Andreas Fischer: Are You OK?

October 14 – November 17, 2018

Curated by Freeark Gallery Director Claudine Isé

Artist’s Talk: Saturday, November 10, 3-5pm

“Are You OK?” continues Chicago artist Andreas Fischer’s longstanding inquiry into the meanings, roles, pleasures and possibilities of painting today. In a recent artist’s statement, Fischer writes that “confusion is all we really have, particularly about the everyday – the usual, the common – mainly because they seem so neutral. Nothing is neutral, right? There is also confusion about whether qualifications of those concepts resist exploding well enough for them to mean anything. Your everyday is not our everyday. Can we talk about this?” Fischer’s exhibition at RAC stages the conversation these words invite. Each of Fischer’s paintings is a conundrum, positing itself simultaneously as a mirror, a window, an arena, as a form of escape and an indexical confrontation with who he, the artist, and we, his viewers, think we are. So too, Fischer’s paintings put forth propositions, statements, mixed-messages, affirmations, apologies and perhaps most importantly,  a series of open-ended questions, starting with: ‘Are you OK?’  Which may in turn lead to other questions, like: ‘Is it ok for me to be me? For you to be you? For us to be ourselves, together?’  In this way, Fischer’s paintings combine the metaphorical, the lyrical and the literal as they enact the questions and struggles of what it means to be human together, with and through the medium of painting.

–Claudine Isé, Director, Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden

Top image caption:
Andreas Fischer, “Phillip Drummond explaining to Willis and Arnold that his ancestor bought and sold their ancestors,” 2018. Acrylic, pencil, cut fabric, and oil on canvas.

Images from the exhibition:

Artist’s Bio

Andreas Fischer has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Hudson Franklin, New York; Dan Devening, Chicago; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago; and Zolla Lieberman, Chicago. He has participated in projects and exhibitions at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; Regina Rex, New York; Green Point Terminal, New York; Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles; LaMontagne, Boston; Hungryman, San Francisco; Important Projects, Oakland, CA; Chicago Cultural Center; and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, among others.  He has been a resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York and is an Artadia award winner.  Fischer has a BFA in Studio Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Art History from The University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sarah and Joseph Belknap: We are Beasts

On view October 14 through the month of December, 2018.


Installation view of “We Are Beasts” by Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Exhibition curated by Freeark Gallery Director Claudine Isé

Opening reception is Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3-6pm
*Stay tuned for information on upcoming artists’ talks in conjunction with the shows
The Riverside Arts Center’s Freeark Gallery and Sculpture Garden is pleased to announce a new outdoor installation by Sarah and Joseph Belknap, titled We Are Beasts. The exhibition is organizaed by Claudine Isé, Director of the Riverside Art Center’s Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden.

With the Belknap’s We are Beasts, questions of what–and where–our humanity has brought  turn outward, towards the Cosmos. The Chicago-based artists will install a new installation of wildly colorful, grand-scale “meteorites” in various arrested positions. Here, the Belknaps present viewers with a field of strikingly poetic objects that posit terrestrial bodies–in this case, our own human bodies and the trees, rocks and other foliage of the Sculpture Garden — in provocative relation to minor celestial bodies like meteorites, which we normally think of as impossibly far away in time and space.

–Claudine Isé, Director, Freeark Gallery + Sculpture Garden

Image caption:
Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap, artists’ rendering of We Are Beasts for RAC Sculpture Garden.

Artists’ Bios

Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap are Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists and educators who received their MFAs from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working as a team since 2008, their art has been exhibited in artist-run exhibition spaces in Springfield, Brooklyn, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis. In addition, they have presented performances at institutions throughout Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Links Hall, and the MCA. Their work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art, The Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Western Exhibitions, and solo shows at The Arts Club of Chicago and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.