Oct 28th 2018

Michael Curtis Asbill and Barbara Diener: DISTANCES MEASURED FROM HOME

@ Gallery KIN

6319 N Greenview Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago IL 60660

Opening Sunday, October 28th, from 12PM - 3PM

On view through Monday, November 19th

Gallery KIN is pleased to present photographic works by artists Michael Curtis Asbill and Barbara Diener for its next exhibition.

Survey-like photographs by Michael Curtis Asbill act as evidence of blatantly present but easy to overlook industries that fund the super rich. Finding ties not only between his birthplace in Texas and his current home of Illinois, Asbill begins to map the monolithic stores of high-octane gasoline that we fly by in our cars, and how they might come to build a Major League Baseball field. On a more affective register, photographic portraits and landscapes from Barbara Diener’s “Sehnsucht” series place us in and around rural Illinois communities that mirror the artist’s childhood home in Germany. While her selection process of choosing towns to photograph relied on demographics, the photographs themselves evoke longing gazes onto individuals, spaces, and moments that remind us of the frequent comparison between where we are now, and where we come from.

Michael Curtis Asbill
MFA, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, 2014, Texas State University, San Marcos. Exhibitions: Rise from the Rubble, Weather the Winds: Fundraiser/Auction, Chicago Artist Coalition; SAIC MFA Show 2017, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; In the Portfolios, Flaxman Library Special Collections, Chicago; SofTactics, Cement Loop, Austin, Texas. Collections: The Art Institute of Chicago.

Barbara Diener (b. 1982, Germany) received her BFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts and MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been exhibited internationally and her photographs are in private and institutional collections including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. In June 2018 Daylight Books published her body of work Phantom Power.

ALSO! Gallery KIN has a friend across the hall: Occasional Gallery, run by Erika Råberg. Occasional Gallery will also open a new exhibition this Sunday, ENTER ROSES, featuring works by Olive Stefanski and Ruby T.

Gallery KIN exhibits works of art out of an Edgewater apartment inhabited in-part by its curator Lindsay Hutchens. Gallery KIN participates in dialogues that surround family, community, and home, through two-person and group exhibitions installed throughout her functioning living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Lindsay is a recent graduate from the MFA Photography and MA Visual Critical Studies departments at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who as an artist and scholar continues to “use photography to reveal the nuanced, intimate, and incomplete ways family constructs the self.” She also works as the Auction Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and is a front server at the first Michelin starred brewpub in the world.

Gallery hours Sundays and Mondays by appointment only, please email lindsay@gallerykin.com

Further details and information on future exhibitions can be found at gallerykin.com.

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