Apr 8th 2017

A New Look

@ Monique Meloche Gallery

2154 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Saturday, April 8th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, June 3rd

moniquemeloche is pleased to present A New Look, a group exhibition featuring work by Sadie Barnette (American, b. 1984), Anna Bjerger (Swedish, b. 1973), Jessica Campbell (Canadian, b. 1985), Zoë Charlton (American, b. 1973), Chitra Ganesh, (American, b. 1975) and Jillian Mayer (American, b. 1986), with a concurrent site-specific on the wall project, Transmitter, by Caroline Wells Chandler (American, b. 1985).

A New Look presents a selection of artists working within the realm of figuration today, employing this fundamental aesthetic notion as a lens through which to explore their different formal and conceptual concerns. Rather than offering an exhaustive survey, the exhibition puts forth a discrete and enriching view into the compelling variation of contemporary artistic practices. From photorealist collage to life drawing, crocheting to expressive painterly gestures, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate a fascinating formal spectrum, and all use the bodily form to explore their diverse and unique modes of creative expression.

Two group shows at the gallery – Look at Me Now! (2015) and How Do I Look? (2007) – precede this one as curatorial explorations of the figure; what sets A New Look apart is the current political climate, which serves as a menacing affront to all bodies. This threat only emphasizes the need to amplify and celebrate the plurality of creative voices presented here. For this reason, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood, an organization that defends our bodies and our freedoms.

A digital publication featuring texts by each of the artists will accompany the exhibition.

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