Dannielle Tegeder: Episodes

Saturday, Nov 9 – Dec 21, 2019

900 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Reception: November 9, 2019, from 5 to 8PM

Carrie Secrist Gallery is pleased to announce EPISODES, our second solo exhibition by New York City-based gallery artist Dannielle Tegeder. Featuring new paintings, drawings and video, this exhibition continues Tegeder's investigation into the concept of systems and what the medium of painting means in the expanded field. This exhibition will be on view from November 9 to December 21, 2019.

EPISODES presents seven large-format, vertically oriented paintings propped up on artist-designed sculptural pedestals and leaning on a gallery wall painted with triangular swaths of pinks, blues, oranges and greens. Creating a metaphorical series of stations, or episodes, this installation reveals a series of juxtapositions, contradictions and crosscurrents contextualized within the formal atmosphere of a gallery. Through this non-traditional presentation, the resulting immersive environment suggests architecture's ability to both confront and disappear from expectations and experience.

Within and across the paintings themselves segmented lines, chunks of solid color, repetitive patterns and the occasional dissolution of medium combine with Tegeder's repeated signature motifs to create a complex host of imageries. These abstract paintings hint at a variety of concepts related to architecture, art historical narratives, Bauhausian ideologies and social constructs. The paintings coupled with their respective poetic titles allude to an amalgamation of concepts from beehives to topographical utopian maps. Through this assembly of forms and ideas the paintings, and the painted wall they rest on, ultimately dictate a narrative for the viewer, asking them to discern the most plausible role that painting-as-medium plays in their lives.

Presented in the gallery's project room are over 50 artist-framed drawings on paper executed in correlation with the new paintings on display in the main gallery space. These drawings are presented in a salon style while simultaneously isolating Tegeder's iconographic symbols creating a distillation of concepts and ideas. The visual juxtapositions rely on accumulation rather than isolation. They represent a key element of Tegeder's multi-disciplinarian approach to the deconstruction of the nature of painting as a singular system or indexical platform.

Dannielle Tegeder lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Montclair Art Museum, NJ and the Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton, NY. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Bronx Museum, New York, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; National Gallery of Design, New York; Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygen, Wisconsin. Her artwork is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art. Tegeder received a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase (1994) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (1997). She is an Associate Professor of Art at the City University of New York at Lehman College.

If you would like a preview of the artwork included in EPISODES, please email the gallery.


Image: Dannielle Tegeder, The Direction of Light and Sapphire Machine Desire, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60 inches.