Slow Slow is an artist-run curatorial project with a deliberately unpolished gallery located in Chicago IL.

"Understanding is the booby prize." Ever since my advisor Brent Ghering said that twenty odd years ago, it has been apparent to me that art is a lousy arena to prove that you’re smart. There is some really great art produced by really smart artists. There are smart ideas in art. Thinking and talking art, even writing about it; it’s all good. But art will always be a closer cousin to food and sex: experience far out weighs the chatter. All that said, artists are driven by ideas and impulses. We are highly sensitive to nuance—far more than our language to describe the nuance. There is still a great struggle happening to one of modernity’s central explorations: the connections and oppositions between the thing itself and its about-ness. The triangle, for example, is both a pure form and about a lot of things. Triangles are not removed from cultural prejudice; triangle patterns are trendy right now. Most of the shows at slow are two or three artists. There is something about putting things in relationship to each other when their relations are not immediately obvious. It helps people dig a little. Puzzle a moment about what is at stake. The shows do something a little different than simply assess how good an artist is. A good pairing can pull an audience away from tired assumptions, the stuff we already know, and tease us toward something we still need to get to. Artists ahead of the curve deserve exploration because their work demands exploration in return, from us. But the breath of the new often lurks in unlikely places. Slow features a fair number of artists who are showing fresh new work, but are not the new kids on the block. Energy and development over pedigree. Voices from different generations and different communities, and sometimes all at once. No rainbow coalition approach, not one-of–each. Sense of humor helps any artist, but humor should be as particular and developed as a realist’s skill or formalist’s color sensitivity. In the words of a favorite artist, Carol Jackson, “Irony is no longer my friend.” I think that means dismissive hipsters and bitchy queens easily grate on people’s nerves. The darkest subject is often balanced by brilliant wit. Frankness. Work that has an air of approachability wins out over esoteric. It is easy to hate viewing work where churchy silence is imposed on visitors. Slow is about dynamic programming built on strong artists, a down to earth atmosphere, a comfortable place to hang and talk, and maybe share a beverage. I really like to like art. - Paul Hopkin

03/07/2020

hello art and art adjacent Chicago, typically I would be encouraging you to come see the current show in the gallery. Today SmAB, the folks who brew beer for the openings are all attending a symposium about Midwesrtern food and beer. I will be around to greet visitors tomorrow and available for appointments throughout the run of the show

Hey y'all people of Slow, the time to wrap up G's stellar painting show is rapidly coming upon us. We are doing somethin...
02/13/2020

Hey y'all people of Slow, the time to wrap up G's stellar painting show is rapidly coming upon us. We are doing something a little different this time. She, HyeGyeong Choi will be here on the last day of gallery hours, February 22. So far, not entirely different, but rather good. Better, we will have on hand a selection of new works on paper for purchase or simply for viewing pleasure. They will be priced ranging from $150 to $350. Some aren't even out of the artist's noggin yet as she is working away in anticipation of her return. Good incentive to come around again and revisit the paintings you already know are stellar works. Even more important for you to come by if you haven't seen them yet. Trust and believe, it is worth the journey to see these beauties in the living and ample flesh!!

Gallery hours are happening today. Come see these lovely thorny paintings. Better still, Andreas will be here too
12/28/2019

Gallery hours are happening today. Come see these lovely thorny paintings. Better still, Andreas will be here too

08/10/2019

Hello Chicago art folks, we are shifting two things about our current show: we are extending the run of the show until August 24, and shortening today's gallery hours: I wijl be leaving at 3. If you want to see the show today between 3 and 5, let me know and I will try to make arrangements

06/14/2019

Hey Chicago art folks, I will be doing some studio visits at Spudnik Press,so open gallery hours will begin a tad later that usual. Come by at 1:30 or after

Becoming Unnatural!! looking great. So excited for this show
05/25/2019

Becoming Unnatural!! looking great. So excited for this show

Roni Packer
04/13/2019

Roni Packer

Roni Packer

Slow's cover photo
04/13/2019

Slow's cover photo

Matt Kayhoe Brett & Boris Ostrerov
03/04/2019

Matt Kayhoe Brett & Boris Ostrerov

Matt Kayhoe Brett & Boris Ostrerov

Judith Brotman, Hyegyeong Choi, Barbara Degenevieve, Jory Drew, Conor Ekstrom, Brent Garbowski, Vesna Jovanovic, Anwar M...
02/03/2019

