Doug Fogelson & Monika Müller and others

July 10 – September 4, 2020

Opening Reception

Friday, July 10, 2020 12:00 – 7:00

Catherine Edelman Gallery

1637 W. Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60622

Most art making is a solitary process, void of outside voices, as a blank piece of paper or canvas is transformed into a work of art. But there has always been a rich history of art collectives: a group of artists who collaborate to create work. In the spirit of these collectives, Catherine Edelman Gallery presents “Photography & _____,” an exhibition that brings together photographers and other creatives to create one-of-a-kind pieces. CEG invited artists familiar to the gallery, including painters, writers and photographers, and asked each participant to reach out to a fellow artist to create a collaborative piece. There were no limitations placed on the work, except that photography must be incorporated into each piece.

The concept for “Photography & _____” started late last year, before anyone had heard of Covid-19. It now seems prophetic that after being closed for ten weeks, our first exhibition post stay-at-home is about collaboration. With everyone isolated at home, most of the participating artists relied on Zoom, Skype, and phone calls to create works of art. We are thrilled with the results  and thank the 30+ artists who are part of the exhibition.

SUPERIMPOSED/FALLING WATER are collaborative works synthesizing interpretations of a specific geographic area by two artists in their prospective mediums. The location is a mountain range in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland near the Rosenlaui Glacier Gorge, a place well known to Monika Müller (who is based in Switzerland) who recommended Doug Fogelson go there for a visit. After photographing natural vistas in the area Fogelson applied chemicals to his analog film to partially remove the imagery, a selection of those altered images were then printed and expanded upon by Müller via drawing in graphite. The process for each artist fluxuates in their perspective between personal memories of such a dramatic natural area and their own methods of generating (or removing) representational and abstract aspects of that experience.