Daily Archives: April 26, 2015

Erik Frydenborg : Nebula Winners at Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Image courtesy Andrew Rafacz Gallery.

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Nebula Winners, a solo exhibition of new work by Erik Frydenborg in Galleries One & Two.

Chicago, IL, April 25, 2015– ANDREW RAFACZ continues 2015 with Nebula Winners, a solo exhibition of new sculptural works by Erik Frydenborg. The exhibition continues through Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Nebulous winters. Nuclear options. Dictionaries stuffed with ugly alphabets. Erik Frydenborg has just one hundred years to forget them all.

Beneath incorporated skies, soul deserts littered with reminders of reminders. Collected buildings, space and spaces, stitched together roads of gibberish. Undigitized content peppering horizons. Everything in time and place, but none of it in here or now.

In a clean salon, metal sentinels guard black boxes. Weightless tomes betray solid states. As hours turn to seconds, Frydenborg must unlock their sense records, before the nearest star flames out.

Pause galactic sunrise for a sponsor’s message: Words. Keep Living Clear. The rest has been removed for want of time, loose pages that once kept pace have now congealed.

In an installation of new hybrid objects, Frydenborg combines cast, painted aluminum sculptures with a series of silkscreened freestanding panels, loosely approximating the visual syntax of science fiction paperbacks.

Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago IL 60607

Imaginary Landscapes at Mana Contemporary

Lisa Alvarado. “Traditional Object 6”

Lisa Alvarado. “Traditional Object 6.” Image courtesy Newcity.

Returning to a space of your past is the best way to wipe away the rose-colored nostalgia tint from your glasses. Through Imaginary Landscapes, Mana Contemporary presents an exploration of the relationship between space, time, and memory. Four Midwest-based artists delve into the uncertain space at the nexus of the three, and the result is a collection of sculptures and images gathered by Chicago-based curator Allison Glenn. The show features work by Lisa Alvarado, Assaf Evron, Robert Burnier, and Caroline Kent.

© 2015 South Side Weekly

See Imaginary Landscapes at Mana Contemporary
2233 South Throop St., 4th floor, through May 31.


Larner Plays Nicely at AIC this Summer

A Review:

Liz Larner

Art Institute of Chicago

Bluhm Family Terrace

April 24, 2015 – September 27, 2015

X; stainless steel; 2013

6: stainless steel; 2010-11

This summer, two of Larner’s sculptures reside on the Art Institute of Chicago’s modern wing terrace. The Bluhm Family Terrace faces Millennium Park with direct views of Frank Gehry’s theater and Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, two landmark architectural elements that define the park, as well as play with Larner’s stainless steel sculptures X and 6. Larner’s forms appear as a continuation of the contours prompted by its backdrop.

6’s tube-like forms are each color blocked with lavender, white, and brown. They are not straight lines, as the contours writhe between points, excavating a synergetic energy that transpires within the form as well as among and beyond the open terrace. The abstracted form encourages movement from the viewer, where one can view the work from all angles.


Diagonally positioned across the platform, X reflects, formally and perhaps conceptually, the steel of Gehry and Cloud Gate. X is an open form, where the viewer can crawl beneath the contour lines. The highly reflective finish, especially on a rainy day, exudes an energy for the viewer in which to play. The final seams of X’s tangential lines that grace the platform are not evenly cut, referencing the lines of 6 as well as teasingly differentiating from the manicured architectural elements of Millennium Park.


Notably, Larner’s two sculptures are installed on a shared wooden platform, spanning almost the entirety of the terrace. The wooden base brings organic, earthy material into a viewer’s sight, which is mostly comprised of steel and glass. Furthermore, the platform encourages investigation between and among the objects where, on a rainy day, one can practically skate between the sculptures.


The spirit of Larner’s work arouses its installation location. Perhaps lovingly, the artist’s objects investigate the spirit of the summer months in Chicago- an ode to dissipating from rigid structure and reflecting the playful forms that place us within a conscious moment of humor. Liz Larner’s installation is not to be missed.