DARKROOM: MoCP's 2013 Benefit Auction

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Jason Lazarus, Untitled (Dave), from the Nirvana series, 2007
Archival pigment print, hand applied text
21X37
Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Rafacz gallery

Retail Price: $4,500
Starting Bid: $1,800

Jason Lazarus is a Chicago based artist, curator, writer, and educator who received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bank of America LaSalle Photography Collection, and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others. Major exhibitions include Black Is, Black Ain’t at the Renaissance Society, On the Scene at the Art Institute of Chicago, Not the Way You Remembered at the Queens Museum of Art, Image Search at PPOW Gallery in NYC, Michael Jackson Doesn’t Quit, Part 3 at the Future Gallery, Berlin, Self Portrait as an Artist at Kaune Sudendorf in Cologne, Germany, and Tiny Vices at Studio Bee in Tokyo, Japan. Lazarus’s solo exhibitions include Recordings at D3 Projects in Los Angeles, Orion over Baghdad at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago, Your Time is Gonna Come at Illinois State University, and an upcoming solo exhibition in the spring of 2013 at the MCA Chicago: BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus. He also recently became Co-Director of Chicago Artist Writers.

Lazarus’s work often uses appropriated imagery, which is the case for his series Nirvana. Participants in the project offer their photographs of loved ones, friends, or estranged relatives who introduced them to the popular ‘90s grunge band and write a paragraph describing their experience. Here, Untitled (Dave) depicts a young man described as the contributor’s “cover boyfriend.”

Jeremy Bolen, In the fountain at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, 2011Archival Pigment Print52X42Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Rafacz Gallery
Retail price: $5,000Starting Bid: $2,000


Chicago artist Jeremy Bolen received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He was included in Ground Floor at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center in 2012 and exhibited at the 2012 UNTITLED art fair in Miami, with Andrew Rafacz Gallery. He is included in numerous private collections as well as the Progressive collection.
Through an application of experimental photographic techniques, Bolen explores the tension between traditional representation and invisible phenomena. He uses water, soil, unexposed film, and self-designed multi-lens cameras in order to capture events beyond human perception.

Jeremy Bolen, In the fountain at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, 2011
Archival Pigment Print
52X42
Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Retail price: $5,000
Starting Bid: $2,000

Chicago artist Jeremy Bolen received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He was included in Ground Floor at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center in 2012 and exhibited at the 2012 UNTITLED art fair in Miami, with Andrew Rafacz Gallery. He is included in numerous private collections as well as the Progressive collection.

Through an application of experimental photographic techniques, Bolen explores the tension between traditional representation and invisible phenomena. He uses water, soil, unexposed film, and self-designed multi-lens cameras in order to capture events beyond human perception.

Ellen Carey, Dings and Shadows, 2012Color Photogram40X30”Courtesy of the artist and Jayne H. Baum Gallery
Retail Price: $10,000Starting Bid: $4,000

Ellen Carey’s artworks have been the subject of 46 one-person exhibitions between 1978 and 2012, in art and photography museums such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut and the International Center of Photography; alternative spaces like Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, and Real Art Ways, Connecticut; and commercial galleries such as Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, she has also been included in several hundred group exhibitions––accompanied by many reviews, catalogues, and books. Curator and critic Lyle Rexer has called Carey “one of this country’s most committed experimental photographers.”
Carey’s concepts and images begin with light. Through acknowledging it as the primary agent in all photography, Carey’s work uses light in tandem with themes of mourning, love, and loss. Her pictures offer a high visual impact and demonstrate a variety of experiments in process and palette, often using photographic color theory to produce challenging and innovative artwork. Carey’s Dings & Shadows“blow up” forms and colors in abstract compositions that utilize penlights.

Ellen Carey, Dings and Shadows, 2012
Color Photogram
40X30”
Courtesy of the artist and Jayne H. Baum Gallery

Retail Price: $10,000
Starting Bid: $4,000

Ellen Carey’s artworks have been the subject of 46 one-person exhibitions between 1978 and 2012, in art and photography museums such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut and the International Center of Photography; alternative spaces like Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, and Real Art Ways, Connecticut; and commercial galleries such as Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, she has also been included in several hundred group exhibitions––accompanied by many reviews, catalogues, and books. Curator and critic Lyle Rexer has called Carey “one of this country’s most committed experimental photographers.”

Carey’s concepts and images begin with light. Through acknowledging it as the primary agent in all photography, Carey’s work uses light in tandem with themes of mourning, love, and loss. Her pictures offer a high visual impact and demonstrate a variety of experiments in process and palette, often using photographic color theory to produce challenging and innovative artwork. Carey’s Dings & Shadows“blow up” forms and colors in abstract compositions that utilize penlights.

Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP#406 (Mexico), 2010
Unique Silver Gelatin Paper Negative
4x5”
Courtesy of Stephen Wirtz Gallery

Retail Price: $3,000
Starting Bid: $1,200 

San Francisco artist Chris McCaw spent his early years photographing the punk/skateboarding scene and later received a BFA from the Academy of Art College in 1995. His work has been shown at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Houston Center for Photography; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, among others. McCaw was recently the recipient of an Andy Warhol/Southern Exposure Grant. His work is in the collections of the George Eastman House, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, University of Texas; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego and many private collections.

 

For the past several years McCaw has been experimenting with the sun’s affect on light sensitive negatives and paper. In the series Sunburned, McCaw experiments with long exposure times, while his camera is focused clearly on the sun. In each image, the sun leaves it’s permanent burnt path burned directly onto the negative. The works explore the act of creation and destruction, that all take place within the camera. 

Bob Thall, Detroit, 2012
Gelatin Silver Print
16X20”
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,200
Starting Bid: $500

Bob Thall was born in Chicago and later received a BA and MFA in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Thall is a recipient of a 1998 John F. Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The New American Village pictures were shown in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1999. His photographs are included in many collections, including: the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Los Angeles; the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has been a professor of photography since 1976 at Columbia College Chicago and is formerly chair of the photography department.

Thall is known for formally rigorous and deadpan portrayals of the urban and suburban landscape in Chicago. For decades, he has turned his view camera on Chicago with increasing “sophistication and adventurousness,” according to historian Peter Bacon Hales. For the first time ever, Thall depicts a different type of city in his newest images from the series Detroit.

Thall’s work was last exhibited at the MoCP as part of Jan Tichy’s exploration of the permanent collection in fall 2012.

Terry Evans Helicopter Ride and Commission

One lucky person will join artist Terry Evans, recipient of the MoCP’s inaugural Silver Camera Award, on a helicopter ride. Following the flight, Evans will provide the patron with a print from your trip; created from the shared sights and discoveries of this special opportunity.

Retail: $7000

Starting Bid: $3,500

Christopher Meerdo, Svartsengi, Iceland, 2012
Archival Inkjet Print
12X18 each
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,500
Starting Bid: $600 

Christopher Meerdo is a Chicago-based artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent time in post-Soviet Lithuania as a teenager. Meerdo is a recent recipient of an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in Reykjavik, Nottingham, Seattle, Toronto, New York, and Chicago. Recent local exhibitions include shows at Gallery 400, The Hyde Park Art Center, Roxaboxen and Roots & Culture. Meerdo was recently an artist-in-residence at the SIM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland and currently teaches photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Svartsengi, Iceland is from Meerdo’s newest series of images created during his time in Iceland. Meerdo’s interest in the post-Photoshop notions of photography drove him to create this work in order to push the boundaries of our understanding of truth. He used reflective tape in order to physically draw upon the Icelandic landscape, creating seamless imagery we have to question whether or not truly can or does exist.

Sandro Commission
Enjoy a personal portrait session with photographer and filmmaker, Sandro. The auction price includes a portrait session with Sandro for 1 or 2 sitters, the print of the resulting portrait, as well as hair and makeup artists and wardrobe stylist. In addition, the winning bidder will receive a signed copy of Sandro’s book, Sandro : Raw : Steppenwolf which includes an 8x10 print of Gary Sinise signed by Sandro.

Retail value: $12,000.  
Starting Bid: $3,500.

Julie Blackmon, Baby Toss, 2009
Archival Pigment Print
22X29”
Courtesy of the artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery

Retail Price: $4,400
Starting Bid: $2,000

Julie Blackmon was born in Springfield, Missouri and studied art education and photography at Southwest Missouri State University. Blackmon is the recipient of numerous awards, including American Photo’s Emerging Photographer of 2008 and first place in the Santa Fe Center for Photography Project Competition for Domestic Vacations in 2006. Notable exhibitions include Paris Photo (with both Robert Mann Gallery, New York and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston) as well as many solo shows with her Chicago representative Catherine Edelman.

Blackmon’s personal experience as the oldest of nine children and a mother of three informs her whimsical, painstakingly constructed photographs, which celebrate the domestic sphere and draw inspiration from the extremely formal, detailed, and staged portraits of the Dutch masters.We live in a culture where we are both ‘child-centered’ and ‘self-obsessed,’” Blackmon says. “The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate.” The digitally manipulated image Baby Toss exemplifies the artfully composed, occasionally quite surreal quality of her work.

Latitude directly supports emerging and established artists by providing access to advanced digital media equipment, a professional production space, and a curriculum dedicated to real-world workflows and contemporary theory. 

