Apr 16th 2010

In a Paperweight and Allison Schulnik: Home for Hobo Too

@ Tony Wight Gallery

845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Friday, April 16th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, May 15th

An exhibition of works by Walead Beshty, Sebastiaan Bremer, Daniel Gordon, Tamar Halpern, Barbara Kasten, Sara VanDerBeek and James Welling.

The photograph is almost automatically understood for its ability to capture the world at large, compressing whatever lies within range of the camera into a unified image; contained, continuous and even. This exhibition presents a group of artists that utilize this static notion of the photographic image not as a means to an end, but rather as a point of departure. Their works call attention to how photographs (and pictures, more generally) are constructed and considered inside the studio and out in the world.

An exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Allison Schulnik in the south gallery.

The four paintings featured in Home for Hobo Too are slathered so thickly with paint that the term “impasto” seems inadequate. Schulnik’s characters are a sorry group—hobos, clowns, losers, vermin, withering flowers—that, when teamed with her intensely expressionistic paint handling, result in images that are simultaneously anxious and dreamy, tragic and endearing. In the artist’s words, these paintings “blend earthly fact, blatant fiction and lots of oil paint to form a stage of tragedy, farce, and raw, ominous beauty—at times capturing otherworld buffoonery, and other times presenting a simple earthly dignified moment.”

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