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DOCUMENT is pleased to present Supports/Surfaces: Objects of Knowledge, which features historical and recent work by Louis Cane, Noël Dolla and Claude Viallat. These three artists were members of Supports/Surfaces, a shifting group of some twelve painters, many of whom hailed from the South of France, who began collaborating and showing together in 1966. Central to Supports/Surfaces was the systematic interrogation (and, in many cases, separation) of the medium’s constituent components: paint, canvas, and stretcher. The group showed both within art institutions and in outdoor, sometimes remote locations, distributing their paintings in the landscape with guerrilla idealism. The group was influenced by radical thinking from various, even oppositional quarters, matching the utopian dreaming of May ‘68 with the uncompromising critical theory of Louis Althusser and the Tel Quel group. Supports/Surfaces artists devised signature approaches even as they actively sought common strategies. Viallat stenciled kidney bean-like forms into grids on unframed and unstretched canvases that could be hung on a gallery wall, the middle of a room, or outside in public space. Dolla’s Tarlatanes, strips of painted canvas hung from the ceiling, played on Barnett Newman’s modernist “zips,” liberating them from all constraints–yet he also made a point of painting on everyday materials such as handkerchiefs and dishtowels. Cane’s Toiles Découpées (Cut Canvases) spilled onto the floor from their positions on the wall, aiming for simultaneous absorption and materiality. Supports/Surfaces: Objects of Knowledge will revisit these artists’ past work while also making note of the subtle evolution of their practices up through the present day.

Christopher Meerdo

Christopher Meerdo (b.1981) is a Chicago based artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lithuania. Meerdo’s work was recently currently featured in a year-long solo exhibition at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art. He is the Fellowship 15 International Award winner for his projects Iceland and Cataphote, was an artist in residence at the SIM Program in Reykjavik, Iceland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Meerdo received his MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include The National Gallery of Kosovo, Exgirlfriend (Berlin); The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL); CocoHunday (Tampa, FL); Floating Museum (Chicago, IL), Cabinet Magazine (Brooklyn, NY); LVL3 Gallery (Chicago, IL); Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville, VA); SIM Gallery (Reykjavik, Iceland) and a traveling exhibition in Birmingham and Leicester, UK. More information can be found at http://0-0.ooo

Christopher Meerdo, Channeling, 2019 & As Sahab/The Cloud, 2019 installation view at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Netherlands

Christopher Meerdo, Channeling, 2019, LED screen, controller, media player, 2.5 x 2.5 meter 30 minute excerpt of 1000 hour loop

Christopher Meerdo, Channeling, 2019, LED screen, controller, media player, 2.5 x 2.5 meter 30 minute excerpt of 1000 hour loop

Christopher Meerdo, As Sahab/The Cloud, 2019, extruded polystyrene, plaster, paint, water transfer print, tinted mirror, 1.5 x 2 meter

Christopher Meerdo, As Sahab/The Cloud, 2019, extruded polystyrene, plaster, paint, water transfer print, tinted mirror, 1.5 x 2 meter (detail)

Christopher Meerdo, The Search, 2019, LCD Monitor, media player, 19'28"

time machine for variation identification and memory, Raspberry pi, micro sd card, power adapter, USB LED clock fan, flameless USB lighter, micro USB LED 10x9x4 in, 2016

integrated simulation and synthesis, Raspberry pi, micro sd card, power adapter, Snoop Dogg BUSH G Slim Liquid Vaporizer, USB powered fan, flexible USB LED Lamp 12x8x5 in, 2016

clustering for similarity in data mining, Raspberry pi, micro sd card, power adapter, programmable USB LED fan, 16Gb USB fake thumb 8x8x6 in, 2016

Active Denial System, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art installation view, 2016

HD Protech Cite M1G2, 2016 hydroprint on retroreflective fabric, cnc extruded polystyrene, hydrocal, mixed media

Haute VIEW, 2016 hydroprint on retroreflective fabric, cnc extruded polystyrene, hydrocal, mixed media

Metadata, 2016 HD video, 11:01 min custom display monitors, raspberry pis, network switch, sound system

Underground Nuclear Fallout Home Las Vegas NV west wall detail dusk, 2016, Archival pigment prints, 20 x 30 in. each

