We are pleased to announce the opening of the Chicago gallery season on Friday, September 11th from 4pm to 7pm with two exquisite exhibitions.
In order to ensure the protection of our guests against the spread of Covid-19, we will be implementing a series of safety measures.
We have added an additional opening reception on Saturday, September 12th from 1pm to 4pm in attempt to alleviate over-crowding. During these receptions, standard guidelines including a mandatory mask and limited occupancy of the gallery spaces will be strictly enforced by gallery staff.
In the South Gallery, Suzanne Rose presents her inaugural exhibition with Zolla/Lieberman Gallery by featuring a selection of 11 photographs from her on-going series, Blind Spot. Rose's photographs embrace her mid-western roots with thematic bodies of works of family, community, and the environs thereof – exploring memory and metaphor, purpose and place.
It has been said that nature and man are imperfect friends. Observations in the rural Midwest reveal a
quiet dignity within vignettes of an altered landscape. Examining this relationship through the pastiche
of first photography – with direct influences of Carleton Watkins and Timothy O'Sullivan – appropriating
the original style but the subject is re-imagined with the commonplace scenes invoking a sense of
grandeur, incongruously, in an unlamented song.
With a concerned eye to how symbolism shapes our thinking, interconnectedness is examined through
the theme of natural versus manufactured – physical versus cerebral. While in tandem asking the
question of the perception thereof: hidden or disregarded, unseeable or inconspicuous?
To thin the veil between artist and viewer, the titles are the GPS coordinates giving the exact location of
the site of the subject. This not only offers a deeper level of intimacy but, as Virginia Woolf implied in
her novel, To the Lighthouse, a place weaves into itself the happenings of the surroundings over time,
folding them into silence becoming forever present and pinned to that place. This delicate presence is
an imbued immortal rhythm that adds layers of temporal whispers to the work via modern mapping
Be it in any gap in the visual field, selective or unconscious, the age of Anthropocene is gently present in
the rural Midwest amongst these friends, and despite a relationship imperfectly paired – each is bound
to this land and each other, blindly or otherwise.
- Suzanne Rose, 2020