Free events at the Renaissance Society. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago is a small museum dedicated to modern art. It has a small, changing exhibition space. The Renaissance Society also hosts regular special events, including movies and artist talks.
Opening Reception, Artist Talk: Klein / Olson
When: Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 5pm–8pm
Where: Lecture: Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St. Gallery: 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Cobb Hall. Admission is free.
Join us to celebrate the opening of Klein / Olson. Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson will discuss the exhibition and their practices in a’ talk at 6pm. This takes place on the 3rd floor of Swift Hall, a short walk from the gallery.
Apr 22–Jun 18, 2017 Klein / Olson
Astrid Klein, Endzeitgefühle, 1982. Collage. Courtesy of the artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin.
For the final exhibition this season, the Renaissance Society presents the work of two artists, Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson.
Side by side, works by Klein and Olson offer an opportunity to explore the affinities and differences in the artists’ respective approaches to sculpture, collage and photographic imagery. Their practices share a tendency to manipulate or call attention to space, as if testing out ways of being in the world. As space itself—whether physical or psychological—becomes subject matter, they also draw into focus dynamics of representation, social structures and negotiations of gender.
B. Ingrid Olson’s work responds to borders and the structure of space. Her photographs are performative, recording investigations of an individual body as it shifts in relations to its surroundings, selected objects and the camera. Within these images, the artist casts herself as the anonymous participant in her immediate environment and the active creator of an ambiguous pictorial field, full of blurs and mirrored doublings. Each work is the afterimage of an activity, but also a momentary pause in time as Olson triggers the shutter and flash. Presented in deep, open-faced acrylic frames, her photographs themselves become multi-dimensional objects.
Astrid Klein’s collages tease out the psychological spaces implied in existing imagery, paying close attention to how the female body is depicted, viewed or addressed. The artist adds evocative text fragments to images of women appropriated from popular culture, overlaying the scenes with notes of dissonance or ironic affirmations of the feminine roles they depict. In their extraction of familiar scenes, the collages take aim at “a woman’s place,” including the expectation of certain behavior or balance of power in gendered spaces.