Credit: Courtesy Chicago Truborn


213 N. Morgan

In May 2009, Dominic Paul Moore and Sara Ebers started showing art in a tiny space above Swim Cafe in Noble Square, and by October they’d moved into a somewhat less tiny space in the West Loop art district. Wherever they’re curating, the luscious array of paintings, drawings, mixed-media, and sculpture they’ve hung is enough to make the most jaded eye drool.

The aesthetic of the work they select is remarkably consistent: Alexis Mackenzie’s spare, sinuous collages in which birds and plants form words, Stacie Johnson’s trompe-l’oeil neo-geo paintings on paper, Ryan Travis Christian’s meticulous op-art expressionism, Jonathan Runcio’s translucent zigzag abstractions, Rob Carter’s surreal architectural landscapes. What they have in common is a formal perfection anchored in an appreciation of the boundary between surface and illusion.