Dec 11th 2021

ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC: Minutiae: Works on Paper

@ FLXST601

2233 S Throop St, Studio 601, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Saturday, December 11th, from 3PM - 6PM

On view through Sunday, January 30th

Minutiae: Works on Paper
December 11 – January 30, 2022

FLXST Contemporary opens its new gallery space FLXST601 at the Mana Contemporary building with a solo show by Alexis de Chaunac Minutiae: Works on Paper. Defined as the small or precise details of something, the works on paper in the show redefines “minutiae” as creative gestures or acts of an artist responding to the details presented on the paper medium. In de Chaunac’s case, the artist uses pages ripped from botanical and zoological books published in the 18th and 19th centuries to use as his source material from which the colorful portraits emerge. The minutiae found on the pages and the artist’s meditative process of living with the pages for an extended period before painting, drawing, or inking the pages. The historic details of plants and animals on the pages facilitate the creations of surrealistic faces, portraits of otherworldly creatures that could only come to presence because of the minutiae found on the pages. The artist’s excavation of the historic documents for his work reflects both a reverence for historical artifacts as well as an irreverence through the destruction of the pages by transforming the surfaces into portraits. de Chanauc’s fantastical portraits triumph over the staid scientific empiricism of the botanical and zoological studies found on the pages. Perhaps we should consider these works on paper as statements that art and science can coexist? Their coexistence demands viewers to think beyond the conventions of science and to stretch their imaginations to see what other bodies might be hiding between and among the lines and historic illustrations as the artist has done.

* This is our inaugural show at our second space FLXST601 at the Mana Contemporary Building
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