Ecstatic in the growing sweat and wilt of the mid-morning sun. Gray snakeskin cement spewed with pink star flowers. Still optimistic, the morning-after field of crimson-made-orange in the gold cold of the midday sun blinding white garlands and cigarette butts.

Delirious already in the morning heat, we return to a garden that never was with knowledge we cannot forget. And we fall into color; its material an unraveling of the time and space compressed by the camera. Reveling in shit the flowers grow, their sweetness is trampled beneath as we tromp about in our own exquisite filth. Last night’s flowers, digitally apprehended/documented, are cast out of an Eden remembered, and brought home to the loom. The shutter’s click is joined by a wooden whir as the shuttle plies back and forth. Line by line, the digital screen is consumed by burning scarlets, acid yellows, and putrescent greens. Those wool threads, loose and tangled, are mired amongst the flowers (redolent with their perfumes and high noon sweat).

Petals are flattened, and perfume is swallowed into clumps of pink-becomes-yellow wool.

The image, what was a moment there is transcribed. Here and away, outside, to inside, that garden scourged to grow anew. Passed from hand to hand, wilting and brought to bloom again. Like the children’s game of words passed from one to the other; there becomes image becomes here, insistent now as material, albeit differently so.

Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito have been collaborating since 2013’s Stain Napkins project. Together, the artists explore the relationships between photography and weaving, using digital interfaces to bring these two material outputs into direct communication.

Laura Letinsky is Professor at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Her work has been widely exhibited and is part of numerous public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, SF MoMA, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

John Paul Morabito is Faculty in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at numerous interna- tional venues, including Dorksy Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY; Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, RabbitHoleStudio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, and Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine.

Geraldo de Barros

Geraldo de Barros was born in São Paulo in 1923 and lived there until his death in 1998. He started his career as a traditional painter, but began an intense period of experimentation with the photographic medium in 1946, which culminated in his Fotoformas exhibition at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) in 1951. The exhibition was a watershed for Brazilian photography and led to de Barros receiving a scholarship to study engraving in Paris. While in Europe he travelled extensively, meeting influential artists and encountering key movements in art and design. He returned to Brazil and established a successful career as an artist and industrial designer. A key figure in Brazillian Concrete, Abstract and Pop art he was a founding member of many influential groups including Grupo 15, Galeria Rex, Grupo Ruptura. He established the design co-operative Unilabor and furniture company Hobjeto Industry. After a series of strokes de Barros began in 1996 to work on a series of collage works using his ‘leftover’ family photographs. Entitled Sobras, de Barros continued to work on the series until his death in 1998.

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled (from Sobras Series), 1996-1998, Silver gelatin print, Edition of 5

Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito, red&whiteverechadpanhudaiondaahoneymoon, 2016 Cotton and wool 41 x 43 in

Going West 

The center of gallery gravity seems to be shifting west, as four important gallerists pull up their West Loop stakes and head to a new home at 1709 W. Chicago Ave. in the middle of Ukrainian Village. To an area already rich in galleries—Efrain Lopez, The Mission, Paperish Mess and Matthew Rachman, to name just a few—they promise a bristling new energy. Here’s what’s in store for the big Jan. 7 opening.

Specialists in contemporary photography, film and media-based art, this gallery, opened in 2011, also operates as a professional printmaking studio.
Upcoming: Collaborators Laura Letinsky and John Paul Morabito explore the relationship between photography and weaving. 262.719.3500

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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.