Lauren Feece | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Lauren Feece 

Lauren Feece's ten paintings at Lobby are suffused with the twin desires to touch the visible and memorialize the past. The woman in Reflection stands over a large globe strewn with pale leaves and flowers, her arms reaching out as if to embrace the whole world. In Tulips four women stand amid flowers whose color is echoed in swashes of pink in the background and on some of the figures. Like the other paintings, it's copied from a snapshot, but Feece has transformed the composition into something highly subjective. As she writes in her artist's statement, "Context is replaced by a sense of mystery." The figures in Reunion are seated under a blossoming tree, and their faces are mostly dark, making them suggestive more than immediate--like the background, which is carefully textured in some areas, solid white or colored in others. Feece mixes diverse styles in a single painting: some of the browns and greens above the seated woman in First Light resemble foliage, some reveal brushstrokes, and some suggest the effects of JPEG compression. By fusing the image of an actual event and references to the snapshot form and painted and digital imagery, Feece questions the degree to which we can grasp the seen world in an image-glutted age. Lobby, 731 N. Sangamon, through July 17. Hours are 12 to 5 Saturdays; 312-432-4327.

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