Raeleen Kao and Jessica Curtaz at Bert Green Fine Art

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Above: Untitled by Raeleen Kao

Raeleen Kao Body Like A Barrow
Jessica Curtaz Fold

January 12 – February 23, 2013

Artists Reception Saturday January 12, 5-8 pm
Closing Reception Saturday February 23 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours Wednesday–Friday 11-6 pm,  Saturday 12–5 pm

Bert Green Fine Art
8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1220
Chicago IL 60603
312-434-7544, bgfa.us

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present two solo shows by artists working in graphite on paper — similar media but with greatly dissimilar results.

Raeleen Kao lives and works in Chicago, IL and is a printmaker at White Wings Press. These drawings draw on her early memories of a critical heart surgery at age three. She uses bodily imagery: hair, skin and scars to depict an interrelationships of mortality, bodily frailty, vanity and identity as signifiers for the interplay between life and death. Vanity is a futile foil against deterioration, the frailty of the body and physical realities as a truth more potent than any other. As a result, these drawings exhibit a quiet and profound aesthetic sophistication. This is Kao’s first solo show with the gallery.

Jessica Curtaz currently works in Philadelphia, PA. Her drawings are hyper-detailed studies of naturally occurring patterns which are taken from the observation of plant life. Highly complex and detailed views of hydrangea flower and leaf parts are repeated and recombined to create an overall abstract impression — these artworks reflect the artist’s fascination with biological forms and structures. Curtaz uses her considerable skill to make these drawings with the most remarkable amount of detail with minute linework, both arresting and at the same time disarming and lovely. This is Curtaz’s third solo show with the gallery.

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