February 27 through April 11, 2009
Opening reception Friday February 27, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Participating artists:
Jason Robert Bell
Amy Cutler
John Delk
Adam Ekberg
Lilly McElroy
Angel Otero
Travis LeRoy Southworth

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Gravity Buffs; a group exhibition featuring work that resists the normal axioms associated with gravity through imagery, process, and metaphor. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, and prints. Each work requires a suspension of disbelief to allow illogical readings of gravity to fully reveal conceptual content and narratives.

Jason Robert Bell graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a BFA in painting in 1995, and the Yale School of Art, with an MFA in painting in 2000. Bell’s paintings, drawings, experimental films, sculptures, graphic works, internet pieces, outdoor installations, and theatrical performances have been exhibited and performed in New York, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Miami, Washington D.C, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

New York-based Amy Cutler’s extensive exhibition history includes a major survey at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2006) and solo shows at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2004), and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2002). She has also participated in a two-person exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002) and in such important group exhibitions as Global Feminisms, the Brooklyn Museum (2007); ARS 06, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and the Whitney Biennial (2004). Works by Amy Cutler are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and other major institutions.

John Delk received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute Chicago in 2001 and has exhibited in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Chicago artist Adam Ekberg graduated the School of the Art Institute’s MFA Photography program in 2006. Since then, his work has been exhibited throughout Chicago as well as in St Louis, Indianapolis, and Seattle. Photos and video works were recently acquired by the MCA Chicago and MoCP Chicago.

Lilly McElroy is currently living in Provicetown, MA as part of a six-month artist residency program. She graduated the School of the Art Institute’s MFA program in photography and attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2006. Her performance-based work has been written about extensively and her work will be included in upcoming exhibitions in Poland, and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She has participated in recent exhibitions in Finland, Chicago, St Louis, and New York.

Currently completing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute, Angel Otero has exhibited his work in his native Puerto Rico and throughout numerous venues in Chicago.

New York-based Travis LeRoy Southworth will participate in upcoming exhibitions at the Bronx Museum, Evanston Art Center, and San Francisco. He graduated SAIC’s MFA program in 2007 and his work is in the collection of the MoCP Chicago.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11-6


NewCity by Beatrice Smigasiewicz

fecal face by Ryan Christian

TimeOut Chicago by Lauren Weinberg

Artslant by Robyn Farrell Roulo

Gravity Buffs

Jason Robert Bell, Amy Cutler, John Delk, Adam Ekberg, Lilly McElroy, Angel Otero, Travis LeRoy Southworth
February 27 - April 11, 2009


Post (detail)

John Delk, Post (detail), 2009

A drawing of me kicking a dog

Lilly McElroy, A drawing of me kicking a dog, 2008


Adam Ekberg, Untitled, 2008


Angel Otero, Untitled, 2008

Precise Equilibrium

Adam Ekberg, Precise Equilibrium, 2008

Wrestle Nebula

Travis LeRoy Southworth, Wrestle Nebula, 2007

Into a Bed

Lilly McElroy, Into a Bed, 2006


Amy Cutler, Arrangement, 2002

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