Peter Piller, Umschläge
Artist: Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Venue: Wiels, Brussels
Exhibition Title: Specific Objects without Specific Form
Date: March 5 – April 25, 2010
Installation Design: Danh Vo
Stephanie Cristello & Mika Horibuchi
CHICAGO, IL. Alcatraz Chicago is very excited to present the work of Chicago-based artists Stephanie Cristello and Mika Horibuchi. Their latest group of paintings flirt, fumble, and occasionally fondle the idea of Classical references to appropriated images, and their anxious relationship to painting. Through means of direct painting techniques, pattern, text, and self-declared iconography, Bad Graphics gives a gracious nod to our insincere, artificial, and unoriginal image-based world. Deception and displacement are both indicative of the work – the attempt never becomes the real thing. Much like a hologram on a playing card, the object falters, never truly reading as the three-dimensional thing it imitates. Yet in the deception there is sincerity: the hologram never claims to be anything other than itself, just as the paintings never claim to be anything other than paintings. The willingness of painting to give as much or as little as it wants speaks to the idea of access, as a binary form of both a screen and a gate – something you can simultaneously look through and pass through, an interchange between painting, space, and image.