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DOCUMENT is pleased to present The LaughterSara Greenberger Rafferty’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will open on November 2nd with a reception from 5pm to 8pm, and will continue through December 23, 2018.

Erin Jane Nelson

Erin Jane Nelson (b. 1989, Neenah, WI; lives and works in Atlanta, GA) has had solo shows at Document Gallery, Chicago (2015, 2017) and Hester, New York (2015) and was included in ATLBNL: The Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2016) among numerous group exhibitions at Downs & Ross, New York (2017), Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2016), Galerie Division, Montreal (2016), and Ellis King, Dublin (2015). Her work is currently included in group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and will be in a forthcoming solo exhibition at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2019. She is co-director at Species, an artist-run gallery in Atlanta, and a curatorial assistant at the High Museum of Art in both the Photography and Folk art departments.

Erin Jane Nelson, Chauvin Garden, 2018, Resin, pigment, shells, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 18 1/2h x 15 3/4w x 2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Ebos Landing, 2018, Resin, shells, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 11 1/2h x 13 1/2w x 1 3/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Fort Frederica, 2017, Resin, shells, enamel pin, pigment, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 18h x 13 1/2w x 2 3/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Frenier, 2017, Resin, pine cone, glass, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 10 3/4h x 11 3/4w x 3d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Isle de Jean Charles, 2018, Resin, pigment, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 17h x 12w x 3 1/2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Jekyll, 2017, Resin, pigment, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 21h x 15w x 3 1/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Kill Devil Hills, 2018, Resin, sea star, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 15 1/2h x 11w x 2 3/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Manchac, 2018, Resin, pigment, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 13 3/4h x 15 3/4w x 2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Ocracoke, 2017, Resin, pigment, sand, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 17h x 14 1/2w x 2 1/2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Whispering River, 2017, Resin, feather, and pigment prints on glazed, earthenware, 18h x 12 1/2w x 1 1/2d in

Barnumbiir thru the Wavelight, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Cotton, ink, and various fabrics, 46h x 44w in

Her Deepness Freyja, 2017 Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, various fabrics, moss, cellophane, aluminum, and styrofoam amaranth, 50h x 58w in

Epona Jane, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, ink, and various fabrics, 64h x 38w in

SeaPersephone, 2017 Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, various fabrics, aluminum, plastic wheat, and styrofoam amaranth, 65h x 55w in

Monsieur Xolotl, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Cotton, silk flowers, and various fabrics, 35h x 35w in

Jizo Feeler, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, various fabrics, aluminum, debris, and styrofoam amaranth, 88h x 75w in

Psychopompopolis (w/Jason Benson), 2017, Woven LED chandelier, digital audio, polyester rug, pigment on cotton, recycled foam and polyester batting

Raccoona Charon, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, 115h x 240w in

Stop Pollution, Eat Garbage, Inkjet on cotton, plastic, embroidered patch, grommets, Sudafed, cotton batting, and silk ribbon, 50 x 29 in, 2015

Monk Behind Bars, Inkjet on cotton, cotton, embroidered patches, wool batting, silk ribbon, garden lining fabric, grommets, 70 x 60 in, 2015

Poto ElleBelle, Silver Gelatin Print in Artist Frame, 20 x 16 in, 2014

Poto Lovevol, Silver Gelatin Print in Artist Frame, 20 x 16 in, 2014

Poto Glosh, Silver Gelatin Print in Artist Frame, 20 x 16 in, 2014

Sara Greenberger Rafferty

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Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Untitled (detail), 2018,ink-jet-printed vinyl, grommets, 10 x 35′.

Dramatically unfurling down the entryway of this gallery, a thirty-five-foot-long, untitled ink-jet-on-vinyl piece (all works 2018) hangs from grommets, on which Sara Greenberger Rafferty seems to have dumped the contents of her Google Drive. Dotted with rectangular icons ordered roughly by color, the work reveals Rafferty’s preoccupations with various kinds of staging. In it are a number of selfies the artist took in a Dior shirt that pays homage to art historian Linda Nochlin—emblazoned across it is “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists,” the title of Nochlin’s famous 1971 essay—alongside images of film stills, makeup swatches, Color-Aid tests, and comediennes such as Kathy Griffin.

“Testing” is the title and overarching concept for Rafferty’s solo show. Using kiln-formed glass for the first time, Rafferty prints predigital archival material that touches on female stardom, school exams, and photographic processing. A native of Chicago, Rafferty’s affinity for comedy has evolved over the years from slapstick sculptures to analyses of performance gestures. It is tempting to compare Rafferty’s “Testing” works to the early flatbed-scan “joke” works of Lucie Stahl, which included the German artist’s handwritten notes. But even with intrusions of the personal, Rafferty’s concerns remain structural.

Pieces such as Exterior (University of Michigan Extension) feature direct exposures of images onto ballistic and bulletproof plastic—the works’ substrates allude to gritty urban storefronts. Rafferty’s text-heavy works, however, pack a bigger conceptual punch. In The Law, she reproduces a page detailing Abbie Hoffman’s trial. In it, the notorious Yippie argues that his wearing of the American flag should be legal, like the garments of comic Phyllis Diller. Her Taxes appropriates an excerpt from a Vanity Fair article, published before the 2016 election, about Donald Trump’s undisclosed tax returns. Rafferty zeroes in on an anecdote about a women’s-lib era celebrity legal skirmish: that of comedienne Carol Burnett, who successfully fought the IRS to write off her evening gowns as business expenses in the 1960s.

 

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Aron Gent
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Director
Sibylle Friche
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Renata Cruz Lara Guerra
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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.