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Document is pleased to present Middle Gray, a selection of eight black and white silver gelatin photograms and five wooden sculptures by California-based artist Greg Stimac. Together, the works in Middle Gray examine the firearm craftsmanship of the early American West and the traditions of capturing the frontier in photographs.

To craft the photographic works, Stimac uses Google Street View to re-construct locations in the darkroom by way of cut cardboard layers and “burning and dodging” techniques. In utilizing this process, Stimac is able to represent almost any landscape, vantage point, and time of day, while presenting deceptive trompe l’oeil representations through the traces of rough edges and all too-perfect gradients. In Great Divide (East) and Great Divide (West) Stimac simply reverses his cardboard “negative,” looking west into a sunset in one and east at pre-dawn in the other– perhaps suggesting a glance back after a slow night’s journey.

Stimac brings into focus the intensity of being sublimated by the sublime landscape. The photograms which contain bright or dark horizon lines remind us that we don’t have the entire picture or context for this image. We become engulfed in the direction we look, spurring an anxiety that we have been dropped off in a landscape where the foreground is unclear— a quiet, unconquered territory. Presented a virgin space devoid of contemporary landmarks we become hopeful that we are heading west towards the unmanifested coast and out of the valley, which confines our visual window.

Perhaps neutered weapons prepared for our imaginary journey, the sculptures in this exhibition originate from black walnut gun stocks, stacked, reduced, and shifted from their intended use. They cannibalize one another, muting themselves into stoic representations that destabilize their steadying function for a marksman. Stimac scavenged the hardwood butts from a Northern California gunstock manufacturer and used them to heat a cabin during the time he produced this work. In that isolated setting, Stimac found himself attracted to the hardwood materials he discovered and the ways they aesthetically rhyme with land and flesh. Standing in as darkened landmarks, they caution the limitations and dangers of traversing the wilderness. These forms appear as abstracted bodies and inverted vertical horizons, echoed in the silhouettes of the photogram ridge lines. These shapes, conceived of across the sea, are again used to form the territory of the American West.

GREG STIMAC (American, b. 1976) lives and works in California. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago in 2005 and his M.F.A. from Stanford University in 2013. Past exhibitions include Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, which began at The Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis and traveled to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and USA Today, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, an exhibition of works from their permanent collection. His most recent group exhibitions include Phantoms in the Dirt at the Museum for Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2014) and The 7 Borders at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (2013). Stimac has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and White Flag Projects in St. Louis, Missouri, 2010. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; UBS, Chicago; the Wieland Collection, Atlanta; and the Ruttenberg Collection, Chicago, among others

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall’s sculptures and performances have been exhibited at SculptureCenter, The Renaissance Society, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research, EMPAC, Art in General, Temple Contemporary, Foxy Production, Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, Wysing Arts Centre, Abrons Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Drawing Center, and Chapter NY, among others. Hall’s first institutional solo show, The Number of Inches Between Them, took place at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts in 2018, for which a catalog by the same title was released at Printed Matter, New York. Hall’s second institutional solo exhibition, THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH, opened in June of 2019 at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, who also published OVER-BELIEFS, Collected Writing 2011-2018, an edited book of Hall’s collected essays, performance scripts, and interviews. Gordon Hall has organized lecture and performance programs at MoMA PS1, Recess, Interstate Projects, The Shandaken Project at Storm King Art Center, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall’s writings and interviews have been featured in a variety of publications including Artforum, Art in America, V Magazine, Randy, Bomb, Title Magazine, Walker Art Center’s Artist Op-Ed Series, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (published by SculptureCenter, 2015), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer(published by Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016), and Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012). Hall was awarded a LMCC Process Space Residency, a Triangle Arts Foundation Residency, the LMCC Workspace Residency, an Edward F. Albee Foundation residency, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ACRE, and the Fire Island Artist Residency. In 2018 Hall was awarded a Production and Presentation Grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to support List Projects: Gordon Hall at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Hampshire College. Hall is a 2019-2020 Provost Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design.

