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Reception: Friday, January 10, 5-8pm

DOCUMENT is pleased to present Bundle Umbra, Christopher Meerdo’s third exhibition at the gallery. Drawing from hacker and whistleblower file caches sourced on the dark web, the exhibition considers what is seen and remains invisible within international information systems.

Routed through 3D displacement mapping, segments of the archives take the form of thermoformed and perforated plastic collage works. Each function as a light emission panel through the artist’s use of custom electronics and electroluminescent paint.  

The work draws from secondary and idiosyncratic symbols, handwritten notes, tables, and graphics located within the archives. The source material emerges from various activities from the past 30 years. This includes documents from Chinese secret prisons, Fraternal Order of Police confidential contracts, papers seized from the US embassy takeover in Tehran in the late 1970’s, and recently revealed banking disclosures from the Cayman Islands, among others.  

John Opera

John Opera earned his BFA from SUNY New Paltz (1998) and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005). He lived, worked, taught, and exhibited in Chicago for more than a dozen years. He currently is Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Buffalo.

Opera’s exhibitions include: Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY), Higher Pictures (New York), Longhouse Projects (New York), DOCUMENT (Chicago), Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago), Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago), The Suburban (Milwaukee), The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Transformer Station (Cleveland), Melanie Flood Projects, Portland (OR), Michael Jon Gallery (Miami), Macalester College Art Gallery (St. Paul), Nina Freudenheim Gallery (Buffalo) and The Burchfield-Penney Art Center (Buffalo). His work has been the subject of a two-person exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and is featured in the second volume of MP3, co-published by Aperture and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). His work is part of the permanent collections of the DePaul Museum of Art (Chicago), the Burchfield-Penney Art Center (Buffalo), and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), among other institutions.

Opera’s work has been reviewed by Artforum, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, Flash Art, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Rail, The Buffalo News, and Chicago Artist Writers, among other publications.

John Opera, Oval with Dots (white), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 46 1/4h x 36 1/4w in

John Opera, Double Slit (Pink-Black), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Double Lens (YO-R), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Double Lens (R-V), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Fresnel Radial (circles), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 61 1/4h x 49 1/4w in

John Opera, Fresnel Radial (square), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 61 1/4h x 49 1/4w in

John Opera, Oval with dots (Blue), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Double Lens (V-B), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Double Lens (B-O), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Magenta LED (blue), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 33 1/4h x 26 1/4w in

John Opera, Red Oval with Lines (blue-green), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 33 1/4h x 26 1/4w in

John Opera, Fresnel Radial (violet), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 46 1/4h x 36 1/4w in

John Opera, Oval with grid (Black-Pink), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 46h x 36w in

John Opera, Double Slit (Blue-Blue), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 46h x 36w in

John Opera, Oval with lines (Blue), 2018, Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Diamond with dots (Pink), 2018 Cyanotype, acrylic and flashe on canvas in lacquered artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Oval With Grid (black), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 46h x 36w in

John Opera, Oval With Grid (blue), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 46h x 36w in

John Opera, Double Lens (BP), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Double Lens (RB), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 21h x 17w in

John Opera, Oval (grey), 2017, Cyanotype, acrylic and vinyl paint on canvas in artist frame, 33h x 26w in

John Opera, Sun/ Sky, 2015, Cyanotype and acrylic on stretched linen, 30h x 20w in

John Opera, Sun/ Sky, 2015, Cyanotype and acrylic on stretched linen, 30h x 20w in

John Opera, Sun/ Sky, 2015, Cyanotype and acrylic on stretched linen, 30h x 20w in

John Opera, Equivalent 05, 2014, Chemically altered cyanotype on stretched linen in artist's frame, 33h x 26w in

John Opera, Equivalent 01, 2014, Cyanotype on stretched linen in artist's frame, 33h x 26w in

John Opera, Chains I, 2012, Cyanotype on stretched linen, 48h x 36w in

John Opera, Blinds III, 2014, Chemically altered cyanotype on stretched linen, 48h x 34w in

Chapter NY is pleased to announce שכינה (Shekinah), Erin Jane Nelson’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will present her most recent series of fabric-wrapped panel works and ceramic vessels.

Nelson’s practice is grounded in photography sourced from her personal archive of found and original images. She works serially, with each project delving into new conceptual frameworks as far ranging as the cultural anxiety around climate change, the sentience of octopuses, and the science fiction of our present moment. Her photographic elements merge onto unexpected support structures, their multiple references engaging the nuanced anxiety, conflict, and humor of the present and immediate future.

For this exhibition, Nelson embraces her Southern Jewish heritage as subject matter. The title of the exhibition, Shekinah, a word from rabbinical literature that means the feminine attributes of God, a sense of place in the world, a dwelling, has been Nelson’s framework for spiritual seeking. Based on research and photographs made while studying Judaism over the last year, she incorporates Jewish symbolism and archival photographs into this new work alongside her ongoing photographic practice documenting the environmental collapse of her home region.

Along with ceramics, found textiles and collaged photographs typical of earlier bodies of work, Nelson uses natural dying techniques that impregnate her works with the colors and ghosts of plants and insects. Her seeping and decaying forms, mixed with personally relevant subject matter, are inspired by poet Joyelle McSweeney’s concept of the necropastoral, a political-aesthetic space in which human depredations converge with nature’s decay. Coupled with an idealism of religion’s ability to heal and give guidance for mourning, Nelson leaves room for moments of respite and purpose within a fraught world.

Raised in the American South, Erin Jane Nelson lives and works in Atlanta, GA. In 2011 she received her BFA from The Cooper Union. Recent solo exhibitions include: Her Deepness, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; Psychopompopolis, Document Gallery, Chicago; and Dylan, Hester, New York. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec, France; Deli Gallery, Brooklyn; Van Doren Waxter, New York; Capital Gallery, San Francisco; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work is currently included in Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019 at the Whitney, which has recently acquired the artist’s work. Nelson will also be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

EJN S Well 1 (2) website

Well 1, 2019
Found figurines, photographs, and resin on glazed stoneware
15 × 13 × 13 inches (38.10 × 33.02 × 33.02 cm)

Owner
Aron Gent
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Director
Sibylle Friche
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Gallery and Print Studio Associate
Cody Schlabaugh
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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 50 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2012 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists.Since 2016, DOCUMENT started exhibiting historical artists and has continued to anchor its program in a conversation between emerging voices and established figures. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. The production studio allows some of the gallery artists to collaborate with DOCUMENT in both their exhibitions and their daily artistic practice by being in constant conversation about the realization and processes in their work.
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