Melissa Oresky, Ball Melissa Oresky, BrownMelissa Oresky, Swept Melissa Oresky, AurichalciteMelissa Oresky, ApatiteBob Jones

Bob Jones
DriftJohn Neff, Preparatory drawing for 21st Centry WorkerJohn Neff, Preparatory drawing for 21st Centry WorkerAnn Toebbe, Ich Weiss Nicht Mehr GenauHarold Mendez, A Teenage Love That Didn't Feel No Hurt Yet, DetailHarold Mendez, A Teenage Love That Didn't Feel No Hurt Yet, DetailHarold MendezHarold Mendez, Look Around YouMindy Rose, Dream Weaver AbrahamMindy Rose, Dream Weaver Abraham, DetailStep Chunk, Scott WolniakScott Wolniak, StickScott Wolniak, Stick 2Scott Wolniak, PeanutsScott Wolniak, Peanuts 2Isak Applin, DuneIsak Applin
(Nine Artists From Chicago)
Curated by William Staples
September 18th - October 9th 2010

Opening Reception September 18th
7 - 10 PM

Isak Applin
Andreas Fischer
Bob Jones
Harold Mendez
John Neff
Melissa Oresky
Mindy Rose Schwartz
Ann Toebbe
Scott Wolniak


This exhibit does not have a theme and there are no shared criteria amongst the individuals represented here. Simply, this is a collection of contemporary artists showing in Chicago who I believe produce inventive and engaging works. In my view this is enough justification for putting together an exhibition. That is not to say that after the curatorial process that connections between these artists weren’t discovered; but rather, the initial motive was to bring together people whose careers I’ve been following for a number of years. If there was a selection criterion it was as follows: one, these artists make objects from malleable materials and that they invest in an exploratory critical approach to their art practice; two, with each viewing of their creative output I found myself wanting to see more and was intrigued about their future development, and finally, to present a sampling of the artistic energy occurring in Chicago.

I do not feel more needs to be said. Sometimes words seem inadequate when describing a visual art experience. The art here will speak for itself.

William Staples