Nov 19th 2010

CJ Matherne and Gabrielle Garland

@ Roots & Culture

1034 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, November 19th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, December 18th

In a suite of new drawings by Gabrielle Garland the “real” space shown in a photograph is only a starting point. She takes liberty to warp the perspective and change the composition of the built environment in an attempt to re-imagine a space, a space once trapped in a static image, freed to speak its past, its parts, its deeper context.

New paintings and sculptures by CJ Matherne examine an infatuation with space, as it pertains to a cultural scene as well as simple observable elements such as light, mass, and volume. In his work, concerns with the grotesque, un-hip, and awkward imbue an anxiety that already exists in the subject, adding a dark humor and his own brand of cartoonish awkwardness.

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