Ann Toebbe opens her third solo exhibit at Monya Rowe Gallery with a collection of works depicting rooms during areception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 4 Rohde Ave.
Each of the rooms are depicted absent of figures, with a focus on what is not seen. This method allows people to projecttheir own memories onto the canvas.
Toebbe has a penchant for documenting the immediate interior surroundings of herself and those close to her. “Room AirConditioner” (2016) depicts the artist’s childhood family room in the late 1970s. “Playdate” (2016), a contemporary home, iscentered around children’s drawings and a pile of Legos scattered on the floor. Without using photographs, each room isrecreated solely from memory or recollection. Toebbe reconstructs the past, extracting details, thus questioning how weremember.
Toebbe received a Masters of Fine Art from Yale University. She also received a scholarship from DAAD, Universität derKunst, Berlin, Germany in 2005, and was awarded a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000. In1995, Toebbe participated in the NY Studio Program at Parson’s School of Design. Her work has recently been exhibited ingroup exhibitions at The Suburban, Milwaukee; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago; Josh Lilley Gallery, London and The ElmhurstMuseum of Art, Chicago.
Her solo exhibition at Monya Rowe Gallery in 2015 was reviewed in The New York Times and included in New YorkMagazine as one of the “Top 10 Shows of the Year.” Toebbe lives and works in Chicago.
Monya Rowe Gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.