Common Gesture

Opening: Friday, Oct 8, 2021 5 – 10 pm
Oct 8 – Nov 6, 2021

3816 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Slow or quick, direct or indirect, gestural marks have an immediate response to the surface that they associate themselves with. These marks celebrate materiality and highlight passages of the body’s movement through space.

Gestures not only accentuate time, but they have the potential to organize or disrupt a composition. In the works of Lisa Marie Barber and Sarah Dupré there is a clear embracement of line, color via paint or glaze, and play upon surface texture. Simultaneously, these two artists awaken a sense of touch by their performance with color that vacillates between matte and gloss finishes.

Lisa Marie Barber


Lisa Marie Barber uses recycled clay to create ceramic assemblages that glorify the “hand.” Barber’s personal, pictorial work displays flowers, hearts, and familiar objects that adorn her sculptural
figures. The artist’s iconography celebrates her upbringing in Arizona and presents gestures of love that, “serve as personal meditations on the ease, beauty, and wonder that can outline every day.”

Sarah Dupré’s paintings compose an atmospheric clash of mediums. Her work accommodates chance and erasures while lean marks of graphite take pleasure in line. Washed, slashed, and scraped away, Dupré’s work finds solace in ambiguity that is generated through repetition.

Common Gesture honors the vow to create work through uninhibited play with available material and showcases Barber and Dupré’s commitment to highlight the paramount and unique gestures of the hand.

The opening reception will take place October 8 from 5-10pm and the show will be up through November 6th.

Top Image: Sarah Dupré’