Treason Gallery presented its September solo exhibition, Erica Ciganek | Sitting With.
Opening reception was held on Thursday, September 1st from 6pm-9pm during the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square.
“Sitting With” pulls together a group of women whose individual visual presence is one of being powerfully alone. The symmetry of the space leads one to find themselves in both the intimacy of the portraits, and the vastness of a communal landscape. In a society that garners power through dehumanization, engaging images of people are often denied a pure encounter. We all see through lenses that are skewed in some way. In the words of author Annie Dillard “...I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity.” Our visual and relational spheres exist within structures of obscuring others. This process of seeing both in the creation of the pieces, as well as observing the outcome, is done in hopeful, clumsy defiance of a culture of rampant dehumanization
Joined (2016) | Oil on Wood | 48" x 72"
Erica Ciganek | Chicago, IL
“Sitting With” is Ciganek’s highly anticipated first solo exhibition. Ciganek is known widely for her beautiful, hyper-realist oil paintings. At the young age of twenty-five, Ciganek is no strang-er to the international art world. Showing selected works all over the country in the last couple of years, mostly in the Chicago region, she has been spotlighted and celebrated by a number of art publications over the years including Juxtapoz and High Fructose, among others. Working exclusively in oil, her work carries a sense of calmness while simultaneously highlighting the emotional state of her subjects. With a complete new body of work, created exclusively for her solo exhibition, “Sitting With” will undoubtedly encapsulate its viewers in the beauty and mystery of Ciganek’s vision.