Small Sculpture

Sept. 8, 2017 - Oct. 14, 2017

Main Gallery

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Rachel Harrison


The First Saturday in July
2017
cloth, cement, enamel, acrylic, metal
9 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

David Adamo

Untitled (16 erasers)
2013
tempera on clay
dimensions range from 5/16 x 7/8 x 5/8 inches to 7/16 x 13/16 x 1 1/8 inches

Jeremy Anderson

The Night Utopia Burned Down
1962
Redwood
13 x 20 1/2 x 12 inches

Robert Arneson

X Pot
1967
ceramic
15 x 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Installation view

Richard Artschwager

Table (Wannabe)
2009
formica and wood
12 x 12 x 10 inches
signed and numbered on the bottom
Edition of 20

Richard Artschwager

Blp
c. 1990
rubberized horsehair
10 1 /2 x 7 x 2 inches

Installation view

Don Baum

Hylas
1982
mixed media
15 1/2 x 16 x 10 inches

Margot Bergman

Untitled (Red Hot)
2010
ceramic
7 x 6 x 4 1/2 inches

Installation view

Carol Bove

Spineless Cactus
2016
bronze
13 x 11 x 11 1/2 inches
Edition 1/2, 1 AP

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Joe Brainard

Shadow Box
1964
mixed media collage with assemblage
8 x 4 x 1 3/4 inches

Peter Brötzmann

Untitled (bird)
2011
wooden box construction with painted and shaped wood
8 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 inches

Kathy Butterly

White Wash
2017
clay, glaze
6 3/4 x 7 x 3 1/4 inches

Alex Chitty

Whores, Pimps, Saints and Holymen
2017
Dade County pine, cast white bronze, steel
8 x 4 x 2 inches

Alex Bradley Cohen

Untitled
2014
glazed ceramic
8 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches

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Dominick Di Meo

Elements for a Monument
c. 1980
Polyform and bone on wood
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 inches

Robert Donley

Avenging Angel
1978
mixed media assemblage
11 x 13 x 2 1/2 inches

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Matias Faldbakken

Untitled (DVD Squeeze #01-#05)
2010
DVD covers and metal lever straps
10 2/3 x 8 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Elizabeth Ferry

Squeezy Bird Twins
2017
ceramic, glass eyes, crab claws, feather
5 x 2 3/4 x 3 and 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

Ed Flood

Time Capsule (Multicolor)
c. 1966 - 70
mixed media
12 x 12 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Thomas Grünfeld

Misfit (pheasant/goat)
2009
Mixed media
11 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches

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Robert Guillot

Untitled (ST4)
2014
felt, wire, wood, urethane, epoxy
22 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 5 inches

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Philip Hanson

Perfect Moment Quintessence
c.1973-74
acrylic, paper mâché, and wood
8 x 7 x 3 inches

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David Hartt

Para-Site
2013
unique hand-blown glass sculpture
12 x 16 x 16 inches (varying)

Robert Hudson

Ceramic #13
1972
glazed porcelain
9 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 6 inches

Stanya Kahn

Ceramic Snake White Snake
2017
Stoneware and glaze
8 1/4 x 14 x 6 inches

Installation view

Carol Jackson

drills
2017
paper mache, acrylic, ipolymer clay, digital print
15 x 8 x 16 inches

Thomas Kapsalis

Figure
2017
bronze
4 x 3 1/2 x 7 inches

Mike Kelley

Spinkle Lingam Paperweight
2002
dirt, cement, bar top resin, beads, wood, paint
13 1/4 x 5 x 5 inches

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Ellen Lanyon

‘Snake and Rat’ and ‘Lizard and Rat’
1973
two painted ceramic sculptures
2 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches each

Andrew Lord

sheep skull, Spring Mill
2008 - 2009
ceramic
18 1/2 x 15 x 9 1/4 inches

Josiah McElheny

Two Painted Bottles
2017
handblown blue glass, cast blue glass, oil paint, wood hardware
15 x 11 x 6 inches
edition 1/3, 1 AP

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Gary Molitor

She Smells So Good
1970
ceramic
14 1/4 x 10 3/4 x 6 inches

Joshua Mosley

1937 International D-50
2010
bronze
6 x 6 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches
edition 1/2

Katsuhito Nishikawa

Untitled
1986/2013
Painted bronze
28 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches
edition 2/5

William J. O’Brien

Untitled
2015
glazed ceramic
22 x 18 x 12 inches

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Betsy Odom

Lavender Menace
2017
leather
9 x 14 x 10 inches

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Joakim Ojanen

Red Boxing Nose
2017
ceramic
12 x 7 x 7 inches

B. Ingrid Olson

Model for an Endless Room
2017
PVA size, acrylic, vinyl paint, sand, polyurethane foam, silicone,
6 x 11 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches

Joyce Pensato

Batman from the Hood
2017
plastic Batman mask with enamel paint
11 1/2 x 10 x 9 1/2 inches

Rodney Quiriconi

Untitled
c. 1964
mahogany with steel ball, shaped brass rods, glass panes, and brass fittings
6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

