• Gordon Chandler: Inside Out

    Gordon Chandler’s art starts with simple materials that might otherwise go unnoticed. In his hands, scrap metal and industrial steel drums become beautiful. He often works outside, gathering materials from salvage yards—his artworks feel at home in the open air, where the elements make the patina deeper and richer. Chandler’s art brings new energy to the […]

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    February 28, 2017 By aknotts
  • Almudena Rodriguez: When Craft & Culture Meet

    On view from September 5 through October 31, 2017, the work of Almudena Rodriguez is a clear-sighted look at our current time and place. It’s also a celebration of craft and mixed media. Having lived in Spain, Mexico and the United States, Rodriguez shares our fascination with the cross-cultural pollination of ideas and materials. In particular, she […]

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    February 14, 2017 By aknotts
  • The Robin Richman Collaboration

    Robin Richman and her atelier collaborate with PAGODA RED on a one-of-a-kind project: reimagining our collection of 1940s Chinese clothing for men + women. Kindred Spirits A vanguard of fashion and design, Robin Richman is celebrating her namesake boutique’s 19th year in Bucktown, an anniversary that speaks volumes. Chicago may be perennially on the verge of becoming fashion-forward (no […]

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    November 1, 2016 By aknotts
  • Liu Jian: Modern Ink

    PAGODA RED is pleased to announce Dreamscape a solo exhibition of new contemporary ink paintings by Liu Jian. Born in Shanghai in 1961 and now based in Toronto, Liu Jian has exhibited globally and is highly regarded for his contemporary compositions using traditional Chinese media. Following recent shows in Hong Kong and mainland China, this […]

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    September 21, 2016 By aknotts
  • Taikkun Li: Chinese Ceramics Made Modern

    Taikkun Li paints traditional motifs and landscapes onto porcelain cola bottles, bridging east and west in one extraordinary object. An interdisciplinary artist, Li works in industrial design, fine arts, ceramics, film and video. Li’s bottles are painted with a scene reminiscent of the Ming Dynasty’s famous blue and white ceramics — deftly combining old and new, […]

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    September 9, 2016 By aknotts
  • Ren Hui: Poet of Modern Pointillism

    I hope the images carry some message, but a vague one…there’s a trace of abstraction in my paintings even though the subjects are all rather concrete. Ren Hui moves you. His work draws you in and then forces distance to understand. As you step back to see the big picture, Hui successfully creates tension between the […]

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    August 10, 2016 By aknotts