Chicago Art Review


B.C. MacEachran @ EbersB9 by Steve Ruiz
June 6, 2009, 8:44 pm
Filed under: Chicago, Openings, Reviews

Located above the Swim Cafe in Wicker Park, EbersB9 is the brand new, proof-of-dedication apartment gallery of Sara Ebers, SAIC grad, gallery assistant at Melanee Cooper, and all around friendly face in the active up and comers in the Chicago art scene, and Dominic Paul Moore, assistant director at Packer Schopf and a similarly active and up and coming face. The gallery’s first show featured Chicago/Alberta artist B.C. (Cameron) MacEachran‘s newest body of work, titled Shooting Stars.

B.C. MacEachran, You're Just a Shooting Star, Oil on Canvas

B.C. MacEachran, You're Just a Shooting Star, Oil on Canvas

Instantly recognizable as complex and articulately painted patterns, each painting nontheless reveals its complexity in surprising bursts. Perception jolts and coasts on each new realization – an upset within a pattern, a rotational shift buried in a horizontal symetry, the color repetition being upset by the offset of minute gradations, a painterly directional stroke pattern only revealed when seen at a certain angle, etc. By layering these multiple and incredibly subtle geometric and painterly effects into each work, MacEachran demonstrates his ability as an artist, his mastery of quiet color, and a deep and real  fascination with his visual material.

 

B.C. MacEachran, Cotton Candy, Oil on Panel

B.C. MacEachran, Cotton Candy, Oil on Panel

 

 

Though the show is a small one, the work addresses many realms of pattern. I was reminded of national symbols, tile installation, arabesques, and my own college-ruled explorations of the endlessly recursive pentagon.

 

B.C. MacEachran, Before and Between Canada, Oil on Canvas

B.C. MacEachran, Before and Between Canada, Oil on Canvas

 

My only complaint would the venue’s inability to showcase the underlying patters which can only be seen at a distance (or, thankfully, in a reduced digital image, as seen below). This bit of content in MacEachran’s work is mainly unavailable due to the size of the space, but the show survives well without it. If you can, bring a pair of children’s eyeballs to swap in half-way.

 

B.C. MacEachran, Before and Between Canada, Oil on Canvas

B.C. MacEachran, Before and Between Canada, Oil on Canvas

 

I give it a :

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7 (Happy College Dogs) point Four (Nonplussed College Dogs)

B.C. MacEachran’s Shooting Stars runs from May 8th through June 6th, 2009 at Ebersb9, 1359 W Chicago Ave.

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The show was: profound, adorable (petite sized), insightful and fun.

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