Three artist exibition “In Between Two Bodies” in the gallery “South of the Tracks Projects” did just that to me.
Between shapes and colors of Zoe Nelson abstract paintings, magical world of Luke Armitstead sculptures and Benny Merris mural Cave Painting: New Knew – I felt happy.
The vibe and energy of this show lifted me away from the bitter cold of grim winter outside and all problems that life presented at the moment…
Benny Merris mural “Cave Painting: New Knew
Acrylic & latex paint, and photograph on wall 210x24x6
Benny Merris in front of his mural
Luke Armitstead with Untitled Blue Structure
Cermaic, papier mache, acrylic paing 24x24x80 (Courtesy of Scott Hunter)
Luke Armiststead Clown Head
Ceramic, jade, latex paint on wood
Luke Armitstead Color Column, Body Growth
Ceramic, papier mache, arcylic paint
Color Column, Body Growth (detail)
Zoe Nelson next to her Pink Sea, She Looks
Oil on canvas 30×34, 2016
Zoe Nelson She Screams, In Revolution Red
Oil on canvas 30×34, 2016
In Between Two Bodies
Exhibition: January 29th – March 5th, 2017
4223 W. Lake St, #430 p. (847)340.1932
Chicago, IL 60624 m. email@example.com
Behind “South of the Tracks Projects” is Alex Tam (b.1988) – a Chicago-based artist and curator whom graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA Photography in 2012. After living in New York City for some time he returned to Chicago in late 2013, where he later began South of the Tracks as a quarterly exhibition space based in his E. Garfield Park studio. As someone who works in multiple capacities within the art world, the goal of the project was to provide some means for artists to develop their work in a white cube type space. In 2015, he moved to the current location at 4223 W. Lake St #430 to continue the growth of the project space as well as his own art practice. The current 2000 sq ft location also houses the collection of Scott Hunter which acts as a resource for potential guest curators as well as exhibitions developed in house. As South of the Tracks continues to grow, the goals remain much the same: to produce critical exhibitions consisting of emerging or young artists from around the country, and further cement Chicago as a cultural center in the United States.
From press release:
South of the Tracks is pleased to present In Between Two Bodies, a three person exhibition featuring recent works from Zoe Nelson, Luke Armitstead, and Benny Merris. The sculptures of Luke Armitstead’s monstrous totems and figures populate the temporal space of Memory and Nature, creating a tether between plane of the exhibition space and those of Chicago-based painter Zoe Nelson. Within her abstract fields, gestural marks make up figurative representations that have surpassed the point of an after image to that of a memory seen in haze. The details and marks that would anchor Nelson’s paintings to a specific location are missing yet through gestural fields does form come forth. As a result, her pictorial spaces occupy an interiority of the mind and body that is in flux, congruous to the performative body gestures seen in Benny Merris’ photographs. In mimicking the landscape, Merris’ plein air painted arm references the theoretical Phantom Limb of painting while also performative nature of painting itself. Herein the boundaries of space and body are questioned as the audience-artist perform in and upon the landscape, blending the landscapes own image with that of the painted arm. Yet these images too become tied to interior space that is timeless due to the lack of concrete signifiers that would indicate temporal context.