Subterranean Isle by Jay Heikes at Shane Campbell Gallery
According to the press release, Heikes’ new paintings are meant to be “sculptural representations of Paleolithic cave paintings,” which is a principle hard to grasp for those of us who have never been to Lascaux. What is undeniable is how incredibly nostalgic and mystical his new abstractions felt at Shane Campbell. Faded pastel colors bled through highly laborious rubbings, and hand imprints, on top of highly textured surfaces, seemed frozen in time. As beautiful as staring at aged walls of ancient cities.
Shane Campbell Gallery
673 North Milwaukee
Best of Chicago 2011