PLAIN AIR

May 29 - July 31


Whether painting en plein air, or from the confines of a studio, the landscape is the original natural point of inspiration and awe. The existence of such is permanent, yet always changing, both from a literal point of view and from a sensorial one – that arises from the viewer. The interpretation of the landscape at the hands of artists meets the natural world in a reflection. This mirror can offer a wide variety of sensations that inhibit, displace, or exasperate but as a genre – or original art historical trope – the landscape is an ideal muse.

The artwork on view in PLAIN AIR has primarily been made within the last year and a half. This timestamp corresponds with the majority of our population existing in a physically confined state that borders on a mentally restrained state of mind. The landscapes on view highlight an oppositional tension between the real and the rendered, the idyllic and non-idyllic, the rational and emotional, all of which are intensified by our proximity to the outdoors. This heightened sense of spatial awareness – staring out our windows, taking our pets for short walks, sitting on our back stoops – is an intensified collective subconscious desire to be immersed in the natural landscape. As we are finally returning to a time when the atmosphere around us was composed of plain air pre-pandemic, we communally can breathe in and let out a huge sigh of relief.

With over forty artworks by nine artists on view in our multi-room 10th story penthouse-turned-exhibition space, PLAIN AIR offers a setting with multiple views of Chicago’s urban landscape. This built environment is representative of the different types of landscapes on view. From pastoral to metropolitan, bucolic to angst-filled, psychedelic to representational, the range of aesthetic values of the landscapes mirror a collective experience.

Leslie Baum’s (Chicago) long-running practice of plein air painting in and around Chicago is on view with four subtly abstract paintings of eerily familiar environments. Tanya Brodsky’s (Los Angeles) hanging two-way vertical blinds subverts and exploits our relationship to nature. Deborah Brown’s (New York) “Shadow Paintings” shifts a mundane personal task – walking her dog Trout – into an immersive and existential experience. Spencer Carmona’s (Los Angeles) moonscapes tackle color theory as a repetitive task attempting to capture the ethereal. Andrew Holmquist’s (Los Angeles) plein air paintings simultaneously capture the light, mood, and potential of California’s originality. Mike Howat’s (New Hampshire) paintings of still-lives of the sills of windows create framed portraits of landscapes. Olivia Schreiner’s (Chicago) atmospheric paintings pit exteriors against interiors with a wound up tension using light as an interloper. Sophie Treppendahl’s (New Orleans) paintings frame a captured landscape in windows with a palpable strain made all the more intense through her brush stroke and use of perspective. Emma White’s (Toronto) paintings on paper focus on the outdoor world around her albeit with a very subtle human signature.

PLAIN AIR was organized with assistance from gallery artist Andrew Holmquist.

Artwork

Leslie Baum
Shaping the day: rs,ph,dmc

2019
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24.5 inches

Leslie Baum
Shaping the day: ph,mg

2019
Acrylic and oil on canvas
35 x 25 inches

Leslie Baum
Shaping the day: ct,hs,kl

2019
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 29 inches

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Leslie Baum
Shaping the day: em & lb

2019
Acrylic and oil on canvas
34 x 26 inches

Leslie Baum
Plein Air Watercolors 1-50

2018-2021
Watercolor on arches cold pressed paper
7 x 10 inches and 10 x 7 inches

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 1, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 2, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 3, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 11, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 12, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 13, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper


Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 4, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 5, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 6, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 14, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 15, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 16, 10 x 7 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 6, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 7, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 8, 7 x 10 inche
Plein air watercolor 16, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 17, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 18, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 8, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 9, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 10, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 18, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 19, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 20, 10 x 7 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 21, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 22, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 23, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 31, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 32, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 33, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 22, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 23, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 24, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 32, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 33, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 34, 10 x 7 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 25, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 26, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 27, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 35, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 36, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 37, 10 x 7 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 28, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 29, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 30, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 38, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 39, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 40, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 31, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 32, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 33, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 41, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 42, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 43, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 34, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 35, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 36, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 44, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 45, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 46, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 37, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 38, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 39, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 47, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 48, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 49, 10 x 7 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Leslie Baum
Plein air watercolor

2018-2021
Clockwise from top left:
Plein air watercolor 38, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 39, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 40, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 48, 7 x 10 inches
Plein air watercolor 49, 10 x 7 inches
Plein air watercolor 50, 7 x 10 inches
Watercolor on Arches cold pressed paper

Tanya Brodsky
A wide and view of a dense forest in British Columbia/ Carne mista assortita

2019
Salvaged vertical blinds, vinyl, stock photographs
101 x 42 x 3 ½ inches
(front)

Tanya Brodsky
A wide and view of a dense forest in British Columbia/ Carne mista assortita

2019
Salvaged vertical blinds, vinyl, stock photographs
101 x 42 x 3 ½ inches
(back)

Tanya Brodsky
A wide and view of a dense forest in British Columbia/ Fresh raw meat 1

2019
Salvaged vertical blinds, vinyl, stock photographs
27 x 45 x 3 ½ inches
(front)

Tanya Brodsky
A wide and view of a dense forest in British Columbia/ Fresh raw meat 1

