Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Western Exhibitions is thrilled to present the third and final iteration of "The Power of Selection", a densely-packed group show organized by gallery artist Ryan Travis Christian, in our Gallery 2, with an opening reception on Friday, November 19 from 5 to 8pm. The show runs through the month of December. After December 23, the gallery is open by appointment. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm.

Are you taking Ryan Travis Christian for granted? Do you know what he does for you, yes, you? In addition to making highly charged and acutely rendered drawings, Mr. Christian voraciously sees shows in galleries high and low and scours the internet in search of hot new art. He often presents his findings on his Facebook page as an "artist of the day", publishes interviews with up-and-coming artists on Beautiful/Decay and Fecal Face websites and for you lucky Chicagoans, brings all this hot new art to Western Exhibitions in his three part show "The Power of Selection".

In part one (Jan-Feb 2010), Ryan presented four west coast artists and one Chicago artist in Western Exhibitions main gallery space. Part two this summer, he showed 3 New York artists and one from Oregon in our gallery 2, and for this show, November 19 to December 31, he is cramming Gallery 2 with a salon-style extravaganza featuring artists from across the nation.

Artists included:

Derek Albeck
Mark Arctander
Timothy Bergstrom
Marissa Bero Gerlofs
Samantha Bittman
Michelle Blade
Jaq Chartier
Ryan Travis Christian
Richard Colman
Allison Cortson
Chris Duncan
Julian Duron
Ted Gahl
Andres Guerrero
Joseph Hart
Valerie Hegarty
Maya Hayuk
Matt Irie
Jason Jagel
Kelly Lynn Jones
Michael Krueger
Denise Kupferschmidt
Jose Lerma
Matt Lock
Alex Lukas
Bill McRight
Frankie Martin
Eddie Martinez
Jeremy Mora
Kristine Moran
Erin Morrison
Sarah Mosk
Jeanette Mundt
Aaron Noble
Marcie Oakes
Maggie Otero
Matthew Palladino
Hilary Pecis
Cleon Peterson
Richard Colman
Joe Roberts
Brion Nuda Rosch
Kate Ruggeri
Ryan Schaffer
Jovi Schnell
Andrew Schoultz
Allison Schulnik
Eric Shaw
Sumi Ink Club
Ann Toebbe
Kristen VanDeventer
Ned Vena
Ben Venom
Eric Yahnker
Chuck Webster
Ryan Wallace

Exhibition organizer Ryan Travis Christian is a Chicago based artist who has had solo shows at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco Ebersmoore in Chicago, and his solo show debut at Western Exhibitions is forthcoming for Fall 2011. He's been included in group show at Baer Ridgway in San Francisco, Space 1026 in Philadelphia and Synchronicty in Los Angeles and has curated exhibitions at many of these same venues. This spring New City named Christian as one of Chicago's "Breakout Artists" for 2010.

Reception 11/19 5-8