Starting this weekend, paintings by Thor Eric Paul will be featured at Shoebox Gallery, the storefront gallery next to Roberts Shoe Store on Lake Street and Chicago. The former Skowhegan and Jerome fellow will be making work for both the gallery and for the studio upstairs, where gallery owner Sean Smuda says he will display some of the artist's large tableaux. Smuda refers to the work Eric Paul will exhibit as "a collection of reasonable monsters," possibly referring to the intense of color, shape, and texture in the artist's figural work. Smuda likens his artistry to both Frank Stella's minimalist painting and "melting cartoons." There will be an artist's reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
April 27-May 30, 2013