Monday, March 31, 2014
MARTIN WICKSTRÖMPerfume River-Mike Weiss Gallery is pleased to present Swedish artist Martin Wickström's inaugural solo exhibition in New York. Blending signage, landscape, figuration, and Sixties paraphernalia into montage, Perfume River presents twelve oil-on-canvas paintings of cinematic proportion and enigmatic presence. Composed into scenes and moods with palpable depth, Wickström's scrapbook-like composition intertwines both collective memory and introspective biography, reminiscent of our uncertain past and nostalgic for histories that never were. It is through the artist's line of sight that new, lingering meaning is given - that, or none at all.Wickström references his extensive world travels, namely an impactful stint in Vietnam, as well as his history of overlapping paint, found object, light, audio and installation. His process splices found imagery and personal photography together, incorporating a kind of chance encounter that lives on in his photoconceptual realism. Interplay of light and focus procures an air of mystery, a visual poetry which resonates with our subconscious and curiosity. Repeating imagery of vibrant plastic buckets, reflective pools, and retro graphic text in sequence feels decidedly Pop, even reminiscent of propaganda. Through this fusion of somewhat dissonant aspects, the works maintain a certain sobriety - an unmistakable façade that bespeaks a world of meaning lurking beneath the surface. Materials then assume a nexus of dyads - water both beautiful and catastrophic; plastic transformative and artificial; perfume intoxicating and pungent; memory sweet and haunting.Like documentary vignettes the paintings converse as puzzle pieces within a greater whole - each a meditation on our metaphysical quests. To be sure, Wickström's pseudo-narrative experiments with this lack of overt meaning, even insertion of meaning - like an empty vessel to be filled, or a vehicle for broader truths in this fast-changing world of ours.Martin Wickström lives and works in Stockholm and is one of the preeminent living painters in Sweden. His work resides in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, The Gothenburg Art Museum, and the Malmö Museum among others. He shows with Angelika Knäpper at Lars Bohman Gallery in Stockholm.Lauren Licata, Director
Hilton Asmus Contemporary, 716 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL, will host a premier event .Triumvirate: Expression of Three, will feature the combined works of three artists who express their creations through their individual element: Jillian Maas Backman, through the stroke of a pen; John Moulder, through the sound of a musical note; and Arica Hilton, through the color on a painter's palette.The evening will include personal accounts of how these artists transposed the universal intuitives of thought, sound, and visual imagery into their own works of art. This Triumvirate Expression uses the arts to link elemental diversity with creative expression, and will share their thoughts on how everyone can spin this unconscious, transparent awareness into their own work of art, no matter the medium.Joining the discussion as moderator is Elysabeth Alfano, creator, executive producer, and host of Fear No Art Chicago and The Dinner Party.The open house venue will run from 6:30 p.m. throughand is open to the public.RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org_____________________________
_______________PETER SORELon WTTW "CHICAGO TONIGHT"INTERVIEW by MARC VITALI
HILTON | ASMUS
specializes in contemporary paintings, works on paper, fiber art, sculpture and photography. Featuring Chicago based artists, as well as internationally known artists from the Mediterranean Region such as Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Middle East.
Located in the River North Art District, the gallery is at the corner of Wells and Superior (between PROSECCO, a fine dining Italian restaurant,
and THE BOARDING HOUSE)
EXPRESSION OF THREE
with JOHN MOULD
JILLIAN MAAS BACKMAN
HOLLYWOOD TO CHICAGO
EXHIBITION EXTENDED THRU
PETER SOREL WITH JAKE HAMILTON, FOX NEWS
Liebe Freunde der Galerie,
anlässlich der Eröffnung der Quadriennale 2014 findet am kommenden Samstag, dem 5. April um 19 Uhr in unseren Galerieräumen auf der Hohenzollernstrasse ein Künstlergespräch mit Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer und Dirk Salz statt.
Im Rahmen ihrer aktuellen Ausstellungen „Enzyklopädien“ und „Deep Dives“ sprechen beide Künstler über ihren ganz eigenen Weg zur Kunst, ihr aktuelles Werk und geben einen Einblick in ihre künstlerischen Pläne und Erwartungen für die Zukunft.
Dear friends of Lausberg Contemporary,
in conjunction with the opening of the Duesseldorf Quadriennale 2014 we would like to welcome you and your friends to join our artist talk with Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer and Dirk Salz Saturday, April 5th 7pm at our Duesseldorf location. Both artists currently showing “Enzyklopädien” and “Deep Dives” will talk about their specific approach towards art, their current bodies of work and their expectations and plans for the future.
On April 5th the gallery is open to public from 6-9 pm.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Harald Schmitz Schmelzer
Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg
T + F: +49 211/ 836 84 91
Sunday, March 30, 2014