ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/show en-us 40 Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, Michael Hunter, Kristina Paabus, and Carson Fisk-Vittori - Alderman Exhibitions - August 10th, 2012 - September 2nd, 2012 <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">Alderman Exhibitions is pleased to present <a href="http://www.aldermanexhibitions.com/Alderman_Exhibitions/ALDERMAN_EXHIBITIONS.html" rel="nofollow"><em>Dolphin Days</em></a>, an exhibition of new work by Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty, New Hands, Michael Hunter, Kristina Paabus, and Carson Fisk-Vittori. While ranging in media from graphite on paper and panel, to photography, sculpture, collage, and painting, the pieces included in <em>Dolphin Days</em> are united in a delicate sense of quiet airiness. However, a little time spent floating among them reaveals a hint of antagonism beneath the delicate twisting and undulations of paper, plants and trompe l'oeil effects. All extremely focused, (or mired?), in process, the artists of <em>Dolphin Days</em> underscore the beginning of summer's slow death with a glim nod to the bitter sweet rigour of the dark days ahead.</span></span></p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:58:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Brandon Anschultz, Daniel Baird, Benjamin Funke, Sarah Mosk, Eileen Mueller, Aay Preston-Myint, Min Song - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - June 30th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Bowling Alone, a group exhibition of new sculpture, painting, collage, photography, and video.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrew Rafacz continues the 2012 season with Bowling Alone, featuring the work of BRANDON ANSCHULTZ, DANIEL BAIRD, BENJAMIN FUNKE, SARAH MOSK, EILEEN MUELLER, AAY PRESTON-MYINT, and
MIN SONG in Gallery One. The exhibition continues through August 11, 2012.<br /> <br /> The exhibition unabashedly draws inspiration from Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone, in which the author, after twenty-five years of data and research, warns that our culture’s decline in social capital is negatively affecting nearly all aspects of our lives and communities. More Americans are bowling than ever before, but despite the obvious potential in this activity for social interaction, there has been a dramatic increase in it as a solitary activity. Americans are literally, more than ever, bowling alone.<br /> <br /> In a country and historical moment where individualism is an ideological constant, the artists in this exhibition, in their own ways, create work that either directly or indirectly addresses this decline in social capital. By refusing the notion of the singular creator obsessed with personal moments or idiosyncrasies, the works speak to actual physical space, cooperative practices, and take inspiration from a collective history.<br /> <br /> Working with the ideas and histories inherent in specific objects, Daniel Baird presents a sculpture that simultaneously engages and repels the viewer. Aay Preston-Myint, influenced by both personal identity and community, exhibits a participatory sculpture that addresses the ideal of utopia. Min Song rearranges easily-sourced, low-grade domestic building materials, synthesizing them in something unfamiliar. Engaging issues of culture and art history, Brandon Anschultz creates work that blurs the line between painting and sculpture, while Sarah Mosk creates collaged spaces, taken from a collected history of images, that are at once both familiar and completely unique. Eileen Mueller’s photographs speak to and poeticize the history of communal educational spaces and the mythology surrounding the artist. Benjamin Funke utilizes the music of the heavy metal band Metallica and the platform of YouTube to illustrate our desire to share individual experiences with an electronic community.<br /> <br /> <br /> BRANDON ANSCHULTZ (American, b. 1972) lives and works in St. Louis. He received is B.F.A. from Louisiana Tech University in 1997 and his M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. Past solo exhibitions include Pacer at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, curated by Dominic Molon; Stick Around for Joy at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis and Longue Vue House and Garden, New Orleans; and Round at White Flag Projects, St. Louis. Additional group exhibitions include Die Erklärte Ausstellung, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria; Jasmine, Plus B, Front Desk Apparatus, New York City; Amass at Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles and Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis. He will be included in the upcoming exhibition All Good Things Become Wild and Free, curated by Daniel Orendorff at Carthage College.<br /> <br /> DANIEL G. BAIRD (American, b. 1984) lives and works in Chicago. He received his B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and his M.F.A. from U.I.C. in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Merge Visible at Prairie Productions, Chicago; Downcast Eyes at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Speak Forward at Harold Washington College. In November of 2011 he collaborated on the exhibition Has the World already been made? with Haseeb Ahmed at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands. He will have a solo exhibition in September at Appendix Project Space in Portland. Newcity recently listed him as one of Chicago’s leading artists in the annual publication 'Breakout Artists: Chicago's next generation of image makers.'<br /> <br /> BENJAMIN FUNKE (British, b. 1980) is an image and audio producer living in Indiana. He received his B.F.A. from Columbia College, Chicago in 2005 and his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Past exhibitions include ISLANDS IN THE STREAM at Johalla Projects in Chicago; Transient at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Ethnographic Terminalia at the Eastern Bloc for New Media, Montreal, Quebec; Imaginary at the Simutan Association, Timisoara, Romania; New Prints at the International Print Center, New York City, New York.