Steve Geer | Joerg Metzner
January 30 - March 1, 2020
Opening reception: Saturday, February 1, 5-7 pm
Conversation with the Artists: Thursday, Feburary 13 at 7 pm
All events are free and open to the public.

Joerg Metzner | Going Home

This series by Joerg Metzner, Going Home, chronicles his unexpected journey home to see his dying mother in Kiel, Germany. The exhibit documents Metzner’s somber journey to see his mother one last time, while being oddly comforted by familiar everyday customs like going to a butcher for a quick Wurst Brötchen, all the while speaking and hearing his mother tongue. Small, familiar details, like the hand-cranked awning of an old-fashioned shop and the smell of freshly-butchered meats, imprinted themselves in his memory during those few days with his family as they waited for his mother to take her journey home.

Steve Geer | River Ice
"Deep in the winter, after the water has lost its summer heat, the surface of the river in Chicago freezes. Sunlight and city lights are reflected from the ice and, when it’s newly washed and wet, the frozen water also reflects the cityscape. It’s magical." ~ Steve Geer

Each year Steve Geer looks forward to the wintery transformation of the Chicago River. It does not freeze often, nor does it remain frozen for long. Usually, it lasts just a few days before the water warms by one or two degrees and the ice melts. While it lasts, the floating ice is always in motion and the compositions formed by its broken sheets and irregular polygons are forever changing. The appearance of the textured surface also changes with the light, as clouds come and go and, as the day progresses, the color palette varies from fiery-heat to frigid-cold. Geer began the project, River Ice, in January 2017. Each year the ice-cover, its appearance and extent, has been different. The resulting series of images is, for him, a celebration of the phenomena of winter. According to Geer, his series is "a celebration of the natural world reaching into the center of the human world and of things that are novel because they are forever changing and brief."