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The Art of Description - ISM Lockport Gallery

  The Art of Description   

The Art of Description

The Art of Description addresses how artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point, evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. The exhibition will focus on still life, landscape and portrait, with an emphasis on the quiet meditation of these subjects.

The exhibition takes a cue from Mark Doty's book The Art of Description, (Graywolf Press, 2010)—a book dedicated to descriptive writing in all its rich and enthralling exactitude. His question, how do we put the world in words? Doty suggests that poetic description is our diligent, continuous, subjective participation in the process of living—something that says as much about us as it does about what is shown.

'The artists selected', says exhibition curator Doug Stapleton, 'came to mind while reading Doty's book. All of them take on the clamoring world a distinctive and singular voice. What I perceive in common is a quiet and evocative economy, diligence to the singular moment, and an allowance for our own interpretation to reside in the work.'

Artists: Sandra Binion (Morton Grove), Peter Butterfield (Evanston), Steven Carrelli (Chicago), Richard Deutsch (Chicago), Laura Letinsky (Chicago), Tim Lowly (Chicago), Michael Mahoney (Macomb), Karen Perl (Evanston), Zach Sabin (Chicago)

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Exhibition will be on display from November 12, 2014 through April 3, 2015.

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