Stephanie Serpick and Christopher Ottinger at Bert Green Fine Art

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo shows by New York-based painter Stephanie Serpick and Chicago-based multimedia artist Christopher Ottinger.

Stephanie Serpick’s paintings are layered compositions which incorporate hazy signifiers. They are designed to infer visually incomplete meanings while at the same time generating simultaneous feelings of satisfaction and unease. Despite employing simple, non-threatening elements, these works impart a fundamental amount of tension and a palpable sense of contradiction.

Christopher Ottinger works with electricity as his medium. This installation is conceptually inspired by the work of Nikola Tesla, specifically his ideas about wireless power transmission. The project space will be populated with several works which affect one another as well as in combination with an audience. These are intended to be interactive; viewers are encouraged to move parts around and touch things which affect the operation of the flows of electricity and sound.

There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday January 17, 2015 from 5-8 pm, and an Artist’s Talk by Christopher Ottinger on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 4pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday 11–6 and Saturday 12-5, or by appointment at other times.

Bert Green Fine Art
8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 620, Chicago IL 60603
312-434-7544
bgfa.us

Mary Jane Duffy and Linda LaBella at Bert Green Fine Art

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Opening Reception Saturday November 8, 5-8 pm
Artist’s Talk by Mary Jane Duffy on Saturday December 13 at 4 pm.

Bert Green Fine
Art 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 620, Chicago IL 60603
312-434-7544, bgfa.us
Gallery Hours Wednesday–Friday 11-6 pm, Saturday 12–5 pm

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo exhibition by Mary Jane Duffy and our third solo exhibition by Linda LaBella.

Mary Jane Duffy is a Chicago-based painter who makes works which are based on an interpretation of land and the landscape of information. The artist sees the influence of human activity and human perception as a significant and important diversion from the otherwise natural order of things. Employing the languages of map making, pointillist obfuscation, and digital noise, Duffy creates a series of works that resonate with uneasiness and ambiguity towards the human condition and its impact.

Linda LaBella is a New York-based painter of intuitive abstraction. Her technique combines drawing and painting together into an inseparable whole, led by a process whereby the making of an artwork is self-directed; the art equivalent of “automatic writing”. LaBella listens to the work; allows it to grow organically, and in doing so a voice emerges. In the artist’s own words, these works are “abstractions of sub-thought projections”. Such primal aesthetics and mark making share underlying attributes with cave painting, hieroglyphics, and other forms of prehistorical art yet are starkly contemporary and deeply forward-looking.

Man Bartlett: The Object of an Act of Thought

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In the Project Room:
Group Show of Prints
Works by: William Powhida, Scott Hunt, Greg Colson, Rebecca Gray Smith, Justice Lepennen, Raeleen Kao, Dan McCleary, Daniel Gonzalez, Dave Lefner, Cristina Padron, and Stephen Kaltenbach.

July 12 – August 23 2014

Opening Reception Saturday July 12, 5-8 pm

Bert Green Fine Art 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1220, Chicago IL 60603 312-434-7544bgfa.us
Gallery Hours WednesdayFriday 11-6 pm,  Saturday 12–5 pm

IMPORTANT NOTE: The gallery will be moving within the same building to Suite 620 in late July during the run of this show.  Exact moving date to be announced.

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo show by Brooklyn, New York artist Man Bartlett.

Man Bartlett’s work is a mixture of traditional media, digital media, and performance, all of which emphasize the philosophical difference between perceptual knowledge and reality and how this manifests in the interaction of technology and culture. Bartlett is concerned with action and repetition and “the manipulation of the relationship of a medium to itself.” Using time honored mark making on paper, or pixels on screen, he masterfully amalgamates rigor and randomness. Continuing the artist’s interest in new methods of ownership and alternative market structures, the animated gifs for “The Object of an Act of Thought” will be offered as unique editions of one with a Monegraph certificate for authentication of ownership. Monegraph (www.monegraph.com) is based on blockchain technology (similar to Bitcoin), whereby a certificate of ownership is generated on the Namecoin blockchain.

Man Bartlett (b.1981) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. He has exhibited or performed in a variety of venues including: The V&A Museum (London), his tiny windowless bedroom, The Brooklyn Museum, a Best Buy store, Freies Museum (Berlin), Eyebeam (New York), Flux Factory (Long Island City), iMOCA (Indianapolis), Port Authority Bus Terminal, Winkleman Gallery, Skydive Art Space (Houston), Platform Gallery (Seattle), and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In the Project Room will be a Group Show of Prints by William Powhida, Scott Hunt, Greg Colson, Rebecca Gray Smith, Justice Lepennen, Raeleen Kao, Dan McCleary, Daniel Gonzalez, Dave Lefner, Cristina Padron, and Stephen Kaltenbach. Powhida and Hunt are exhibited courtesy of Schroeder Romero In New York, and Colson, McCleary, Gonzalez, Padron, and Lefner in association with Aardvark Letterpress in Los Angeles. Kaltenbach is courtesy of Another Year in LA in Los Angeles.

See also: bgfa.us/artists/bartlett

Bert Green Fine Art presents Jennifer Mills and Rebecca Gray Smith

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo shows by two Chicago artists, Jennifer Mills and Rebecca Gray Smith.

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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.

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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
312-434-7544
bgfa.us

Wall Batterton Conglomerations and Irrationalities: Assemblages

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Wall Batterton, Why Not?, Found Objects on Panel, 14.5 x 12″, 2013

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Conglomerations and Irrationalities: Assemblages
http://bgfa.us/artists/batterton

March 8 – April 19, 2014

Opening Reception Saturday March 8, 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, http://bgfa.us
Download Press Release and Hi Resolution Images at http://bgfa.us/press.html

Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo exhibition by New Mexico-based artist Wall Batterton.

Wall Batterton lives and works in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He studied and worked in Los Angeles with Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and many other artists that helped to define the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Batterton created large paintings with car lacquer and aluminum paint “for the illusion of wetness that we see in the distance as we travel a long stretch of highway,” which were widely shown and are still today in great demand. Like many of the artists in that place and time, the optimism and access to industrial materials of the age contributed to the making of art that has come to be known as an important period in contemporary art. However, these materials led to very serious health problems for the artist, prompting him to cease painting for a period of time to detox. Thereafter, he resumed working with more traditional media.

The current series of works are two distinct series of 3-D assemblages using a variety of drawn and painted surfaces and found materials which reflect the frenzied condition of contemporary life, and are inspired in part by a realization that perhaps some of this world’s problems may in fact be unsolvable. Batterton relishes the act of art making as much as the final artwork itself; like the Action Painting that came before him, these works embody a strong internal tension, as well as a playful sense of humor and an exuberant love of life.

In the Project Room is a group show of paintings by gallery artists: Jen Heaslip, Shane Guffogg, Jeff Britton, and Viva Hoffmann.

There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 8 from 5-8 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.