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On view through February 28, 2016

"Spirit in the Land"

A group show exploring the metaphysical and the sublime in contemporary landscape painting.

Featuring new work by Didier Nolet, Tom Leaver, Robin Denevan, Rebecca Crowell, Michael Dubina, Joyce Polnce, Tamara English, Sandra Dawson and Kevin Sonmor.

One of the primary threads running through the current show "Spirit in the Land", is how memory of experience shapes our personal response to the landscape. It is rare to hear the artists of this exhibition talk about an effort to realistically represent one particular place. Instead, they are often attempting to distill meaning from their memories of emotionally affecting experiences with nature and natural phenomenon. William Wordsworth proposed a poetry that "takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility". One sees this poetic sensibility in the work of Rebecca Crowell (installation shot below, left, Quay 1, oil and mixed media on panel) and Didier Nolet (below, right, Rain Series #2, oil on canvas, as well as the work of Robin Denevan , Michael Dubina, and Tom Leaver, and others featured in this show.


Didier Nolet, The Rain Series #2, oil on canvas, 50x50

Click on the photos to see more images from the exhibition.






Gallery Spotlight: Encaustic Painting at Addington Gallery

Excerpted from Chicago Art News

I asked Dan Addington if I could write about his gallery in my own words based on a number of conversations we’ve had. Addington features a number of artists who who explore a unique relationship between image and process oriented painting, including the medium of encaustic. It’s fun talking to Dan about encaustic art because he’s passionate about the medium and the way each artist uses it differently.

Let's step back and start with the basics of encaustic painting. Point one, it’s ancient, dating back to the 4th century BC.

And point two: painting with wax is very hard to do, it’s hard to control, and you have to work fast because wax goes from molten-lava-hot to dried candle wax in about 10 seconds. And like other mediums in which it’s difficult to master the basics, when a medium like this grows in popularity, a lot of the practitioners get lost in the technique, they become “Encaustic Painters” rather than artists who have to be working with Encaustic materials. And with this popularity, classes follow, which evolve into academic studies and before you know it…. there are a whole lot of rules.

Dan Addington is, himself, an encaustic painter – and he’s been doing it a long time, before it got trendy. In turn, he’s a fan of Howard Hersh, Mark Perlman and others who have been doing it even longer than him, before the schools and the hobbyists got their hands on it. Before the rules were written. So Addington’s aesthetic, and Encaustic posse could possibly be defined in that way: pre convention.

Addington builds his paintings up layer by layer, drawing on and gouging into the surface, adding oil paint, tar, fabric and other odd materials into the mix, which gives the work a very textural feel.

Now, Howard Hersh, who was featured in a recent exhibit and is represented by the gallery, is also pre-rules, yet he has a completely different approach, and balances the geometric with the inherent chaos of encaustic.

So how to tell the Encaustic painters from the artists who work with wax? Addington gravitates to work that has a conceptual level to it, artists who are going for a specific idea, and not just expressing their feelings through random splashes of color.

As Addington pointed out, “Encaustic has a visual archaeology that exists in each piece. Because you can see the translucent layers, it opens the door to the process. With much painting, the top surface is often the only surface the viewer can access. With encaustic, you can dig down through the layers and see the history…”






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