Mogan Sims, Nightshade, Acrylic, 2020
Morgan Sims “Camouflage for Earth” | Jeffrey Michael Austin “Unnecessary Things”
Extended to June 27: Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our second solo show by Chicago-based artist Megan Sterling, this time in a dialogue with her partner Matt Bodett, and in the Project Room, our first show by Chicago-based sculptor Margie Criner, guest curated by Aron Packer Projects. In his recent series of paintings, Morgan Simsfuses his previously separate practices of neon and painting into a single approach, combining both media. These works explore randomness, color, and light, and seek to decouple the traditional impulse to orient the works, allowing the paintings to be displayed at any angle or direction. The resulting effect is one of shifting impressions, indeterminate effects, and alternating interpretations. Jeffrey Michael Austinhas an abiding fascination with the phenomenon of reflection. Whether a puddle, a mirror, or a glistening, slick, viscous surface, he works with materials that imitate and amplify reflective qualities. Simulacra of ordinary objects employ illusory effects to mediate and obscure reflectivity and invite interactivity with a large dose of caution and social critique, as climate change looms large in his messaging. This show runs concurrently with the show "Everything Must Go" at the Chicago Art Department, opening on April 10, which uses that space for communal conversation, educational programming and skill-sharing. Image: Morgan Sims, Nightshade, Acrylic, canvas, neon, argon, mercury, glass, 56 x 64”, 2020.