Art Season Kick-Off: West Loop Gallery Hop

Cayetano Ferrer at ThreeWalls

Hitting up galleries on the “season kick-off” night, September 7, was like going to the Cubs home opener—jam-packed with enthusiastic fans who couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of what’s in store. Art students showed up in decorative outfits; wealthy collectors breezed through their favorite galleries, looking for their next purchase; and art critics came out to scope out their next story subject. Everyone had their own motives, but they all came to enjoy new art, sip free wine and schmooze with creative folk.

Before the night ended, we trekked down to NavtaSchulz Gallery and gescheidle gallery’s new space. Though I’m not a huge fan of abstract work, I enjoyed Lester Schwartz’s showing of works from 1984–1994, which used blue color palettes to evoke site-specific environments of Guatemalan nature in “Sea, Foliage and Shadow, Guatemala, 1980.” Upstairs at gescheidle, a group show of work by the gallery’s artists included Peregrine Honig‘s mixed-media drawing of a robin saying “Skinny Bitch!” to a little bluebird nearby. Honig left the piece purposely unfinished and inserted a paint-by-numbers outline of the surrounding flowers and tree branch.

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