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Sunday Best

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Yesterday as I was walking in my north side Chicago neighborhood, where families were getting together for Easter celebrations.  The Mexican girls across the street, dressed in pastel gowns, were out in the front yard searching for hidden eggs while the boys of the Nigerian Minister next door were well groomed in suit and tie headed off to a day of church, all were in their Sunday Best to celebrate this important day in the Christian religion.

From the series "Sunday Best" by Andreas Fischer

This glimpse into their lives reminds me of an exhibition currently at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Artist Andreas Fischer, inspired by a collection of photographs from the Montana Historical Society of men and women from generations past, dressed up in their best for these portraits, tries to create context.  Not knowing anything other than what is captured in the image gave Fischer the license to come up with modern interpretations of the traditional portrait.  You know instantly upon viewing that these are from a photograph.  You also know from the color used and the image created that he made his own story.

The faces are warped, some say Zombie-like.  Fischer says this is intentional, wanting to exaggerate for the contemporary viewer that history and artifacts are left up to the interpretation of the viewer.  That most of the images captured now, seen through the eyes of a future observer will have their context.  Dear future viewer, treat us kindly.

The exhibition ‘Sunday Best’ is on display on the first floor of the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave) through April 18, 2010.

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Driving Cline Avenue

October 30, 2009 3 comments


Emmett Kerrigan’s paintings are of the past.  In his second solo exhibition at the Linda Warren Gallery, Cline Ave, Kerrigan looks at the communities of Northwestern Indiana where industry was the driving force of these once thriving towns.

Whiting-2

Whiting-2 by Emmett Kerrigan

He is drawn to the objects off the interstate we pass by.  Cline Ave, a thoroughfare that serves the steel mills and the communities that grew up around them.   His images are familiar, but his use of paint makes these structures fresh again.

Kerrigan is about technique and is very successful.  His layers upon layers of color trick the eye and provide depth.  For those that drive through NW Indiana or take Chicago Skyway, the perspective is immediately recognizable. As the buildings on Cline Avenue represent a community once thriving are now dismissed as outdated and not relevant. So it’s fitting that Kerrigan uses a medium that to some in the contemporary art world is considered outdated and not relevant.

Emmett Kerrigan’s exhibition is at the Linda Warren Gallery, 1052 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 through November28, 2009