The Chicago Athletic Association hotel and Land and Sea Dept. are excited to showcase work from Sean Gannon through October 6th, with an opening reception to celebrate the installation on Saturday, September 16, from 6-8pm, in the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Drawing Room.
Sean Gannon received his BFA in 2016 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in his brief career has quickly gained recognition for his ambitious and evocative paintings. Recent exhibitions include “The Aging Coconut” (with Jose Lerma, Josh Reames, and Misaki Kawai) at Roberto Paradise in San Juan, P.R., “Time Will Darken It: TL Solien and Sean Gannon” at ParisLondonHongKong, Chicago and “Chew Slowly,” a recent solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus in Los Angeles.
Gannon continues his ongoing exploration of interpersonal intimacy, sexuality and the human experience, collapsing figures into abstractions that reduce the body into basic shapes and compositions. Combining industrial materials with art historical references to Modernism and the Chicago Imagists, Gannon populates his work with stylized characters that coalesce into a personal vocabulary and lexicon of images. The paintings are formed through a process that involves building up and breaking down multiple layers through the use of sanding and painting techniques that aim for the removal of the hand from work. The result is a sense of palpable tension between the paintings personal origins and their sensual minimalist surface.
Additional works will be on view at EXPO Chicago and available for purchase through Luis De Jesus Gallery, Booth 655.
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