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Unknown Chicago Painters: An Eclectic Selection of Emergent Work

Wednesday, September 25, 1985–Saturday, October 19, 1985

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Artists: Raul Cristancho, Mitchell Kane, Elizabeth Riggle, Susan Wexler, and Kevin Wolff

Gallery 400 highlights young talent in the exhibition Unknown Chicago Painters: An Eclectic Selection of Emergent Work, which features the artists Raul Cristancho, Mitchell Kane, Elizabeth Riggle, Susan Wexler and Kevin Wolff. The exhibition was guest curated by UlC alumnus Randy Alexander (Director of Performance at Randolph Street Gallery), and it presented a sampling of promising Chicago painters, who at the time were relatively unknown to galleries, collectors and the general public. Stylistically, the work varied greatly; as a group, these artists showed the technical facility and clearly defined intellectual concerns which mark artistic maturity.

Kevin Wolff’s large nudes are icons of sexual and political power, sarcasm and paranoia. In multi-panel paintings incorporating two and three-dimensional elements, Mitchell Kane addresses social and formal boundaries and the mechanisms for their protection and violation. Raul Cristancho ’s works invoke primeval signs and symbols, which relate man to nature. Elizabeth Riggle, exploring the nature of painting, employs light and dark as narrative elements in abstract compositions. Susan Wexler’s large airy canvases combine complexly layered images of figures, landscapes and maps seen from multiple viewpoints.

Randy Alexander also presented a lecture accompanying the exhibition.

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Postcard: Unknown Chicago Painters: An Eclectic Selection of Emergent Work – Opening Reception

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Raul Cristancho

Close to the Ecuador, 1983
Oil on canvas, 56 x 66 in.

El Norte, 1983
Oil on canvas, 56 x 66 in.

Growing Sign, 1983
Oil on canvas, 41 x 81 in.

Mitchell Kane

B-Church, 1985
Oil on masonite, 48 x 128 x 2 in.

CCCP, 1984
Oil on masonite, 22 x 26 in.

Ecosse, 1984-85
Oil on linen, 7 x 6 ft.

Lullaby,
1985
Oil on linen and muslin on paper, 6 x 9 ft.

Player, 1985
Coute, charcoal, canvas, oil on Gessoed paper, 7 x 6 1/2 ft.

See, the Waterfall, 1982-85
Oil on canvas with separate sculptural elements, 12 x 9 ft.

Elizabeth Riggle

Untitled, 1982
Oil on paper, 8 x 9 ft.

Untitled, 1985
Oil on paper, 8 x 12 1/2 ft.

Untitled, 1985
Oil on paper, 111 x 16 in.

Susan Wexler

A Lover’s Discourse, 1984
Oil on enamel on paper, 92 x 84 in.

Anchors Aweigh, 1985
Oil on paper, pushpins, 10 x 13 1/2 ft.

Red Deich Duble, 1985
Oil on canvas, push pins, approx. 10 x 8 ft.

The Rose Garden, 1985
Oil on canvas, push pins, 6 x 6 ft.

Kevin Wolff

Drowned Man, 1985
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Red Man, 1985
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Red Mother, 1985
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Red Youth, 1985
Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Guest curator and UIC alumnus, Randy Alexander was previously the General Manager of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and has been the Performance Director at Randolph Street Gallery since 1984. He has lectured on performance art at various universities and colleges, and in 1985 served as production consultant for Evanston Cable Television’s ‘Performance Art in Chicago.’ In the fall, he will become Co-Director of Betsy Rosenfield Gallery. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Music Chicago. Alexander studied media communications at Columbia College, received a BA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and studied critical art theory at Northwestern University.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Yood, James. “An ‘Emerging’ Cliché: New Talent exhibitions prevail in Chicago.” New Art Examiner, December 1985, p. 27 – 29.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Unknown Chicago Painters: An Eclectic Selection of Emergent Work is supported by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Design’s College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning.

This exhibition is also partly funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Raul Cristancho, Mitchell Kane, Elizabeth Riggle, Susan Wexler and Kevin Wolff
Unknown Chicago Painters: An Eclectic Selection of Emergent Work

Gallery 400
Chicago, IL
September 25–October 19, 1985

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 25, 1985, 5–7 pm
Curator Lecture: Sunday, September 29, 1985 2 pm

Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will showcase the talent of young artists in the first exhibit of the 1985-86 season entitled, Unknown Chicago Painters: An Eclectic Selection of Emergent Work, September 25 through October 19.

An opening reception for the show will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, September 25 from 5–7 pm.

Artists featured in Unknown Chicago Painters will be Raul Cristancho, Mitchell Kane, Elizabeth Riggle, Susan Wexler and Kevin Wolff. Curated by UIC graduate Randy Alexander, Director of Performance at the Randolph Street Gallery, the show presents a sampling of promising Chicago painters as yet unknown to galleries, collectors and the general public.

Stylistically, the works in this exhibition vary greatly. In multi-panel paintings incorporating two and three dimensional elements. Mitchell Kane addresses social and cultural boundaries. Elizabeth Riggle employs light and dark as narrative elements in abstract compositions. Raul Cristancho’s works invoke primeval signs and symbols relating to man and nature. Kevin Wolff’s large nudes are icons of sexual and political power and Susan Wexler I s large, airy canvases combine layers of figures, landscapes and maps seen from multiple viewpoints.

According to Alexander, “These artists show the technical facility and clearly defined intellectual concerns which mark artistic maturity.” Alexander will present a lecture on the exhibit on September 25 at 2 p.m. at the gallery.

This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.