Jul 21st 2018

What Is Not Is Isn’t Is

@ Linda Warren Projects, Gallery X, Y, & O

327 N Aberdeen St Ste 151, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, July 21st, from 3PM - 5PM

On view through Saturday, August 18th

Join us on Saturday, July 21st from, 3-5pm CST for an artist talk with Juan Angel Chavez, Lora Fosberg, and Emmett Kerrigan. Special guest, Robin Dluzen will be moderating.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

In what will be the final summer exhibition in my space on Aberdeen, “What Is Not Is Isn’t Is” features the work of Juan Angel Chavez, Lora Fosberg and Emmett Kerrigan. Born from a very personal desire to reconnect and collaborate with these three great artists and friends, to experience one last “hurrah” together before the next chapter of LWP begins, there is not a “per se” overarching theme to this show. Yet a broad notion of “landscape” and a pathos of kinship permeate throughout this grouping as well as their individual work. For Chavez, sociocultural landscapes are conveyed via a poetic engineering of repurposed urban debris and artifact – bounties from his nuanced scavenging and hunting. For Fosberg, text-based works and ceramic sculptures illustrate precarious environmental realities, the chaos of our political atmosphere and the ongoing and constant absurdities and dualities of the human condition. And Kerrigan, who deeply immerses himself in his singular, remarkable paint work and process, continues to reduce his landscape into more abstraction, boosting the notion of inwardness, simplicity and meditation – the necessity of escaping our complex outer world to grasp onto something more concrete and primal. These are not easy times for most of us living on this planet. The personal struggles combined with the all the surrounding violence, hatred, destruction, prejudice, injustices, and the shit list goes on, is everywhere and all around us. And art, so clearly with these three artists, resonates as the way for breathing and communicating all of the despair and dysfunction toward a notion of hope. As discombobulated as the title of this show may sound, which says just take it, one way or another or many, investigate the many layers of this work. Let art be like family and friendship – a place to accept, express and come together to find the beauty in our lives. Our goal, through the upcoming curatorial experience, is to further a conversation amongst close friends whose lives have been informed by one another as people sharing a real life language of each other’s trials and tribulations, successes and failures, highs and lows. Connection.

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