Joan Holleb: Woodlands and Cowscapes

Opening: Friday, Jul 9, 2021 5 – 8 pm
Saturday, Jul 10 – 31, 2021

704 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654

The paintings of Chicago artist Joan Holleb occupy an exciting place between process and image, between poetry and narrative. The material qualities of these works set them apart from most paintings, generating the unexpected effect of slowing down our gaze and causing us to look carefully at the interaction of copper, patina, and paint on the surface of the work.

Holleb begins the act of painting by pouring a patina solution on the surface of the copper and letting it run in various directions and oxidize. Typically, this process dictates the direction the composition will develop, and the use of chance and spontaneous activity becomes the foundation for all that follows.