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DOCUMENT is pleased to present Geraldo de Barros’ first solo exhibition at the gallery. De Barros (São Paulo, Brazil, 1923-1998) concentrated on photography within two periods of time, each resulting in the production of the two bodies of work represented in this exhibition: the Fotoformas (1949-51) and the Sobras (1996-1998). By using a medium that so persuasively locates itself within day-to-day reality, de Barros was able interrogate the relationship between photography and other forms of capturing experience. In both series, he overlaid photographic document with the making-visible of imaginative or formal associations, and collapsed different moments of time into a single image.

Fotoformas and Sobras bridge the beginning and end of de Barros’ working life as an artist. Between the two, his activity had included participating in the formation of the Concrete Art group Ruptura (1952-1959); co-founding both the collectivist furniture factory Unilabor (1954-1961) and the graphic design consultancy forminform (1958); creating, with Nelson Leirner and Wesley Duke Lee, an anarchic space named Rex Gallery & Sons (1966-1967), and founding the furniture company Hobjeto (1964-1989). The artistic output of this varied trajectory encompassed abstract painting, industrial and graphic design, assemblages produced by painting over found billboard fragments, and abstract reliefs made of Formica. This multifaceted career suggests a wilful and dextrous heterogeneity that is also contained within De Barros’ attitude towards photography.

Through their use of cutting, cropping and collage, the Sobras also recall the processes first used in the production of the Fotoformas. Whereas the relationship between the two series is consistently apparent at the level of technique, the set of photo-collages on paper that also forms part of Sobras creates a more explicit connection to the Fotoformas. Their source materials were reproductions of his earliest images, as produced for a book published for his 1994 retrospective in São Paulo. Being fortunate enough to be witness to the beginnings of his own historicisation, the Sobras thus allowed de Barros to submit his photographic practice to a degree of chronological disobedience. As a deliberate return to photography, his final series again marked out the distinct parameters of his approach to this medium. This is a series of work that de Barros began at the end of his life, but it is also one provoked by a need to recall his first motivations for engaging with photography. The Sobras, formed by a process of looking back that acted against both nostalgia and narrative, continue to invite the intrusion of the present.

Isobel Whitelegg

Greg Stimac

Greg Stimac (born in 1976) lives and works in Chicago. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago in 2005 and his M.F.A from Stanford University in 2013.  Recent solo exhibitions include DOCUMENT, Chicago (2014), ltd los angeles, Los Angeles (2014), White Flag Projects in St. Louis (2010). Recent group exhibitions include: Shoulders of Champagne, LORD LUDD, Philadelphia (2015-2016), If You’re Looking for me, Don’t Go to Home Depot, Paris London Hong Kong (2015), Fifteensixteenseventeeneighteennineteen (LAND AND SEA), Southern Exposure, San Francisco (2013), Faraway Nearby at the Nerman Museum, Overland Park, Kansas (2010), Hidden Places, Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2009), Beyond the Backyard, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2009),  Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (The Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2008-2009), USA Today Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008), and Bad Moon at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (2008). In 2016-2017, his work will be shown at UB Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY,  and Little Rock, AR.

 

Passage, 2015, Black walnut, French walnut, wood stain, oil paint, 20 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Island, 2015, Black walnut, French walnut, wood stain, oil paint, 20 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Canyon, 2015, Black walnut, French walnut, wood stain, oil paint, 20 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in.

Stock #4, 2014. Black Walnut and Enamel Paint, 23 1/4h x 5 1/4w x 1 3/4d in.

Stock #1, 2014. Black Walnut and Enamel Paint, 23 1/4h x 5w x 1 1/2d in.

Greg Stimac, Hastings Cutoff (Fort Bridger), 2014

Greg Stimac, MountLee (Hollywood), 2014

Greg Stimac, North Coast, 2014

Greg Stimac, Pacific, 2014

Greg Stimac, Salt Flats, 2014

Greg Stimac, Sierra Nevada (I-80 West), 2014

Greg Stimac, Divide (East), 2014

SURFACE TENSION

Phillip Maisel & Maggie Preston at Black Crown Gallery, Oakland
Opening Reception: Friday March 24, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 24 – April 29, 2017

  For Your “Open” (2677) and For Your “Open” (2682), 2017. Cut archival pigment prints, acrylic, melamine panel, 29 x 21.5″
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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.