Isaz: Ice is Bark of Rivers

Aron Gent, Nick Ostoff, Sophia Rauch

February 10th – March 4th, 2012

“Ice is bark of rivers
and roof of the wave
and destruction of the doomed.”

- English translation of Old Icelandic rune poem

The Hills Esthetic Center hosts “Isaz: Ice is bark of rivers”, an exhibition of new painting by Aron Gent, Nick Ostoff, and Sophia Rauch. The exhibition closes on March 4th. The word “Isaz” is a German translation of the i-rune, the pre-Latin Germanic character meaning ice. Each character in this alphabet stands for a concept or object and is explained by a poem, the Icelandic version above serves as an abstract compass for viewing the works collected in this show.

Often considered a boring topic of small talk, weather conditions, particularly temperature, have an imbedded dialogic relationship with painting, its light, space and mood. The artists in this exhibition approach surface, architecture, temperature and emotion from unique conceptual perspectives and varying artistic backgrounds. Uniting the work is a tactile sensitivity to the formal language of painting and the use of subtle difference to point in the direction of renewal.

Aron Gent is a Chicago based Painter, Photographer, Installation artist and gallery director. He received his BFA from Columbia College in 2007.

Nick Ostoff is a Canadian painter, currently an MFA candidate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sophia Rauch is from California, received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.