Natalie Krick: Natural Deceptions

Opening Reception Sunday, January 13, 3-6pm

Exhibition on view January 13 – February 16, 2019

Guest curated by Paul D’Amato

Natalie Krick, “Me posing as Mom posing as Marilyn,” 2014.

RAC is pleased to announce Natural Deceptions, the first solo exhibition in the Chicago area by Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick. Inspired by magazine spreads and celebrity pinups, Natural Deceptions is a biting yet witty sendup of popular portrayals of feminine beauty and sexuality. Krick’s photographs are fueled by a conflicting attraction and aversion to images of glamorous women. Along with her mother and sister, she poses for the camera, reimagining the highly formalized images that taught them what it meant to be beautiful. Krick favors a harsh flash and vivid color to accentuate the superficiality and the façade of glamour that are the hallmarks of fashion media. “My mother, my sister, and I perform for each other, for the camera, and ultimately for you,” says Krick. “We impersonate each other and ourselves, emulating imagery that taught us to be beautiful.” The resulting images, piercing portraits and fragmented studies of their stylized bodies, mimic the allure and artifice found in magazines while mocking the idea that such images are easy on the eyes. Krick’s charged photographs, enthralling as any glossy picture, portray beauty as at once synthetic, flawed, threatening, seductive and garish.

–Paul D’Amato, Guest Curator

Visit Skylark Editions to purchase the book Natalie Krick: Natural Deceptions

About the Artist

Natalie Krick (b. 1986, Portland, Oregon) currently lives in Seattle. She received her BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and her MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. She has recently exhibited at SOIL Gallery, Seattle; Webber Represents, London; Aperture Gallery, New York; and Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago. In 2015 she received an Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation.

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.