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Into the Deep

BrammerJason Brammer is a visual artist known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, Brammer creates a unique melding of painted imagery with sculptural elements, such as antique parts, reclaimed wood, and salvaged materials he finds in the alleys by his studio. Described as a “magician with paint”, he experiments with illusionism and trompe l’oeil. Painting flat, 2-dimensional imagery to look folded, photographic, or otherwise 3-dimensional, Brammer then further “fools the eye” by seamlessly integrating real objects and layering paint and plaster on wood surfaces to replicate the look of aged, weathered metal. He enjoys making pieces that look like found artifacts, deteriorating archived relics, or antique “machines”, and strives to capture the feeling of glimpsing into another dimension or time.  

Brammer has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, and has created prominent commissioned works, including a large-scale public mural for the city of Chicago, a live painting for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, installations for LinkedIn and Dark Matter Coffee, and concert posters for My Morning Jacket, Todd Rundgren, and Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy. He was born in 1974 in Lancaster, Ohio and grew up primarily in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, but his current work evolved mainly from years of independent practice and experimentation. Brammer currently lives and works in Chicago, and has a private storefront studio in Humboldt Park, which is filled with ever-changing piles of rusted chains, antique pulleys, vintage gauges, and other found treasures that inspire his work.
 
Objects of antiquity have fascinated me since childhood and I am consistently drawn to relics that show how time has weathered them over the years. Rusting surfaces, water damage, and oxidized brass all play a part in creating a nautical feeling from a bygone era that I aim to capture in this body of work. I am also interested in evoking a timeless nostalgia that you can’t quite put your finger on, but gives you the distinct sense that you are observing an artifact from another time or place. My latest works plunge us below sea level through the eyes of a cartographer from an indeterminate era. This map maker’s archaic visions of oceanic beasts and living portals writhing with tentacled creatures seem to be salvaged from a sunken sea vessel, hundreds of years ago. Now, these vestiges are archived under museum glass in order to preserve them for future generations. Ruminating on bestiaries, medieval manuscripts, and antique hand-drawn maps, I’ve created a series of paintings and drawings exploring humankind’s quest to explain the unexplainable as we dive “Into the Deep”………
- Jason Brammer, Chicago, May 2013
 
Opening Reception:

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, June 7

White Nights

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

White Nights

New Work by Antony Anderson.

Antony Anderson is a visual artist currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. A Minnesota native, he received his BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010. That summer Antony was awarded an internship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. He has exhibited both locally and nationally. Much of his formative years were spent exploring the experimental music scenes of Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, and Fargo. His influences are broad and include design, music, architecture, literature, and DIY culture.

White Nights represents a continuation of Antony’s exploration of the act of deconstruction as creation. This series is comprised of stark digital photographs of collages.  Magazine, advertisement and newspaper cutouts were assembled primarily end to end, as stained glass would be, to create abstract compositions that recontextualize our relationship to the media from which they are made. The work is repetitious, meditative and teeming with introspection and analysis. Ultimately these pieces explore color, surface and form, as much as they address power and perception: think less what we see, more how we see it.

You can preview Antony’s work, and contact him directly at http://www.antonyanderson.com/

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, May 3

On view May 3 – May 24, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

New Fables

AdventureLand Works On Paper Proudly Presents:

New Fables

Recent Collages by Lou Beach

“A few years ago I got to meet the great Lou Beach, who, for my money, is one of our greatest living collagists.”

-Tony Fitzpatrick, Artist

 

“…beautiful, thoughtful, and intelligently absurd collages …”

-A. Moret, Art Critic

 

“Beach doesn’t know how to make a dumb picture.”

-Steven Heller – Co-chair of the MFA Design Program, The School Of Visual Arts

 

“The collage art of Lou Beach is probably smarter than you.”

-Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

 

“Original, provocative, definitely outside the box.”

-Jeff Bridges, Actor

 

“Funny, smart, twisted, brilliant…”

-Terry Gilliam, Film Director

 

“…Precise hallucinations…”

-George Saunders, Author

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, April 5

On view April 5 – April 26, 2013 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

Foundations

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

Foundations

New Work by Lauren Whitney.

Chicago based architectural photographer and digital illustrator, Lauren Whitney
has a distinctive style that is all her own. Being a Chicagoland native, Lauren
grew up with midwestern values and a strong family support system. Trained
as a commercial photographer and photo editor, Lauren Whitney’s passion is to
highlight the beauty in architecture that exists all around us.

In 2005 Whitney enrolled at the Illinois Art Institute of where she set goals to
become a Graphic Designer. She continued her education at The Art Institute
of Atlanta where she graduated with a degree in Architectural Photography
and Photo Manipulation in 2009. Lauren soon found her way back home to
Chicagoland where she began her career in commercial photography. Lauren is
the owner and creator of Chateau Whitney a production company specializing in
photography and photo manipulation.

