Fall 2003


November 7th - December 20th, 2003

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 7th, 5 - 8pm

"Retrospectives" offers 12 artists the opportunity to present mini-retrospectives of their careers up to this point in time. Several artists present a selection of their work as it has developed over the years, while others are creating a new, single art work that maps their professional experience. Participants range from emerging, local artists to internationally-known.

Exhibition Statement

This exhibition is organized by Adelheid Mers, a member of Gallery 312's Programming Committee.

Edith Altman is a Chicago based artist and educator whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. During her long and distinguished career, she has researched and addressed aesthetic, historical, political, pedagogical and spiritual subjects using painting, photography, sculpture and installation. She currently has a retrospective at Lindenau Museum, Altenburg, Germany.

Susan Bee is an artist, editor, and designer who lives and works in New York City. She is co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artist's Writings, Theory, and Criticism, and has collaborated with Johanna Drucker, Charles Bernstein and other artists. She has exhibited widely and has received numerous grants and fellowships.

Frank DeBose is an independent designer and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He pursues an ongoing research project with the goal to present text and image compositions that illuminate historical events and points of view informing contemporary political/ economic situations of Americans of African descent.

Elisabeth Condon's paintings and collaborative projects explore childhood's influence on adult experience. Her subject matter of dolls has expanded into landscapes that combine cultural detritus such as toys and tires with gestural movement and a strong sense of light. Condon, Assistant Professor in Painting at Univ. of South Florida in Tampa, holds her MFA from SAIC. She lives and works in Tampa, FL and Brooklyn, NY.

Ursula Damm is a new media artist whose work traces and instigates the development of patterns in human language and motion. She has exhibited internationally and teaches at the Media Academy Cologne, Germany.

Michiko Itatani's conceptual paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a professor at the SAIC, and currently has a mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, in Sedalia, Missouri.

Juanita Meneses completed a post baccalaureate at the SAIC and will be a graduate student at CalArts, CA, after spending a year in Madrid, Spain. In her work, she maps her experiences as a migrant between the cultures of South America, North America and Europe.

Claire Pentecost, an Assistant Professor at the SAIC, has exhibited her photographs and sculptural installations in the U.S., Europe and South America. Her most recent work investigates the corporate control of our food system. She has published fiction and art criticism and produced interviews and reviews for radio.

Michael Ryan, is an artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the SAIC, who also oversees the Cooperative Gallery Program. He creates large-scale drawings and installations that map aspects of his life.

Mira Schor is a painter and writer. She is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture, and the co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism. A recipient of a 1992 Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and also of the 1999 College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism, she teaches at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Buzz Spector, co-founder of the Chicago based magazine WhiteWalls, is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown nationally in museums and galleries. His work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He is professor and chair of the Department of Art at Cornell University.

Amy Yoes is a New York based painter and SAIC alumna, who explores decorative forms found in high and in low art, and also uses photography, installation, and sculpture. Her work is represented by Stefan Stux Gallery, New York. She has recently received a Pollock-Krasner grant.

Gallery 312
312 N. May St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Gallery 312 closed in 2005