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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

Sterling Lawrence

Sterling Lawrence is an artist living and working in Chicago. Lawrence works between image and objects in tied connections through installation. Relations between objects are complicated by their imagined and therefore suggested utility, which is often exaggerated or muted. The temporal nature of these works are distressed through their relationship within the networks that they produce. Sterling Lawrence has had solo exhibitions with Devening Projects, Chicago; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; and has been included in group exhibitions at Scotty Enterprises,Berlin; Soloway, NY; Columbia College, Chicago; Devening Projects, Chicago; and New Capital via Forever and Always, Chicago.

Slouching towards description, Wood, paint, inkjet print on back lit film 25 x 19 x 31 in, 2017

Frequency and repletion, Aluminum 24 x 15 x 30 in, 2017

Checkered history, Aluminum, frosted acrylic, archival inkjet print, polymer 24 x 17 x 27 in, 2017

Side table, 2016 Aluminum and plexiglas 34 x 36 x 12 in

Cone, 2016 wood and formica 9 1/4 x 18 1/4 x 8 1/4 in

Cabinet, 2016 Aluminum and plexiglas 36 1/4 x 45 1/2 x 2 in

Screen, 2016 Aluminum, plexiglas and hooks 58 x 33 x 10 in

Temporary Wall Structure 1, 2, 3, 4, 2016 Archival pigment print on backlit film mounted to acrylic 96 x 35 in (each panel)

Tone / Half Tone 1 and Tone / Half Tone 2, 2016 Aluminum, acrylic paint and fabric 36 x 30 x 2 1/2 in (each)

Fielding Elbow, 2016 Polyurethane and aluminum 35 x 46 x 3 1/2 in

Fielding Elbow, 2016 (detail) Polyurethane and aluminum 35 x 46 x 3 1/2 in

Casting Elbows 1.3, 2015 Polyurethane and aluminum, 12 x 12 x 4 in

Rack 03, 2015, Rubber, Aluminum and Hardware, 70 x 17 x 25 1/2 in

Sterling Lawrence, "Rack 03" (detail shot), 2015, Rubber, aluminum and hardware, 70 x 17 x 25 1/2 in

Strap illustration version one, 2015 Rubber, hardware and aluminum pipe, 58 x 60 in

Strap illustration version one, 2015 Rubber, hardware and aluminum pipe, 58 x 60 in

Strap illustration version one, 2015 (detail)

Strap illustration version two, 2015 Rubber, hardware and aluminum pipe, 60 x 100 in

fACED lunch tray version 2, 2016 Formed plastic and rubber stoppers, 19 x 11 in

Impression caption fig.1, 2016 Inkjet print on formed plastic 22 1/2 x 14 in

Impression caption fig. 1, Inkjet print on formed plastic, 19 x 11 in. 2016

Sterling Lawrence, Cover for a Preface 1, 2016

Sterling Lawrence, Cover for a Preface 2, 2016

Sterling Lawrence, Proposed Service Window as a Mirror of its Former Self 1.2, 2016

Sterling Lawrence, Proposed Service Window as a Mirror of its Former Self 1, 2016

Sterling Lawrence, Residual Gaze of a Once Ritual Glow, Gradient 145, 2016

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.