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Document is pleased to present Substitution Play, a new body of work by Sterling Lawrence. The exhibition opens on March 18th, 2016 with a reception from 5-8pm, and will continue through May 7th, 2016.


“I have tried several times to think of an apartment in which there would be a useless room, absolutely and intentionally useless. It wouldn’t be a junkroom, it wouldn’t be an extra bedroom, or a corridor, or a cubby-hole or a corner. It would be a functionless space. It would serve for nothing, relate to nothing.

For all my efforts, I found it impossible to follow this idea through to the end. Language itself, seemingly, proved unsuited to describing this nothing, this void, as if we could only speak of what is full, useful, and functional.”

–George Perec, “The Apartment,” Species of Spaces


With Substitution Play, Lawrence deepens his inquiry into objects that crest the horizon of usefulness, casting their silhouette against the land of human interaction with things. Indeterminate and in flux, these objects embody elements of applied function—the forms and materials that tell you to pick something up, to put it in your home, to hang a jacket on it, or to use it to eat. And yet, Lawrence steers these directives toward other, less conclusive ends.  Working across sculpture, printmaking, textiles, painting and installation, Lawrence parses the vocabularies of use-value, breaking them down and recombining them within individual objects and across space. Where Perec’s contemplations of a useless space leave him at a loss for language, so do Lawrences’ works approach an unknown—the momentary inability to understand, or name, what you are confronted with. This tenuous, disquieting, and liberating encounter is one of the great potentials opened up by Sterling Lawrence’s work: the possibility of feeling into the emergence of a new relationship, with its own particular negotiation and evolution. For the object themselves, this is substitution play on another scale, where with each turn of imagination, they are cast in a new light.
Samantha Topol


Sterling Lawrence received his BFA (2007) and MFA (2011) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lawrence has had solo exhibitions with Devening Projects and Tony Wight Gallery in Chicago. He has been included in group exhibitions at Scotty Enterprises in Berlin, Soloway in New York, Columbia College in Chicago, Devening Projects, and New Capital via Forever and Always in Chicago.

Elizabeth Atterbury

Elizabeth Atterbury (born 1982, West Palm Beach, FL) lives and works in Portland, Maine. Recent solo and group shows include Kate Werble Gallery, The Portland Museum of Art, Mrs, The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, kijidome, Boston, Document, Chicago, TSA, Brooklyn, Bodega, Philadelphia/New York, KANSAS, New York, and The ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, among others. In the Middle, An Oasis, a monograph of her work, was published by Bodega Press in 2013.

She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from MassArt.

The Well, The Wall, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

The Well, The Wall II, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Beach Woks (Marks of a Tool II), 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Still Life with Popcorn and Pits, 2016 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Logogram III, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Logogram II, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Logogram I, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Sunny Side, FL (Tomb), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 12 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (The Cut), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 13 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 1 1/4 in

Sunny Side, FL (Sunset Hedge), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 1 1/2 x 16 x 2 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Small House), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 1 x 16 3/4 x 14 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Bull Shark), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 2 1/2 x 18 x 1 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Paper Cut / Hedge), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 10 x 9 x 1 3/4 in

Sunny Side, FL (Noguchi's Intetra, Mist Fountain), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 11 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Lawn), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 9 x 9 in

Sunny Side, FL (Big House), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 16 x 18 x 6 in

Sunny Side, FL (Palms), 2015 Enamel paint, steel 17 1/2 x 11 x 16 in

Relief (China White), 2015 Plywood and paint 33 x 48 x 1 3/4 in

Moonlight on the river, 2014, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Slow Song, 2014, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Marks of a tool, 2014, silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Rake, 2014, Silver gelatin print 24h x 20w in

Ghost Tracks, 2014, Silver gelatin print 24h x 20w in

Black Beach, 2014, silver gelatin print 14 x 11 in.

Bones, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Glyphs II, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Glyphs, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Site, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Sculpture Park, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Bricks, 2013, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Harry, Henri, Sal, 2013, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Blue runner, 2013, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in


Julien Creuzet


On view: November 23rd, 2017 – February 15th, 2018

French Caribbean artist Julien Creuzet presents Mañana Vapor, his first solo show in Colombia at SKETCH.  He composes an intuitive and fertile encounter, composed by poems, installations and visual and sound assemblages. Fragments of poems and photographs are superimposed and printed on to polished surfaces, feverishly wanting to escape from the video that contains them and whisper magic stories into your ears. From his collages he creates powerful visual narratives, erasing the borders between documentary, fantasy and reality; a reverse that lets us go beyond the thinkable, between the occult and the visible. Through his hybrid works Julien Creuzet recovers objects and myths that history has, to date, left aside to make its own agenda prevail. Then and only then Julien Creuzet stories reveal themselves as possible: they shine in silence waiting for our hands to embrace them.

Julien Creuzet lives and works in Paris. He has participated in numerous solo shows including DOCUMENT, Chicago (2017),Galerie Doyang Lee, Paris (2016), National Superior School of Art and Design, Nancy, France (2016), Contemporary Art Regional Funds, Normandy, France (2015), Juvisy-sur-Orge Contemporary Art Centre, France (2013) and Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin, Italy  (2012). His upcoming shows for 2018 are Ricard Foundation and Bétonsalon Art Centre, Paris.

He participated recently at The Lyon Biennial and Hors Piste Festival at  the  Pompidou Center, Paris (2017), No. XII  Contemporary Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal (2016), II Kampala Art Biennial, Uganda (2016 and the 30th International Artists Studio Program Exhibition at the Regional Fonds of Contemporary Art of Pays de la Loire, France (2016) amongst others.


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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.