Barely Fair

April 8 - 24, 2022

Opening reception: April 8 at Color Club

4146 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Danny Bredar’s practice employs conceptual figuration, writing, ceramics, and collaboration to generate multiple counterpoints within his network of production. Trained as a representational oil painter, Bredar’s ever-expanding diversity of methods and approaches seeks to subvert his own center or centers of gravity, to displace hierarchic values with metonymic contingency, and to destabilize meaning itself. In each set of exhibited relations, an encrypted language implies a “minor literature” that fuses connectivity and detachment via productive contradiction. Bredar’s ongoing sequence of Delft Tiles embed contemporary content into a traditional ceramic format, conveying how his experimentation works within structures and habits of culture to reformat their interiors. Innovative doubt becomes key to forge resistance to the monopolization of behavior.


Danny Bredar was born in 1992 in Denver, Colorado and currently lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from SAIC in 2019, his BA from Harvard University in 2014, and he worked as a studio assistant for the artist Matt Saunders. Solo and two-person exhibitions have been held at The Arts Club of Chicago, Soccer Club Club, Extase, Sandbox Industries venture capital firm, and Taqueria Los Alamos. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Elmhurst Art Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, the Armory Show 2020, Taos Center for the Visual Arts, Sullivan Galleries, and with the fictional gallery Currency in Münster and Zurich. Upcoming group exhibitions will take place at David Lewis Gallery (NYC) and Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago). Bredar also collaborates with Leah Ke Yi Zheng, with whom he is a 2019-22 Fellow at the Arts Club of Chicago. Bredar and Zheng are invested in the collaborative concept Currency, a fictional gallery run by fictional director Wenzel Beckenbauer.

  • Grey Instagram Icon