Panoramic view of my paintings at Addington Gallery, Chicago
The exhibition is up through October 31
It feels good to be showing again. My solo, Hue & Me, was scheduled to open at Addington Gallery in Chicago on May 1. Then you-know-what happened and we went into quarantine mode. Many exhibitions moved online. Some got installed but didn't get seen. Others got cancelled outright. Dan Addington, the gallery's owner and director, suggested we postpone the show until the beginning of the Fall season. I was cautiously optimistic, as they say in the ER, so much so that I spent a good part of the summer building crates and sending the work. On September 12 Dan opened the doors to a superbly installed show. I flew in for a masked and socially distanced afternoon opening. There was no crowding. Everyone got to see the show, and I got to visit with everyone.
Dan saw things a little differently. For him the dividing line functioned as a horizon. In his essay for the catalog (which you can read in full here) he writes: "I see landscape not merely because I can identify a horizon line in many of these pieces. In fact, every piece is made with horizontal brush strokes that echo this reading. It is not just because I am given a literal landscape of ridges, valleys, crevices, and strata. It is not just because I see the gradual shifts in value and tone that I witness in a sky on the cusp of change or as I stand before a great lake or ocean, engulfing my peripheral vision with a faint, hazy, transitional band where water meets sky. Color is a component of light, and this is how I understand light--in terms of the sky and the land."
the full view of which you see in the foreground above
Riz 1, 2020, oil and wax on handmade Japanese paper, about 140 lb. weight, 14 x 14 inches, in its own portfolio
. Hue & Me is at Addington Gallery, Chicago, through October 31
. The Riz portfolios are not on display but ask Dan Addington to view them