devening projects + editions invites you to Phantom Limb, Craig Yu’s second solo of show paintings with the gallery. In the off space, Felix Malnig comes to Chicago from Vienna with Fringe Area, a exhibition of recent work. Finally, multi(ple) multi(ply), is Seth Hunter’s fourth Ecotone project in the spaces between our two galleries.
Join us at an opening reception for the artists on Sunday, January 26th from 4 – 7pm. The exhibition continues until March 1st.
Craig Yu’s intimately scaled paintings address notions of control via landscapes that shift eerily into still life. With this new project, he explores the history of representation, the pictorial language of photography and the complex relationship between visual structures and meta-criticism. Contradictions fold into one another where illusions of individual control are challenged by suggestions of external forces–obscured within the paintings–exerting a haunting presence upon the subject. The psychological intensity is heightened by Yu’s use of an ambiguously sourced luminosity reminiscent of the light and shadow found in works by Goya. If painting is considered in reference to the frame, the frame in this case exists more as a petri dish, and the representations within the paintings function as literal and metaphorical surfaces for experimentation. However, in the case of all of these paintings, every scene is left ambiguous and the viewer uneasy.
Craig Yu’s extensive exhibition record includes solo shows in Switzerland at Häusler Contemporary Zurich; in Chicago at devening projects + editions; in Hong Kong at the Goethe Institute Gallery and Art Scene China. His recent work was included in Little Dark Things at Häusler Contemporary Munich and will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at Butler University. His work has been included in shows in Sarajevo and New York and can be found in the collections of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in the Pinakothek Der Modern in Munich and the University of Gloucestershire. He is a recipient of the Mortin Mickenberg/Martin Sosin Fellowship and was a nominee for the Edes Prize. He has taught at the University of Illinois and Harold Washington College in Chicago as an adjunct professor. Craig Yu is represented by devening projects + editions in Chicago and Häusler Contemporary in Munich and Zurich.