Peter Shear, Editions of You + Mie Kongo, Unknown Game Series

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

devening projects + editions is very pleased to feature Peter Shear and Mie Kongo in new solo projects in our off space. Peter Shear’s Editions of You is a series of new paintings; Unknown Game Series is an installation of porcelain and mixed material sculptures from this Chicago-based artist.  The exhibitions open on Sunday January 8th and continues until February 11th, 2017.

SUSPECT POETICS
Peter Shear’s Open Paintings

“On the day when I know all the emblems,” he asked Marco, “shall I be able to possess my empire, at last?” And the Venetian answered: “Sire, do not believe it. On that day you will be an emblem among emblems.”
— Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Once, when Peter Shear and I were discussing an earlier exhibition of his non-painted works at Indiana University, he offered a curious justification for his installation decisions: “I suspected a poetics.” Indeed, Shear’s small paintings at devening projects + editions, on first look, might appear suspiciously simplistic. A squiggle here, a brushy wash there; where hard-edge forms profess a certain amount of confidence, their cratered, lumpy surfaces belie the self-assurance of the shape’s border. Images that might convey grandiosity painted on canvases measured in feet rather than inches instead seem to barely assert themselves, brush strokes often failing to reach the canvas edge. Shear also doesn’t seem interested in developing a specific range of pictorial inquiry—rather than tuning a handful of ideas to their sharpest tenor, he seems to move on to a novel approach each time he has the gist of the work jotted down onto canvas.

This is an important distinction. Shear’s works feel like ideas of paintings. They are certainly not studies, however: they are too closely attuned to the compositional tipping point on which they balance, too intimately aware of their own scale, too unconcerned with ambition. Rather, they work more like the half-conscious dreams you might have when you are still falling asleep, or like the uncertainty of peripheral vision. Shear is an insightful improviser, more akin to the continually inventive, blissed-out jam band than to the ear-piercing licks of rock and roll superstars. The zigzags, washes, and lumpy deposits are just ideas—sweet nothings and pillow talk—and have only just entered the first moments of form. But ideas, full of the promise of potentiality without the disappointments of actuality, can be beautiful things. Shear preserves this natal moment, one that most painters disguise.

Like any poet or painter worthy of the name, Shear understands the significance of small decisions. Even as he strives for images that compel our attention, the striving is never concealed. However, Shear’s poetics is hardly a simplified romanticism: it is bound up with suspicion. The paintings have, as he puts it, “just enough criticality,” just enough awareness. Shear’s achievement (though ‘achievement’ is too strong a word, too finalized a notion to comfortably partner with Shear’s work) is this delicate balance of poetics and suspicion. While each painting is strangely compelling, each works in a different way. This alone is a significant accomplishment, since most painters find a few mechanisms they understand and then repeat and refine them, but it is also essential to Shear’s suspect poetics. Shear maintains the open potentiality of painting in the works he presents us (for which ‘finished’ and ‘unfinished’ are hardly appropriate terms). The images may seek the status of emblems, but unlike most signs and symbols, Shear’s paintings never pretend to be anything other than made, anything other than possible. Shear titrates poetics and suspicion, beauty and criticality, completeness and incompleteness, into a delicate alchemical mixture that is continually revealing.  – Brian T. Leahy, 2016

A self-taught painter and occasional organizer of exhibitions, Peter Shear has exhibited across the United States and Europe, most recently alongside Ellen Siebers in Basic Instinct at FJORD, Philadelphia; Matthew Wong in Good Bad Brush at The Occasional Gallery, Burlington, Washington; and Katelyn Eichwald at Alter Space, San Francisco. Recent group exhibitions include Dek Hed, curated by Ross Simonini at The Thing Quarterly, San Francisco; Bring Something Pink, curated by Yifat Gat at Espace Despalles, Paris; and The Black & White Project at Transmitter, Brooklyn, NY. Other past exhibitions include the solo shows Family Resemblance at ATM, Austin; Dragon Express at Welcome Screen and Peer Review at the Imperial College of London; Drops of Jupiter at Bannerette and The Double Down, curated by Trudy Benson and Jason Stopa at Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn; Reason and Romance curated by Alain Biltereyst at 6b Gallery, Elingen, Belgium; and Transposed Planes at LVL3, Chicago. Peter Shear lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
petershear.com

Mie Kongo grew up in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan and now lives and works in Evanston, Illinois where she makes multidisciplinary work: ceramic sculptures & installations, 2D work and porcelain designed objects.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the recent exhibitions Beyond Function at Arts at Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI;  Reformat: Digital Fabrication in Clay at Lillstreet Art Gallery and Circle in a Square at Hyde Park Art Center,  Chicago, IL; and Ceramics symposium – Intonation 2013 in Deidesheim Germany. She has been showing her porcelain products at Paul Kotula Projects, Ferndale MI and Room 406, Chicago IL. Mie has participated several international residencies including the Shigaraki Ceramics Center, Shiga, Japan; the European Ceramic Work Center, ‘sHertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Intonation 2013, Deidesheim, Germany.

Mie received BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Ceramics department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
miekongo.com

  • Peter Shear

    Dome (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 7 × 5 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Chop Shop (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Passing (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Thread Count (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Homme (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Nurse (2015)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, plastic, plexi-glass, 11 × 9 × 4 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, plastic, cotton, 7 × 12 × 2 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, Ren foam, acrylic paint, plastic, 16 × 10 × 6 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    porcelain, earthenware, glaze, plexi-glass, 7 × 9 × 5 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    15 × 14 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Ticonderoga (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Coast (2015)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Untitled (3) (2015)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Missing People (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Stress Test (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Mask (2015)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    porcelain, glaze, underglaze, plastic, foam, cotton, 15 × 8 × 2 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, earthenware, glaze, Mason’s line, 12 × 8 × 5 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, 22 × 15 × 4 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, underglaze, foam, 48 × 12 × 6 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, underglaze, wool felt, 5 × 8 × 2 inches

  • Mie Kongo

    Untitled (2016)

    wood, porcelain, glaze, plastic, cotton, 7 × 12 × 2 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Economics (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Untitled (5) (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Field Site (2015)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Untitled (2) (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Beekeeping (2015)

    acrylic on canvas, 10 × 8 inches

  • Peter Shear, Editions of You + Mie Kongo, Unknown Game Series

    Prop

  • Peter Shear

    Spacecraft (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 8 × 10 inches

  • Peter Shear

    Accident Report (2016)

    acrylic on canvas, 8 × 10 inches

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