Nov 19th 2010

Ken Fandell: Sex, Death and God

@ Tony Wight Gallery

845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Friday, November 19th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Friday, December 31st

Sex, Death and God is comprised of eight new pieces from an extended body of work in which Fandell continues to explore a space where the quotidian becomes the awesome. Whereas recent projects have meditated on such scientific feats as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the Rorschach Test, this exhibition directly engages more immediate experiences and marks a return to the artist’s own particular form of Romantic Conceptualism. Created during a temporary relocation to Venice, California, these works spin Fandell’s day-to-day experience of Southern California into large-scale images that are an emotionally tinged reaction to time and place. Bougainvillea Down the Block (all works 2010), is an expansive field of individual bougainvillea leaves stitched together with incredible photographic verisimilitude. Some of the leaves sensual pink color has just begun to turn sour, pointing to the inevitable march of time and our own mortality. In This May Be Perfect For Art Two a banana resting on a linoleum kitchen counter is inverted into a mysterious object in a glittering night sky, while Fine combines fragments of Pacific Ocean wave-action into a surreal whirlpool of mesmerizing and impossible tumult.

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