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ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Impression, a solo exhibition of work by Faheem Majeed in Gallery One.

Chicago, IL, November 03, 2018– ANDREW RAFACZ continues the 2018 fall season with Impression, a solo exhibition of sculpture and wall works by Chicago-based artist Faheem Majeed. The exhibition continues through Saturday, December 29, 2018.

With his first commercial gallery exhibition in Chicago, Majeed presents two distinct bodies of work that are connected in their relationship to place and memory.

Originally presented as one work, the individual panels from Unite, created from reassembled particle board, scrap metal and assorted Kool-Aid flavors, have been rotated horizontally and installed individually along the gallery’s east wall, returning them to an interstitial space between painting, sculpture and signage. As brightly colored abstractions, they continue to resonate for the artist as signifiers of the boarded up and abandoned neighborhood, while addressing issues of value, marginalization, community and loss.

Installed on the floor and facing wall, the artist has included works from his ongoing practice of documenting architecture, monument, sign and structure through charcoal rubbings. Referencing a previous series of work entitled Demise of the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC), Majeed presents Demise Shroud, a seventy-foot long charcoal rubbing of the center’s main gallery floors. The gallery, named after SSCAC founder Margaret Burroughs, is the centerpiece of the organization and has been the gathering place for thousands of artists and community members since 1938. In this regard, the floors have become a didactic instrument. The muslin and charcoal reference the capturing of tombstone engravings, exploring involuntary death or destruction, what it means to destroy and what can be lost or gained from destruction. The piece seeks to both memorialize history while providing an intimate critique on the survival of culturally specific institutions.

For Majeed, Impression suggests a playful nod to the history of painting as well as the action that he takes as a core part of his practice. It also captures the ephemeral existence of his subject matter. Through the objects he makes, Majeed connects a rooted past to an often precarious present, creating a platform for the discussion of a more imminently possible future.

FAHEEM MAJEED (American, b. 1976) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BFA from Howard University (Washington, D.C.) in 2000 and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Cleve Carney Gallery at College DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Harold Washington College President’s Gallery (Chicago, IL), and Blanc Gallery (Chicago, IL). Recent group exhibitions include the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), New Gallery of Modern Art (Charlotte, NC), Soccer Club Club (Chicago, IL), Palais De Tokyo (Chicago, IL), DuSable Museum (Chicago, IL), Bishop Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and the Wormfarm Institute (Reedsburg, WI). Majeed is a Harpo Foundation Awardee (2016), and a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grand (2015). From 2005-2011, Majeed served as Executive Director and Curator for the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). This is his first exhibition with the gallery.