2019
Salvaged vertical blinds, vinyl, stock photographs
27 x 45 x 3 ½ inches
(front)

Deborah Brown
Signs of Spring

2021
Oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches


Deborah Brown
Pink Trees

2021
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches


Deborah Brown
Tree Trunk

2021
Oil on masonite
24 x 18 inches

Deborah Brown
Windy Day

2021
Oil on masonite
24 x 18 inches

Deborah Brown
Tunnel

2021
Oil on masonite
24 x 16 inches

Spencer Carmona
Violet Moons

2018
Oil on canvas
40 x 36 inches



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Spencer Carmona
Cresent Moon with Venus (2)

2021
Oil on canvas
40 x 36 inches


Spencer Carmona
Nocturne

2019
Oil on canvas
30 x 50 inches

Spencer Carmona
Untitled (blue sky)

2019
Oil on canvas
26 x 23 inches

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Spencer Carmona
2Q20 (pink sky)

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Spencer Carmona
Crescent Moon with Venus

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Spencer Carmona
2Q20

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Spencer Carmona
Night Painting

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Spencer Carmona
Psalm

2019
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


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Spencer Carmona
Purple Twilight

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Spencer Carmona
Green Gold Sun

2019
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Spencer Carmona
Untitled

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches

Spencer Carmona
White Moon

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches


Andrew Holmquist
Elysian Park 1

2020
Oil on canvas
31.5 x 39.25 inches

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Andrew Holmquist
Wharf Rock 1

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches

Andrew Holmquist
Cabrillo Highway 1

2021
Oil on canvas
21 x 18 inches

Andrew Holmquist
Russian Gulch 2

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches

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Andrew Holmquist
Russian Gulch 3

2020
Oil on canvas
10 x 8 inches

Andrew Holmquist
Russian Gulch 1

2020
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches

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Andrew Holmquist
Point Cabrillo 1

2020
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 inches

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Andrew Holmquist
Alba Road

2021
Oil on canvases
Diptych, 18 x 21 inches each (18 x 42 inches)

Andrew Holmquist
Point Lobos 1

2021
Oil on canvas
12.5 x 15 inches

Andrew Holmquist
Henry Cowell 1

2021
Oil on canvas
12.5 x 15 inches

Andrew Holmquist
Cabrillo Highway 2

2021
Oil on canvas
18 x 21 inches

Andrew Holmquist
Backyard Hammock

2021
Oil on four canvases
18 x 60 inches overall, 18 x 15 inches each

Andrew Holmquist
On-Ramp

2020
Glazed stoneware
33.25 × 19 × 9 in


Andrew Holmquist
Hillside

2020
Glazed stoneware
29.5 × 15.25 × 6 in

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Andrew Holmquist
Tree 2

2019
Colored pencil, wax pastel, graphite wash, and oil on paper
46 x 32.25 inches (framed)

Andrew Holmquist
Tree 3

2020
Colored pencil, wax pastel, and oil on paper
46 x 32.25 inches (framed)

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Andrew Holmquist
Tree 4

2020
Colored pencil, wax pastel, and oil on paper
46 x 32.25 inches (framed)

Mike Howat
Someday Afternoon

2021
Acrylic on panel
24 x 14.5 inches

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Mike Howat
Racing Thoughts and Satellites

2021
Acrylic on panel
24 x 15 inches

Olivia Schreiner
Untitled (sequins)

2021
Acrylic on canvas
44 x 30 inches

Olivia Schreiner
Untitled (string lights)

2021
Acrylic on canvas
44 x 30 inches

Sophie Treppendahl
Neon Window

2020
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Sophie Treppendahl
DJ's Collaging Desk

2020
Oil on canvas
40 x 32 inches

Emma White
Cottage Core

2021
Oil on Arches Oil Paper
22 x 15 inches

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Emma White
Fanfare

2021
Oil on Arches Oil Paper
22 x 15 inches

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Emma White
Ceremony

2020
Oil on Arches Oil Paper
15 x 11 inches

Emma White
Secret Life

2021
Oil on Arches Oil Paper
22 x 15 inches

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Installation Views

Deborah Brown (left) and Andrew Holmquist (right). Photo by Nathan Keay.
Andrew Holmquist. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Deborah Brown (left) and Andrew Holmquist (right). Photo by Nathan Keay.
Andrew Holmquist (left) and Deborah Brown (right). Photo by Nathan Keay.
Deborah Brown (left) and Andrew Holmquist (right). Photo by Nathan Keay.
Deborah Brown. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Andrew Holmquist (foreground) and Mike Howat (background). Photo by Nathan Keay.
Spencer Carmona. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Emma White (left) and Olivia Schreiner (middle and right). Photo by Nathan Keay.
Emma White. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Olivia Schreiner. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Leslie Baum and Tanya Brodsky. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Tanya Brodsky. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Andrew Holmquist. Photo by Nathan Keay.
Sophie Treppendahl. Photo by Nathan Keay.

Installation Views