Feb 10th 2012

“Ice is bark of rivers
and roof of the wave
and destruction of the doomed.” – English translation of Old Icelandic rune poem

On Friday February 10th from 7PM to 10PM, The Hills Esthetic Center hosts “Isaz: Ice is bark of rivers”, an exhibition of new painting by Aron Gent, Nick Ostoff, and Sophia Rauch. The exhibition closes on March 4th. The word “Isaz” is a German translation of the i-rune, the pre-Latin Germanic character meaning ice. Each character in this alphabet stands for a concept or object and is explained by a poem, the Icelandic version above serves as an abstract compass for viewing the works collected in this show.
Often considered a boring topic of small talk, weather conditions, particularly temperature, have an imbedded dialogic relationship within painting; its light, space and mood. The artists in this exhibition approach architecture, surfaces, color temperature and emotion from unique conceptual perspectives and varying artistic backgrounds. Uniting the work is a tactile sensitivity to the formal language of painting and the use of subtle difference to point in the direction of renewal.

– Aron Gent is a Chicago based artist, photography printer and art organizer. He received a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and recently opened a printing/exhibition space called DOCUMENT.

– Nick Ostoff is from Toronto, Canada, received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

– Sophia Rauch is from Berkeley, California. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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