1305 W 18th Street Chicago, IL, 60608
1305 W 18th Street Chicago, IL, 60608
Ce N'est Pas Une Fleur
Dates: September 21st through November 9th 2018
Artist Talk: November 3rd , 2018, 6-9pm
Artists: Lisa Gosling, Zachari Logan, and Kimberly Witham
Gallery19 is excited to be presenting Ce N'est Pas Une Fleur at our temporary location at 3520 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60609.
The build out of our new location in Pilsen will be finished on October 1st with a grand opening on October 5th. Please follow our progress on social media.
Lisa Goesling microscopically examines nature and abstracts for their aesthetic value. She creates hyper-detailed renderings of her observations on an nontraditional support, rather than the expected canvas or paper, she uses black scratchboards that are composed of Kaolin Clay covered with India ink. Exquisitely meticulous visions unfold through her painstaking technique. Using an X-ACTO knife, she etches her design on the black surface in through which the image bursts forth from the white clay. In some instances, colored inks will be added to give luster and depth to her ecological visions
Through large-scale drawing, ceramics and installation practices, Zachari Logan evolves a visual language that explores the intersections between masculinity, identity, memory and place. In previous work related to his current practice, Logan investigated his own body as exclusive site of exploration. In recent work, Logan’s body remains a catalyst, but no longer the sole focus. Employing a strategy of visual quotation, mined from place and experience, Logan re-wilds his body as a queer embodiment of nature. This narrative shift engages ideas of beauty, empirical explorations of landscape and overlapping art-historic motifs.
These photographs are a very personal meditation on beauty, fecundity, fragility and the inevitable march of time. The visual language of these images is borrowed from classical
Dutch still life painting. In these paintings flowers, fruit and flesh are represented in varying states of ripeness and decay. These paintings serve as both a celebration of
beauty and a reminder of the inevitability of death. They are simultaneously seductive and grotesque. The materials used in my images are all culled from my surroundings. The flowers and vegetables are from my garden. The animals and birds are all road kill found close to my New Jersey home. The ephemeral nature of my subject matter requires me to work only with what is available on any given day.
Artwork by Kimberly Witham
I Am a Terrible Machine
Dates: November 16th - January 16th 2019
Opening/Artist Talk: November 21st , 2018, 6-9pm
Artists: Patrick Craig Manning
Gallery19 is excited to be presenting new work by Patrick Craig Manning new series I Am a Terrible Machine.
What does a photograph, freed from any body, any particular media, look like?
Largely, the subjects of these works are invisible unless you stand far away, blur your eyes, or look at them on your phone screen. The details overwhelm the entirety unless that information slips into the invisible gaps of decreased resolution. The subject can then be seen in a failure of vision, a recognition a short step from blindness. I want the parts to be more than the whole.
This work began as a computer program that I wrote to create grids of randomly generated colors. This constant stream of digital noise was filtered by a facial recognition subroutine and the images identified with faces were saved. I chose some of these files to paint, to insert myself into the process, to act as a very slow and clumsy printer. Layers and layers of oil paint were built up, grids were made, lost, and re-established. While striving to mimic the palette the computer chose and the grid it presented, I inserted acts of rebellion. Drips. Smears. Scrapes. Deliberate un-intentionalities. As the hours crept by, words emerged. I wrote these down on the studio wall:
Painting a ghost. Not a painting of a ghost
It should be humane
It should embody its own history
Mistakes should be embraced
Error is the thing
Not about (about is words) -no content. no subject. Not content. Not subject
It should be an emergence (the e is short/the e is long)
Can you represent a pixel?
Not a pixel painting but a painting of a pixel
Nothing pure, nothing clean, is beautiful
I’m a terrible machine