Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January 23 6-8PM Dawn Blackman / Devlin Shea

Dawn Blackman and Devlin Shea comprise the next exhibition in a series of quarterly exhibitions at Normal Projects. Shea, born and raised in Manhattan, recently relocated to Stockholm. Shea has been awarded artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's swing space program, chashama North, Brooklyn College, and the Experimental Television Center. Shea co-foundeded The Sunday Experiment (2007), a monthly film and animation club, housed at the Interborough Repertory Theater in New York. Futurescope is a hand drawn frame by frame animation that will be exhibited with pieces from the animation process, as well as gouache on paper works.

Dawn Blackman works on paper aim to develop a more personal and meaningful dialogue through drawing. Blackman uses the tradition of drawing melding surface contour in couture and imageries with the photographic environment creating collages much more behind self identity as feminine or female, sibling and sister. Speaking specifically in twos, an interesting duality transpires in her works on paper. Blackman lives and works in Brooklyn.

Normal Projects is an independent apartment gallery space in Bridgeport, an industrially historic area of Chicago. Working within a conceptual rhetoric, the embarking into curatorial ventures has been one of science, rather, a growth in the interest in ecology. The Chicago School described a way man and machine comprised one another during America's manufacturing and industrial age. Here, ecology has then the opportunity to describe environs and expresses also the physical way in which artists visually describes contemporary landscapes.

Normal Projects exhibits work on paper and video by emerging and established contemporary
artists. This exhibition will be on view from January 23rd - February 28, 2009 by appointment only. There will be a reception from 6-9p on January 23rd. For more information, please email Emily Schroeder at or ring 917 312-8889.

forthcoming: luke dowd / lydia moyer (march 2009)
All images courtesy Normal Projects and the artists.
2844 s. normal ave
chicago IL 60616
917 312-8889

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