B & W
This was designed as an interregnum show to carry us into the latter half of the month (when the play, Health Care will be performed), and partly to call into question the mild meteorological disposition.
These works have an unsavory reconciliation between their production and the image (or object) cited.
One part humor, one part death and one part labor.
Nicholas Cueva received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. The most delicate and resonate artifacts can be derived from the most delinquent schemes. Through the benign materials of the studio Cueva attains the most caustic results.
James Davis attended Skowhegan in 2001 and completed his MFA from Ohio State University in 2003. Davis has an attenuated attention to detail through the fittings of the stainless steel frame to the belabored and the delicate defacement of white shirt with a ball-point pen. There is an unnerving dissonance between the perfected displacement over our pedestrian expectations. [Plus you got to hand it to him - Davis drove thousands of miles to deliver his work to us.]
Michael Ellis received his BA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his MFA from Northwestern University in 2004. Ellis has a dreamy and alchemic perspective on painting. He absorbs himself in attaining a pure system of mark making through a distilled process of self-conscious perception and perception.
Brian Hubble is from Newport News, Virginia. He completed his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Using humor as an entry point, Hubble challenges notions of authorship and appropriation. Everyone becomes implicated in his sprawling studio apparatus. His studio is in fact, nothing more, than an office – a mid-level BOA office.
James Powers studied Government at Harvard in undergraduate and completed an MFA at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Powers uses specific viewpoints of architecture and infrastructure merely as loose parameters to deploy paint. From his point of view, painting's obsolescence allows it to thrive in the wilds of myth and its own propensity for obfuscation (pleasantly free from the anxieties and artificialities of contemporary theory).
Tony Lewis attended undergraduate at Washington and Jefferson College. He completed his MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Lewis weaves institutional leaning ideas of installation, mark making and the placement of language through an intense combination graphite and oil.