Friday, April 02, 2010
Ted Halkin at Corbett vs Dempsey
For his second solo exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Ted Halkin returns to a feature of his early work: relief.
In his signal works of the 1950s and early 1960s, when he first emerged as one of the most important artists in Chicago, Halkin created fantastic figurative scenes painted atop topographic surfaces made of modeling paste and papier-mache, facial features and body parts poking out from the canvases in a vivid 3-D tableaux. In his most recent body of paintings, he extends the abstract elements of recent years, exploring a bright, rich, hard-hitting palette, sometimes tempered with greys and greens, featuring his virtuoso handling of multi-layered totemic and hieroglyphic forms. In many of the paintings made over the last two years, Halkin introduces papier-mache and carefully placed cotton twine as both dimensionality and image, creating yet another layer and heightening the funky energy of these brilliant new works.
Ted Halkin: Relief
Opening reception Friday, April 2, 2010
5 to 9 pm
On display April 2 - May 8, 2010
Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N Ashland Ave (3rd floor)