Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

August 28 – October 15, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 18, 4-7 pm

devening projects + editions is very pleased to present Know Better, Allison Wade’s third exhibition with the gallery.

This group of sculptures, inspired by a fence display at Lowe’s, embraces the formal appeal of the ubiquitous staircase: it elevates, it frames, it references the body, and it has a distinct front and back. It also offers a way to organize space that mirrors the logic of her recent drawings. By stretching the riser and condensing the tread of each stair, Allison Wade re-negotiates the structure’s use value and heightens the play between two and three dimensions, flatness and form.

She always starts with drawing. Sometimes jumping from one body of sculptural work immediately into another, but she knows better. The drawings offer a low-stakes way for her to arrange objects in imagined constructions. As she says, “nothing falls in a drawing!” Working with ink wash led her to more layered and dense two-dimensional compositions. The stair sculptures express her attempt to apply this thought process to three dimensions.

Each scenario in the show comprises a particular color scheme. With application techniques adopted from her glazed ceramics, she uses painted forms with blurred transitions to further emphasize overlapping relationships.

Allison Wade’s approach is grammatical — she manipulates objects and materials into highly edited sentences, paragraphs, or stanzas. Whereas previous installations may have felt like sparsely composed essays or poems, this grouping reads more like a collection of short stories. Each sculpture relates to the others stylistically, but ultimately remains self-sufficient.

Allison Wade received her MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BA in English literature from Stanford University. Recent solo shows include you and you and you at Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL). Additional exhibitions include Ditch Projects (Eugene, OR), Scotty Enterprises (Berlin), Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Riverside Arts Center (Riverside, IL), and LVL3 (Chicago). Wade has been awarded residencies at Ox-Bow, ACRE, Mustarinda (Finland), and the Vermont Studio Center and has been a visiting artist at Miami University, Rhodes College, the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Ceramics Department, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Interlink program. Born and raised in Texas, she lives and works in Chicago, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University.
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  • Allison Wade

    Installation view, Know Better, 2016

  • Allison Wade

    Know Better: Scenario #1 (2016)

    wood, fiberboard, joint compound, papier maché, aluminum, fabric, hand-dyed fabric, paint, stain, 93 × 72 × 18 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Better left unsaid (2016)

    steel, wood, paint, mason line, 46 × 52.5 × 4 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Know Better: Scenario #2 (2016)

    wood, fiberboard, drywall, joint compound, steel, marble, fabric, hand-needlepointed fabric, granite, brass, glazed stoneware, paint, stain, 78 × 48 × 15 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Better luck this time (2016)

    wood, hand woven fabric, Sculptamold, joint compound, paint, 60 × 9 × 19.5 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Steadfast (2016)

    wood, glazed stoneware, joint compound, paint, 17 × 6 × 1.75 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Small victory (2016)

    wood, steel, glazed stoneware, hand-dyed fabric, paint, stain, 27 × 21 × 1.5 inches

  • Allison Wade

    And then some (2016)

    wood, fiberboard, joint compound, fabric, paint, 16 × 18 × 8 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Untitled (2015)

    glazed porcelain, 7 × 5 × 5 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Untitled (2015)

    glazed stoneware, 8 × 4 × 4 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Untitled (2015)

    stoneware, 8 × 8 × 4 inches

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    predicaments/possibilities: #2 (2016)

    ink wash on paper, 15 × 11 inches (frame size 19 × 15 inches)

  • Allison Wade

    predicaments/possibilities: #4 (2016)

    ink wash on paper, 15 × 11 inches (frame size 19 × 15 inches)

  • Allison Wade

    predicaments/possibilities: #1 (2016)

    ink wash on paper, 15 × 11 inches (frame size 19 × 15 inches)

  • Allison Wade

    Soft Yes (2016)

    metal, copper, mason line, hand-dyed knit, knit, 50 × 37 × 2 inches

  • Allison Wade

    We’ll make it up as we go along (2016)

    wood, stain, steel, insulation board, plaster, joint compound, paint, drywall, ceramic, copper, hand-dyed knit, hand needle-pointed fabric, strapping, 69.5 × 39 × 25 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Untitled (Wall Weaving #1) (2016)

    ceramic, hand-dyed knit, knit, 24 × 15.5 × 2.5 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Flag (something to be discovered) (2016)

    wood, granite, fabric, hand-dyed fabric, copper, paint, joint compound, 62 × 22 × 16 inches

  • Allison Wade

    as are wood (2015)

    insulation board, joint compound, paint, metal, mason line, hand-dyed knit, knit, ceramic, 32 × 15 × 3 inches

  • Allison Wade

    The less we say about it the better (2016)

    granite, wood, paint, knit, insulation board, joint compound, drywall, ceramic, paint, 73 × 32 × 12 inches

  • Allison Wade

    Untitled (Wall Weaving #2) (2016)

    ceramic, hand-dyed knit, knit, 27 × 15 × 2 inches

  • Allison Wade

    After St. Louis (After S. Hicks) (2016)

    wood, hand-dyed knit, knit, granite, 41 × 39 × 3 inches

Current

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Archive

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

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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

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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

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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

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07.20.14 – 07.20.14

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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

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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

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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

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02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

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12.16.12 – 01.26.13

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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

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03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

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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

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07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

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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

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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

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01.31.10 – 03.01.10

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12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

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12.06.09 – 01.24.10

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