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"Steve Barber, Richard Lange and Dimitar Manev"
2003-07-16 until 2003-08-30
Judy A Saslow Gallery
Chicago, IL, USA United States of America

Judy A Saslow Gallery in Chicago presents contemporary works during July and August. Steve Barber brings mixed media paintings to the exhibition. Richard Lange shows minimalist abstract works. Dimitar Manev uses collage to create abstract compositions. In the Living Room Gallery they premier 2 contemporary European artists: Pascal Hecker from Paris uses ink and coffee to stain paper to create ethereal abstracts; Christine Isperian from Lausanne uses only one color, cobalt blue, in her obsessive and haunting drawings.

Steve Barber, who lives, paints and teaches in Michigan, applies a mixture of oil paint and wax to a black board and then scratches away images and text. The result is a humorous cacophony of information that depicts his "fears, hopes, conflicts and desires".

Chicago-based artist Richard Lange uses unusual materials such as bondex and house-paint on canvas to create serene, minimalist abstract works. The critic Diane Seybert says of his paintings: "Lange’s approach is much closer to the eastern tradition of art (Zen Buddhist drawings, oriental calligraphy paintings) than to figurative, literal western traditions".

Ditmar Manev was born in Macedonia but relocated to Chicago in recent years. Manev uses bold color, collage and abstraction of figurative subjects in a unique yet classic style. He says, "In the field of painting, everything so far has been invented. I only watch and react by painting spontaneously…I have only intuition and this is the way I react.


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