Eat Paint Studio celebrates its first year as a gallery and art studio. On view this month ‘Everything Is’ Emily Rapport’s recent paintings of Chicago’s urban landscape.
Opening: Friday, October 11, 6 – 9 pm
Show continues thru October 26
5036 N. Lincoln Ave.
The artist’s everyday scenes of houses, fast food restaurants, and “L” tracks are steeped in lush observation. Folds of Tyvek homewrap are painted as if they are majestic robes, vibrant sunsets transform soot colored snow in an industrial landscape to abstract passages of lavender, blue, and aqua paint.
Seen together, these expressive paintings of Chicago homes and landscapes become a composite neighborhood with a storied past. Emily melds observed reality with imagined narrative inviting the viewer to look more closely at the everyday world around them.
Many of the urban landscapes Emily paints are not typically “beautiful” or even pleasant; muddy construction sites fenced in fluorescent orange plastic, unkempt spindly limbs of urban trees framing the lonely parking lots of fast food restaurants. And yet, these scenes are described in a way that finds beauty in small moments. The artists hand, the (still) almost magical creation of a narrative illusion, requires the viewer to slow down and to really look.