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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.  

Sterling Lawrence

Sterling Lawrence (1980, OR,) currently lives and works in Chicago where he received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sterling has had solo exhibitions with Devening Projects (2013), Chicago; Tony Wight Gallery (2011), Chicago; and has been included in group exhibitions at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York (2019); DePaul Art Museum (2017), Illinois State Museum (2017), Et al., San Francisco (2016); Scotty Enterprises, Berlin; Soloway, NY (2014); Columbia College, Chicago; Devening Projects, Chicago; and New Capital via Forever and Always, Chicago. Selected Projects include OVERIDE / a billboard project with Expo Chicago (2016); Edition works for The Society for Contemporary Art Gala (2014)

Sterling Lawrence, Stretched Witness, 2019, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 24h x 18 1/2w x 1d in

Sterling Lawrence, Palms Down, 2019, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 24 1/2h x 18w x 2d in

Sterling Lawrence, Shadow Briefs and Hook, 2019, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 24 1/2h x 22 1/2w x 1 1/2d in

Sterling Lawrence, Spatial Negative, 2019, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 24h x 17 1/2w x 1 1/2d in

Sterling Lawrence, Gardens Gate, 2019, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 24 1/2h x 18 1/4w x 1d in

Sterling Lawrence, Folded Attention, 2019, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 24h x 18 1/2w x 2 3/4d in

Sterling Lawrence, Chair, 2018, Epoxy and wood, 37h x 36w x 38d in

Sterling Lawrence, Mirror & Groove left & Groove and Mirror Right, 2018, Aluminum, acrylic two way mirror, natural gum rubber, 36h x 48w x 2d in

Sterling Lawrence, Field Pairing, 2018, Urethane rubber, formica, dibond, 48h x 36w x 6d in

Sterling Lawrence, Sight Lines, 2018, Aluminum and acrylic paint, 48h x 37w x 2d in

Sterling Lawrence, Tracing Idioms Contour, 2018, Natural hair, urethane rubber, cups, mirror, Two 41x72 inches casted urethane blankets and one 5’10” 165 pound urethane body

Sterling Lawrence, Tracing Idioms Contour, 2018, Natural hair, urethane rubber, cups, mirror, Two 41x72 inches casted urethane blankets and one 5’10” 165 pound urethane body (detail)

Sterling Lawrence, Pastoral Banquet, 2018, Urethane rubber, Formica, mirror, Dibond, acrylic and aluminum, 80h x 48w x 1/2d in

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

Sterling Lawrence, .25 .50, 2018

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

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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Cody Schlabaugh
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