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Reception: April 19th, 5-8pm

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DOCUMENT is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by John Opera. The exhibit opens on Friday, June 7th with a reception from 5-8pm and continues through June 27th, 2019.

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), Michael Jon Gallery (Miami), Macalester College Art Gallery (St. Paul), CEPA 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 YorkerFlash ArtThe Chicago Tribune, The Miami RailThe 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

Aperture

Orlando: Guest Curated by Tilda Swinton

May 24 – July 11, 2019

Collier Schorr, Untitled (Casil), 2015–18. Artist’s edit for Aperture © the artist and courtesy 303 Gallery, New York

Orlando
Exhibition on View:
May 24 – July 11, 2019

Virginia Woolf’s prescient 1928 novel Orlando tells the story of a young nobleman who, during the era of Queen Elizabeth I, lives for three centuries without aging and mysteriously shifts gender along the way. In 1992, filmmaker Sally Potter released a now-classic adaptation of the book with Tilda Swinton in the starring role as Orlando. Since then, Woolf ’s tale has continued to hold sway over Swinton, who describes the book’s ability “to change like a magic mirror. Where I once assumed it was a book about eternal youth, I now see it as a book about growing up, about learning to live.”

For the summer 2019 issue of Aperture and a coinciding exhibition, Swinton, as guest editor and curator, draws upon the central themes of the novel—gender fluidity, consciousness without limits, and the deep perspective of a long life—to offer a collection of images and writings that celebrate openness, curiosity, and human possibility. “Woolf wrote Orlando,” Swinton notes, “in an attitude of celebration of the oscillating nature of existence. She believed the creative mind to be androgynous. I have come to see Orlando far less as being about gender than about the flexibility of the fully awake and sensate spirit. This issue of Aperture will be a salute to indetermination and limitlessness, and a heartfelt celebration of the fully inclusive and expansive vision of life exemplified by the extraordinary artists collected here.”

Photographs by Zackary Drucker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamal Nxedlana, Elle Pérez, Walter Pfeiffer, Sally Potter, Viviane Sassen, Collier Schorr, Mickalene Thomas, and Carmen Winant.

Artist commissions for the “Orlando” issue of Aperture magazine and the related exhibition at Aperture Gallery are made possible with the support of Slobodan Randjelović and Jon Stryker. Aperture also thanks ROOT STUDIOS for supporting the production of Mickalene Thomas’s work in this issue.

Significant support for Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Further generous support is provided in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Owner
Aron Gent
aron@documentspace.com
Director
Sibylle Friche
sibylle@documentspace.com
Gallery and Print Studio Assistant
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.