Arlene Shechet In the Meantime

April 27, 2017 - May 27, 2017

Main Gallery

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Installation view

Arlene Shechet

Prayer Wheel
2017
paint, hardwood
16 x 10 x 7 inches

Arlene Shechet

Prayer Wheel (detail)
2017
paint, hardwood
16 x 10 x 7 inches

Installation view

Arlene Shechet

Equal Time
2017
glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
53 x 35 x 23 inches

Arlene Shechet

Equal Time (detail)
2017
glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
53 x 35 x 23 inches

Arlene Shechet

Equal Time (detail)
2017
glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
53 x 35 x 23 inches

Installation view

Installation view

Arlene Shechet

Long Form
2017
glazed ceramic, hardwood, paint and steel
46 1/2 x 28 x 14 inches

Arlene Shechet

Long Form (detail)
2017
glazed ceramic, hardwood, paint and steel
46 1/2 x 28 x 14 inches

Installation view

Arlene Shechet

Split Second
2016
glazed ceramic, carved hardwood, concrete, steel and gold
43 x 121 x 15 inches

Arlene Shechet

Split Second (detail)
2016
glazed ceramic, carved hardwood, concrete, steel and gold
43 x 121 x 15 inches

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Arlene Shechet

Spring Snow
2016
glazed ceramic, painted and carved hardwood
45 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 17 inches

Arlene Shechet

Spring Snow (detail)
2016
glazed ceramic, painted and carved hardwood
45 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 17 inches

Arlene Shechet

Bubble Up
2016
glazed ceramic, cast concrete, and painted steel
16 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Installation view

Installation view

Arlene Shechet

Above and Beyond
2015
glazed ceramic, painted steel, concrete and hardwood
36 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (overall)

Arlene Shechet

At Play
2016
glazed ceramic
9 x 14 x 13 1/2 inches

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Arlene Shechet

Reverb
2017
glazed ceramic and painted hardwood
80 1/2 x 22 x 19 inches

Arlene Shechet

Reverb (detail)
2017
glazed ceramic and painted hardwood
80 1/2 x 22 x 19 inches

Arlene Shechet

Reverb (detail)
2017
glazed ceramic and painted hardwood
80 1/2 x 22 x 19 inches

Arlene Shechet

Night Vision (installation view)
2014
glazed ceramic
24 x 15 x 13 inches

Arlene Shechet

Night Vision (detail)
2014
glazed ceramic
24 x 15 x 13 inches

Press Release

Opening reception: Thursday, April 27, 6 – 8pm

Corbett vs. Dempsey is very pleased to present In the Meantime, an exhibition of new sculpture by Arlene Shechet.  This is the artist’s first solo show in Chicago.

In abstract forms that often reference the human body, Shechet creates works with an uncanny combination of elegance and expressiveness, sometimes containing extremes of balance and gnarliness in a single piece, folding together, stacking, inlaying, or interleaving disparate materials into cohesive, but heterogeneous, wholes.  Shechet is known as a brilliant ceramicist, but ceramics form one part of a much larger practice that also deploys wood, metal, and concrete, and her deft use of color is a major part of the work.  For this exhibition, she has brought together an unusually wide range of sizes and morphologies, from tall, full-figure works like “Reverb,” “Spring Snow,” and “Living at the Castle,” or the almost graphically gracile horizontal lines of “Split Second,” to small, magical wall and shelf pieces like “Bubble Up” and “A Soft Hard Rain.”  Exclusively in black, white, and grey, “Equal Time” is a major new work that nods at Constructivism, an aggregation of elemental shapes miraculously heaped together.

The depth and expanse of Shechet’s vision was on view in All At Once, a survey at the ICA Boston in 2015, which looked back at two decades of work.  Since that detailed exhibition Shechet mounted a solo presentation at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, and she was invited to perform extremely rare solo interventions at both the Frick Collection, New York, and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., placing her sculpture alongside works from the institutions’ permanent collections.  In the Meantime is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, available at the opening reception.

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