<br /> <br /> SARAH MOSK (American, b. 1978) lives and works in Chicago. She received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University in 2000. Recent group exhibitions include The Power of Selection 3 at Western Exhibitions, Chicago; Rebus at Ben Russell Gallery, Chicago, Paper Chasers at Nuda Shank, Baltimore; Midway Art Fair at Iron St. Studios, Chicago. She will be included in forthcoming edition of IDN magazine (Hong Kong) as part of their DVD collage animation compilation. <br /> <br /> EILEEN MUELLER (American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and later received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Exhibitions include Soft Ground at Roots &amp; Culture, Chicago; Ceaseless Blooms in Jobless Colors at Johalla Projects, Chicago; and the upcoming Queering Spaces at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago. She is the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship and the World Less Travelled Grant as well as a finalist for the Gelman Travel Fellowship.<br /> <br /> AAY PRESTON-MYINT (American, b. 1981) is an artist, educator, printmaker and DJ based in Chicago. He received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and an M.F.A. from U.I.C. in 2011, when he was also awarded the 2011 Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant. Solo exhibitions include I'm Here To Make Friends, Happy Collaborationists, Chicago. Recent group exhibitions include Group Hug at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago; Suggestions of a Life Being Lived at SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; Lifestyle Plus Form Bundle at Madame, Minneapolis, MN; and Multiplemix at Devening Projects, Chicago. Upcoming group exhibitions include All Good Things Become Wild and Free at the HF Johnson Gallery at Carthage College and Epic Something at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Aay also works with other artists as a collaborator under the names No Coast, Chances Dances, and Monsters and Dust. <br /> <br /> MIN SONG (American, b. 1982) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She received her M.F.A. from U.I.C. in 2011. Recent group and solo exhibitions include Chris Naka and Min Song at Julius Caesar, Chicago; Small Scale Lifestyles at Seerveld Gallery, Palos Heights; Small Scale Lifestyles II at Happy Collaborationist, Chicago; Min Song at Michael Jon, Miami.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:47:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Peter Skavra - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - June 30th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery, an exhibition of new painting, sculpture and a light box by Peter Skvara.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrew Rafacz continues the 2012 season with 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery, new work by Peter Skvara in Gallery Two. The exhibition continues through August 11, 2012.<br /> <br /> 100 years of Adventure and Discovery is titled and inspired by the National Geographic’s one hundred year anniversary volume, chronicling the first century of the National Geographic Society and it’s publication’s coverage of natural, scientific and cultural-historical events. Concurrently, the centennial collection of the publications achievements reads as an archive of human discovery and triumphs through out the last hundred years, from the surveys of global cultures in all parts of the globe to the beginnings of space exploration. <br /> <br /> Peter Skvara’s work surveys a relationship between art, science, and instinctive human curiosity. Drawing inspiration from the mission of National Geographic, to promote culture via adventure and thus discovery, Skvara approaches his practice by learning in the process of doing. In 100 Years…, Skvara presents a series of works that serve as both art objects and documentations of curiosity driven research. In his series of Camouflage Paintings, he creates compositions using found foliage, collected from his travels through out the northwest of the United States, as stencils with camouflage colors and techniques creating paintings that reference both hunting culture and botany classification. <br /> <br /> Using materials such as concrete and wire, Skvara presents Trap II (Hanging Snare), a sculpture and functioning snare trap that pays homage to the minimalist traditions of modernist sculpture as well as the ingenuity of basic human invention and construction. The bookend to Skvara’s exhibition is a striking sizeable light box entitled 100 Years. The work appears to depict an image of the moon’s cratered surface divided by a series of lines creating a grid, mimicking that of an archeological site. The title 100 years references the bookend chapter of the National Geographic’s centennial volume, the beginnings of space exploration. The work pays tribute to the pride of having reached the moon as a milestone in human discovery. It is upon realizing that the image in 100 years is a result of a clever series of experimentations using water and ink to create a convincing yet false representation of the moons surface, that reminds us of the inherent human nature to continue to explore and that there is plenty more to learn and discover.<br /> ----Emanuel Aguilar<br /> <br /> PETER SKVARA (American, b. 1985) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Resource at Jean Albano Gallery; Get It Together at the Chicago Cultural Center; Wow-Hause at Johalla Projects; BUNK at The Happy Collaborationists Exhibition Space; New Wave at Jean Albano Gallery. He will be part of the upcoming exhibition Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, at the Chicago Cultural Center, later this year.</p> <p></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:09:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Group Show - Carl Hammer Gallery - June 1st, 2012 - August 25th, 2012 <p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;">Works by David Sharpe, Henry Darger, Karl Wirsum, Cameron Gray, CJ Pyle, Bill Traylor, Mary Lou Zelazny, Ed Paschke, Marc Dennis, Joseph Yoakum</span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: x-small;">and</span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">a tribute to the recently deceased Mr. Imagination </span><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000" size="4"><span style="font-size: x-small;">all round out this summer season’s offerings.</span> <br /></span></span></p> <p align="center"></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:26:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Keliy Anderson-Staley, John Cyr, Elizabeth Ernst, Myra Greene, Gregory Scott - Catherine Edelman Gallery - July 13th, 2012 - September 1st, 2012 <p align="justify">An artist’s body of work is usually viewed on a computer screen, smart phone or in a book, focusing on one piece at a time. While artists rely on these methods to disseminate images, certain work benefits greatly from a carefully planned installation, for greater impact.