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Bouquet No. 3, Doug Fogelson, 2012. Image courtesy of Linda Warren Gallery.
To lift your post-holiday spirits, head to Linda Warren Projects in the West Loop and browse two bursting-with-color art shows currently on view.
Childlike wonder was our initial reaction to ?Feast and Famine,? an exhibit of New York painter Shay Kun?s large, trippy, searingly vivid paintings of hot-air balloons floating through chaotic and bucolic settings. The sentimental elements and photographic perfection of Kun?s work give it an almost mass-produced quality, but his metaphors are actually darker--consider the fine line between hope and despair.
In another room, Chicago artist Doug Fogelson?s ?Potpourri? series makes a similarly delightful first impression--the images depict bouquets of flowers awash in intense blues, purples, pinks and reds. (Limited-edition prints are $3,500 each.) But Fogelson is examining a favorite theme: climate change and how humans view our ?mastery? of nature in both egotistical and ultimately apocalyptic ways.
The centerpiece of Fogelson?s show is a six-foot acrylic fountain vase ringed with tubes that hold one stem each. Stocked with fresh blooms at the outset of the show, the piece--priced at $15,000 or available for special event rental after February 2--will be allowed to wilt as the weeks pass.
It?s potpourri in action, and it?s stunning.
Linda Warren Projects, 327 N. Aberdeen St.; 312-432-9500 or lindawarrengallery.com
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