|Above: Johalla Projects' Anna Cerniglia, left, visiting with Daniel Shea, right, during the opening reception for Shea's solo show "A Prairie" at Andrew Rafacz Gallery on April 5, 2014.|
April 5 - May 10, 2014
Andrew Rafacz Gallery
835 W. Washington Boulevard
Chicago IL 60607
"Daniel Shea’s exhibition 'A Prairie' consists of works that speak to the potential of mythologizing an historical narrative. Examining the construction of this mythology specifically in southern Illinois, the artist creates a fictional narrative, grounded in reality, through stilted monuments.
The exhibition contains photographic extracts from two books, Blisner, Ill. and Blisner, IL which examine what has happened in a single Rust Belt town during the process of deindustrialization. In addition to these photographs, 'A Prairie' presents a new sculpture of a stoplight cast in concrete and a wall painting.
Encompassing a cinematic chronology that begins in rural pastures and ends with a symbol of infrastructure and the drive to order, 'A Prairie' condenses the mythology of early industrial America to its most salient elements. The work questions the perceived robustness of human progress against the backdrop of an inevitable entropy."
Quotation above from: http://www.andrewrafacz.com/exhibition.php?s_id=83
|Above: Daniel Shea's "Flag," 2014, concrete, 30 in x 10 in x 5.5 in, ed. of 3|
|Above: Heather Gabel, top, visiting with Meg Noe, bottom, during Daniel Shea's opening reception for "A Prairie" at Andrew Rafacz Gallery on April 5, 2014.|
|Above: Daniel Shea's "Leaf Flourish," 2014, acrylic applied to one corner of the gallery walls, 132 in x 9 in, (A stencil cut in the shape of an American Black Walnut frond?)|
|Above: Art critic Jason Foumberg, left, visiting with painter Gwendolyn Zabicki, right, during Daniel Shea's opening reception for "A Prairie" at Andrew Rafacz Gallery on April 5, 2014.|
|Above: Daniel Shea's "Prairie," diptych, 2013, print, acrylic, and white oak frame, 20 in x 14 in x 1 in, unique|
|Above: Scott Hunter, left, and Richard Renfro, right, at Andrew Rafacz Gallery on April 5, 2014.|
|Above: Daniel Shea's "Waterfall," 2012, print, acrylic, pickled white oak (frame not shown), 45 in x 53 in x 1.25 in, ed. of 3|
Images (1, 3, 5, 7) April 5, 2014;
Images (2, 4, 6, 8) April 10, 2014;
Copyright Paul E. Germanos, where not a slavish reproduction of the original artist's work.