Laurence Miller Gallery
Expo Chicago 2015, September 17th-20th
Presenting Toshio Shibata and Paul Narkiewicz
The photographs of Toshio Shibata convey a powerful drama generated by the conflict of natural forces against man-made structures. Shibata began his career in Japan, and the photographs he made there explore the inherent visual contradictions of a land relinquishing its natural resources to structures meant to contain and preserve them. He was given a fellowship to come to America in 1996, and made extraordinary pictures here that reflect an unmistakable Japanese aesthetic.
Paul Narkiewicz was born in 1937 in Easton, PA, and studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art in the early 1960's. After moving to New York City in 1966, in addition to painting and sculpture, he also pursued printmaking and worked with many notable artists including Alex Katz, Red Grooms, Yvonne Jackette, and Romare Bearden. In 2010, Narkiewicz began to prolifically make intimately scaled ceramic figurative sculptures. He debuted this body of work with the show Census in May 2015 at Laurence Miller Gallery.
EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world.
With EXPO CHICAGO as the centerpiece, EXPO ART WEEK (September 14–20, 2015) is presented in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization, and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). This citywide celebration of arts and culture features an unprecedented number of institutional alignments and highlighted special events by the city’s most prestigious museums, non-profit organizations, and galleries, making the city a must-visit destination on the international arts calendar.
EXPO CHICAGO will take place September 17-20, 2015.