Deborah Boardman: Painter, &

Deborah Boardman: Painter, &
Hyde Park Art Center
November 11, 2-18 - February 29, 2019

View the catalog, featuring essays by Jessica Cochran, Kristin Korolowicz, Robert Metrick, and Tate Shaw

Through selected paintings, drawings, artists’ books, installation and media works, this exhibition considered and contextualized Deborah Boardman’s vibrant career as an artist primarily working in Chicago for over three decades.

This loosely chronological survey of works spanning from 1978 until 2015 charts Deborah Boardman’s evolution of practice. From calligraphic doodling, to depictions of studio, and vibratory plaids and patterns, the works here are exploratory and convergent. Together these paintings, drawings, books, and videos reveal the artist’s capacity to extract meaning from her subjects by embracing the messy, and inexorably complex nature of self and representation.

From her first series of handmade books, Stations of Mary (1987) to her first offset pamphlet, Memory and Influence (1992), Deborah Boardman embraced the expressive and narrative potential of the artist’s book. While her books often served as extensions of broader exhibition projects, she also produced several autonomous handmade books with original paintings and writings. These books,
in turn, sometimes staged sketches or studies for (and of) larger paintings or works on paper.

Generous support for the exhibition is also provided by the Boardman Family, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Joseph Ferguson, Jackie Kazarian, Peter Cunningham, and Marina & Roger Post.