Judith Brotman, Hyegyeong Choi, Barbara Degenevieve, Jory Drew, Conor Ekstrom, Brent Garbowski, Vesna Jovanovic, Anwar Mahdi, Sofia Moreno, Rebecca Walz and Ryan Michael Pfeiffer

Judith Brotman, Hyegyeong Choi, Barbara Degenevieve, Jory Drew, Conor Ekstrom, Brent Garbowski, Vesna Jovanovic, Anwar Mahdi, Sofia Moreno, Rebecca Walz and Ryan Michael Pfeiffer

The Visualist
02/02/2019

The Visualist

Slow's cover photo
01/04/2019

Slow's cover photo

Preview what we've got coming up this year!
01/04/2019
Looking Ahead

Preview what we've got coming up this year!

Up coming this year: Matthew Kayhoe Brett & Boris Ostrerov, Roni Packer, Tim Nickodemus & Eric Ruschman, E.C. Brown & Melissa Pokorny, Michael Hunter & Eileen Rae Walsh, Fraser Taylor

Claire Ashley and Judith Brotman
12/12/2018

Claire Ashley and Judith Brotman

Claire Ashley and Judith Brotman

Slow's cover photo
11/14/2018

Slow's cover photo

Meg Duguid
11/14/2018

Meg Duguid

Meg Duguid

Ji Su Kwak, Amaranth Borsuk, Julie Wills
10/21/2018

Ji Su Kwak, Amaranth Borsuk, Julie Wills

Ji Su Kwak, Amaranth Borsuk, Julie Wills

Chien Chien Chen, Jason Dunda, Matthew Girson, Cathy Hsiao, Erin Washington, Eileen Rae Walsh
10/21/2018

Chien Chien Chen, Jason Dunda, Matthew Girson, Cathy Hsiao, Erin Washington, Eileen Rae Walsh

Chien Chien Chen, Jason Dunda, Matthew Girson, Cathy Hsiao, Erin Washington, Eileen Rae Walsh

Ji Su Kwak
08/26/2018

Ji Su Kwak

Matthew Girson
05/04/2018

Matthew Girson

Slow's cover photo
03/14/2018

Slow's cover photo

Hyegyeong Choi, Darryl Terrell, Orkideh Torabi, Gwendolyn Zabicki
03/14/2018

Hyegyeong Choi, Darryl Terrell, Orkideh Torabi, Gwendolyn Zabicki

Hyegyeong Choi, Darryl Terrell, Orkideh Torabi, Gwendolyn Zabicki

Slow's cover photo
12/27/2017

Slow's cover photo

Matthew Hilshorst, Alex Gartelmann and Jonas Sebura
12/27/2017

Matthew Hilshorst, Alex Gartelmann and Jonas Sebura

Matthew Hilshorst, Alex Gartelmann and Jonas Sebura

EC Brown & Nancy Lu Rosenheim
11/14/2017

EC Brown & Nancy Lu Rosenheim

EC Brown & Nancy Lu Rosenheim

EC Brown
10/16/2017

EC Brown

Chuck Jones
10/09/2017

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

Bad at Sports suggests you hit Chuck Jones, Compulsory Self-insertion when you're out and about taking in all the fine e...
09/08/2017
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Bad at Sports suggests you hit Chuck Jones, Compulsory Self-insertion when you're out and about taking in all the fine exhibitions Chicago is mounting this week. Be sure to check The Visualist as your making your gallery hopping plans. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS SOMETHING!

Ivan Forde, Julie Potratz
09/06/2017

Ivan Forde, Julie Potratz

Ivan Forde, Julie Potratz

Chuck Jones
08/30/2017

Chuck Jones

Julie Potratz
07/24/2017

Julie Potratz

Christa Donner, Howard Fonda, Matthew Girson, Vesna Jovanovic
07/24/2017

Christa Donner, Howard Fonda, Matthew Girson, Vesna Jovanovic

Christa Donner, Howard Fonda, Matthew Girson, Vesna Jovanovic

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