You can preview Lauren’s work, and contact her directly at http://www.laurenwhitneyphotography.com/

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, March 1

On view March 1 – March 23, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

Necessary Strangers

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

Necessary Strangers: Abstraction at an Intimate Scale

A group exhibition featuring the work of Sharon Butler, Jane Fine, Ati Maier, Kelly Houlihan, and Jesse Sioux Achramowicz

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, February 1

Amusements

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

Amusements

New Work by Renee Robbins

Renee Robbins was born in Kankakee, Illinois and was raised in Indiana and Kentucky. She has a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Kentucky (2002) and an MFA from Michigan State University (2005). She currently lives and works in Chicago. As an artist, her work has been recognized with awards, grants, publications, and through selection for national exhibitions. Her selected exhibition highlights include the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, South Bend Art Museum, Ann Tower Gallery, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Ai Gallery, Function+Art, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tony Fitzpatrick’s Big Cat Press. She received a fellowship in 2004 from the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University to study in Tokyo, Japan, and a 2010 & 2009 CAAP grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Firecat Projects in January 2013.

Renee Robbins’s exhibit Amusements draws imagery from recreational systems like carnivals, roller coasters, and pinball machines. Our life experience is layered with complex systems that reach through tiny cells, flowering vegetation, and distant galaxies.  Renee searches for ways to mix, blend, and juxtapose these systems to create a web of hybrid forms.  Her work focuses attention on fleeting moments and small details within the complex systems that shape entertainment and leisure in our human experience.  At core of this exploration is a fascination with the familiar and unfamiliar.  The abundance of sensory information in the paintings is like the external environment we often find ourselves in.  One could consider how our varied surroundings shape our human experience and range from the micro to the macro.  The color, scale, and material of our surroundings changes and affects our sense of self.  Many things come together to create a sense of who we are and what we are made of and disperse when things become slightly out of reach.  It is her intent that these works converge on a gigantic range both in and out of our human experience.

You can preview the show at http://reneerobbins.com/

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, November 2

On view November 2 – November 30, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

Mariano Chavez

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

Crosses, Diamonds, and Monsters

New Work by Mariano Chavez

Mariano Chavez works in a variety of media ranging from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Although his work takes form in different materials, it remains consistent through a personal vocabulary and themes that resurface and evolve. The dark comedy—the sexual—and the unknown are reoccurring topics in the artist’s work. Born in 1974 in Big Wells, Texas, the artist moved to Chicago in the early 90’s to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received both his B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. Mariano has exhibited both nationally and internationally—he lives and works in Chicago.

Opening Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, October 5

On view October 5 – October 26, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

American Etchings

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

American Etchings

Prints by Tony Fitzpatrick

Closing Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Tuesday, October 2

On view September 7 – October 2, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.

The Jesse Sioux Achramowicz & Ashkon Haidari Show

AdventureLand Works On Paper Presents:

Jesse Sioux Achramowicz

Jesse Sioux Achramowicz is a young visual artist native to Chicago. She was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and studied Art & Design alongside physics at Columbia College Chicago. She spent some time in Florence, Italy exhibiting in street art fairs and studying watercolor painting.

Her emphasis is on painting and drawing, as well as some sculpture and street art. Her work is often filled with colorful and automatic mark-making. She draws inspiration from animation, symbolism, tribal, street, and mystical works of art.

Ashkon Haidari

I bought Ashkon Haidari his first legal drink the other night. He tossed back a Schlitz Tallboy and a shot of Old Crow.  The kind of  rot-gut proud Chicago drunks have been swilling for years. A very serious low-road combination.  His drawings remind me of this kind of bust-head concoction that comes at you like a Pit Bull.  I see a century’s mad comic style in Ashkon’s drawings — a delinquent Dali or Max Ernst. It’s no accident that young Mr. Haidari failed every Art class he took as a youngster – He was kicked  out of several schools and was a genuine discipline problem — in other words — my kind of artist.

It is difficult to say what his work reminds me of because it is unlike anything I have seen. The are echoes of Japanese cartoons, Lichtenstein, and Dali — but only echoes,distant in their likeness. I think his work is about freedom — I also think it’s juvenile in the best sense of that word. Antic, and as active and boisterous as a pinball machine — it is fun and it is deeply serious — a close look will reveal this. This is his first show — and his work has the marks of all serious, lasting art – it reveals itself over time. It keeps beginning.

This is a career to watch — Well done young man.

 Tony Fitzpatrick - Chicago

 2012

Reception:
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, August 17

On view August 17 – September 1, 2012 at AdventureLand Works On Paper.