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Andrew Rafacz Gallery presents Josh Reames - Trash Day | NoŽl Morical - High Swoon

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4 June 2016 to 16 July 2016
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Andrew Rafacz Gallery
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IL 60607
Chicago, IL
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Josh Reames
Trash Day
June 4 Ė July 16, 2016

Artists in this exhibition: Josh Reames, NoŽl Morical

In Gallery One

Josh Reames
Trash Day 

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Trash Day, a solo exhibition by Josh Reames in Gallery One.

Chicago, IL, June 4, 2016– ANDREW RAFACZ presents Trash Day, a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Josh Reames. The exhibition continues through Saturday, July 16, 2016.

With his delicately layered paintings of perennial symbols, figures, computer graphics, emoticons, buzz words and post-graffiti scrawl, Josh Reames plugs directly into our contemporary dilemma, poking fun at our desire for the abbreviated and dashed off, while articulating our relentless need for meaning. Utilizing a wide but synchronized amalgam of techniques including action painting, graphic design, graffiti, rudimentary drawing and trompe l’oeil, his paintings engage in a familiar palimpsest, stacking sign after sign, in a flattened, a temporal and borderless landscape that approximates the experience of an incessant internet search.

With his newest series of paintings for his first solo exhibition with gallery, Reames extends his ongoing conceit of discarded signs and instant relics of a throwaway culture to create a rich visual narrative of a real and imagined trash day. Combining imagery directly associated with the collection of our detritus (trash cans, dumpsters, recycling bins) and the banal but poeticized items that might be found in them (rotting bananas, lit cigarettes, hot dogs, coffee mugs), Reames presents a gratuitously humorous tableau of our existence as beings that must create waste.

With his paintings for this exhibition, the artist has concentrated his palette on grey-scale and off-white backgrounds with energetic neon pink accents in the foreground. Yellows, browns, reds and blues are scarcely introduced in the form of bananas, deconstructed hot dogs, disembodied human arms, and pigeons. Their compositions rely more directly on a physical landscape with backgrounds that suggest lived-in urban alleyways and city recycling locations, while their top layers continue to exist in the compressed, virtual space that the artist has become so well known for.

JOSH REAMES (American b. 1985) lives and works in New York. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2012. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Brand New Gallery, Milan; Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles and Josh Lilley Gallery, London. His work was recently seen in Continuous Surfaces, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York and is currently on view in The Aging Coconut at Roberto Paradise, San Juan. Other recent group exhibitions include The Negative Hand, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City (2015) and Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York (2015). He will have solo exhibitions at Tristian Koenig, Melbourne and Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, later this year. His work is in numerous private and public collections.


In Gallery Two

Noël Morical
High Swoon 

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce High Swoon, a solo exhibition by Noël Morical in Gallery Two.

Chicago, IL, June 4, 2016– ANDREW RAFACZ presents High Swoon, a solo installation of sculpture and wall works by Noël Morical. The exhibition continues through Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Working with a richly colored palette of paracord, Noël Morical creates complex hanging sculptures through the process of macramé. Re-contextualizing a familiar, contemporary material and employing a centuries old weaving technique, she produces objects that relate to the practical and domestic (plant hangers, apparel) but stand as sovereign, otherworldly objects. Unabashedly romantic and personal, each sculpture is a response to the manifested situations in her life. For the artist, hers is a meditative practice. She creates from her lived experience, while addressing nostalgia and the possibilities of ecstasy through escape.

For her first exhibition with the gallery, Morical presents an installation of new hanging works, wall works and a living bamboo sculpture that rests in clear plastic drawers stacked as a shelf. Activating the space as a lived-in environment, the hanging works reference human forms and bodily shapes. Installed asymmetrically and at varying heights, they feel as if they are in conversation, each unique, yet part of a larger group. The artist’s new series of wall works are presented as monochromatic symbolic objects. Made from wood, jute, cotton, and flax yarn, covered in plaster and painted a faint pink, their indexical nature implies an unknown glyphic language.

The exhibition’s title High Swoon suggests romantic notions of one being overcome with love and desire, but it also playfully references high noon, the time of day when the sun’s warmth and intensity are building, producing the colors that are referenced in the artist’s work. For the artist, the natural world is a necessary and seemingly boundless reference.
The reds and pinks of the rising sun are combined with the lighter, wistful blues and darker indigos of the daytime sky to create her provocative works.

NOËL MORICAL (American, b. 1989) lives and works in Chicago. She received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. She has had recent solo exhibition at the Fiberspace Gallery, Stockholm. Group and two-person exhibitions include Weinburg-Newton Gallery, Chicago; 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn; Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago; Slow, Chicago. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.

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