Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo shows by two Chicago artists, Jennifer Mills and Rebecca Gray Smith.
Jennifer Mills’ artworks are rooted in traditional humor; she uses novelty items such as rubber chickens, whoopee cushions, fake dog poop, etc., as conceptual source material, then recreates them from scratch as unique, handmade versions, and serializes them. The repetition of forms, still all unique and not identical, retain their original humorous characteristics but overlap with and satirize the serious contemplation of fine art objects. It is rare for fine art to explore humor, and even more so, for art to be outright funny, but Mills manages to achieve this.
Rebecca Gray Smith is debuting a complete series of etchings called “The Alphabet”, letters A-Z plus two repeated letters for a total of 28 images. The series was begun in fits and starts over a 25 year period, originally intended as a response to the AIDS crisis. It has recently been completed, and was printed at Anchor Graphics in Chicago. These works explore the presence of death in all human endeavor, using traditional signifiers of mortality such as the skeleton as a primary actor and subject. Each letter corresponds to a specific fatal activity or malady, highlighting the act of existence as a high risk activity fraught with peril.
There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, May 3 from 5-8 pm. A Closing Reception will be held Saturday June 21 from 5-8 pm, with artist talks by Jennifer Mills at 6 and Rebecca Gray Smith at 6:30 pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday 11–6 and Saturday 12-5, or by appointment at other times.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. Additional exhibition information, press releases and high resolution images may be found at the gallery website at http://bgfa.us.
Bert Green Fine Art
8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1220
Chicago IL 60603