Emily Sartor: Ghost Swamp, 2006
Oil on canvas, 52 x 66 inches
Kelly Breslin, Shona Macdonald, Emily Sartor, Olivia Schreiner
Skestos Gabriele Gallery is pleased to present "Extended Visits", a summer group exhibition including works by Kelly Breslin, Shona Macdonald, Emily Sartor, and Olivia Schreiner. "Extended Visits" was inspired by the idea that place, time, and memory instigate an identifiable moment, one that can be familiar or foreign, true or false, literal or poetic, long or short, secretive or declarative, yet one that is personal and true to each artist. By investigating the particulars of landscape within an actual site, these artists transform what exists in a shared reality into something quite distinct from it's original.
Kelly Breslin (Chicago, IL) leaves memory out of her practice by snapping quick pictures of her travels abroad. Surrendering to the limits of the camera's lens, these landscapes become large abstractions that are obscured and dreamlike. Shona Macdonald (Amherst, MA) uses a variety of source material, such as maps, internet images, published photographs and illustrations found in books, to build landscapes that relay the dimension of time and space and how we travel through them both mentally and physically. Emily Sartor (New York, NY) derives inspiration for her paintings from childhood memories of growing up in the south. Recalling specific locales, she captures the color and mood of the places that shaped her youth, using them as backdrops for fantastical narratives. Underlying much of her work is the power of nature and its encroachment upon the man-made realm. Olivia Schreiner (Chicago, IL) creates paintings that isolate and magnify particular moments she has experienced. Interested in the prolonged process of looking, she examines her surroundings, transforming that which is most familiar into atmospheric compositions of light and color.
Scott Andresen: The Southern Craftsman, 2007
Quilt, 72 x 72 inches
Skestos Gabriele Gallery is also happy to present New York-based artist, Scott Andresen in the second gallery. Andresen uses the visual language of traditional folk art, specifically knitting and quilting, to address issues relating to urban and suburban development. The imagery found in his quilts comes from construction plans for common patio designs found in suburban America. He is also interested in challenging traditional distinctions between high and low art by elevating the craft practice of quilting to a new status. This is his first exhibition in Chicago.
Exhibition: June 8 - July 28, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 11 am - 6 pm, Sat 12 - 5 pm
Skestos Gabriele Gallery
212 N. Peoria St.
USA-Chicago IL 60607
Telephone +1 312 243 1112