• Jonathan Gardner
    Untitled (Blue Profile)
    2012
    oil on panel
    18" x 24"

  • Jonathan Gardner
    Untitled
    2012
    oil on canvas
    28" x 38"

  • Jonathan Gardner
    Untitled (Woman with Plant)
    2011
    oil on canvas
    34" x 46"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Rachel Niffenegger
    Night Portrait with Black Iris and Purple
    2012
    Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and spray paint on paper
    30" x 44"

  • Rachel Niffenegger
    Pink Ghost of Blue Eyed Grinner
    2012
    Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and spray paint on paper
    30" x 44"

  • Rachel Niffenegger
    Lyrical Brown Skin Removal
    2012
    Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and spray paint on paper
    30" x 44"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Isak Applin
    Untitled Sculpture with Constable Painting
    2012
    oil on canvas
    16" x 16"

  • Isak Applin
    Carleton & Pine
    2010
    oil on canvas
    42" x 42"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Dana DeGiulio
    What You Said
    2011
    oil and enamel on canvas
    36" x 30"

  • Dana DeGiulio
    Empire
    2011
    Oil, spray paint, and acrylic on canvas
    24" x 32.25"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Kellie Romany
    Reveal
    2012
    oil on board
    12" x 12"

  • Kellie Romany
    Untitled
    2012
    oil on board
    11" x 14"

  • Kellie Romany
    Untitled
    2012
    oil on board
    8" x 8"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Alex Chitty
    Clutch
    2012
    wood and latex
    18.5" x 10" x 9"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Betsy Odom
    Wusthof Knives
    2011
    carved graphite on rabbit fur
    8" x 13" x 2"

  • Betsy Odom
    Buckeye
    2011
    plexiglass, tube socks, fur and buckeye
    13" x 3" x 2"

  • Betsy Odom
    Shuttlecock
    2011
    Ceramic, burl wood, steel, and automotive paint
    4" x 6" x 12"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Todd Chilton
    Side by Side Inverted
    2012
    oil on linen
    18" x 16"

  • Todd Chilton
    Slotted Triangles
    2012
    oil on linen
    18" x 16"

  • Installation view, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin

  • Lilli Carré
    What Hits the Moon (still)
    2005
    animation
    4.00 looped with sound

  • Installation view with publication, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin


PRESS RELEASE

 

BIG YOUTH II – NEWS FROM CHICAGO

curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey

with:
Isak Applin, Lilli Carré, Todd Chilton, Alex Chitty, Dana DeGiulio, Jonathan Gardner, Rachel Niffenegger, Betsy Odom, Kellie Romany and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.

In 2009, Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery proposed a panorama of the young artistic scene of Chicago with the exhibition “Big Youth”. The artists were affiliated with the renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago and most works presented in the show were paintings. Now, three years later, Amel Bourouina is happy to invite John Corbett and Jim Dempsey to carry on this “inventory” and show for the first time in Berlin ten Chicago artists who are among the most promising of their generation.
“Big Youth II” opens up to other artists and other techniques. Isak Applin and Jonathan Gardner, already shown in 2009, claim a filiation with the “big ancestors”, the Chicago Imagists (as well as Cubists and the Canadian “Group of Seven”), but develop their own highly original figurative work. Rachel Niffenegger, also shown in the first “Big Youth” exhibition, reveals in her drawings and collages a morbid fascination caused by the human body and its diseases, recalling Chicago artist’s longstanding interest in the grotesque.
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Dana DeGiulio, Kellie Romany and Todd Chilton have chosen pictorial abstraction. Even though the first two mentioned often use collage (press, photo, etc.) which makes it difficult to categorize them! To the exciting iconoclasm of Zuckerman-Hartung, to the forceful gesture of DeGiulio, and to the murky sensuality permeating the delicate works of Romany, Chilton responds by suggesting an extremely controlled reflection on the importance of imprecision in the abstract painting.
In their sculptures and installations, Betsy Odom humorously explores the American identity as its social organization and attempts to break its codes, while Alex Chitty examines our relation to our environment. We also encounter humor in the animated films of Lilli Carré, but black humor contrasting strongly with her clear and charming lines.