Mar 25th 2016

Magalie Guérin: Copy Drawings

@ Sector 2337

2337 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL

Opening Friday, March 25th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, May 15th

Special performance by Marissa Perel at 7pm

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Magalie Guérin, Copy Drawings, organized in conjunction with the publication of Guérin’s first book, NOTES ON (The Green Lantern Press, 2016). With 100+ drawn reproductions of the artist’s prior works, Copy Drawings, examines the process by which one reconsiders and recreates the past, posing questions about what is and is not original.
For the opening and book launch of Guérin’s NOTES ON, NY-based performance artist, Marissa Perel, will perform, “Oh toi, ma persécutée!!” my mother used to say to me. The title of the piece, taken directly from NOTES ON, points to the painful suspension of disbelief an artist experiences when facing “the blank surface—the emptiness” that it “can/will actually become something” (Guérin 19). Reading various excerpts of Guérin’s book, Perel will insert her own commentary into the margins, while sampling music and other media referenced in the book (as in, if you like Patti Smith, you should definitely come to see this).

NOTES ON is an a-chronological studio diary that Guérin has re-transcribed twice by hand and now in print. Through that active facsimile Guérin documents her painting process, mapping at once her creative history and the way that history consistently transforms. Personal, professional, and creative spheres intersect like simultaneous layers in a painting as accumulated entries capture the shifting gray area between self-doubt, self-awareness, and creative breakthrough. A recurring and parallel “character” in this journal is a hat shape—an abstract form that Guérin paints over and over again. Whether anatomical or abstract, the hat shape becomes an anthropomorphic companion as witness/lover/nemesis to Guérin’s artistic endeavors. Guérin shows us not only that a room of one’s own is useful, but what can happen when it is utilized.

Magalie Guérin is a Montreal-born artist based in Chicago, IL. She received a MFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Sector 2337 (Chicago), Lyles & King (New York), The Suburban (Oak Park) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), which was a Critics’ Picks in Artforum.com. Recent group exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene (NY), Brand New gallery (Milan), and Rhona Hoffman (Chicago). Guérin is the author of NOTES ON, published by The Green Lantern Press (2016). She teaches Painting & Drawing at College of DuPage, Indiana University Northwest, and at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Marissa Perel is an artist and writer based in New York. Her interdisciplinary work includes performance, installation, criticism and curatorial projects. Perel attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A 2010) with the artist, Magalie Guerin, though their friendship began after graduating. Through shared values of writing and criticism, and conversations on the parallels of formal structures in choreography and painting, they became supporters of one another’s aesthetic interrogations. In Chicago, Perel’s work has been shown at the Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, the Chicago Humanities Festival, Defibrillator, and LVL3 galleries among others. In New York, her work has been shown through Movement Research at Judson Church, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, and the former Golden gallery. She is currently in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She is a lecturer through the Low-Residency M.F.A Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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