Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

In the off space, Nick Ostoff is featured in Tracing, a solo exhibition of new paintings. In his work, Ostoff focuses on quotidian elements found in everyday life; through the process of painting, he transforms that overlooked and familiar visual phenomena in order to suggest absence. The work uses tracing as a metaphor for a practice arrived at through visual selection, editing and transcription, rather than pictorial invention. Each painting re-presents a fragment of an activated surface found within the quotidian sphere, ranging from textile patterns on household objects, to spray-painted marks on city streets, to cast shadows, to the incidental paint stains formed through studio activity. Often, the visual information is located on the margins of the picture plane, leaving a blank and voided center. The resulting paintings become traces of other traces, in which each brushstroke functions in a double register: ostensibly signifying the immediacy of the painterly process, while pointing to an original found mark—a referent that is already a temporally-distant trace. Ultimately, his aim is to use the vernacular of abstraction to suggest absence, loss and his own doubts about the primacy of authorial gestures.

Nick Ostoff was born in Los Gatos, California and spent much of his life in Toronto; he currently lives and works in Chicago. He received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1999 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, where he also won the George and Ann Segal Graduate Fellowship. He has received numerous grants and fellowships and his work has been reviewed in such Canadian periodicals as the Globe and Mail and Canadian Art Magazine. His work was recently included in group shows at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery (The Question of Their Content) and Adds Donna (duck/rabbit). Nick Ostoff is represented in Toronto by Diaz Contemporary; Tracing is his first solo exhibition in Chicago.

 

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    oil on paper, 12 × 9 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untited (2012)

    watercolor on paper, 12 × 9 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Fence (2012)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 24 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    watercolor on paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Remainder (2012)

    acrylic on canvas, 20 × 28 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Yellow Grid (2012)

    watercolor, gesso and pencil crayon on canvas, 30 × 24 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Window (2012)

    oil on canvas, 20 × 16 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2011)

    watercolor on paper, 18 × 14 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    oil on paper, 8 × 12 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    oil on paper, 7.5 × 11 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Missing Picture (2012)

    acrylic on canvas, 24 × 18 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Red Surface (2012)

    oil on linen, diptych, 16 × 24 overall

  • Nick Ostoff

    Installation view, Tracing, devening projects + editions, 2012

  • Nick Ostoff

    Installation view, Tracing, devening projects + editions, 2012

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2011)

    oil on canvas, 18 × 24 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2011)

    oil on panel, 16 × 20 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2011)

    oil on panel, 8.5 × 11.5 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Marks (2012)

    oil on linen, 20 × 24 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    watercolor on linen, 22 × 16 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    oil on linen, 24 × 18 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    oil on paper, 20 × 14 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Untitled (2012)

    gouache on paper, 11 × 5 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Weave (2012)

    oil on canvas, 24 × 18 inches

  • Nick Ostoff

    Basket (2012)

    oil on canvas, 16 × 22 inches

Current

K.R.F.

05.14.17 – 06.17.17

Archive

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

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