Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 16 October 2015

MICHAEL BYRON: Syntax Within a Gray Scale 2.0
October 16 – December 19, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

ZLATKO ĆOSIĆ: South Slavic Requiem
Media Arts Room

T.M. MacLOWE: 2016 / 20,000
Bruno David Projects @ 3721

Michael Byron’s new paintings continue a body of work which is a culmination of the artist’s working methodologies in traditional painting, collage, and installation which debuted in an one-person exhibition at Michelle Grabner’s exhibition space, The Suburban, in Oak Park, Illinois in May 2015. The artist’s interest in moving painting into a theatrical dialog has expanded from his 1983 Backdrop Series into his new work employing large-scale, commercially enlarged collages as substrates for the inclusion of abstract and figurative paintings from the artist’s Grisaille Series. The gallery walls, painted a light gray, serve to position Syntax Within a Gray Scale 2.0 as a fuller manifestation of this theatrical “syntax”. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography.

In the Media Arts Room, the gallery presents a video installation “South Slavic Requiem” by Zlatko Ćosić. South Slavic Requiem concludes a series of art projects related to the war in Yugoslavia but also opens up new territories to address current political and social issues. In remembrance of the 20th year anniversary of the end of the war in Yugoslavia, South Slavic Requiem is a tribute to people who died as a result of national, racial, religious and other types of discrimination. Many were eager to separate into national groups, which contributed to the end of Yugoslavia. George Orwell said, “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.” South Slavic Requiem symbolizes an end of one culture which allowed hate to take over.

In our relocated Bruno David Projects @ 3721, the gallery presents an installation “2016 / 20,000” by T. M. MacLowe. With T. M. MacLowe’s work, the reaction from the viewer is immediate and instinctual. The political and social commentaries on current events are direct and unapologetic, giving viewers the opportunity to assess their society and themselves within it. The artwork morphs these thoughts into stunning visual creations that represent opinions that are shared by many, but often kept private. These works show how our current society is redefining itself and is reminiscent of the works of Leon Golub, Barbara Kruger, Alfredo Jaar, Peter Kennard, Jenny Holzer and Hans Haacke.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment



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