Geary is pleased to present a selection of works by Vadis Turner and Kristine Woods at NADA's inaugural Chicago Invitational at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel from September 18-21. Following the opening of Vadis Turner's Megaliths at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs' Galleries of Contemporary Art, Turner presents a bold, monumental sculpture composed of bedsheets, pillow stuffing, charred wood, and resin in Geary's Chicago exhibition. Cascading tubular braids come together and fall apart in this fiery new work made with the transitory nature of the hotel room in mind. Turner's new framed collages on paper also are featured in the room.
Alongside Turner's sculpture, Geary presents a selection of Kristine Woods' sculptural works, including works from Woods' Stanzas series: amorphous papier-mache objects perched on steel armatures. Woods' enigmatic objects composed of felted wool, including Ground (proud trousers), and Duck Rabbit also are on view. Geary's presentation at the Chicago Invitational runs concurrently with Kristine Woods' first solo exhibition at the gallery, Sparkling or Still.
Together, Woods and Turner consider the nature of a domestic space with materiality, abstraction, and softness.
Vadis Turner is a mixed-media artist who explores the female experience, intergenerational wisdom, rites of passage, and gender roles through the lens of her family history in the southern United States. Turner creates lush abstract assemblage artworks embedded with narratives that assert the value of female experiences, informed by artist-organized intergenerational listening sessions. Turner received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculptors & Painters Award in 2016 and has exhibited across the US and abroad, including in the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; National Gallery, Prague; Andy Warhol Museum, Philadelphia; Frist Art Museum, Nashville; Bass Art Museum, Miami; and others. Turner will have a solo exhibition at Geary in Spring 2020.
Kristine Woods lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent shows include Such Is, a solo exhibition curated by Janice Guy at MBnb, NYC, New York (2019), Regarding & Regardless, a solo exhibition at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (2018), and The Portrait is Political, a group exhibition curated by Liz Collins at BRIC, Brooklyn, New York (2019). Woods spent the fall of 2018 in residency at Textilsetur Islands (Blonduos, Iceland), and is a recipient of a Creative Capital Artists Grant. Kristine Woods earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is full time faculty at The Maryland Institute College of Art. Woods' first solo exhibition with Geary, Sparkling or Still, is on view through October 2019.