Saturday, February 7th was the opening reception for Crusade For Art Chicago's first exhibition at Alibi Fine Art. The night was a huge success, with the work and space coming together beautifully and a large crowd all night filled with many familiar faces from previous events as well many new ones. We want to thank everyone who came out and made it such a great night. We would especially like to thank Lisa Janes, the wonderful director of Alibi Fine Art.

Alibi Fine Art Director Lisa Janes with the members of Crusade For Art Chicago at the opening reception for All that is Solid. L-R Joseph Wilcox, Barbara Diener, Matthew Crowther, Lisa Janes, Garrett Baumer, and Jonathan Lurie

Alibi Fine Art Director Lisa Janes with the members of Crusade For Art Chicago at the opening reception for All that is Solid. L-R Joseph Wilcox, Barbara Diener, Matthew Crowther, Lisa Janes, Garrett Baumer, and Jonathan Lurie

When Lisa reached out to us about the possibility of working on a show together, we jumped at the chance. Alibi Fine Art is an important member of the Chicago photo community. It is one of the few galleries specializing in photography and has a history of impressive, thoughtful exhibitions. Considering the diversity of the five members' work putting together a coherent show is a challenge, but Lisa immediately saw a common thread in the work and put together an exhibition that showcases each artist's strengths while coming together to create a cohesive statement. Seeing the work hung in the gallery for the first time was a revelation, as the presentation is as smart and impressive as the selection. We can't say enough good things about the experience of working with Alibi Fine Art.

With this exhibition, Crusade For Art Chicago continues to expand our repertoire of methods for engaging the community of Chicago with our work, and added another friend and collaborator in Alibi Fine Art. We're very proud of this exhibition and grateful for the opportunity. 2015 is off to a great start!

The exhibition is up through March 21st. Alibi Fine Art is located at 4426 N Ravenswood and is open Thursday to Saturday 12-6 and by appointment. For more information visit www.alibifineart.com or call (773) 454-1512

Exhibition statement:

All That is Solid is selected from five distinct bodies of work, each in pursuit of an elusive state.  Some are the products of mythologies and uncertainty, as in Garrett Baumer's fabrications of a dark future, or Joseph Wilcox's twist on neighborhood surveillance.  Others document the undefined, as in Barbara Diener's manifestations of unfulfilled longing, Matthew Crowther's reach into the void, and Jonathan Lurie's records of the shape-shifting abilities of time.

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