____'New Art - Gallery Weekend Chicago' by Pedro Vélez for Artnet.com
____'AIR' by Dan Gunn for Artslant Chicago
'AIR': tasteless odorless colorless' - New work by Claire Ashley and Mark BoothHistorically
and cross-culturally human beings have perceived the world to be made up of 4-5 'classical elements'. SideCar's exhibition schedule this year has been loosely based around this concept; artists direct their creative energy at the world and that directed energy manifests itself as one of those 'classical elements'.
Opening the Fall season at SideCar is "AIR: tasteless odorless colorless", an exhibition of new work by Claire Ashley and Mark Booth. These two artists have been friends since 1993 and this show marks their first opportunity to exhibit together. The artists present their work as a conversation with one another and the gallery space itself. The element AIR provided a compelling lens through which to consider that work.
Ashleys work explores color and shape while eschewing traditional modes of painting, the resulting objects hovering somewhere between 'object' and 'image'. Her work relies on a mixing of aerosol paint in air, and is, in some cases, literally filled with air.
Booths work engages imaginative space and its atmosphere through texts placed directly on the gallery walls and his spoken language based works rely on breath and the transmission of sound in air. The work relies on suggestions, thoughts and free-association with meanings shifting depending on what the viewer brings, leaving us unsure of where the works itself begins and ends.
I think of Booths beautifully minimal text-based work as a place for imaginative, intellectual meandering. His absurdly funny, often times, overtly grotesque narratives create a wonderfully colorful space for contemplation: tusks licked by puke green saliva, cadmium sailors dipped to the neck in cerulean mulch, are color associations that come to mind. Claire Ashley
I like to imagine that Claire Ashleys work is the chimerical love child conceived by the union of Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Tuttle, and the CEO of Home Depot in which the reproductive apparatus of all three figures transform, interchange, switch, switch back again, and produce from their joint fertile womb, a sea of floppy inflatable drawings, tape paintings, and fluorescent colored installations. Mark Booth
AIR: tasteless odorless colorless
September 10th - October 8th
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10th, 5 -10 P.M.