Ruins

Daniel Baird and Russell Leng

September 10 - October 23, 2011
Chicago, IL

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Ruins

Daniel Baird and Russell Leng

September 10 - October 23, 2011
Chicago, IL

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Ruins

Daniel Baird and Russell Leng

September 10 - October 23, 2011
Chicago, IL

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Ruins

Daniel Baird and Russell Leng

September 10 - October 23, 2011
Chicago, IL

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HungryMan Gallery Chicago, presents Ruins, an exhibition of works by Daniel G. Baird and paintings by Russell Leng.

Ruins examines the artist's practice as an exploration of civilization. Through expedition and inquiry, man has long studied the world around him and the worlds that came before him. Creating a context for the present and a vision for the future has always been a preoccupation of mankind. Through these journeys, artifacts are discovered and stories are told. Oftentimes these stories tell of the destruction of past cultures and the undeniable desolation of mankind in an ever expanding universe.

The resulting body of work reflects both past destruction and future possibilities through the act of discovery. Baird creates sculpture based on scientific history that invokes a somewhat child-like application. He uses video to reflect the inherent juxtaposition of destruction and hope in man's ongoing exploration of the world around him. Leng employs the materiality of paint to create relics from an imagined landscape. These glimpses into future environments aim to confront the viewer's perception and their understanding of landscape from within the painting tradition.

Daniel G. Baird is an artist living and working in Chicago. He earned his B.F.A at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his M.F.A. at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been featured in numerous group shows, as well as online and print publications. Baird has most recently shown at Pentagon Gallery in Chicago and Janus Project in Brooklyn.

Russell Leng is an emerging artist living in Vancouver.He holds a B.A. in Art from Trinity Western University,and has exhibited throughout British Columbia and the United States. He has most recently shown at HungryMan Gallery San Francisco, Catalog Gallery and Crying Room Mural Projects, both in Vancouver, Parts Gallery in Toronto, and Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco. He has been featured in numerous group shows, as well as online and print publications. Russell will be begin pursuing his MFA at the Edinburgh College of Art in the United Kingdom come Fall 2012.

September 10 — October 23, 2011

Opening Reception 7-10pm, September 10