One: A Series of Mini Solos: Mitch Patrick
1932 S Halsted St, STE 200, Chicago, IL 60608
Opening Friday, April 20th, from 6PM - 9PM
On view through Wednesday, April 25th
LITHIUM is pleased to announce a series of mini yet independent one-person shows, ONE, that will stretch throughout the month of April. One artist a week, this curatorial program aims to open up the gallery space as an experimental playground and to build an immersive environment featuring only two to three works by each artist. ONE is a linear arrangement abiding by the rule of “one show, one artist.”
Artists and their respective exhibition dates are:
Sunday Lai, Sleepless Lights, April 6-11
Adam Hurwitz, Pause/Pay, April 13-18
Mitch Patrick, Unending Sketch, April 20-25
Unending Sketch will lead you through myriad doors and shuttle between reality and surreality in the video world of Mitch Patrick. Opening reception: Friday, April 20, 6-9PM.
Unending Sketch features Outlining_(compression)_Point (2017), Arrival_Point (2016), and (Open)_Cabinet (2015). With recurring motifs such as office stationaries, a black-and-white checkered cloth, and color schemes that allude to the RGB color model, these three works create an illusion of depth and infinity within the surface of the screen. Whether to depict an alternation between different realities or a gradual unraveling of layers of moving images, the artist define a certain set of movements as a basic building block, the variable repetitions of which then result in this series of humorous yet mesmerizing videos.
Unending Sketch is a part of the curatorial program, ONE: a series of independent one-person shows that stretch throughout April, and will be on view through April 25.
Born in 1985, Lai is a multimedia artist working in performance, video, installation and painting. Lai graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009 and is currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Keen to the latent city order, Lai creates work that is deeply rooted in performing with mundane objects — a practice that both reflects and challenges the norm of daily life. Being an artist is a means by which she vents and executes her desire to control. With a dash of playfulness, she tries to show different forms of urban anxiety through a series of interventions, hoping to find pleasure in resisting order and reality.
Using computer animation software, Adam Hurwitz creates looping, non-narrative videos which attempt to convey the texture and melancholy of memory — the interstices of life rather than specific remembered events. They are informed by his experience as a painter and exist in a world between painting and film. Hurwitz lives and works in New York City. He received his M.F.A. in painting from Yale University and has exhibited in solo and group shows in New York City, Boston, San Diego, Maryland, and elsewhere. Grants include the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a 2014 NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. He is a recipient of MacDowell Colony Fellowships in 2015 and 2017, and Yaddo residencies in 2016 and 2018. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker and he was the featured artist in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of the Tupelo Quarterly. Recent exhibitions include Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM, 2017; the traveling exhibition, “Real-Fake” in 2017/2018; and his 2018 solo exhibition, extraOrdinary, at STUDIO10 Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Mitch Patrick’s studio practice encompasses a range of digital media, 3d printing, and drawing processes. Much of these practices look at the function and representation of pixels in digital images through the use of glyphs and typography. His 3d printing practice rigorously investigates the bildpunkt, a German photographic term meaning “picture point” and explores its recent history (as a pixel) through current cosmological research programs. His looping videos and performance work exhibit digitally constructed tableaux detailing the peculiar interactions between viewers, screens, pixels, and time. Mitch holds a BFA from the University of Montevallo (2007), and a MFA from Brooklyn College (2013).
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