

1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, January 22nd, from 5PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, February 6th

Paintings by Chicago artist Jeff Marlin.

Spanning a period of about ten years, this survey includes various series in Marlin’s oeuvre, which, in the artist’s words, “…is always a dialogue between hand and machine systems.” The selection of works extends back to early paintings exploring dot matrix disintegrations of images (UFOs, mushroom clouds, fascist architecture), all using scanned and manipulated photographic sources, Xeroxes and stencils in the development of the paintings. Out of these arose several subsequent lines of investigation, all of them leaving behind the image altogether in favor of quite minimal abstraction. One avenue of inquiry took him into what he called “soft grids,” using palette knife and brush as well as printing and blotting with cardboard and string, creating what he described as “…surfaces which interrogate their means of productions without wholly repudiating them.” Some recent paintings are clearly about surface and working process, drawing interest and ideas from the soft poetics of Robert Ryman and the white paintings that Robert Rauschenberg created in 1951.

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