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January 14, 2009

Opening at 65GRAND this Friday, January 16 and running through February 14 is the exhibition that I curated beautiful form.  There will be a ‘reception’ from 7-10pm.  Here’s the Press Release:


Zachary Buchner. Untitled (Green/Pink/ Black), 2008.Foam, Joint compound, MDF, Enamel and Acrylic. 18″x 18″x 49.5″

65GRAND is pleased to present the group exhibition “beautiful form” featuring current work investigating modes of geometric abstraction, curated by Abraham Ritchie.

All of the work displays the strong formal elements typical to geometric abstraction: composition, angle, flatness and harmony.  Inextricable from this attention to the objective qualities of the work, is the result it creates, its aesthetic appeal.  Or, more controversially, its beauty.

This exhibition gathers together several current approaches to geometric abstraction.  Artists like Titus Dawson Polo and Peter Shear embrace formal aspects of abstraction with an ironic twist.  Steven Husby and Todd Chilton investigate ever new ways of constructing an abstract canvas. Zachary Buchner takes the implications of geometric abstraction to the arena of sculpture.

Zachary Buchner lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from Northwestern University in 2005. He has exhibited most recently at 40000, Chicago, IL.

Todd Chilton lives and works in Chicago.  He received his MFA from the School of the Art of Chicago in 2005.  He has a solo exhibition running concurrently at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago.

Steven Husby lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He currently has work in Bad Moon at Andrew Rafacz, through January 24.

Titus Dawson Polo lives and works in Chicago.  He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004.  He exhibited at NFO XPO, at The Suburban in 2008.

Peter Shear lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana and is enrolled at Indiana University. His work is currently on view at Hallway Bathroom Gallery, San Francisco

Abraham Ritchie is a writer who lives and works in Chicago.  He received his degree in Art History from the UW- Madison in 2005.  He is the Chicago City Editor for  Invited to curate by 65GRAND, this is his first curatorial project.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2009 6:12 pm

    Hey where are the women? No girls in Chicago investigating modes of geometric abstraction? I hate to complain but….

    • thebram31 permalink*
      January 16, 2009 1:47 pm

      Thanks for your attention Sharon, it’s nice to know that the East Coast still pays attention to Chicago, hope you can make it to the show to see it in person.

      This exhibition doesn’t claim to be comprehensive or about Chicago really. To be honest, women who could have shown in this exhibit showed in the group show last year, when there were three women to one man, or have upcoming solo shows: be sure to see Jasmine Justice in March and immediately following, Zoe Crosher in May.

  2. Peter permalink
    January 20, 2009 9:18 am

    Jasmine Justice owns!

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