-515 GALLERY PRESENTS –
Artists: Wayne Bertola and Kevin Riordan
October 6 – November 17, 2018
Meet the Artists
Anything that is strange, accidental, individual can become our portal to the universe. A face, a star, a stretch of countryside, an old tree, etc., may make an epoch in our inner lives. – This is the great reality of fetish worship. Novalis, Neue Fragmente, No. 259
In response to questions concerning my training and schooling etc., I am, for lack of a better term, self-taught. It is my hope that the
work in question speaks for itself, in its own voice, without being burdened with autobiographical and or didactic references. If the work in question has any meaning in the accepted sense it is in its ability to combine found objects and images – the discarded debris of the once-functional and the most humble of materials – in such a manner as to demonstrate their capacity for transformation into objects that by the response they generate engage the viewer in a creative dialogue of association, allusion, and reverie beyond the limitations of the utilitarian and preconceived notions of what is worthy of “notice” and what constitutes “value”.
These works represent an encapsulation of my idealized view of Chicago, long on longing, short on patience. The street scenes and structures are all based on real locations though many have been inaccurately remembered, demolished or altered, and I take the liberty to exclude anything I don’t much like. If my view of the past is idealized, it is mostly because the city around me holds so much less that fascinates me than it used to. I began drawing and painting about ten years ago after decades of making more mechanical art. In addition to collaborative publishing projects, this my third two man show with Wayne.
Kevin Riordan is a life-long Chicagoan, graphic artist and arts enthusiast. He published Stare magazine for 15 years beginning in 1976 and has created over a dozen other artists books..My work is my gift. I give it freely.
Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you are an artist and wish to show at the 515 GALLERY,
please submit your proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org.