Brothers and Sisters, 2018 Cast pigmented concrete, hand-dyed cotton, wood, hand-glazed tile mosaic, colored pencil, brick, and mortar Dimensions variable with installation

Brothers and Sisters, 2018 Cast pigmented concrete, hand-dyed cotton, wood, hand-glazed tile mosaic, colored pencil, brick, and mortar Dimensions variable with installation

Brothers and Sisters, 2018 Cast pigmented concrete, hand-dyed cotton, wood, hand-glazed tile mosaic, colored pencil, brick, and mortar Dimensions variable with installation

Brothers and Sisters, 2018 Cast pigmented concrete, hand-dyed cotton, wood, hand-glazed tile mosaic, colored pencil, brick, and mortar Dimensions variable with installation

Brothers and Sisters (II), 2018, Cast pigmented concrete 16 3/4 x 7 x 17 1/2 inches (42.5 x 17.8 x 44.5 cm)

Brothers and Sisters (I), 2018 Cast pigmented concrete and wood 11 1/8 x 14 x 11 1/2 inches (28.3 x 35.6 x 29.2 cm)

Brothers and Sisters (I), 2018 Kneeling (Brick Object)(II), 2018 Brick and mortar 10 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (26 x 29.2 x 41.9 cm)

Brothers and Sisters (I), 2018 Fold (II), 2018 Hand-dyed cotton 2 1/8 x 104 x 28 3/4 inches (5.4 x 264.2 x 73 cm)

AND PER SAY AND Wood, joint compound, wood filler, cast cement, color pencil, acrylic and latex paint, denim, hand dyed cotton, modeling clay, tile mosaic. Performance with projected video and sound 58 min. 13’ x 23’ x 36’. 2016.

THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH, 2019, Performance at The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH, 2019, Performance at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art

Closed Box with Painted Top, 2019 Cast Concrete, poplar, latex paint, From performance THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH

OVER-BELIFES, 2019 Cast concrete, From performance THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH From THROUGH AND THROUGH AND THROUGH, 2019 a performance at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Photo by Evan Lalonde.

Afterimage, Vol. 46, Number 2

Exhibition Review: Andrew Norman Wilson: Kodak

Andrew Norman Wilson: Kodak. Document. Chicago, Illinois: January 11–February 23, 2019| By Liz Park

Image 1. Still from Kodak (2018) by Andrew Norman Wilson; © 2018 Andrew Norman Wilson; courtesy the artist and DOCUMENT.

 

Andrew Norman Wilson’s thirty-two-minute video Kodak (2018) was the beating heart of his eponymous exhibition at DOCUMENT in Chicago. A series of prints that take inspiration from various Kodak products hung in an adjacent gallery while a stack of giveaway posters—of the company’s first digital camera from 1973 printed on recto and a text by Nick Irvin on verso—prepared those who entered a dark, curtained gallery. Irvin’s text introduced the video’s protagonist Rich as a mentally unstable former Kodak employee who became blind as a result of a workplace accident. These details emerge slowly, however, and in short bursts, like flickers of images that stitch together the stories of the character Rich and Kodak’s legendary founder George Eastman [Image 1].

“Your time is up,” alerts the high-pitched and tinny voice of a woman, beginning a narrative that is driven primarily by sound rather than images. A long minute passes with only darkness to accompany her increasingly aggravated chastising, dramatically peaking with “You have to stop now!” The first discernable image finally surfaces—a portrait of a bespectacled Eastman. A shaky voice that stands in for Eastman implores, “What is a photograph?” He answers himself: “. . . a dream, a reminder of how little you can actually capture.” Responsible for popularizing photography through consumer-grade technology, Eastman, as recorded in history and presented in this well-researched video, successfully tapped into the consumer’s desire to hold onto the fleeting moments of their mortal lives. Spiked with nostalgia, Eastman’s steady ruminations on life, photographic processes, and his business empire provide […]

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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.