Chicago artist exhibiting her work at Sidecar gallery

Lauren Ball's exhibit "Resurface" kicks off the fall season at SideCar gallery in Hammond.

Chicago artist Lauren Ball kicks off the 2017 fall season at the SideCar Gallery in Hammond with her "Resurface" exhibit.

Her first solo show at the gallery at 411 Huehn near the South Shore Line train station in Hammond opens this weekend, with an opening reception from 6  to 10 p.m. Saturday. Ball's paintings, which go through an intense process of resurfacing and refinement, will be on display through Oct. 7.

"Ball’s painting process includes a recycling of abstract shapes and source imagery — a 'do-over' or a 'redo' — which implies correction or repair." the gallery said in a statement. "Found photographs, nostalgic ephemera and objects may reappear throughout one's life. Someone or something disappears from your life only to reemerge months, sometimes years, later. Tastes, patterns and behaviors, both inside and outside of the studio, resurface. Resurfacing could be said to be the process of transition, from the before surface to the after surface, with all of the complexities and possibilities that the in-between presents."

Ball, a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, is a Visiting Artist in Residence at the Cortland School in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. She's displayed her work at galleries like The Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn, as well as in Chicago, Rome, and New Orleans.

"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," SideCar Gallery said in a statement. "Ultimately there are two distinct surfaces — the before and the after. There is the surface that the artist creates to make the painting, or the prepared surface, and then there is the finished surface, the end result."

SideCar, which is located in curator Michael Kaysen's sidecar house in Hammond, is open from 1  through 6 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment.


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