Polonium Projects

Polonium Projects Presents:

in conjunction with MdW Art Fair at MANA Contemporary


Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2022 5pm-8pm

MANA Contemporary

2233 South Throop Street, Chicago, IL 60608

Studio 815 (8th floor)

A heaping mass of oil paint is churned until smooth then extruded like cake icing across a surface. In time it sweats oil like glands erupting from an amphibious creature. Sinking, sliding, wrinkling… alive.

A canvas on the ground is dashed and splashed by a brush with silky wet, thinned oil paint. While the oil pools up, a dust storm of bright pigments are cast through the air. The powder collides with the canvas in small audible pats. The surface becomes a desert landscape or a celestial expanse.

These works by Boris Ostrerov and David Downs are the result of mighty actions and delicate materials brought together by risky decisions. They are monumental in their weight and scale, yet fragile to the whims of time and gravity. Though their works are very different, their desire to push the medium of paint into challenging new directions is paralleled.

Polonium Projects brings these two painters together for a one-night exhibition in studio 815 on the new 8th floor of MANA Contemporary Chicago as part of MANA’s MdW Art Fair weekend and Saturday open house.

Masks may still be required inside Mana Contemporary.