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Rustle up a Plume of Silt
Reception Opening

Friday, May 3, 2024 from 5-8pm

Work by

Abraham Cone

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to announce Rustle up a Plume of Silt, a solo exhibition by 2023-24 BOLT Resident Abraham Cone.

Rustle up a Plume of Silt culminates fourteen months of image-making undertaken during Cone’s BOLT Residency. Works span large-format painting, paper-making, etching, collage, and garland making. Wafting tendrils gust across media and between works, joining materials Cone has gleaned and held to his bosom: desiccated plants accumulate into handmade papers; walnut hulls are fermented into inks; sandstone is mulled into paint. In the fusing of vegetable and mineral pigments with hide glues and oils, there is also a binding together of sacred friendships, and relations with the more than human.

Featured in the exhibition is a small edition of etchings, printed in collaboration with Pigeonhole Press on paper made with plant fibers gathered across the midwest.

The opening reception will be on May 3 from 5-8pm.

Image: Abraham Cone, Into Glacial Lakes; Out of Gravel Mines, 2023, Oil paint, walnut ink, watercolor, hide glue on linen on panel, 8” x 10” x 3”

About Artists
2023 - 2024
Abraham Cone

Abraham Cone (b. 1998, MI) works out of the poetic tension between the ground of painting and the ground under his feet, moving conceptually and physically between floor and wall. Human touch is channeled into canvas through intimate caresses of brush. Abraham besets forms in pattern, and figures lightly graze one another amidst synchronized movement. Materials are often gathered through gift economies, becoming works which are more than the sum of their parts. Image-making is Abraham’s conduit for joining people with places in reciprocity—conjuring relational space through pictorial space.

Familial relations with land by way of farming beget Abraham’s interest in agrarian rituals. Fields, woods, and lakes are sites for solitude, platonic fellowship, and homoerotic encounter: in life as in image. Color becomes permeable by way of optical-mixing, softly melding figure with ground in luminosity. Large-format paintings produce more than optical encounters: physical encounters. Abraham vaporously builds atmosphere layer upon layer with soft gestures according to his heart.

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