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Home Current Exhibitions FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern

FRAGMENT: Sampling the Modern

Jessica Labatte, Untitled_2, 2012May 4 - August 18, 2013

Fragment: Sampling the Modern, is an exhibition of new work by four Chicago-based artists Leslie Baum, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Jessica Labatte, and Adam Scott.

Similar to the contemporary musician’s process of making new material from samples of familiar music, the artists mine and digest bits and pieces of visual culture from sources such as printed advertisements, urban debris, common pictorial symbols and the history of art. These visual samples, manipulated and placed into large-scale paintings, appliquéd textiles, paper collages, and photographs, are treated with the bold and colorful visual language reminiscent of early 20th century modernist abstraction. 

With knowing reference to artistic precedents, the artists construct their own hybridized formats around these fragments of contemporary culture. The resulting work pays homage to their forerunners and contributes to new conversations about the relevance of abstraction, the meanings behind materials and signs, and, above all, compels viewers to keep looking. 

Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Nomadic Future, 2012Click here to view our summer brochure.

Friday Night Artist Talks
Free, Galleries open until 8:00 pm

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Friday Night Artist Talk: Diana Guerrero-Maciá 
Diana Guerrero-Maciá discusses her fabric collages of borrowed symbols and forms that are reminiscent of modernist paintings and graphic design.

Adam Scott, Lustro, 2012Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm   
Fear No [Abstract] Art with Adam Scott
Though avant-garde abstract art emerged more than one hundred years ago, specifically in painting, what is encompassed by the term "abstract" has long been questioned and never tightly defined.  Join exhibiting artist Adam Scott for a lively discussion about what makes abstraction important, powerful, and relevant today.

Leslie Baum, A Quiet Quiet Heart, 2012
June 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Friday Night Artist Talk: Leslie Baum
Leslie Baum selects and reworks particular passages of modern
paintings, incorporating them into her own work. Baum shares her art historical sources in addition to thoughts behind her installation in Mies’ McCormick House.

Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Friday Night Artist Talk: Adam Scott
Painter Adam Scott explains his new collage-based work that translates the materiality, and often the peculiarity, of our cultural landscape into dynamic, undulating abstractions.

Friday, August 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Friday Night Artist Talk with Jessica Labatte
Learn more about Jessica Labatte’s photographs of carefully arranged found objects and materials that play with reality and illusion.

Family Programs
Free with Museum Admission

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:30 am
Better Photos = Higher Return. Photography Workshop with Jessica Labatte
Adult Program
Looking to raise mad money for the summer? Join exhibiting artist and photographer Jessica Labatte to learn simple styling and lighting techniques to elevate the quality of your images for Ebay, Craigslist, or any online marketplace. Your unwanted objects will never look so good!

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:30 am
Modernist Textiles with Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Ages 3-10 accompanied by adult.
Create your own Modern Art Masterpiece! In this workshop exhibiting artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor Diana Guerrero-Maciá will show you how to create textile collages using simple techniques like line drawing, cutting shapes, ironing, and stitching.

Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:30 am
Collaborative Collage with Leslie Baum
Family Program, Ages 5 and up
Explore the galleries at the Elmhurst Art Museum like never before. Based on her process of painting from the work of other artists, exhibiting artist Leslie Baum will take you into the galleries to draw directly from works in the exhibition Fragment. You and your family will return to the studio to cut up your drawings, editing out favorite fragments and recombining these sampled pieces to make a wholly unexpected family collage. 


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