Andrew Rafacz Gallery presents Annie Lapin, John Lehr, Alon Levin, Philip Vanderhyden
Lauren Edwards - In the Turn
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Philip Vanderhyden, John Carpenter 2, 2013
oil on linen
41 in x 36 in
In Gallery One
Annie Lapin, John Lehr, Alon Levin, Philip Vanderhyden
ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Annie Lapin, John Lehr, Alon Levin, Philip Vanderhyden, a group exhibition of painting, photography, and installation in Gallery One.
Chicago, IL, November 16, 2013– ANDREW RAFACZ continues the fall 2013 season with Annie Lapin, John Lehr, Alon Levin, Philip Vanderhyden. The exhibition continues through Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Each of the four artists surveyed in this exhibition is concerned, in part, with the relationship between immediacy and indeterminacy of materials, image, and surface.
Annie Lapin presents a new painting that continues her interest in the conventions of representation and expressive, gestural abstraction. For Lapin, the ‘specters’ of realism haunt her paintings, creating layers of imagery that are at once mysterious yet inherently relatable.
John Lehr presents recent atmospheric photographs with surfaces that are the result of physical manipulations at their conception and subjective rendering of color in their final production. They begin in a decidedly real context but end up as abstractions of something re-imagined. The artist’s editorial distance preserves each image’s relationship to the unknown.
Alon Levin primarily works in installation, creating ordered systems, often from simple, elemental materials. Here, we present a recent work that combines wooden sawhorses and stacked Styrofoam sheets into something wholly conceived but strangely familiar.
Philip Vanderhyden presents two new paintings that address his continued interest in surface and process. These new works are meant to conflict a primal way of making with a final result that looks indirect or even fake. At first view they may be simple and elegant, but reveal something more vulgar and potentially sinister.
ANNIE LAPIN (American, b. 1982) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. Annie Lapin has had solo exhibitions at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Josh Lilley Gallery, London; Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; Angles Gallery, Santa Monica. Her group exhibitions include Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles; Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL; The Museum of Public Fiction, Los Angeles; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY.
JOHN LEHR (American, b. 1975) lives and works in Queens, NY. He received his MFA from Yale University in 2005. John Lehr has had solo exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery, New York; M+B Gallery, Los Angeles; Foundation Gallery, Atlanta; March, New York. His group exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guest Spot, Balitimore, Maryland; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
ALON LEVIN (Israeli, b. 1975) lives and works in Berlin. He has studied at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He has had solo exhbitions at Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles; Klemms, Berlin; Stroom Den Haag, Amsterdam. His group exhibitions include Wallspace, New York; Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam; Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, NL; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zurich; Kunstverein, Hamburg.
PHILIP VANDERHYDEN (American, b. 1978) lives and works in New York. He received his M.F.A. from Northwestern University in 2004. He has had solo exhibitions at Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; The Kitchen, New York; CTRL Gallery, Houston; Light & Sie Gallery, Dallas; Hudson Franklin, New York; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL. Recent group exhibitions include La Montagne Gallery, Boston; Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Leo Koenig, New York.
In Gallery Two
In the Turn
ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce In the Turn, a new installation by Lauren Edwards in Gallery Two.
Chicago, IL, November 16, 2013– ANDREW RAFACZ continues the fall 2013 season with In the Turn, new works by Lauren Edwards. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. It continues through Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Working within a necessity of contrasting systems, Lauren Edwards uses photography and sculpture-based installation to question the relationships that exist between experience and perception. Her work considers the distance between reality and image, questioning authenticity and considering the extent to which photography can describe place.
In the Turn consists of staged walls, landscapes, and historical reenactment characters. In 1927, Paramount Pictures published a map displaying locations in California that resemble other places in the world. Making use of this suspended reality, Edwards sourced landscapes that resemble New England. Embedded, and framed by the false walls, these landscape images accurately represent one location, as they also depict a conceived New England. Also included are three photographs of medieval and colonial reenactors making bread in period costume. These characters, reliving a historicized moment, simultaneously exist in both the past and present.
Edwards’ work forces the viewer to consider the limits and thresholds of objects, and how we experience physical space throughout time. In the Turn suggests that our cultural history is malleable and subjective, much like our perceptions, and questions the value of simulation. It forces the viewer to consider how looking and miming position us in experience and narrativize history, and how these things change over time.
LAUREN EDWARDS (American, b. 1982) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Through an expanded lens of photography, Edwards uses various strategies including installation, projection, and sculpture to create framing devices that question the relationships between experience, perception, and representation. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University in 2004 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. She has exhibited in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York and was a recent participant at the Institut für Alles Mögliche residency in Berlin, DE.