Expo Chicago

September 18, 2014 —
September 21, 2014



Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to participate in EXPO Chicago, featuring a selection of works from gallery artists Sarah Cain, KAWS, and Kaz Oshiro, alongside key Color Field paintings.

This presentation advances the conversation on painting recently explored in the gallery's historical survey Openness and Clarity: Color Field Works from the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition showcased works by Morris Louis and Frank Stella, among others that exemplify the movement's landmark advancements in abstraction. On view at EXPO Chicago will be paintings by central figures in the development of Color Field: Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland and Jules Olitski. Included is a Frankenthaler painting and two shaped works by Noland that explore the perceptual effects of color, and the significance of the surface and canvas edge. Olitski's stain painting Z similarly investigates the framing-edge, featuring flat expanses of bright colors that spread to the borders of the canvas, implying lines that extend beyond the viewer's field of vision.

In dialogue with these works are paintings by Sarah Cain, KAWS, and Kaz Oshiro, each of whom examines the structural and phenomenological aspects of painting in their own divergent practices. On view will be a large-scale painting by Cain, who uses color and form to activate the physical and psychological spaces that her works inhabit. In the exes, the picture frame is reversed and placed at an angle, so that the stretcher bar is revealed and becomes integral to the picture plane, while the exuberant bands of color mimic and highlight the canvas support. Cain will have a solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery in Spring 2015. Recent group exhibitions include the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX and Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH. In 2012, she was included in Made in L.A., organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Also presented will be two new paintings by KAWS. In this body of work, the artist explores flatness and line through familiar characters in popular culture. Visual elements of the iconic Charles M. Schulz Peanuts characters are isolated and amplified, so that on first glance what appears to be non-representational imagery is revealed to be Schulz's original line drawings writ large, often stretched to the edges of the work. KAWS is the current nominee for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. In 2015, he will be the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, TX, and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain. Recent solo shows include the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS.

The booth will also include two boldly colored minimalist canvases by Kaz Oshiro that take on the spatial politics of the medium. Whether appearing to slump on the floor or neatly fold into a corner, the sculptural paintings assert a physicality that not only calls attention to the viewer's sense of space, but distills each work to its physical elements and fundamental status as an object. In 2014, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented a solo show of Oshiro's work as part of their On-Site program. Group exhibitions include the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (traveling), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.