About the Exhibition
moniquemeloche is thrilled to introduce its Viewing Room, a semi-public exhibition space which will allow for flexible programming opportunities in conjunction with, but separate from, the main public exhibition spaces located in the front of the gallery. During the new location’s inaugural exhibition, Jeff Sonhouse: Entrapment, June 9 to August 18, 2018, the Viewing Room will be fully open to the public with an installation of works by Abigail DeVille, Sheree Hovsepian, and Caroline Kent, coinciding with their inclusion in the multi-venue traveling exhibition Out of Easy Reach(on view at DePaul University Art Museum, Gallery 400 at UIC, and Stony Island Arts Bank through August 5, 2018; traveling to Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, August 24 – October 4, 2018). During this time, the Viewing Room will also debut new paintings by young Chicago-based painter Jarvis Boyland.
At other times, as its title suggests, the Viewing Room will function as a private viewing space for clients, artists, curators, and gallery staff alike, while also providing the potential for site-specific installations or gallery talks and screenings. Thus, while the gallery will leave behind the unique public art space of the on the wall project afforded by the old location, the new Viewing Room will serve a dual public and private purpose, providing practical flexibility for the gallery’s needs and programming desires in addition to its newly expanded main exhibitions spaces.
Abigail DeVille (American, b. 1981, Bronx, NY, lives New York) creates immersive installations that reference displacement, migration, marginalization and cultural invisibility. DeVille undertakes intensive preparatory research and acts as an archaeologist, collecting and reallocating found materials to give physical presence to unspoken stories and forgotten pasts.
Abigail DeVille received an MFA from Yale University in 2011 and a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007. Her work has been exhibited across the US and Europe. Recent exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (2017); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (2017); the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2017); the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2017); Cooper Gallery at Hutchins Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2017); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Mo (2017); the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York (2017); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013, 2012). She has designed sets for theatrical productions at venues such as the Kyle Abraham at The Joyce Theater, New York (2018); Harlem Stage, New York (2016); La Mama, New York (2015); Stratford Festival, Ontario (2014); JACK. Brooklyn (2014-16);and Joe’s Pub, New York (2014). DeVille received the 2018 United States Artists Award, the 2017-18 Chuck Close Henry W. and Marion T. Mitchell Rome Prize Fellowship, the 2015 Creative Capital Grant, the 2014-15 Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the 2015 OBIE Award for Design. Her work is part of prestigious collections such as Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco; Kaviar Factory, Henningsvaer, Norway; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, among others. In 2015, DeVille presented a site-specific installation at moniquemeloche, Nobody Knows My Name, as part of the gallery’s on the wall exhibition program.
Sheree Hovsepian (American, b. 1974, Isfahan, Iran, lives New York) deconstructs and subverts traditional notions of photographic processes, mediums and the studio as a physical and cerebral locale. Her hybrid, multilayered works, often incorporating photograms, silver gelatin prints, and various remnant materials and objects such as nylon and string, relate to the objective world while also abstracting it through her particular fractured, inquiring lens.
Sheree Hovsepian received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, dual BFA/BA from the University of Toledo in 1999, and studied at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1998. Recent exhibitions include The Altogether., moniquemeloche (2018); Higher Pictures, New York (2017), Material Gesturesat Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago (2017), Reveries of a Solitary Walker, moniquemeloche (2015), Soft Landing,The Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto (2014), The Last Brucennial, a group show curated by Vito Schnabel and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York (2014), and Haptic Wonders, moniquemeloche (2012). Hovsepian has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kristin Hjellegjerde, London (2015), Bischoff-Weiss Gallery, London (2013), Etemad Gallery, Dubai (2012), West Street Gallery, NY (2010), and the Spertus Museum, Chicago (2009). Her work is in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Bronx Museum, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Spertus Museum, Chicago; the Park Hyatt New York, Soho House Chicago; and the Zabludowicz Collection, London. Hovsepian is represented by moniquemeloche.
Caroline Kent (American, b.1975, Sterling, IL, lives Chicago) explores the relationship between language, translation and abstraction through her enigmatic paintings and drawings. Beginning with all-black surfaces, Kent’s mark-making conjures pre-linguistic symbols, whose fleeting shapes and shifting perspectives suggest both the power and the limitations of language, and ultimately questions the modernist canon of abstraction.
Caroline Kent received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 2008, and a BS in Art at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, in 1998. Current and recent exhibitions include How Objects Move through Walls, the inaugural exhibition at co. (company project space), Minneapolis (through July 31, 2018; accompanied by a monograph); The Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE (2018); Triumph, Chicago (2017); Goldfinch, Chicago (2017); The Suburban, Oak Park, IL (2013); and California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2012). Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Saint Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN and The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, NJ. Kent is a recipient of the 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Arts; 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; and a 2009 Jerome Fellowship in Fine Art. She is a current Fellow at Shandaken Projects Paint School, New York, the co-founder of Bindery Projects, Minneapolis, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN.
Jarvis Boyland (American, b. 1995, Memphis, TN, lives Chicago) navigates intersectional black identity through portraiture. Based on photographic images which the artist then reconfigures to create specific compositions, his paintings focus on queer men of color within intimate spaces, sensitively highlighting the nuances of these complex interpersonal relationships, identities, and locales.
Jarvis Boyland received his BFA from the University of Memphis, TN in 2017. In summer 2018, he will attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Recent exhibitions include Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia, MO (2017); BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, Memphis, TN (2017); Art Museum of the University of Memphis (2017); and AMUM, Memphis (2016). Boyland attended the ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI in 2017, and was the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship (2015-2017) at The Art Institute of Chicago, where he co-curated The Photographer’s Curator: Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Ryerson Burnham Library vitrines.