Jonathan Chapline VIRTUAL WINDOW
Virtual Window

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Jonathan Chapline’s VIRTUAL WINDOW will be on view at the W. Hawkins Ferry House in Detroit, MI from October 16th – November 28th, 2020.

You can read more and view installation images from the show HERE.

Library Street Collective is thrilled to present a unique online exhibition with New York-based artist Jonathan Chapline. Titled Virtual Window, the works in the exhibition feature metro Detroit’s historic W. Hawkins Ferry House, which was built in 1964 to highlight its namesake’s exemplary collection of modern art and unobstructed views of Lake St. Clair. Chapline employs historical and contemporary images of the home to create vantage points within the works that are an amalgamation of distinct snapshots in time, amplifying architectural details, iconic works of art, and the expansion of space.

The wealth of historic material provided to Chapline was an ample resource to create the works within Virtual Window. Many narratives are present in Ferry’s legacy of collecting significant works of art and early pieces of mid-century modern furniture, as well as in his patronage of architect William Kessler to design his expansive home. Within Chapline’s paintings, all these strata are visible at once, a digital age interpretation of the many eras of collecting that the home has lived through. The lake side of the house features floor-to-ceiling windows, and the artist has captured deep perspectives that begin inside and stretch to the trees and water beyond, while still managing to maintain focus on the interior and its anthology.

This freedom allowed the artist to think beyond the documentation of space, artwork and furniture that has lived there. Chapline has created versions of the furniture and sculptures in his faceted style, appropriating aesthetic decisions while making an effort to move away from perfect representation. Referring to Ferry’s original placement of Standing Woman by Alberto Giacometti, Chapline says “I thought of how the form of Giacometti’s sculpture created or broke up the space in the main room. A figure that is light but has an overwhelming presence at the same time. Designing with computer programs I am able to create without the physical limitations of gravity, and I thought about how the figure could almost float in the room.”