• Rebecca Shore
    17
    2008
    oil on canvas
    36 x 26 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    10
    2008
    egg tempera and casein on panel
    20 x 16 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    18-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    6
    2008
    acrylic on panel
    10 x 8 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    19-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    10-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    9 x 7 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    7-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    9 x 7 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    11-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    9 x 7 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    12
    2008
    oil on panel
    8 x 8 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    4
    2008
    egg tempera casein on panel
    16 x 24 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    24 (For Ray Yoshida)
    2008
    oil on linen on panel
    14 x 18 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    14-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    15 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    8
    2008
    acrylic on panel
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    9
    2008
    acrylic on panel
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    13
    2008
    oil on linen on panel
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    7
    2008
    acrylic on panel
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    15
    2008
    oil on linen on panel
    18 x 14 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    21
    2008
    oil on canvas on panel
    36 x 26 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    23
    2008
    oil on canvas on panel
    42 x 30 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    2
    2008
    egg tempera and casein on panel
    20 x 16 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    31-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    32-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    33-G
    2008
    gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Shore
    15
    2008
    oil on linen on panel
    18 x 14 inches


PRESS RELEASE

 

Rebecca Shore has been cultivating a personal body of work in Chicago since graduating from the School of the Art Institute in the early 1980s, drawing inspiration from a rich variety of intellectual and aesthetic sources. Her meticulous paintings and drawings have always been characterized by an abiding interest in pattern and system (she’s the daughter of a scientist) and issues of signification. Given her sensitivity to materials and background in quilting, her work can also be understood in the context of Chicago’s rich fiber arts tradition. Shore was also profoundly influenced by Chicago Imagism, whose artists were her teachers and friends. Look carefully at one of her seemingly cool, immaculate paintings and you’ll often find a layer of wry, even punning humor.

Shore nourishes her amalgamated aesthetic with an intensely concentrated studio practice and an obsessive collection of resource materials. The latter includes original photographs that she takes and studies, among them images that consider the broken pattern of a pleated skirt, the negative space created between the cartoon bodies of Homer and Marge Simpson, tangled ringlets of women’s hair, and architectural ornament. This exhibition includes a number of Shore’s recent paintings – executed in oil, casein, egg tempera, gouache and acrylic – derived from her photographs of faux rock walls. These sparklingly inventive pieces, which introduced a roughness and asymmetry into her work while retaining pattern, gradually evolved into another body of paintings in which the shapes began to congeal into a mysterious iconography, walking the edge between being completely legible and at times openly lettristic, and being wildly cryptic and subject to interpretation. Shore has created a world all her own from fragments of the world around her, microscopically examined, broken down and rebuilt.

Shore’s recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Elmhurst Art Museum; the Herron Gallery at the Herron School of Art, Indianapolis; and at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2000. Since 1996 she has taught in the painting and drawing department of the School of the Art Institute.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 52 page, full color catalog.