Document Gallery Review

Nestled on the third floor in a tall sea foam green colored building in the West Loop is Document; a primarily photography based gallery paired with a print studio. Within the same building are two separate galleries, Volume and Western Exhibitions, which causes the space to feel close knit and communal. Established in 2011 by Aron Gent, Document has organized more than thirty solo exhibitions as it seeks to support and advocate for emerging artists, from helping artists print their shows, to giving them an intimate space to show their latest works.

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Currently on view from November 11 to December 23, 2016, is Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s show, Dead Jokes. Exhibiting widely since 2001, Rafferty is a Brooklyn-based artist who teaches full time at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachussetts. Rafferty’s work has appeared in exhibitions and shows including MoMA PS1, the Jewish Museum, the Whitney Biennial, the Hammer Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the Gagosian Gallery. Her latest work, Dead Jokes, consists of small-scale multi-media photographs drawn from Rafferty’s personal archive. Comprising of one-of-a-kind images, Dead Jokes is printed on colored Plexiglas, where Rafferty has applied various polymers to distort and alter the original forms, The images range from feminine-esque figures to screen shot images of various aspects of internet culture. Between motif references and formal aesthetics, Dead Jokes is self-described as never accidental; a twisting of the contemporary aspects of photography, gender, and mainstream culture.

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