Jan 29th 2016

Neutral Mask

@ Western Exhibitions

835 W. Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor

Opening Friday, January 29th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, March 12th

Neutral Mask features ceramic masks by Em Kettner, artist books and works on paper by Andy Moore, and watercolor and pencil works on paper by Oriana Wiech. Like the expressionless “neutral mask” worn by actors and actresses in training, Kettner, Moore, and Weich’s work explores subjectivity and affect. Coy, mysterious, uncool and playful, works on view in Neutral Mask complicate readings of both their meaning and intent. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 29, 5 to 8pm and runs through March 12, 2016.

Em Kettner is an artist and writer living in Chicago whose work has been shown at various loactions across Chicago and Philadelphia. Kettner received a BFA from the University of Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Andy Moore (b. 1907, Racine, WI) recently decided to just make art books for the rest of his life. His work has been shown at Dogmatic/Butchershop, TBA Space, Western Exhibitions, all in Chicago and his 2010 solo ahow at Gallery 400 was reviewed in the Chicago Tribune and Artslant. New City called him the “best new artist book artist” in 2012. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Moore lives and works in Chicago.

Oriana Weich (b. 1980 Jerusalem) has been shown in Chicago and in Israel. She earned her M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her B.F.A from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.

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