May 23rd 2014

Matthew Girson: The Painter’s Other Library

@ Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St., Chicago IL

Opening Friday, May 23rd, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM

On view through Sunday, August 10th

The Painter’s Other Library is a meditation on silence. The quiet of the library is evoked in the paintings as well as the history of the building and the galleries that house the exhibit. Themes in the work are also drawn from research into the Holocaust and the destructive program of the Nazis. While none of the work in the show explicitly states any of these histories, the formal choices of color, image and surface implicitly beg questions about how we perceive books and paintings and how we access and conceive knowledge. A painter keeps a library to engage these subjects. The Painter’s Other Library provides models for giving them form.

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