Underground Nuclear Fallout Home Las Vegas NV, south wall, dawn, Archival Digital Print, 20 x 30 in, 2016

Erythrocyte Ghosts Filled with Quantum Dots Improve Cryogenics with Microarea Custom Freeze Thaw @Document

Erythrocyte Ghosts Filled with Quantum Dots Improve Cryogenics with Microarea Custom Freeze Thaw @ Document

Death Stress Implant Network Detour (DSIND), Custom display monitor, media player, 30” loop, 2016

Earth/Nature + Individual Preparation = Sovereign Integral Realization, Custom display monitor, media player, 2’43” loop, 2016

Lightbody_astral.jpg//white_matter_of_left_cerebral_hemisphere-2.x3d, Extruded polystyrene, hydrocal, plaster, hydroprint, acrylic gloss glaze 36x 24x 20 in, 2016

hplusmagazine-2008-fall.pdf//EMDB-6003-surf-radial.x3d, Extruded polystyrene, hydrocal, plaster, hydroprint, acrylic gloss glaze 44x 36x 14 in, 2016

Collective Human Mind System Reality, Custom display monitor, usb flash drive, LED strobe light, 1’23” loop, 2016

Brute Force, archival digital prints, 2014, Elmhurst Art Museum Biennal, installation view.

Brute Force, archival digital prints, 2014, The Hills, installation view.

Brute Force xtxp8.jpg (cop selfie), Archival Pigment Print, 23 1/2 x 17 1/2 in, 2014

IMG1272.jpg, Archival Digital Print, 15 x 12 1/2 in, 2007-2015

IMG38.jpg, Archival Digital Print, 10 x 9 in, 2007-2015

IMG67_1.jpg, Archival Digital Print, 10 x 9 in, 2007-2015

Kirkjufell, Iceland, archival digital prints, 12x18 each, 2013

Svartsengi, Iceland, archival digital prints, 12x18 each, 2013

Cipher (insurance.aes256), ultraviolet curing ink on seamless paper 350x100 in, 2011

Cipher (insurance.aes256), ultraviolet curing ink on seamless paper 350x100 in, 2011

Cataphote, 2014 welded steel, retroreflective fabric, zippers, vacuum 16x18x9 ft collaboration with May Wilson

Afterimage, Vol. 46, Number 2

Exhibition Review: Andrew Norman Wilson: Kodak

Andrew Norman Wilson: Kodak. Document. Chicago, Illinois: January 11–February 23, 2019| By Liz Park

Image 1. Still from Kodak (2018) by Andrew Norman Wilson; © 2018 Andrew Norman Wilson; courtesy the artist and DOCUMENT.

 

Andrew Norman Wilson’s thirty-two-minute video Kodak (2018) was the beating heart of his eponymous exhibition at DOCUMENT in Chicago. A series of prints that take inspiration from various Kodak products hung in an adjacent gallery while a stack of giveaway posters—of the company’s first digital camera from 1973 printed on recto and a text by Nick Irvin on verso—prepared those who entered a dark, curtained gallery. Irvin’s text introduced the video’s protagonist Rich as a mentally unstable former Kodak employee who became blind as a result of a workplace accident. These details emerge slowly, however, and in short bursts, like flickers of images that stitch together the stories of the character Rich and Kodak’s legendary founder George Eastman [Image 1].

“Your time is up,” alerts the high-pitched and tinny voice of a woman, beginning a narrative that is driven primarily by sound rather than images. A long minute passes with only darkness to accompany her increasingly aggravated chastising, dramatically peaking with “You have to stop now!” The first discernable image finally surfaces—a portrait of a bespectacled Eastman. A shaky voice that stands in for Eastman implores, “What is a photograph?” He answers himself: “. . . a dream, a reminder of how little you can actually capture.” Responsible for popularizing photography through consumer-grade technology, Eastman, as recorded in history and presented in this well-researched video, successfully tapped into the consumer’s desire to hold onto the fleeting moments of their mortal lives. Spiked with nostalgia, Eastman’s steady ruminations on life, photographic processes, and his business empire provide […]

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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 40 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.