Opening this April 28, 2017, “Subject to Change: Urban Landscape and the Architecture of Place,” at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.
Through her ongoing documentation of the changing urban landscape, Emily paints familiar neighborhood scenes with an emphasis on house portraits. Houses in various states: weatherworn and imbued with the character of their current/former owners, deconstructed and ready for rehabbing, wrapped in Tyvek sheets, the surrounding earth imprinted with tracks of heavy machinery. These ordinary, and singularly unremarkable, neighborhood scenes coalesce to create an expressive vision of a distinctly American landscape.
Daily life is hectic, our attention often fragmented by the demands of our devices. We absorb visual information through growing screens and flat imagery. In contrast, painting serves to slow down time and invites the viewer to exist in a visceral, textured moment. Emily’s paintings offer a reflective experience that considers the individuals sense of place in society and ideas of impermanence and shared cultural history.
The exhibition opens April 28, 2017 and runs through May 21, 2017. Firecat Projects is located in Bucktown, Chicago. Visit their website here.
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