• Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Equal Time
    2017
    glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
    53 x 35 x 23 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Equal Time (detail)
    2017
    glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
    53 x 35 x 23 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Equal Time (detail)
    2017
    glazed ceramic, painted hardwood, steel
    53 x 35 x 23 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Long Form
    2017
    glazed ceramic, hardwood, paint and steel
    46 1/2 x 28 x 14 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Long Form (detail)
    2017
    glazed ceramic, hardwood, paint and steel
    46 1/2 x 28 x 14 inches

  • Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Split Second
    2016
    glazed ceramic, carved hardwood, concrete, steel and gold
    43 x 121 x 15 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Split Second (detail)
    2016
    glazed ceramic, carved hardwood, concrete, steel and gold
    43 x 121 x 15 inches

  • Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Spring Snow
    2016
    glazed ceramic, painted and carved hardwood
    45 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 17 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Spring Snow (detail)
    2016
    glazed ceramic, painted and carved hardwood
    45 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 17 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Bubble Up
    2016
    glazed ceramic, cast concrete, and painted steel
    16 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Above and Beyond
    2015
    glazed ceramic, painted steel, concrete and hardwood
    36 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (overall)

  • Arlene Shechet
    At Play
    2016
    glazed ceramic
    9 x 14 x 13 1/2 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Reverb
    2017
    glazed ceramic and painted hardwood
    80 1/2 x 22 x 19 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Reverb (detail)
    2017
    glazed ceramic and painted hardwood
    80 1/2 x 22 x 19 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Reverb (detail)
    2017
    glazed ceramic and painted hardwood
    80 1/2 x 22 x 19 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Night Vision (installation view)
    2014
    glazed ceramic
    24 x 15 x 13 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Night Vision (detail)
    2014
    glazed ceramic
    24 x 15 x 13 inches

  • Installation view

  • Arlene Shechet
    Prayer Wheel
    2017
    paint, hardwood
    16 x 10 x 7 inches

  • Arlene Shechet
    Prayer Wheel (detail)
    2017
    paint, hardwood
    16 x 10 x 7 inches


PRESS RELEASE

 

Opening reception: Thursday, April 27, 6 – 8pm

Corbett vs. Dempsey is very pleased to present In the Meantime, an exhibition of new sculpture by Arlene Shechet.  This is the artist’s first solo show in Chicago.

In abstract forms that often reference the human body, Shechet creates works with an uncanny combination of elegance and expressiveness, sometimes containing extremes of balance and gnarliness in a single piece, folding together, stacking, inlaying, or interleaving disparate materials into cohesive, but heterogeneous, wholes.  Shechet is known as a brilliant ceramicist, but ceramics form one part of a much larger practice that also deploys wood, metal, and concrete, and her deft use of color is a major part of the work.  For this exhibition, she has brought together an unusually wide range of sizes and morphologies, from tall, full-figure works like “Reverb,” “Spring Snow,” and “Living at the Castle,” or the almost graphically gracile horizontal lines of “Split Second,” to small, magical wall and shelf pieces like “Bubble Up” and “A Soft Hard Rain.”  Exclusively in black, white, and grey, “Equal Time” is a major new work that nods at Constructivism, an aggregation of elemental shapes miraculously heaped together.

The depth and expanse of Shechet’s vision was on view in All At Once, a survey at the ICA Boston in 2015, which looked back at two decades of work.  Since that detailed exhibition Shechet mounted a solo presentation at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, and she was invited to perform extremely rare solo interventions at both the Frick Collection, New York, and the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., placing her sculpture alongside works from the institutions’ permanent collections.  In the Meantime is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog, available at the opening reception.