Carrie Secrist Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd.
312 491 0917
Through April 25
Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of paintings by Dana DeGiulio.
DeGiulio’s abstract paintings oscillate between being gestural and restrained, quiet and strident. The mark making exhibited in the paintings conveys a tension that resides between order and chaos. Two circular forms struggle to absorb the canvas, seemingly fighting each other for space. Beneath the black and white strokes that engage the majority of the canvas, are subdued shades of blues, greens and grays that hide as if they are not to be noticed. There is no spotlight, no central figure begging to be noticed, instead there is an elegance to the paintings that singles out the canvas as a whole. Parts of the canvas are occupied by aggressive strokes while other areas are left stark white, creating a tension among what is occupied and what is left alone.
That House Is On Fire is a statement of fact, but one generally said with an implied sense of emergency. This implication of direness or urgency sets the stage for a shared purpose. For the moment right after “That House Is On Fire” is said, identity is irrelevant, differences are resolved and only species and safety mater. We are suddenly, if only momentarily, on the same side. This moment of shared experience, when something is happening and is observed is a moment that DeGiulio wants to recreate in her paintings. The paintings occupy a space that is struggling to be heard, a rage quietly brewing, a story wanting to be told, but not necessarily understood.
Dana DeGiulio is a recent graduate of the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she now teaches in the painting and drawing department. DeGiulio has shown at the Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago; Chicago Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center and this May will be in a show in Copenhagen curated by Marc. R. Leblanc, entitled A Wreath of Poppies.
In the second gallery, curated by Angela Samuels-Bryant, are paintings by Jiwon Yoon, a second year graduate student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Corporeal Universe is a group of paintings that showcase Yoon’s interest in the impermeable substances of things, which often translate as being grotesque and visceral. The subject matter of her paintings is derived from an examination of her own body. The process of intimacy and distancing puts the paintings into a place where it becomes neither about painting nor about the body, but about the dialogue between them.
For further information please contact Natalie Popovic, Gallery Manager, at 312.491.0917.
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