St. Louis, MO —Monaco is pleased to present two exhibitions opening on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00pm: Tensor Field and Screen Grab.
Tensor Field, a solo exhibition by Zachary Buchner debuts in the front space and Screen Grab, a group exhibition featuring works by Joe Cassan, Andrew Falkowski, Andres Kim and Kate McQuillen opens in the Monaco Projects Gallery. Screen Grab is presented in partnership with PRACTISE, a Chicago gallery directed by Zachary Buchner.
Tensor Field features seven new works that highlight Buchner’s continued investigation into the complex relationships between materials and experience and the prevalent use and symbolic possibilities of plastics. Utilizing both additive and subtractive processes, soft and rigid plastics, his current work references the shallow illusionism, backlit glow and overlapping layers of our digital field. Replacing the open browser windows, guides and grids of our shared digital lives with physical materials, Buchner reminds the viewer through frontality, reflection and scale, of our own bodies.
His practice is rooted in a long fascination with Color Field painting, the Light and Space artists and the structures of Neo Geo. Buchner seeks to extend these historic visual and material languages by focusing on their relationship to contemporary technology, notably the flatness and vastness of the screens in our world, but also through their respective histories with plastic.
Building on personal experience Zachary navigates a world of disruptive combinations: reflection and absorption, identity and its artificial construction. He mines a social landscape built on connectivity and isolation in an attempt to better define and understand the contingencies of contemporary experience and space.
Zachery Buchner, 2018
Monaco and PRACTISE are pleased to present Screen Grab, a group exhibition featuring Joe Cassan, Andrew Falkowski, Andres Kim and Kate McQuillen in the Monaco Projects Gallery.
Organized in coordination with his concurrent solo exhibition, PRACTISE Director Zachary Buchner presents an exhibition of four artists whose diverse work shares a common interest in the effect, materiality and experiences of the screens in our digital world.
Each work in Screen Grab contributes to the evolving and multi-layered dialogues surrounding the way artists continue to engage with all aspects of our increasingly virtual world.
Kate MQuillen, 2018
I Came to a Definite Conscious Decision to “Return” to Life
acrylic on panel
Zachary Buchner (Canadian, b. 1979) is an artist and educator living and working in Oak Park IL. Buchner received his MFA from Northwestern University in 2005 where he currently teaches Painting and Sculpture in the Art Theory and Practice Department. Zachary is the director of PRACTISE, an artist centered exhibition space, and is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago IL.
Joe Cassan lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from Northwestern University and his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Joe’s work is currently on view in the exhibition Dwellings at The Rockford Art Museum. Cassan makes objects inspired by science-fiction and horror films, art history and middle-class Americana. Often uncanny proxies for familiar things, his work displays a warped realism fluctuating between cartoon-like generalization and grotesque specificity.
Andrew Falkowski lives and works in Chicago. He has exhibited widely including recent solo exhibitions at Riverside Art Center, Rosamund Felson Gallery and Paris London Hong Kong. Falkowski is a contributing writer for NewCity.com and Chicago Artist Writers, where he has published essays on artists such as Rebecca Morris, Adam Henry and Chris Dorland. Andrew and his partner Amy Falkowski are the founders of Print Project Chicago, a collaborative project aimed at supporting organizations who uphold equality regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. (printprojectchicago.org)
Andres Fernando Kim is a South Korean artist currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Computer Science at Northwestern University. His passion for the integration of fine arts and computation has led to works that attempt to depict the virtual interactions among physical devices. Through the use of server-side programming and screen-like hardware components, Andres manifests the virtual world onto the physical one.
Kate McQuillen lives and works in Brooklyn. She has exhibited at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Geoffrey Young Gallery, O’Born Contemporary, and The Comfort Station, Chicago. She has been the recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, among others, for her large-scale installations. Writings about her work have been included in such news outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Greenpointers, Art in Print, Printeresting, New City, The Chicago Reader, and Hyperallergic, and in publications by the Poetry Foundation, Columbia College Chicago and Rutgers University.