Chicago Art Review


MiniReview: Dan Attoe @ Western Exhibitions by Steve Ruiz
November 16, 2009, 5:56 pm
Filed under: Chicago, Reviews

(Note: I’m catching up on my backlog of shows I attended, photographed, and never wrote about. Enjoy the pictures and the brief summary.)

September’s main space at Western Exhibitions featured Paul Nudd, I had wanted to give Dan Attoe‘s show in the second space its own review. The show was quiet, stretching its three pieces for maximum effect and building an atmosphere of creepy, confident mystery. The central piece, Sea Kayakers (You Are Not Special) was actually a very similar to an image made by Robyn O’Neil (who was at the time showing across the hall at Tony Wight Gallery, reviewed here). However, while O’Neil’s Masses and masses rove a darkened pool; never is there laughter on this ship of fools contained almost the same content for a narrative purpose, Attoe’s use of the imagery seems more arbitrary and hallucinatory. That desert trip vibe carried through to the other two as well, which flashed clips of text and image like daily glimpses from a wounded nomad’s fever trek.

Dan Attoe, Sea Kayakers (You Are Not Special)

Dan Attoe, Sea Kayakers (You Are Not Special)

Dan Attoe, Sea Kayakers (You Are Not Special)

Dan Attoe, Sea Kayakers (You Are Not Special)

Dan Attoe, Monument Valley

Dan Attoe, Monument Valley

Dan Attoe, You Ruin our Time

Dan Attoe, You Ruin our Time

Dan Attoe‘s solo exhibition opened Friday, September 11th and closed Saturday, October 10th @ Western Exhibitions, 119 N Peoria St, Suite 2A.

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I enjoyed the Dan Attoe painting more than the drawings. I actually gave a presentation on Attoe’s work soon after that opening. Wish we could see more of his work in Chicago.

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