Chicago artist to give talk at Hammond gallery

Lauren Ball is displaying her work at the SideCar Gallery in Hammond. 

Chicago-based artist Lauren Ball will give a gallery talk about her first solo show at the SideCar Gallery in Hammond next week.

Ball will discuss her "Resurface" exhibit at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at at 411 Huehn near the South Shore Line train station in Hammond. Light refreshments will be served.

Her paintings will be on display in SideCar, which is located in Curator Michael Kaysen's sidecar house in Hammond, through Oct. 7.

"The works shown are selected from a group of paintings and collages executed since 2016," SideCar said in a news release. "They are born out of a process primarily concerned with surface: the creation and refinement of the painting surface. From a formal and technical standpoint, Ball's paintings consist of rich surfaces, carefully prepared on linen or panel substrates, that have been built-up, sanded down, poured, layered and worked into."

Ball's works are meticulously created through an intricate process.

"Ball's painting process includes a recycling of abstract shapes and source imagery — a 'do-over' or 'redo,' SideCar said in the news release. "Abstract forms are first layered and reworked, using both digital and analog techniques, resulting in a series of inkjet printed on acetate collages and, ultimately, the paintings themselves. 'Resurfacing' could be said to be the process of transition, from the before surface to the after surface, including all of the complexities and possibilities that the in-between presents."

The gallery is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment.

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