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The Moments Bewtween
Averill + Bernard Leviton Gallery, Columbia College Chicago
January 25 - February 21, 2015
In The Moments Between, Rafael E. Vera’s new sculptures utilize building materials and domestic objects, which revel in a state of in between-ness and occupy ambiguous space relative to production and consumption. Fabricating his pallets, furniture and other objects entirely from scratch and combined with brand new pillows, cinder blocks or pallet trucks, these materials are sourced for artistic purposes alone. Soft surfaces meet hard edges where lightness and weight collude in works characterized as much by finesse as they are by heavy lifting. In this way, each sculpture is a proposal.
To provide discursive context for Vera’s practice, curator Jessica Cochran integrated into the exhibition additional works from Vera’s archive and by other artists, including: Jessica Bardsley, Jaclyn Jacunski, Kirsten Leenaars, and Sonja Thomsen.
Some Moments publication launch and curated performance event
Vera and Cochran collaborated on a limited edition artist's book released at a special event titled “Some Moments” on February 7. “Some Moments” was a curated invitational of performance, with words, movement and sound, followed by an artist talk and the launch of Vera’s artist’s book published by PIECRUST Publishing and commissioned for the exhibition. Participating artists include Victor Marquez Barrios, Rachel Foster, Becky Grajeda, and Erik L. Peterson.
Left: work by Jessica Bardsley Right: work by Rafael Vera
Left: work by Rafael E. Vera Right: work by Jaclyn Jacunski
Works by Rafael Vera (front); photograph by Sonja Thomsen (back corner)
Commissioned video by Kirsten Leenaars