Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gabriel Specter: Repeat Offender

Pawn Works Gallery in Ukrainian Village presents a show by Gabriel Specter opening tonight, Saturday.

Info from the gallery...
Brooklyn-based, Gabriel Specter is internationally known for precise street installations that revitalize forgotten environments. Taking an anthropological approach to his subject matter defines Specter’s aesthetic. Striking paintings and sculptures document change, celebrate the marginalized and ultimately become monuments to common urban experience.
In his first Chicago show Specter addresses the culture of repetition in street art that he notoriously denounces. He generally refuses to work in multiples, but in this work, REPEAT OFFENDER, Specter plays with repetition on his own terms.
First, he garners images from previous projects to hand-paint, carve and paste a central, large scale 8’ x 8’ piece. Using that as a reference he re-paints selected sections resulting in works that vary in scale, color and medium from that of the original. Specter stretches his muscles in figurative and abstract painting with this new body of work. Each piece is meticulously made employing a range of techniques and materials to impart an authentic, ‘stolen-from-the-street’ quality.

Gabriel Specter: Repeat Offender
at Pawn Works Gallery
1050 N Damen Ave,
Chicago, IL

Opening reception: Saturday, May 14, 2011
6 to 10 pm

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