Big Youth 2 : News From Chicago (Bourouina Gallery, Berlin)

April 28, 2012 - June 23, 2012

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Jonathan Gardner


Untitled (Blue Profile)
2012
oil on panel
18" x 24"

Jonathan Gardner
Untitled


2012
oil on canvas
28" x 38"

Jonathan Gardner
Untitled (Woman with Plant)


2011
oil on canvas
34" x 46"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Rachel Niffenegger
Night Portrait with Black Iris and Purple


2012
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and spray paint on paper
30" x 44"

Rachel Niffenegger
Pink Ghost of Blue Eyed Grinner


2012
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and spray paint on paper
30" x 44"

Rachel Niffenegger
Lyrical Brown Skin Removal


2012
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and spray paint on paper
30" x 44"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Isak Applin
Untitled Sculpture with Constable Painting


2012
oil on canvas
16" x 16"

Isak Applin
Carleton & Pine


2010
oil on canvas
42" x 42"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Dana DeGiulio
What You Said


2011
oil and enamel on canvas
36" x 30"

Dana DeGiulio

Empire
2011
Oil, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas
24" x 32.25"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Kellie Romany

Reveal
2012
oil on board
12" x 12"

Kellie Romany
Untitled


2012
oil on board
11" x 14"

Kellie Romany
Untitled


2012
oil on board
8" x 8"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Alex Chitty
Clutch


2012
wood and latex
18.5" x 10" x 9"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Betsy Odom

Wusthof Knives
2011
carved graphite on rabbit fur
8" x 13" x 2"

Betsy Odom

Buckeye
2011
plexiglass, tube socks, fur and buckeye
13" x 3" x 2"

Betsy Odom

Shuttlecock
2011
Ceramic, burl wood, steel, and automotive paint
4" x 6" x 12"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Todd Chilton

Side by Side Inverted
2012
oil on linen
18" x 16"

Todd Chilton
Slotted Triangles


2012
oil on linen
18" x 16"

Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

Lilli Carré
What Hits the Moon (still)


2005
animation
4.00 looped with sound

Installation view with publication, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin


Press Release

BIG YOUTH II – NEWS FROM CHICAGO

curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey

with:
Isak Applin, Lilli Carré, Todd Chilton, Alex Chitty, Dana DeGiulio, Jonathan Gardner, Rachel Niffenegger, Betsy Odom, Kellie Romany and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

In 2009, Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery proposed a panorama of the young artistic scene of Chicago with the exhibition “Big Youth”. The artists were affiliated with the renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago and most works presented in the show were paintings. Now, three years later, Amel Bourouina is happy to invite John Corbett and Jim Dempsey to carry on this “inventory” and show for the first time in Berlin ten Chicago artists who are among the most promising of their generation.
“Big Youth II” opens up to other artists and other techniques. Isak Applin and Jonathan Gardner, already shown in 2009, claim a filiation with the “big ancestors”, the Chicago Imagists (as well as Cubists and the Canadian “Group of Seven”), but develop their own highly original figurative work. Rachel Niffenegger, also shown in the first “Big Youth” exhibition, reveals in her drawings and collages a morbid fascination caused by the human body and its diseases, recalling Chicago artist’s longstanding interest in the grotesque.
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Dana DeGiulio, Kellie Romany and Todd Chilton have chosen pictorial abstraction. Even though the first two mentioned often use collage (press, photo, etc.) which makes it difficult to categorize them! To the exciting iconoclasm of Zuckerman-Hartung, to the forceful gesture of DeGiulio, and to the murky sensuality permeating the delicate works of Romany, Chilton responds by suggesting an extremely controlled reflection on the importance of imprecision in the abstract painting.
In their sculptures and installations, Betsy Odom humorously explores the American identity as its social organization and attempts to break its codes, while Alex Chitty examines our relation to our environment. We also encounter humor in the animated films of Lilli Carré, but black humor contrasting strongly with her clear and charming lines.


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