Zack Wirsum: Ever Since I Don't Remember When

Opening: Friday, Oct 11, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Oct 11 – Nov 30, 2019

215 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654

Jean Albano Gallery is pleased to present their fourth solo exhibition of Chicago based painter Zack Wirsum entitled Ever Since I Don’t Remember When opening on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8pm. The exhibition continues through November 30, 2019, and is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and also by appointment.  

Wirsum’s latest body of work attempts to combine nostalgic vignettes with tangential references to personally specific pop culture catalogue.

“A sort of soft Surrealism that mines the superficial subconscious for content with the associative quality of daydreams for remembered representational paintings” says Wirsum when articulating the organic path his new narrative paintings are progressing into. This exciting blend of well acquainted images from childhood with the perspective of wizened experience takes the form of stylized linoleum tiles, colorful cartoon monsters and the abstracted aisles of a VHS rental store. By translating memories from retained and comfortable conceptions into obscurely familiar spaces realized in paint, Wirsum’s new series becomes unexpectedly accessible and evocative.


Image: Zack Wirsum, Don’t Front, In Frunch of the Frunch Yard, in Frunch of the Funch Porch, In Frunch of the Frunch Room, 2018, acrylic on panel