Brian Kapernekas: Shapeshifter
September 24 - October 30, 2010
Opening Reception in new location: Friday, September 24 (7-10PM)65GRAND
is pleased to present Brian Kapernekas in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. His new body of work, featuring paintings and constructions oscillate between narrative and non-narrative structures and between representational and the non-representational.
Kapernekas' omnivorous practice defies seriality and has recently led him into an exploration of archaic technologies on the brink of obsolescence, ranging from blacksmithing and stone masonry (Smithy, Freemason) to the vinyl LP (Record).
His re-articulation of these artifacts leads to their reinvention, with his subject informing his process just as much as his process becomes his subject. Some surfaces are built up using burlap shapes and thick oil paint, often eschewing the paintbrush for the finger or comb, and others are bound by string, rope and screen, with a terrific amount of tension constraining an incredible spatial depth.
By conflating art and life, medium and subject, and indeed personal narrative with a shared historical one, Kapernekas has created a body of work that, like the titular shapeshifter, seems able to change form at will.
Brian Kapernekas received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, both in painting. A 2004 Artadia award recipient, his previous Chicago exhibitions include shows at VONZWECK in 2005, COMA in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Northern Illinois University Art Museum in 2007 and the Hyde Park Art Center in 2009. Recently, he has exhibited at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St. Louis in 2008, and Proof Gallery, Boston and Fountain, Brooklyn, both in 2009.