 

Retail Price: $2,500 worth of printing services. 
Starting Bid: $1,000

Victor Skrebneski, Resting Cloud from the Homage to Magritte series, 2010
Archival Pigment Print 
35X29 1/4”
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $7,500
Starting Bid: $3,000

Chicago-based photographer Victor Skrebneski is known for his highly stylistic and glamorous fashion and advertising photography, for sensuous and sculptural nude studies, and for casually elegant portraits of friends and the famous––including David Bowie, Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn, and Andy Warhol.

Born in 1929, Victor Skrebneski attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (1943) and the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (1947-49). Perhaps most famous for his commercial work for the cosmetic company Estee Lauder, Skrebneski has also photographed for numerous magazines and fashion houses. His photographs are exhibited and collected widely; a fifty-year retrospective of his work was organized by the MoCP in 1999.

Skrebneski is creating unforgettable images well into his eighties, as Resting Cloud from the Homage to Magritte series (2010) suggests. His nod to the Belgian Surrealist painter is a direct reference to works like The Son of Man (1964), in which Magritte paints himself as a businessman in a bowler hat, his face obscured by a green apple. In the equally composed world of Skrebneski’s legendary LaSalle Street studio, the iconic hat has been freed and it alights instead upon an idyllic, fluffy cloud.

Victoria Sambunaris, Untitled, Santa Elena Canyon, Big Ben National Park, Texas, 2010
Chromogenic Print
24x30”
Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery

Retail Price: $3,000
Starting Bid: $1,200 

Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. She was the recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Lannan Foundation.

For more than a decade, Sambunaris has navigated the United States with a large wooden five-by-seven field camera. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape.  Recently, she has focused on the US/Mexican border, photographing the intersection of geology, politics and culture along the volatile international boundary.

Sambunaris’ work is currently on display at the MoCP in the exhibition Taxonomy of a Landscape (through March 31).

Jan Tichy, Untitled, 2012
Photo etching
20X24”
Courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery

Retail Price: $600
Starting Bid: $300 

Czech artist Jan Tichy is well-versed in the mediums of video, sculpture, architecture, sound and photography. Often he combines them to create formal and minimalist installations with a subjective narrative. Born in Prague, he moved to Israel in the mid 1990s. After studying Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tichy studied photography at Musrara School of Photography in Jerusalem and Advanced Studies in Art at Bezalel Academy in Tel Aviv. In 2007 he moved to Chicago where he earned an MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Center for Contemporary Art-Tel Aviv, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, the Spertus Museum, Chicago, and the MoCP (where he created a site-specific exhibition that explored the Museum’s collection). Over the past three years his work has been included in exhibitions in Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Venice, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, New York, Portland and Washington, D.C. Tichy’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Magasin 3 Stockholm Kunsthall; MoBY - Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam and Spertus Museum, Chicago.

Jan Tichy often works with social and political themes and utilizes the Internet as a research tool. To create this untitled photo etching from 2012, Tichy conducted a search in Google Earth for the term “oil” and discovered the source image for this work: two oil tankers, loaded with oil and docked offshore to deliver their cargo via underwater pipeline. His black-and-white negative treatment of the subject evokes both Tichy’s interest in minimalism as well as his critique of powerful institutions––whether in the realm of government, technology, or the arts.

Jan Theun van Rees, Unity Temple - Oak Park, 2005
Archival Pigment Print
35X28”
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $800
Starting Bid: $300

Dutch photographer Jan Theun Van Rees took up photography as a principal interest in 1997 by photographing the crawl space underneath his studio. Subsequently he explored the hidden spaces at the Amsterdam Municipal Theatre, which was presented in 2002 as a site-specific installation of large photographs. Since 2003, Van Rees has been working alternately in Amsterdam and Chicago. In Amsterdam he focuses on dismantled spaces in cultural institutions, which has resulted in several commissions, including the Stedelijk Museum, Museum of Jewish History, and the City Archive; while in Chicago he continues to photograph hidden spaces. In 2007 Van Rees’s monograph One Wall Away: Chicago’s Hidden Spaces was published by US Equities in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where he had an exhibition with the same title.

Van Rees says that these spaces are “structures that were never intended to be seen, much less photographed. The hidden space I was able to photograph––not perceived by most observers as part of the overall design––are the negative spaces.” In works like Unity Temple – Oak Park, 2005, van Rees breaks through the conventions of architectural photography and delves beneath the visible skin of iconic buildings like this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. Whereas many of the artists’ crawlspace explorations reveal chaos and asymmetry, this image mirrors the serene organic architecture of Wright’s signature structures.