Theodora Allen, Antoine Donzeaud, Assaf Evron, and Wim van der Linden
Curated by Stephanie Cristello
At Chicago Manual of Style, Chicago, US
Apr 19 – Jul 26, 2019
CHICAGO, IL—On a summer evening in July 1610, under the humid Padua sky, Galileo peered through his crude telescope to discover Saturn, the furthest planet then known and twice as far as the moons of Jupiter (each named a er former lovers of Zeus), which he had reported in his brief treatise Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger) just months prior. While Galileo set his sight on Saturn, it came into view slowly. Ancient Greek and Roman theory, and later medieval psychology, had correlated four planets with each of the elements and temporal ‘humors;’ Jupiter’s in influence prevailed in the blood and a ects a sanguine nature, Mars ruled aggression, and the moon correlated with an apathetic disposition. e fourth and final humor, inspired by ringed Saturn, was responsible for melancholy.
It is for this reason we have the term ‘saturnine’ to describe sadness; the sight of Saturn (its image) is historically one of sorrow. is group exhibition brings together three artists—Los Angeles-based eodora Allen, Paris-based Antoine Donzeaud, Chicago-based Assaf Evron, and Dutch conceptualist Wim van der Linden—each of whose works investigate a melancholic temperament. e exhibition is viewed through the lens of Albrecht Dürer’s 1514 engraving Melencolia I, often deemed ‘the image of images,’ to portray a tableau of melancholy within a twenty-first-century context.
Central to the exhibition is a newly-commissioned site-speci c installation by Antoine Donzeaud, a suspended ceiling work that will activate the domestic object of a red bed, as well as the entirety of the gallery space, under a pink hue—providing an idiomatic opposition to the theme of sadness by functioning as ‘rose colored glasses.’ Also included will be the seminal work of Wim van der Linden’s Sad Movies (1966), featuring Tulips, a short cinematic drama on the forlorn fate of a bouquet of e Netherlands national ower. Accompanying these works are paintings by eodora Allen, whose ethereal and mystic compositions, paired with an iconographic approach to guration and still-life, represent an allegorical method not unlike Dürer’s Melencolia I. Lastly, Saturnine will include work from a series of three-dimensional forms derived from the imaging of digital color space by Assaf Evron—an allusion to both the perspectival and geometric experiments of Dürer, as well as the ultimate uncanny nature of Melencolia’s enduring composition.
Photography by Daniel Hojnacki