Binding Wires: John Mellencamp and Robert Rauschenberg

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Binding Wires: John Mellencamp and Robert Rauschenberg

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Binding Wires: John Mellencamp and Robert Rauschenberg
to Sat 21 Dec 2019
By Appointment

ACA Galleries presents a 2-man exhibition featuring artworks by John Mellencamp and Robert Rauschenberg. Binding Wires investigates the dynamic juxtapositions of two bodies of work: Mellencamp’s sculptural assemblages and portraits alongside Rauschenberg’s mixed media artworks.

Artworks


Chicago, 2019
Mixed media
45 x 38 in. (114.3 x 96.5 cm)

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Tracy's Bird, 2019
Mixed media
48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

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From Slaveship to Championship, 2019
Mixed media
72 x 81 in. (182.9 x 205.7 cm)

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Prime Pump, 1993
Screenprint on paper and Lexan in aluminum frame
63 1/2 x 44 in. (161.3 x 111.8 cm)

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The Marriage Bed, 2019
Mixed media
30 x 54 1/2 in. (76.2 x 138.4 cm)

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Red River (Runt), 2007
Inkjet pigment transfer on polylaminate
61 x 73 1/2 in. (154.9 x 186.7 cm)

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Compared to What, 2019
Mixed media
48 x 72 in. (121.9 x 182.9 cm)

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Untitled (Happy Birthday Dave), 1978
Solvent transfer and fabric collage on paper
20 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. (52.1 x 60.3 cm)

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Reminiscence (Anagram), 1996
Inkjet dye transfer on paper
60 1/4 x 40 in. (153 x 101.6 cm)

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You Wear it Well, 2019
Mixed media
42 x 42 in. (106.7 x 106.7 cm)

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Bang-Bang (Waterworks), 1994
Vegetable dye transfer on paper
48 x 31 1/2 in. (121.9 x 80 cm)

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Sonny Goodstreet, 2019
Mixed media
43 1/2 x 31 1/4 in. (110.5 x 79.4 cm)

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Untitled, 1994
Inkjet dye transfer on paper
22 x 15 1/2 in. (55.9 x 39.4 cm)

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Local Color (Scenarios), 2006
Pigment ink transfer on polylaminate
85 1/2 x 120 1/2 in. (217.2 x 306.1 cm)

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Apron, 1997
Silkscreen on cotton apron
35 x 39 in. (88.9 x 99.1 cm)

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Women's Rights, 2019
Mixed media
80 x 104 in. (203.2 x 264.2 cm)

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New Reality (Anagram), 1996
Inkjet dye transfer on paper
60 1/4 x 40 in. (153 x 101.6 cm)

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No Strings Attached, 2019
Mixed media
18 x 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm)

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As Mary Lynn Kotz writes in her essay,

Born in the 20th century, a generation apart, Robert Rauschenberg and John Mellencamp are driven by the art imperative. They absolutely have to create! Where this need comes from is a mystery; but what feeds their souls embellishes our lives.That swiftly-changing century’s powerful events and its styles offered different circumstances to each: One man going through lean years of the Depression and then war; and the other through the boom of America’s post-war years. As children, both boys started to draw and create and both were inspired—but also discouraged—by their parents. Their inherent creativity deepened, to make art that propelled them away from their childhood homes. As artists, their national reputations were forged in New York, but both grew up far away in the heart of America.

Both artists use collage and assemblage to powerful narrative effect and employ a vast array of found, conventional and nontraditional art making materials. Binding Wires demonstrates how each combines seemingly disparate elements to form a cohesive whole and make potent visual statements. This exhibition is produced in association with Eckert Fine Art and curated by Mikaela Lamarche.

About John Mellencamp

Born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, Mellencamp is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician, as well as an accomplished painter and long-time activist. He started painting at an early age, influenced by his mother, also an artist. Mellencamp studied briefly at the Arts Students League in New York, where he discovered the work of Twentieth-Century Modernists. As his musical career flourished, he began to paint earnestly in the 1980s with an early affinity for portraiture influenced by the works of Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recipient of The Woody Guthrie Award, the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Founders Award and co-founder of Farm Aid – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land.

About Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (1925 – 2008) worked in a wide range of subjects, styles, materials, and techniques throughout his career. He has been called a forerunner of nearly every postwar movement since Abstract Expressionism, although he remained independent of any particular affiliation. When he began making art in the late 1940s and early 50s, his belief that “painting relates to both art and life” presented a direct challenge to the prevalent modernist aesthetic.

The celebrated Combines, begun in the mid-1950s, brought real-world images and objects into the realm of abstract painting and broke down the divisions between painting and sculpture. Rauschenberg’s lifelong commitment to collaboration—with performers, printmakers, engineers, writers, artists, and artisans from around the world—is a further manifestation of his expansive artistic philosophy.

This text is adapted from an essay written by Julia Blaut, “Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective,” @Guggenheim (Fall 1997). (From the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation)

Courtesy of ACA Galleries, New York


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