Only Connect

November 21 - February 13, 2021


Only Connect is inspired by a short epigraph found on the title page of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End as an essential reminder of the power of connection. In essence, this “connection” moves beyond the moral and social importance of the relationship between individuals and their backgrounds, and is something more private and essential: the personal and necessary value of connection and mutual understanding, regardless of time.  

This is an exhibition about the connections artists forge, the conversations they have, and the ways in which they lift each other up. The show presents ten pairings of artists who have connected in variety of diverse ways that express a desire to inspire and be inspired by each other. Some of these connections include a shared studio practice, material consciousness, conceptual underpinnings, sense of community or ethos, explorations outside the visual arts and educational connections.

This curated grouping composed of artists involved with Carrie Secrist Gallery presently and over the years examines connections and art that was made primarily during the disconnected time of 2020. With each collaborative effort, gender (like all artists) plays a role in their creative process but has little to no basis on why the work should be considered. Only Connect aspires to present an art world that feeds off of shared inspiration, dialogue and support for each other’s creative evolution.

Artwork

Liz Nielsen
Arctic Voyage

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
10 x 8 inches
11.75 x 9.75 inches, framed
LN-000001

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
38 x 30.5 inches
LS-000001

Liz Nielsen
Business Lady

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
10 x 8 inches
11.75 x 9.75 inches, framed
LN-000002

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
38 x 30.5 inches
LS-000002

Liz Nielsen
Cocktail Plant

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
10 x 8 inches
11.75 x 9.75 inches, framed
LN-000003

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
14 x 11 inches
LS-000003

Liz Nielsen
Out to Dinner with You

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
10 x 8 inches
11.75 x 9.75 inches, framed
LN-000005

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
14 x 11 inches
LS-000004

Liz Nielsen
Millenium Park, Chicago

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
8 x 10 inches
9.75 x 11.75 inches, framed
LN-000005

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
14 x 11 inches
LS-000005

Liz Nielsen
Picnic in the Meadow

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
8 x 10 inches
9.75 x 11.75 inches, framed
LN-000007

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
14 x 11 inches
LS-000006

Liz Nielsen
TV Landscape

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
8 x 10 inches
9.75 x 11.75 inches, framed
LN-000008

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
14 x 11 inches
LS-000007

Liz Nielsen
Pendant Plant

2020
Analog Chromogenic Photograms, on Fuji Lustre, Unique
10 x 8 inches
11.75 x 9.75 inches, framed
LN-000006

Lisa Solar
Untitled

2020
Ground pigment on paper
14 x 11 inches
LS-000008

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia
Circle

2017
Graphite, painted cardboard, and metal figurine on wall
33 inches diameter
LP2-000001

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia
Triangle

2017
Graphite, painted cardboard, and metal figurine on wall
31 x 38.5 inches
LP2-000002

To Paint White
Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia

2012
Cardboard, paint and figurine assemblage
18 x 21 x 3 inches
LP2-000003

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia
UNTITLED with fire

2017
Collage on paper
22.25 x 18 x 1 inches
LP2-000004

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia
Untitled with Helga

2020
Still image printed on archival cotton fiber paper
Images: 11 x 8.5 inches (paper size)
Portfolio size: 12 x 9 x .5 inches
Edition 16/20
Edition of 25 portfolios, numbered 1 to 20 plus 5 A.P.
LP2-000005

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia
The Riddle / Charada

2019
Digital Video
8:45 minutes
LP2-000006
Conceived and directed by Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia, with music by Sylvia Meyer and videography by Federico Lo Bianco.

The Riddle / Charada is an open narrative, based on a cast of inanimate figurines, that works as a question intentionally directed at the wit and humor of the viewer to resolve a mystery and surrender to the game.

To view 'The Riddle', scroll to the bottom of the page, or click VIDEO on the left.


Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 2

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000131



Sharmistha Ray
Cosmic Earth

2020
Automatic writing with colored pens, markers, Dollar Store tape, and stationery stickers on archival sketchbook paper
11.75 x 8.25 inches
14 x 10.5 inches, framed
SR-000001

Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 7

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000136

Sharmistha Ray
everythinghascometopass

2020
Automatic writing with colored pens, markers, stickers and washi tape on archival sketchbook paper
11.75 x 8.25 inches
14 x 10.5 inches, framed
SR-000002


Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 12

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000141

Sharmistha Ray
IAMEYE.MYBROWNEYE

2020
Automatic writing with colored pens on archival sketchbook paper
11.75 x 8.25 inches
14 x 10.5 inches, framed
SR-000003


Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 14

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000143


Sharmistha Ray
Love in the Time of Tantra

2020
Automatic writing with colored pens on archival sketchbook paper
11.75 x 8.25 inches
14 x 10.5 inches, framed
SR-000004

Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 22

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000151

Sharmistha Ray
night dreams, the sky, fortress in the sun, jaisalmer

2020
Automatic writing with colored pens on archival sketchbook paper
11.75 x 8.25 inches
14 x 10.5 inches, framed
SR-000005

Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 24

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000153

Sharmistha Ray
The eye does not see things but images of things that mean other things [Calvino, 13]

2020
Automatic writing with colored pens, marker, highlighters on Bristol vellum paper
11.75 x 8.25 inches
14 x 10.5 inches, framed
SR-00006

Dannielle Tegeder
Black Out Cosmologies 25

2019
Acrylic, gouache and colored pencil on cut paper
9 x 12 inches
DT2-000153

Sharmistha Ray
youpersistinmetothisday

2020
Colored pens, markers, and highlighters on archival sketchbook paper
12 x 9 inches
14.25 x 11.25 inches, framed
SR-00007

Whitney Bedford
Veduta (Cole)

