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[BKARTS] BOOKLYN Books and Works On Paper show



WESTERN EXHIBITIONS opening this -----Saturday, January 14, 6-9pm-----

AMY HAUBER
plus
MELISSA ORESKY: Observatory

and in the Drawing Room:
contemporary artist books from BOOKLYN

We'll be showing new work from:

Kurt Allerslev
Allyson Mellberg
Fred Rinne
Mark Wagner
Marshall Weber
Christopher Wilde
Scott Williams

SHOW DATES:              January 14 - February 18, 2006
OPENING RECEPTION:      Saturday, January 14: 6 to 9pm
GALLERY HOURS:           Thurs - Saturday: 12 noon to 6pm

IMAGES AND INFO: http://www.westernexhibitions.com/current/hauber_oresky/index.html

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS
1648 W Kinzie, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
www.westernexhibitions.com

Our gallery, Western Exhibitions, is located at 1648 W Kinzie, just west of Ashland, south of Hubbard and north of Lake.
Directions: http://www.westernexhibitions.com/info/index.html
Gallery Address: 1648 W Kinzie, Second Floor, Chicago
Mailing Address: 1747 W Division St. #4F, Chicago IL 60622
Eddress: scott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.westernexhibitions.com
Tel: 312.307.4685


Booklyn, a non-profit artist alliance from Brooklyn, NY, will exhibit in The Drawing Room some of the most innovative books being made by contemporary artists. Individual and collaborative books, prints and drawings will be on view from the following artists: Kurt Allerslev, Allyson
Mellberg, Fred Rinne, Mark Wagner, Marshall Weber, Christopher Wilde and Scott Williams. Booklyn's mission includes promoting artist books as an art form and an educational resource, providing the general public and educational institutions with programming involving
contemporary artist books, and assisting artists in exhibiting, distributing and publishing artist books, prints and related interdisciplinary art internationally.
Learn more here: http://www.booklyn.org/


Amy Hauber explores fantasy and desire in these media-saturated trying times through sculptural tableaux, personalized ceramic and rubber gags, personal avatars, video, painting and a forty foot long, droopy, filthy, soft-sculpture rainbow. Hauber works across media disciplines; her projects utilize and investigate collaboration, digital and material culture and the construction of morality, identity and aesthetics in contemporary society. This show contrasts the paranoid result of technological development with the body's need for physical interaction.

Chicagoans might remember Amy Hauber's installation "Ovaries and Advanced Degrees" from our booth at the Stray Show in 2003 or from the "Hysterical Pastoral" show at the Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art, a show that was reviewed by Fred Camper in the Chicago Reader. She has twice been a resident artist in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center's ARTS/industry program and her ceramic work was featured in American Craft Magazine: Portfolio Amy Hauber December/January 2002. Hauber received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives, works and teaches in upstate New York.


Melissa Oresky's dense, animated paintings alternate between semi-abstracted landscapes and brainscapes, as masses of tangled lines and fluid paint coalesce into moments of crystal clarity, like the shift from free floating daydream to focused and conscious thought. The shaper shifter series of paintings look like potentially unstable blobs of replicated images such as nerves and cross sections of the brain. Her groundcover series more explicitly references landscape, with foliage made of nerves. The "groundcover" is the top layer of thought, the conscious surface of a dense, turbulent, interior suggested by the shape shifters. Both combine organic, freely painted areas with flat, angular slabs of paint knifed into taped shapes to resemble rocky planar structures.


Melissa Oresky's New York City debut solo show at the Van Harrison Gallery opens the week prior to this show. Her solo shows in Chicago include a 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work show at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Standard Gallery, and her work has been included in shows at Mixture Contemporary in Houston, Wendy Cooper Gallery (then in Madison), and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Oresky received her MFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago and lives, works and teaches in Normal, Illinois.

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