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throwing a short glance in the sliver between the glass barred against the warm air

  • Ignition Project Space 3839 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL, 60651 United States (map)

On view through Sept 27, 2019
Gallery hours Saturday 12-5pm and by appointment

Ignition Project Space’s window gallery features throwing a short glance in the sliver between the glass barred against the warm air, a series of hand-woven illusions by Hope Wang. She draws from imagery surrounding store fronts that have a provisional quality – whether from business turnover, rental transition, or construction. These weavings depict reflections of pedestrians and shuttered spaces, suggested through motifs like blue tape, brown paper, plastic sheets, and spray painted plywood that bar the viewer’s access to the realities that exist beyond the surface. Traversing the line between image and object, the works question an initial understanding of material and perception.

Within the gallery, Wang presents a series of embossed screenprints on cyanotypes, in the sliver between the wobbly edges of brown paper sheets. These works on paper also approach architecture through the language of textiles in considering how memory, texture, material, pattern overlay each other in the structure of lived environments. In the same way filling in obsolete windows with brick or covering spray painted marks with new paint never quite fits seamlessly to the original building, the wobble or stutter of a pattern in a textile alludes to an alteration in structure. Seamlessness is an illusion with a tell for those who look long enough.

Earlier Event: August 18
Where We Meet
Later Event: September 20
Prints United