2020
Ink and oil on linen on hybrid panel
51.5 x 76 inches
WB-000063


Anna Schachte
Babes or Vessel (Crystal Goblet)

2020
Oil and enamel on canvas
60 x 48 inches
AS4-000001

Antonia Contro
Volcano

2020
Watercolor and pigment powder on paper
5.5 x 5 inches
CA-000001

Antonia Contro
Guida

2020
Graphite on trace paper, sandpaper, steel pin
6 x 5.25 inches
CA-000002


Antonia Contro
Adagio

2020
Sill from "Adagio", Digital video, 01:23 minutes
Eggshells found in Rafael’s and my gardens, gesso
3 x 5 x 2 inches
CA-000003

Antonia Contro
through, on, against, in

2020
Tree leaf found in Sawyer, MI, gold leaf, clay assemblage
6 x 3 x 3 inches
CA-000004

Antonia Contro
Imprint

2020
Watercolor on paper
5 x 4.25 inches
CA-000005

Antonia Contro
Liplocked

2019
Graphite on trace paper, watercolor, brass keyhole cover found in East Village on paper
3 x 3 inches
CA-000006

Antonia Contro
Octave

2020
Gold leaf, wood veneer, ink, watercolor on paper
12.5 x 10.25 inches
CA-000007

Antonia Contro
Omphalos

2020
Animal hide from Julie’s bookbinding studio, photogravure, gold leaf, wood veneer
6 x 6 inches
CA-000008

Antonia Contro
Lovers

2020
Stones found in Salina, mat on handmade paper
7 x 5 inches
CA-000010


Antonia Contro
Astral

2019
Metal ring found in Pilsen, tape, graphite on paper
46 x 16 inches
CA-000009

Antonia Contro
Brother

2019
Edelweiss found in Dolomites, vellum, tape, antique oval frame
8.25 x 5.75 inches
CA-000011

Jesse Harrod
Bon Bon

2019
Paracord, wood, sculpy, faux flowers, gold chain
6 x 3 x 3 ft
JH-000001

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Sunshower (small version)

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-000079

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Big Smile

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-000079

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Devil's Daughter

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-000090

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
This Way Sunrise

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-000103

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Giant

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-000085

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Time Tables

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-00087

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Let Down

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-00093

Diana Guerrero-Maciá
Staring at The Sun

2020
Unique collage with paint and archival inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Museum Etching paper
16 X 13.5 inches
17 x 14.5 inches, framed
DG3-000100

Megan Greene
Wasla

2019
Colored pencil and ink on paper
32 x 23.5 inches
MG-000001

Thalia Agosto
Joint Face

2020
Colored pencil and pastel on paper
23 x 18 inches
TA-000001

Megan Greene
Hot Stair

2019
Colored pencil and ink on paper
26 x 19 inches
MG-000004

Thalia Agosto
Dormant

2018
Colored pencil and watercolor
17.5 x 19.5 inches
TA-000002

Megan Greene
Ninth Animate

2019
Colored pencil and ink on paper
23.25 x 18.25 inches
MG-000002

Thalia Agosto
Orbs of confusion

2019
Colored pencil
14 x 13.5 inches
TA-000003

Megan Greene
Untitled (3)

2019
Colored pencil and ink on paper
26 x 19.25 inches
MG-000002

Anne Lindberg
solving for x

2020
Graphite and colored pencils on mat board
50 x 40 inches
AL-000189

Ginny Threefoot
solving for X

2020
Vinyl installation
32 inches x 23 inches

Carolyn Ottmers
Splice #1 (CO)

2010
Cast stainless steel
103 x 44 x 43 inches
2285

Earth Art Creatives + Carolyn Ottmers
Splice #1 (CO)

2010/2020
Installation image Looking Glass Garden (Earth Art Creatives)
Cast stainless steel
103 x 44 x 43 inches
2285


Carolyn Ottmers
FLOW (#6)

2019
Cast aluminum
2 × 20 × 10 in
CO0079
(top: installation of FLOW series)

To view a full list of works available in Carolyn Ottmers FLOW series, click here.

Looking Glass Garden (Earth Art Creatives)


2020


Carolyn Ottmers
MUMS series

2010
Cast bronze
Variable (2 inch diameter to 6 inch diameter)


Looking Glass Garden (Earth Art Creatives)


2020

Heather Becker
Blue Flight

2020
Oil on canvas
24.5 x 21.5 inches
HB-000001

Jeanne Gang
Ford Calumet Environmental Center, South Elevation Detail

2008
Ink jet print on satin photo paper, signed by the architect
28 x 28 inches
JG2-000001

Jeanne Gang
Ford Calumet Environmental Center, Column Cluster Model

2020
Aluminum, copper, plastic and blue foam
8 x 8 x 12 inches
JG2-000002

Video

Video

Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia: The Riddle / Charada, 8:45 minutes video, conceived and directed by Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia, with music by Sylvia Meyer and videography by Federico Lo Bianco

Dannielle Tegeder, Black Out Cosmologies, 2019. Digital video, infinite loop. Dimensions variable.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Volcano, 2020. Digital video, 00:42 seconds.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Guida, 2020. Digital video, 00:43 seconds.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Adagio, 2020. Digital video, 01:23 minutes.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), through, on, against, in, 2020. Digital video, 00:38 seconds.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Imprint, 2020. Digital video, 01:17 minutes.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Liplocked, 2020. Digital video, 00:52 seconds.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Octave, 2020. Digital video, 00:28 seconds.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Omphalos, 2020. Digital video, 00:51 seconds.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Lovers, 2020. Digital video, 01:26 minutes.

Antonia Contro, Clara Lyon (violinist) and Hannah Collins (cellist), Astral, 2020. Digital video, 00:54 seconds.