Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chris Ware: Building Stories

Chris Ware: Building Stories at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...In these drawings, Chris Ware imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other’s company another minute; and the building’s landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades. Each drawing details the inner life of these neighbors; their thoughts, ambitions, daydreams, second guesses, and real life interactions are scrutinized and in some cases amplified into seemingly monumental events. In his drawings, Ware speeds and slows time, stops it, and can even seem to run it backward, revisiting and revising recent events, or sideways, incorporating alternative accounts of what’s happening. All this is done with utmost precision. ii For the exhibition, Ware is also producing a special edition of prints that can be assembled to make a model of the building." Also... Building Stories at Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York.