Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

PAUL ERSCHEN
Cloven
February 19 – March 25, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, February 19, 4 – 7 pm
“Most of the works in Cloven begin with carefully drafted shapes, which are then subject to serial repetition and calculated reductions. These shapes are rooted in the stubbornly intertwined worlds of utilitarian and corporeal desire. Ominous in their industrial context and latent power, shapes such as wedges, tapers, arcs and cams also contribute to the fecund, rhythmic motifs that have dominated our aesthetic and ritualistic histories.

In Cloven, sculptural installations, such as Planking, mimic obsolete farm and factory contraptions, while also taking visual cues from BDSM gear and human/animal proportions. Paintings, such as Nimb and Watershed, feature compositional grid reductions that slide in-and-out of industrial, sexual and cartoonish associations. The painting process is often haunted by the specter of commercial printing, with its sober layering of alienated colors, leaving brief openings for narration in the form of gestural layers, bleached color schemes and hesitant, choppy line work.”

— Paul Erschen, February 2017

Over the years, Paul Erschen’s studio practice has shifted between sculpture, printmaking, collecting, and most recently, painting. Receiving a BFA in 1998, from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in 2000 from The Ohio State University, Erschen has bounced around the Midwest, playing college and semi-professional baseball, in the 1990’s. Since 2003, Erschen has played drums in the Chicago band Mayor Daley and served as a sculpture technician at ACRE art residency in southwestern Wisconsin. Notable exhibitions include Newport Room at The Hills Esthetic Center, West Plaza at DOCUMENT, Store Brand, at Learning Machine and Cardinal Cross, Children of the Playhouse in temporary project spaces, all in Chicago, IL. Paul Erschen lives and works in Chicago, IL.
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  • Paul Erschen

    Settlements (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 39 × 28 inches

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    Tailings (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 46 × 31 inches

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    Tips (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 46 × 31 inches

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    Nimb (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 30 × 23 inches

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    Blohn (2016)

    pen and cut paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

  • Paul Erschen

    Settlements (2016)

    pen, marker on paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

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    Paddles (2016)

    ink on paper, 9 × 6.5 inches

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    Chemmes (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 24 × 19 inches

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    Chem (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 24 × 18 inches

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    Pins (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 36 × 24 inches

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    Samples (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 33 × 24 inches

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    Cloven (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 28 × 20 inches

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    Klahb (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 28 × 20 inches

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    Chettle (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 34 × 29 inches

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    Genn (2016)

    pen on paper, 9 × 6.5 inches

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    Lohb (2016)

    pen, cut paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

  • Paul Erschen

    Lon (2016)

    pen on paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

  • Paul Erschen

    Paddles (2016)

    ink on paper, 9 × 6.5 inches

Current

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

Archive

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

Peggy Casey

Gun Shadows

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

Matt Phillips

Yard Sale

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Steve Reber

copy, fax… cut and paste

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Allison Wade

Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Alain Biltereyst

Not Just Because

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Christine Tarkowski

Chthonic Void

04.03.16 – 05.14.16

Mike Andrews

The Friends and Family Plan

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Conrad Bakker

Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Turquoise Sunset

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak

To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

offspace

Amy Yoes

Structurals and Sightlines

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Christopher Michlig

To Everyone

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Bradley Biancardi, Austin Eddy, Annie Hémond Hotte, Shara Hughes and Tracy Thomason

08.30.15 – 10.17.15

offspace

Steven Husby

myotherisanother

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Jessie Mott

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Cody Tumblin

Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

offspace

Angharad Davies

You Know That As Radiant

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Leslie Baum + Allison Wade

01.31.15 – 03.07.15

Katy Cowan + Michael Milano

work : work

12.14.14 – 01.25.15

offspace

Monika Bartholomé

Night Walk

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

Aron Gent

Pure Pictures, Perfect Prints

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

offspace

Aaron Carpenter + Philip von Zweck

Cartoons + C.A.B.S.

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Franziska Holstein

Works on Paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

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 – 04.12.14

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

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

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

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