Michelle Grabner: Like a Rare Morel, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

Michelle Grabner, Untitled, 2011
Graphite and gesso on panel
15 x 17 inches

January 22 – February 26, 2011

Shane Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce Like a Rare Morel, an exhibition of graphite and metalpoint works on birch panel by Michelle Grabner.

This exhibition marks Grabner’s return to domesticated geometric pattern. Gingham, a plain-woven fabric where the warp and weft are aligned to form a simple perpendicular crossing pattern is the basis of Grabner’s recent metalpoint panel works. Gold, silver, copper, and graphite are employed to imitate the basic grid structure generated by gingham weave. The small scale of these works, their minimal gestures, and their ever-changing metal patina up-stage their common reference soliciting theoretical notions of times and geometric abstraction. These simple works re-postulate the restlessness set forth by the long-standing theoretical debates between the polemical conditions of representation and non-representation, relative and non-relative, material and immaterial, the measurable and the immeasurable.

Michelle Grabner’s work is currently on view in A Shot in the Dark at The Walker Art Center and Collaborating with Michelle Grabner isn’t as fun as you think it is” at Gallery 16 in San Francisco.  She is a professor and department chair of the Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and along with her husband Brad Killam runs the artist-run exhibition spaces: The Suburban, Oak Park, IL and The Poor Farm, Waupaca County WI. Grabner’s work is included in the public collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.