forest, James ChronisterJames Chronister, “Hemlock Grove I,” 2013, Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 inches

Exhibition Dates: February 15th – March 29th, 2014

Opening Reception: February 15, 2014 | 5-8 PM

Eleanor Harwood Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions opening this February, Bitterroot featuring five new paintings by James Chronister and Glass featuring five new mixed-media works by Alika Cooper, in the gallery’s back room Project Space.

The simultaneous exhibitions contrast the two artists work, both of which make use of the grey scale spectrum and photographically sourced imagery, while offering viewers the opportunity to experience each unique body of work individually. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artists on February 15th, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM.

In his third solo show with the gallery, James Chronister continues his nuanced exploration of themes relating to nostalgia and his own upbringing through his photorealistic paintings of landscapes and rock n’ roll icons. The seemingly disparate genres are united through their personal significance to the artist, who aims to create an atmosphere evocative of adolescent experimentation and marvel. The work, created through Chronister’s technically dense and laborious process of hand painting imagery sourced from half-tone style printing, presents snapshots of the scenes and figures that influence our interpretation of themes like freedom and rebellion, essential qualities in the coming of age narrative. The titleBitterroot, a Montana native plant, alludes to the Montana born artist’s view of the show as a homecoming and a final revisiting of influences as he shifts his focus and embarks on a new experimental phase in his practice.

Alika Cooper returns to the gallery with a second solo show of paintings made of collaged fabric. Appropriating imagery from photographers who range from Irving Penn to Ellen Auerbach, the paintings use an innovative layering technique to move between abstraction and figuration in a way that simultaneously addresses the histories of painting and photography. Cooper deconstructs depictions of women in the art historical and fashion canons to analyze not only archetypal modes and representations of femininity, but larger ideas of perception as well. Her newest work examines the modernist fundamentals of image making, working with gradients of tone in grayscale, the color range essential to depicting depth and volume in black and white imagery. Cooper’s choice to use only readymade ‘fade’ pattern fabric allows her to work like a photographer to adjust images through light and contrast. She manipulates her collages like a mirror or camera lens, zooming in and out the imagery to offer different perspectives. For the duration of the exhibition, the room will be painted entirely in grayscale, adding an immersive layer to the work and its graphic foregrounding of the female body.

Alika Cooper Beveled smAlika Cooper, “Tin and Mercury,” 2014, Fabric, Adhesive, stretcher bars, 16 x 14 inches

About the Artists

Alika Cooper was born in 1979 in Guam, and lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from California College of the Arts and has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Tracy Williams Ltd., New York, NY; MULHERIN, Toronto, Canada; and  Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA; among others as well as group exhibitions including ACME., Los Angeles, CA; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA; Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY; and The Torrance Art Museum, CA. Her work is held in several private and public collections.

James Chronister was born 1978 in Montana, and lives and works in San Francisco. He received his B.F.A. with High Honors from the University of Montana and his M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. His recent solo exhibitions include a survey show at Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA; with group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA and the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, among others. His work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

About Eleanor Harwood Gallery

The Eleanor Harwood Gallery opened September 2006. The programming of the gallery focuses on emerging to mid-career artists exhibiting nationally and internationally. The roster includes artists that are represented in major American collections, and the gallery actively promotes and encourages career growth for represented artists.

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