Chicago

Bill Stipe

Contemporary Art Workshop

Bill Stipe works with what he calls “invisible relativity”—“things (like air) that we know are there but cannot see.” He presents an immediate distinction between what is physically there but mentally imperceptible, and what is mentally comprehensible but physically difficult to see. In fact, what Stipe means by “invisible” may include ideas or feelings that are usually obscured by social convention, organic and supernatural phenomena “buried” by activities of everyday contemporary urban life, words which sound important but mean nothing. Thus, his treatments make invisible synonymous with “not obvious” or “relatively little accessible” and visible comes to suggest “highly obvious” and “perhaps all too accessible.”

For his current show, Stipe has displayed cottony, mottled, curiously off-color squares of handmade paper in which he has nearly entirely buried such common objects as grocery

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