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ART Magalie Guerin showing her unique art in Elmhurst
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2019-05-05

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Wicker Park resident and queer artist Magalie Guerin is bringing her work to the Elmhurst Art Museum this summer.

The exhibition is titled "With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters" and presents the curations of six local painters in six rooms.

Originally from Quebec, Guerin received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. She has shown in New York and LA, as well as Chicago, most recently during January 2018 with a solo show called "Magalie Guerin: bunker" at the gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey.

She published a book in 2016 called Notes On that was a diary depicting her daily practice in the studio to pair with a past exhibition called Copy Drawings.

Windy City Times: You are originally from Montreal. What is the art scene like there and how does it compare to Chicago?

Magalie Guerin: I left Montreal 20 years ago, so I couldn't tell you what the art scene is like now but I remember when I first moved to Chicago after living in New York for a decade, that I said to myself, "This city has a Montreal warmth to it!"

That said, I have a show opening in Montreal on May 25 at Galerie Nicolas Robert—my first in a gallery over there—so I'll have more of a sense of it after that.

WCT: How do you feel the queer artist community is here locally?

MG: It's a nice community, although I always wish for it to be larger!

WCT: Is there a medium you have not work with but would like to?

MG: I'm dying to work with ceramic, but I'm afraid of what that'll do to my paintings!

WCT: What artist have you been compared to, and who has influenced your work?

MG: At some point, in grad school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, my work was described as having a conversation with Charline von Heyl. We now show at the same gallery here in Chicago, Corbett vs Dempsey, and have since become friends.

WCT: Talk about how sculpture fits into painting for a showing.

MG: Oil paint is very sculptural in its application. I mold the paint into the shapes I want to see. And the sculptors I chose for this exhibition think about surfaces in a painterly way. It's all connected; the sensibilities are very similar.

WCT: Do you have advice for young upcoming artists?

MG: Think [about the] long term: "How can you create space for a sustainable studio practice, if you use a studio, in the years to come?"

WCT: Where do you see the arts scene in Chicago going?

MG: I see Chicago as being more and more included in the larger conversation. There seems to be a big difference from 10 years ago—more people/institutions are looking at what is being made here.

WCT: You have an upcoming show in New York?

MG: I just had a show in New York with Chapter NY that closed on March 24th so nothing upcoming for a while!

"With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters" is on display May 11-Aug. 25, at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst.


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