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Paradigm Gallery + Studio is pleased to present “Division of Birds”, a group exhibition curated by founder and editor-in-chief of Colossal Christopher Jobson on view from August 26 to September 18, 2022. “Division of Birds” brings eleven exciting artists to Paradigm for the very first time, including Roberto Benavidez, Lola Dupré, Drew Mosley, Chris Maynard, Dina Brodsky, Calvin Ma, Fio Silva, Mike Stilkey, Felicia Chiao, Gigi Chen, and Megan Zaniewski.
Deep inside the cavernous archives of the Chicago Field Museum, the Division of Birds houses the third largest scientific bird collection in the United States. Accessible only for research purposes, the collection contains more than 480,000 bird specimens, 21,000 egg sets, and some 200 nests. It’s estimated that 90% of the world’s genera and species are represented in the collection. It is an astonishing chronicle of feathered life on Earth.
It was from a rare chance to visit the Division of Birds that Jobson first hatched the idea of an avian-focused exhibition. A prominent subject for artists throughout human history, depictions of birds are among the first images of recorded history, appearing frequently on the walls of the caves of Lascaux and at other prehistoric sites and on findings from pottery to parchment and engravings to jewelry. Considering the allure of soaring flight, the stunning mixture of color and song, and an incredible variety of behaviors, birds have served prominently in artists’ practices, often serving as the central focus.
Collected in Division of Birds, these eleven artists use humor and realism and science and fantasy to bring to life some 35 birds in the form of paint, collage, paper sculpture, books, ceramic, embroidery, pen, pencil, and repurposed feathers. Through these varied aesthetic forms, we celebrate the vast array of avians all around us, both real and imagined.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 26, 2022 5:30 – 8:00 PM EXHIBITION HOURS Saturdays • 11:00am – 6:00pm Sundays • 11:00am – 5:00pm And 7 days a week by appointment.