Earlier this year, I had the honor of serving on the Community Arts Assistance Program grant panel. I had the privelege of viewing work by a number of excellent artists, including Juan Garcia, Jean Pierre-Roy, and Jennifer Lambert. Jennifer Lambert's work in particular stuck out at me as sensually suggestive without being overtly nasty or explicit. Her work has that distinctly vaginal suggestion intrinsic to any piece of complex bilateral symmetry (come on, who hasn't looked at butterfly and though it looked like a piece of trim?), but on top of that it's complex, nuanced rendering, as abstract as it is anatomical.
I'm not alone in my appreciation of Lambert's work. Her work is included in Mush Room, an exhibition curated by Wesley Kimler and Paul Klein. Wesley Kimler may have a lot to learn about snacks, but say what you will, the man can paint. Moreover, we have more in common in terms of our appreciation of aesthetics than one might think. Kimler (along with Paul Klein) included Lambert in Mush Room, and I was an avid supporter of her receiving a CAAP Grant.
Kimler and I also have in common our appreciation for Paul Klein and his Artletter. In his remarkably unpretentious way, Klein manages to remain one of the powerhouses of art criticism in Chicago. He makes it to most of the openings at Tony Fitzpatrick's Firecat Projects, of which I count myself an unabashed fanboy. In addition to our shared appreciation for Lambert's work, Paul and I are also mutual fans of Jason Brammer. Brammer took Paul's Klein Artist Works, a professional development workshop seminar in which participants take advantage of Paul's well-established Chicago art world connections, and Paul discussed Jason's work in Artletter. I've had the pleasure of featuring Brammer's work in the exhibition Flesh and Bone, co-curated with Stephanie Burke and Annie Heckman.
At this point I had probably better admit that I am well and truly hammered on Charles Shaw wine, it's 1am and I am eagerly looking forward to bed. But I am also quite looking forward to seeing Jennifer Lambert's work tomorrow, at the Flat Iron Arts Building (1579 N. Milwaukee), along with that of Virginia Broersma, Mary Lou Novak,René Romero Schuler, and Victoria Szilagyi.
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