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Blum & Poe : Chris Vasell - 2 July 2009 to 22 Aug 2009

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2 July 2009 to 22 Aug 2009
Hours -Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 am to 6 pm
Blum & Poe
2754 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
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Artists in this exhibition: Chris Vasell


Chris Vasell
Opening reception July 2, 2009 6-8pm
July 2 - August 22, 2009


Blum & Poe is pleased to announce our third solo exhibition of work by Chris Vasell. Very much invested in the alchemical and supernatural experience of the act and viewing of painting, Chris Vasell is following multiple, circuitous paths through psychedelia, figuration, abstraction, and painting’s own history.

To The People of Los Angeles is a trio of works in which Vasell employs grand scale and low threshold radiance. Emanating interwoven concentric circles are overlaid with a systematic grid of collaged, raw canvas squares. Here canvas doubles as ground and medium to construct a topographical map both conceptually and literally of surface. In To The People of Alhambra, Vasell utilizes grid distortion and subtle grayscale shifts. This manipulation of surface further complicates the work, sometimes in a very visceral way.

Less structured and directed, paintings in the series To The People That Know This Is Nowhere present a more intuitive, improvisational and imploded approach. Un-phased by, yet ever-mindful of the heavily mined territory he’s negotiating, the artist continually expands his personal capacity for discovery through painting. These works, direct and deft in execution and accurate in self-expression, coalesce the conjurer and the personal.

Vasell has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including this year's Something Wicked this Way Comes at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, WI; in 2007, Post Rose: Artists in and Out of the Hazard Park Complex at Galerie Christian Nagel in Berlin, Germany curated by Sterling Ruby, and in 2006 the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and Having New Eyes at the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado. His work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Works are promised to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Chris Vasell lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Alhambra, CA.

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please contact the gallery at 310-836-2062 or info@blumandpoe.com






CHRIS VASELL
Biography



Born:
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1974

Education:
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A.

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Residency:
Medium, Gustavia St. Barthélemy, French West Indies, 2006


One-Person Exhibitions

2009
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan

2007
Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2005
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Don’t go outside they’re waiting for you, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2002
Chris Vasell, boom, Oak Park, IL


Group Exhibitions

2009
Opportunities, Bravin Lee programs, New York, NY

2008
Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan

2007
Post Rose: Artists in and Out of the Hazard Park Complex, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany curated by Sterling Ruby
Where Was I? All About the Edges, Bag of Pockets, the Art of Semi-Autonomy, Pauline, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Having New Eyes, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Medium, Gustavia, French West Indies


2005
Trials and Terrors, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Fast Forward, House of Campari, Venice, CA (in affiliation with MoCA, curated by Scenic)
The General's Jamboree - Second Annual Watercolor Exhibition, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY


2004
On Paper, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York
Stalemate, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (curated by Dominic Molon)
Summer Drawings and Some Are Note, Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
Jesse Chapman, Noah Rorem, Chris Vasell, Shane Campbell, Oak Park, IL

2003
Inaugural Group Show, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
I See a Darkness, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Paintingshow, The Austrian Art Studio, Chicago, IL (curated by Esther Stocker)
Some Things We Like..., aspreyjaques, London, UK

2002
Here and Now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (curated by James Rondeau,
Gregory Knight, Lanny Silverman, and Marianne Richter)
Painting, Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI (curated by Shane Campbell)
A4 vs. Letter: A show of drawings, Apt 1R, Chicago, IL
Sculpture In Chicago Now Part II, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2001
The Stray Show, The Suburban, Chicago, IL
The Stray Show, boom, Chicago, IL

1999
Chicago Drawing Show, Forcefield Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL
Nippon Steel Exhibition, Nippon Steel, Chicago, IL

1997
Whitecaps, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI


Performances

2002
Electronic Sound and Film/Video Art Series, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL


Awards

1999
Nippon Steel Scholarship

1998
Leon Guggenheim Scholarship, SAIC (two year)


Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI












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