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Gallery Thu Jan 19 2012

Two Premiere Exhibitions, One Venue

The Chicago Artist's Coalition (CAC) is at it again, providing a creative haven for emerging artists struggling to gather the resources needed to make their art a reality.

Two shows open tomorrow in their remarkably transformative space, the HATCH Projects, located in the gallery-riddled West Loop on 217 N. Carpenter.

The first is a solo show, Ascent, featuring artist Homa Shojaie. The second exhibit is the result of a collaboration between CAC and their resident HATCH Project artists, the Twelve Galleries Project, and the ladies of Quite Strong.

In Ascent, Shojaie uses her architectural training to examine the conventions of painting; specifically the limitations and potential of canvass as building material. The show is made up of a series of canvass objects that reference sculpture, painting, and architecture. Her objects soar, disappear, and reappear, evoking a strange, uncanny emotional landscape that resists definition entirely. Shojaie frays, builds up, layers, and tears away at her canvasses, pushing the audience to ask where the line is drawn between painting and sculpture as they might traditionally acknowledge it.

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One of Homa Shojaie's pieces in her solo show, Ascent

In the aptly named show, Quarterly Site #9: Support, the designers, illustrators, art directors, and web developers at Quite Strong curate (with the help of Twelve Galleries) the work created by the HATCH artists. Not only do the works themselves reflect the theme of "support" in subject matter, but the clearly collaborative efforts between all three organizations also lend themselves to the exhibit. This is the ninth installation of an ongoing series presented by Twelve Galleries that focuses on the impact that gallery curation and interpretation have on the art work that is presented to audience.

Both exhibits will run from January 20th through February 10th, 2012 at 217 N. Carpentar, Chicago, IL 60607. The opening reception will be held from 6pm to 9pm, tomorrow, January 20th.

 
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