EXPO Chicago 2022: Liliane Tomasko, Dorian Gaudin

7 - 10 April 2022 

Nathalie Karg Gallery is delighted to participate in EXPO CHICAGO, presenting three large-scale paintings, series on paper, and prints made from original Polaroids by Liliane Tomasko, in addition to a virtual display of an interactive, kinetic sculpture by Dorian Gaudin.

Tomasko’s abstract paintings are filled with dynamic brushstrokes, freed from any compositional rules: patches of color blur together while spray-painted lines mark the canvas. These hypnotic works lure the viewer into a process of self-reflection, allowing the existential nature of Tomasko’s pieces to shine through. Tomasko understands her art as a vehicle to address questions of human nature via generally accessible motifs and associations, so while her paintings are more abstract with a focus on movement,
her polaroids are distinctive for their subjects. At EXPO CHICAGO, Tomasko will unveil one of her most recent projects, a collection of archival pigment prints made from original Polaroids taken by the artist between 1997 and 2010. Serving as the inspiration for Tomasko's abstract paintings, the polaroids capture familiar objects and spaces: bedspreads, rumpled sheets, scattered pillows, and uncovered mattresses. The images themselves, expanded to three times the size of actual Polaroids, feel like abstract works and interplay with the paintings they serve as inspiration for. Her works investigate the
boundaries between sleeping and waking states, meditations on what bridges the subconscious mind and the conscious body.

Alongside collaborator Zachary White, Dorian Gaudin presents a window, of sorts, into his kinetic sculpture, Love Actually, whose physical component is installed at Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York City. A livestream of the sculpture is on display at the booth, with an interactive link for visitors to go online and make the physical sculpture move in New York. They will then observe these actions through the livestream at the booth in Chicago. As strangers make faces at their screens, the sculpture comes alive, a virtual bridge from Chicago to New York City.

Liliane Tomasko (b. 1967, Zurich) is a Swiss artist of Hungarian descent. Tomasko attended Camberwell College, London (1991–1992), completed a BFA at Chelsea College of Art & Design until 1995, and graduated with an MFA from the Royal Academy of Arts in 1998. Liliane Tomasko exhibits internationally, her works are in collections such as Kunstmuseum, Bern; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.


Dorian Gaudin (b. 1986, Paris) is a New York-based artist who works in sculpture and installation. He studied at the École Nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2009), the École Nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (2011) and Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2011). Gaudin’s work has been shown at galleries and institutions nationally and internationally, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the Guangzhou Triennial (2018).