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Matthew Ronay

The Stream
2017
basswood, dye, plastic, steel, flocking
10 3/4 x 16 x 10 inches

Dieter Roth

Sugar Lion
n.d.
sugar paste and coloring
9 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Thomas Schütte

Eierkopf, halb
2014
glazed ceramic on artist’s base
7 x 14 11/16 x 9 7/8 inches

Arlene Shechet

(not yet titled)
2017
ceramic, glaze
12 x 4 x 3 inches

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Alan Shields

Untitled (Necklace)
c. 1975
painted wood, beads, and thread
14 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

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Diane Simpson

Study for Sombrero
1995
acrylic paint, MDF, polyester spunbond fabric
6 1/4 x 16 x 4 3/4 inches

Cauleen Smith

Untitled (Smothered Shroud)
2012
bisque
10 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 2 inches

John Sparagana

Cotton Crown
2003-2009, 2017
fatigued magazine pages
10 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

Steven Urry

Ribbon Blat
1972
acrylic
9 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

William Weege

Untitled
c. 1990
bronze with wooden base
9 1/2 x 11 x 6 inches

Richard Wentworth

Passenger
1984
plastic and glass
1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches

H.C. Westermann

Untitled (For Dom)
1963
jar filled with wool blanket scrap, turkey bone, and paint
7 x 2 1/2 inches (jar)
dedicated and dated on blanket in marker

Karl Wirsum

Untitled
n.d.
acrylic on shaped wood with bottle cap
11 1/2 x 5 x 1 1/2 inches

Installation view

Christopher Wool

Untitled
2017
pigmented concrete with steel armature
25 1/2 x 14 x 12 inches
edition 3/3, 1 AP

Jimmy Wright

Mrs. French
1971
acrylic on stoneware
16 x 8 x 9 inches

Press Release

Opening reception: Friday, September 8th, 6-8 pm

In praise of small things with depth.

Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present Small Sculpture, an exhibition of tabletop three-dimensional works by more than 50 artists.

Across the surfaces of two enormous tables, spread out like pieces from an eclectic chessboard, artworks emanating from many different points of origin come head to head in this show, a rare group exhibition for CvsD which draws its inspiration from the gallery’s longstanding fascination with intimate-scale sculptural objects.  The recent renaissance in ceramics is bountifully represented with exemplary historical sculptures by Bay Area “funk” figures Robert Arneson, Robert Hudson, and Gary Molitor, and contemporary works by Margot Bergman, Kathy Butterly, Alex Bradley Cohen, Elizabeth Ferry, Stanya Kahn, Ellen Lanyon, Andrew Lord, William J. O’Brien, Joakim Ojanen, Thomas Schütte, Arlene Shechet, Cauleen Smith, and Jimmy Wright.  Confounding category, Richard Artschwager created the classic Formica piece “Table with Pink Tablecloth” in 1964, now part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection; decades later he made a scaled-down version in a tiny edition, a prototype of which is part of Small Sculpture.  Like Artschwager’s piece, the eerie presence that emanates from these objects is a conceptual thread weaving throughout the show, linking uncanny works from David Adamo, Carol Bove, Peter Brötzmann, Alex Chitty, Thomas Grünfeld, Robert Guillot, Rachel Harrison, Carol Jackson, Mike Kelley, Josiah McElheny, Joshua Mosley, B. Ingrid Olson, Joyce Pensato, Pope.L, Betsy Odom, Matthew Ronay, Dieter Roth, Alan Shields, Richard Wentworth, William Weege, and Christopher Wool. Joe Brainard, Matias Faldbakken, and John Sparagana manipulate found material. Jeremy Anderson, Ted Halkin, David Hartt, Katsuhito Nishikawa, Diane Simpson, and Steven Urry all deal with architectural and/or minimal construction. The many dimensions of Chicago’s own sometimes surreal milieu are explosively represented in sculptures by Don Baum, Dominick Di Meo, Robert Donley, Ed Flood, Philip Hanson, Thomas H. Kapsalis, Rodney Quiriconi, H.C. Westermann, and Karl Wirsum.

David Adamo
Jeremy Anderson
Robert Arneson
Richard Artschwager
Don Baum
Margot Bergman
Carol Bove
Joe Brainard
Peter Brötzmann
Kathy Butterly
Alex Chitty
Alex Bradley Cohen
Dominick Di Meo
Bob Donley
Matias Faldbakken
Elizabeth Ferry
Ed Flood
Thomas Grünfeld
Robert Guillot
Philip Hanson
Rachel Harrison
David Hartt
Robert Hudson
Carol Jackson
Stanya Kahn
Thomas H. Kapsalis
Mike Kelley
Ellen Lanyon
Andrew Lord
Josiah McElheny
Gary Molitor
Joshua Mosley
Katsuhito Nishikawa
William J. O’Brien
Betsy Odom
Joakim Ojanen
B. Ingrid Olson
Joyce Pensato
Pope.L
Rodney Quiriconi
Matthew Ronay
Dieter Roth
Thomas Schütte
Arlene Shechet
Alan Shields
Diane Simpson
Cauleen Smith
John Sparagana
Steven Urry
William Weege
Richard Wentworth
Karl Wirsum
Christopher Wool
Jimmy Wright