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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

We are proud to support gallery artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya in a fundraising effort for organizations that fight systemic and individual racism, police brutality and pretrial detention, unfair and corrupt elections, and advocate for equality, justice and inclusion.

Please see below for more information about purchasing a solidarity print. 

Paul Mpagi Sepuya Studio (0X5A4983), 2020, Archival Pigment Print, Print size 6″ x 9″, Paper size 8.5″ x 11″ Unlimited Edition

This unlimited edition print by gallery artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya is offered for a minimum $250 donation to any of the organizations listed below. We strongly encourage you to make a donation that reflects your capacity to give. Suggested donation amounts are $250, $500, $1,000, and upwards. Limit one print per person.

To purchase a print, please make your donation to any of the organizations listed below. Then e-mail your donation receipt to solidarity@paulsepuya.com with your full name and mailing address.

Donations made after 5/30/20 will be honored.

DOCUMENT is donating the cost of printing and will ship prints directly to purchasers. USPS shipping within the United States of America is complementary. International shipping will be organized by DOCUMENT at the purchaser’s expense. The print will be shipped to you unframed and unmounted directly from the printer. Please note that your print may take about 30 days to be printed and shipped.

Organizations:

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

CURB Prison Spending / Californians United for a Responsible Budget

Fair Fight

LA Art Workers Relief Fund

The Laundromat Project

LGBTQFUND.ORG

National Bail Out

No More Deaths

The Robert Giard Foundation Grant to an emerging LGBTQ photographer

Owner
Aron Gent
aron@documentspace.com
Director
Sibylle Friche
sibylle@documentspace.com
Gallery and Print Studio Associate
Cody Schlabaugh
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Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm

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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.
At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.