Geary is pleased present Unknown Repair Wave, a two-person exhibition featuring new work by Chicago-based artists Dan Devening and Andy Hall. Unknown Repair Wave brings together a collection of modestly sized drawings, paintings, and work on silk. The two artists work primarily in abstraction, searching for subtle ways in which the work confronts the viewer peripherally. Devening employs the use of bold shapes and colors that recall the iconography of flags to conjure cancellation rather than collectivism. His playful use of rudimentary shapes, symbols, and flattened colors at once recalls a child-like approach to construction, and design influences like the Bauhaus, Massimo Vignelli, and Max Huber.
Andy Hall’s dyed silk collage is produced in his studio in precise idiosyncratic steps involving painting stripes onto pink foam slab and transferring them onto silk- a process which Hall colloquially refers to as a ‘Goo-Transfer’. Hall then steam-sets the dyed silk, and cuts and pieces the fragments into new compositions. The stripes that are rendered in his stretched works reverberate with the rhythmic mark-marking of the transfers. Together, these two makers present compositions of shape and color that emphasize process and material, and a journey as valuable as a destination.
Andy Hall is an artist, musician, and arts educator based in Chicago Illinois. His work has been featured at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Elephant (Los Angeles), and the American Craft Council (Minneapolis), and has been featured in New American Paintings, Core 77, Artsy, and Interior Design Magazine. This is Hall's third exhibition with Geary.
Dan Devening is an artist and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Most recently, Devening's work has been exhibited at Grolle Pass:projects (Germany), 65Grand (Chicago), LVL3 (Chicago), Chicago Artists Coalition, and Seerveld Gallery at Trinity College (Palos Heights, IL). Devening is the director of Devening Projects and Paris London Hong Kong, both in Chicago.