Chicago Exhibitions: The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious. Elijah Burgher, Dana Carter, Pamela Fraser, Leah Mackin, Dutes Miller, Rachel Niffenegger, Corkey Sinks, Deb Sokolow. Opening reception | Friday, January 30 | 5 to 8pm. Western Exhibitions | 845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
Organized by gallery staff and presenting work in a variety of media, including printmaking, drawing, artist books, collage and sculpture, The world is mystical, dangerous and delicious opens with a free public reception on Friday, January 30 and runs through March 7, 2015. Gallery hours are Tuesday throughSaturday, 11am to 6pm.
Elijah Burgher’s (b. 1978, Kingston, NY) drawings, paintings and prints utilize ideas from magick and the occult to address sexuality, sub-cultural formation and the history of abstraction. Citing early 20th century occultist Austin Osman Spare’s system, Elijah Burgher makes sigils-emblems to which magical power is imputed. By recombining the letters that spell out a wish into a new symbol, Burgher’s pictures of sigils literally encode desire while embodying it abstractly through shape, color and composition. For this show, Burgher will be presenting new abstract pressure prints made at Chicago’s Spudnik Press.
Solo exhibitions include Galerie Schmidt Maczolleck, Cologne; Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice; The Blaffer Museum of the University of Houston; Casey Kaplan Gallery, NY; and Golden Gallery, Chicago. Fraser is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and continues to be featured in national and international publications. Fraser’s work is represented by Galerie Anke Schmidt in Cologne, Germany. She lives and works in Barnard, Vermont.
Her work has been presented in group shows at the Slusser Gallery at University of Michigan, the Printer’s Ball event in Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Quarter Gallery at University of Minnesota, and & Pens in Los Angeles. In 2012, Mackin presented a solo exhibition, Frequency Illusions at Western Exhibitions. Mackin lives and works in Chicago.
Dutes Miller’s (b. 1965, Pennsylvania) work critically engages with the mythologies surrounding human sexuality, especially an exploration of the male body as it manifests itself in gay desire, in its evident state of arousal, its protuberances, its emissions. His new woven collages in this show obscure bodies in a tangle of patterned elements.
Recent exhibitions in Chicago include BLACK CAULIFLOWER, with Jamie Steele at Roots and Culture;Events, Coincidences, and Repercussions, a solo exhibition at Elastic Arts Foundation; New Collaborative works by Corkey Sinks and Jesse Butcher at Adult Contemporary; and RANCH, curated by GURL DONT BE DUMB at Iceberg Projects, Chicago IL. Sinks is co-founder of Walls Divide Press and lives and works in Chicago.
Recent group exhibitions include the 4th Athens Biennale in Greece, The Drawing Center in New York City, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in Germany, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Western Exhibitions in Chicago. Sokolow’s 2013 solo exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Some Concerns About the Candidate, was reviewed in The New York Times, and her work has been reproduced for Creative Time’s Comics project, for Swedish art magazine, Paletten, and in Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing. Sokolow lives and works in Chicago.