Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

This body of intimately scaled paintings explores notions of control through depictions of the landscape that shift eerily into still lifes while addressing the history of representation, the pictorial language of photography, and the complex relationship between visual structures and meta-criticism. Contradictions fold into one another where illusions of individual control are continually challenged by suggestions of external forces, obscured within the paintings, exerting a haunting presence upon the subject. The psychological intensity is further heightened through the use of tonality reminiscent of the light and shadow found in the likes of Goya’s work. However, this light remains ambiguous as to its source and purpose. The categorical disorientation between the genres of landscape and still life recalls the pictorial shifts between the distance of aerial views and the closeness of the constructed environment, which in turn amputates the subject from any single location.

At times, the representations hover on the side of the banal and mundane through inactivity. Upon further inspection, forms and lines begin to mimic incisions and dissections, light becomes intrusive as it is constructive, and land is fragmented and isolated, repeatedly calling the stability of the depiction into question. If painting is often considered in reference to the frame, the frame in this case exists more as a petri dish, and the representations within the paintings function as literal and metaphorical surfaces for experimentation. However, any suggested situation is left ambiguous and uneasy.

(born 1978) Craig Yu has shown his paintings and drawings in Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has had solo shows in Switzerland at Häusler Contemporary Zurich; in Chicago at devening projects + editions; in Hong Kong at the Goethe Institute Gallery and Art Scene China. His recent work was included as a part of the exhibition Little Dark Things at Häusler Contemporary Munch, and will be exhibited in solo exhibitions at devening project + editions, and Butler University in early 2014. Yu’s work has been shown internationally in Munich and in Zurich at Häusler Contemporary, in Sarajevo at the 22nd International Arts Festival and in New York at the Dorsky Gallery amongst many others. His work can be found in the collections of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in the Pinakothek Der Modern in Munich, Germany and the University of Gloucestershire, including numerous private collections in Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is a recipient of the Mortin Mickenberg/Martin Sosin Fellowship and was a nominee for the Edes prize. He has taught at the University of Illinois and Harold Washington College in Chicago as an adjunct professor. Craig Yu is represented by devening projects + editions in Chicago and Häusler Contemporary in Munich and Zurich.

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    Safe Room (2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Opening (2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Test (2013)

    oil on linen, 11 × 14 inches

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    Shipwreck (09-13) (2009–2013)

    oil on canvas on board, 16 × 20 inches

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    Measurements (2009–2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Edge (2013)

    oil on linen, 9 × 12 inches

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    The Mountain (2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Town Centers (2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Incision (2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    Samples (2010–2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    Untitled (2009–2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Radius of Progress (2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    Experimental Square Formation (2014)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Subject (2014)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    The Suburb (2013–2014)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

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    Negative Form (2009–2013)

    oil on canvas, 20 × 24 inches

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    Tests (2009–2013)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 20 inches

  • Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

    Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

  • Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

    Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

  • Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

    Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

  • Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

    Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

  • Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

    Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

  • Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

    Installation view, Phantom Limb, devening projects + editions, January 2014

Current

Franziska Holstein

works on paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Archive

Seth Hunter

held/crushed

07.20.14 – 07.20.14

Mistakes Have Hidden Intention

05.25.14 – 06.28.14

Gerd Borkelmann

Different Every Day

03.09.14 – 04.19.14

offspace

Mike Rea

Exile on Main Street

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Felix Malnig

Fringe Area

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Peter Fagundo

Model Questions for the Sun, the See and Other Things…

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

offspace

Sofia Leiby

The Drama of Leisure

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

Nathaniel Robinson

The Sensible Range

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Variety Lights

Variety Lights featuring Thora Dolven Balke + Sam Lipp

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Alain Biltereyst

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Sterling Lawrence

If I Plucked You from the Sea

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Matt Rich

Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

offspace

Vincent Hawkins

Flying Suit

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Nancy Ford

Land Loping

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Rainer Spangl

UUUUU

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Shit is Real

new editions by Chicago artists

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

Allison Wade

The Rest of the More

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

offspace

Julia Hechtman

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

Christopher Michlig

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

offspace

Michael Pfisterer

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

Gary Stephan

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

06.10.12 – 07.21.12

Jin Lee

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

offspace

Dorothee Joachim + Richard Roth

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

I Surrender

03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

Songs from a Room

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Mark Booth

The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Scott Fortino

Unfurl

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Andreas Karl Schulze

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

Dianna Frid

Evidence of the Material World

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

offspace

Sound & Vision

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Volker Saul

Rough Cuts

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Leslie Baum

The eyes have it or how to win a staring contest with a monster

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

Works on Paper

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

MultipleMix

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Andreas Fischer + Melissa Pokorny

Kabinett 5

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes, Jered Sprecher

Kabinett 4

12.05.10 – 01.22.11

Dana DeGiulio, Marie T Hermann, Anders Ruhwald

Kabinett 3

10.24.10 – 11.27.10

Richard Rezac + Gary Stephan

Kabinett 1 + 2

08.29.10 – 10.16.10

Paul Cowan + Matt Stolle

Causality without Cause

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

Wheatstone Stereoscope

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

Renate Wolff

Skies in Between

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Berlin Drawings

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Visceral Geometries

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Nathaniel Robinson

de facto

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Peter Otto

The Lodger

03.07.10 – 04.09.10

offspace

Heiner Blumenthal

A Hand-off Between

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Rodney Carswell

hither and yon (little prisons)

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Home Wreckage

Subversive Musings on Domestic Ideals

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

Time, Trauma, Drama and Rhyme

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

Dagmar Varady

Redden

10.18.09 – 12.01.09