May 9th 2014

Opening Reception: Sherry Karver and Patty Carroll

@ Schneider Gallery

230 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Friday, May 9th, from 5PM - 7:30PM

On view through Saturday, June 28th

Schneider Gallery is pleased to present recent works by Sherry Karver and Patty Carroll. With two distinctly different artistic practices, both Karver and Carroll engage with identity through the manipulation of color, form, texture, and pattern. Identity acts as a jumping off point, but layers of complexity (introduced by the artists) expand upon and enhance the reading of the works.

Sherry Karver combines her photographs of people in crowds paired with archival images taken in the same spaces through multiple techniques: oil painting, digital technology, narrative text, and resin. The end result is a piece that embodies the “loneliness and alienation in our fast-paced society” along with highlighting “how we can stand out from the ‘sea of sameness’”. Karver sees the connection between street photography and history as a way to document and come to terms with living in our contemporary urban society.

In Carroll’s work, individual identity is masked by immense amounts of fabric. Singular figures are draped with patterns that also cover the walls and floor; they are completely enveloped by their environment. “The domestic interior of the home is a place of comfort but can also be camouflage for individual identity when decor becomes an obsession, idealization, or indication of position or status.” Carroll reflects upon the domestic space as a site for empowerment or concealment. This will be the first exhibition of the artist’s video work in tandem with her photographs.

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