835 W. Washington Blvd.
Floors 1 & 2
Chicago, IL 60607
Kavi Gupta presents Lightspace, a group exhibition examining aesthetic spaces, physical and metaphysical, within contemporary art where concepts of lightness are central to the work. In this exhibition, a lightspace can be a zone of literal brightness, a mental space free from heavy burdens, or an ethereal space welcoming of contemplation; it could describe a symbolic depiction of shine, a poetic representation of illumination, or a material transformed into a source of reflective light.
Each work in the exhibition addresses lightspace from a distinctive position—some in a conceptual sense, such as Glenn Ligon’s Study for Negro Sunshine II; some from a meditative viewpoint, like Miya Ando’s Unkai (Sea of Clouds) series, or in an abstract context, like James Little’s White Paintings; some from a metaphysical point of view, such as Manuel Mathieu’s Framing the Abyss, or from a celestial perspective, like Michi Meko’s So simple then: Cause I find myself in the place where I'm last seen, or from a minimalist viewpoint, like Manish Nai’s untitled circular, hanging jute works. Though each is unique, together the works argue for lightspace as a multifaceted, if somewhat fugitive, essence, difficult to condense, yet evident within many threads of contemporary art.