002 / Vian Sora / N O W H E R E November 10 - January 5
Some stories can only be told by the person who has lived that story:
Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq in 1976, I am a self-taught painter that never let go of the brush that I was given as a child. Throughout the 1990’s, I dedicated my energy to painting. This led to participating in joint exhibitions during the late 1990s and my first solo exhibition at In’aa Gallery, Baghdad in 2001. Since then, I have been blessed with participating in exhibitions around the world. Raised under the Ba’ath Party and subject to its mandates and masochism, I breathed in the studio when life outside had been suffocated. I am expressive, constantly experimenting with color and techniques, influenced by the intensity of my home country, a student of the civilizations lost - Mesopotamia, Assyria, Babylon and ancient Kurdish tribes; home.
I continually seek boundaries as to the female form and the repression of human nature. My works utilize the ancient Mesopotamian art of mural painting by engraving on canvas. I use a unique technique of employing oils, aging materials and dyes to create a leather-like texture, adorned with ornate patterns applied in gold and shades of blue and green inspired by the primary colors found throughout nature.
You will find the results of living conditions and political metaphors derived from living under a dictatorial regime, its chaos, devastation and ultimate destruction; yet, the primary condition of life that is conveyed in my works is that of beauty and homage to the survival of antiquities, lest they are at risk. To be true to my experience, I must paint the horrors of Iraq.
I often populate my paintings with faceless, androgynous figures that transmute into abstraction – suggesting the turmoil that can underlie the thin surface of social order, and its effect on the human soul. This search for beauty amongst destruction is translated into my compositions through a conscious embrace of decay. Utilizing colors and techniques that will purposefully alter over decades of time, mirroring the remnants of ancient history and cities devastated by war. Though within this decay, I aim preserves beauty.
I hope my works touch those that have suffered from war, lost homes, displacement, tragedy; but most importantly to speak to those who are blessed to not have experienced.
001 / Adam Chuck / Instant Gratification August 18 - September 29
Adam Chuck is a Cleveland, Ohio native, now living and making work in Brooklyn, New York. He works primarily in oil paint on mylar.
Chuck graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art in spring of 2012 with a BFA in drawing. He has since exhibited work solo at the Institute and through Maria Neil Art Project in Cleveland's Waterloo neighborhood. He has been in several group exhibitions in Cleveland and abroad including Bazaarbeque at Forum Artspace in Cleveland, The Cozy Up Collective group show in Waterloo, Hold the Wall at the Galleries at Cleveland State University, Luke Austin's Double Vision at The High Line Loft in Manhattan, Patriartsy with Con Artist Collective in the Lower East Side, New York, and Please Disturb with Less Is More Projects, Paris, France. Adam's work has been seen at art fairs such as Superfine! in Chelsea, New York and at YIA Art Fair #09 in Brussels, Belgium (under representation of Less is More Projects). Adam has shown internationally at Less Is More Projects, a contemporary gallery space in the heart of Paris, France. His work was exhibited in the grand opening of Pequeños Bribones, a contemporary art gallery in la Colonia San Rafael region of Mexico City. His work is in private collections in cities around the world including Cleveland, Savannah, Nashville, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, London, Paris, Madrid, Cape Town, and Nairobi.