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>Keliy Anderson-Staley</strong> has spent the past few years working on a project called <em>[Hyphen]-Americans: Tintype Portraits.</em> The titlealludes to the hyphenated origin of American identities (Irish-American, African-American, etc.). Anderson-Staley will present an installation of 43 small tintype portraits (from an ongoing series of 400+) along a 21 foot wall, creating a dialogue among the featured faces, showcasing a portrait of Americans.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>John Cyr</strong> will present a grid of nine photographs (from a series of 65) of developer trays by well-known photographers, creating an elegy about a bygone era in the age of digital photography. Through these photographs, Cyr reminds us of the lost art of black and white printing, and the chemicals, staining and smells that no longer exist.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>Elizabeth Ernst</strong> will present three new mixed media photo pieces, alongside sculpted figures included in the work.  Working with clay, paper mache and metal objects, Ernst photographs her created characters (now totaling more than 60) for her ongoing project, <em>The G.E. Circus</em>, which examines the public and private personas of people in her fictitious circus.  </p> <p align="justify"><strong>Myra Greene</strong> will show 21 small format Ambrotypes (from a series of 60) of her lips, eyes, nose and ears, from her series <em>Character Recognition. </em>Tainted with the visual history of American slavery, these images point directly to the features of race and modes of classification.</p> <p align="justify"><strong>Gregory Scott</strong> will debut his newest video piece installation, inspired by Donald Judd. Six shelves hang on a wall, incorporating videos of the sky and water. As is typical in Scott’s work, the artist can be seen floating and flying through the elements, interacting with the shelves in an unexpected way, while honoring the exploration of space and minimalism associated with Donald Judd.</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:30:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Stephen Beal, Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall - Chicago Cultural Center - March 12th, 1994 - December 31st, 2020 <p><em>Presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, this exhibition of 72 black and white photographs from 1956 to 1987 offers a detailed view of 24 designated Chicago Landmarks.  The exhibit features the work of renowned architectural photographers Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall and Stephen Beal.</em></p> <p> </p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 02:51:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Denise Milan - Chicago Cultural Center - June 8th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">One of Brazil’s visionary artists, <strong>Denise Milan</strong> invites viewers on an exhilarating journey to her country through an exhibition of sculpture and photo-collage that celebrates the natural wonder of Brazil’s jungles, ocean and desert regions, and the vibrancy of its multifaceted culture. <br /> <br /> Working from a deeply humanistic tradition for more than 20 years—as an ecological and arts education activist, as well as an artist—Denise Milan has been making sculptures, photographic installations and performances that draw actively from her experiences living with and interviewing people in the Brazilian coastal villages of Paraty and the dry desolate lands of Bahia in Brazil’s northeast. <br /> <br /> <em><strong>Denise Milan: Mist of the Earth</strong></em> is the culmination of past experience and the embodiment of the artist’s ongoing concerns, as much a testament to a troubling legacy of colonization, the enslavement of African peoples, and the despoilment of whole regions, as to the more life-asserting side of Brazil, its breathless beauty, sensuous earthiness, and ravishing mysticism.</p> <p> </p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:32:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Zachary Cahill - Chicago Cultural Center - June 23rd, 2012 - September 9th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">This Chicago artist has created a site-specific installation that combines actual tourist memorabilia with the artist’s simulated gift objects, all thematically related to the bear, as in Soviet symbols (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s name, translating to “bear”); sports (Chicago Bears and other team mascots); and other iterations. This project conflates high and low culture and satirizes commodification of art objects, the culture of political spectacle and the excesses of political discourse. Sample ceramic objects include a small sculpture of Obama and Medvedev at Hell Burgers and a modified version of some Chicago Bears gift items.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:15:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Dan Mills - Chicago Cultural Center - July 14th, 2012 - September 23rd, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">This artist has envisioned a world atlas composed of supposed U.S. annexations of various countries in this parody of U.S. imperialism. These collages subvert the beauty of atlases, their symbols and language to make a serious statement about world politics.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:28:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Patty Carroll - Chicago Cultural Center - July 21st, 2012 - September 30th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">These lush color photographs of women draped in patterned and textured fabrics in lavishly appointed studio settings comment on many provocative issues relating to women such as domesticity, concealment and identity. There also several allusions to culturally loaded draping -- such as the Virgin Mary, judicial robes and Muslim women in burkas.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:30:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Igor Kozlovsky, Marina Sharapova - Chicago Cultural Center - July 21st, 2012 - September 30th, 2012 <p>This husband and wife team of Russian emigres collaborate to make large scale paintings of people walking. Their individual styles merge in a blend of Renaissance technique with contemporary edginess.</p> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 10:33:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Seymour Rosofsky - Corbett vs. Dempsey - July 27th, 2012 - September 1st, 2012 <p>For its second summer exhibition, Corbett vs. Dempsey is delighted to present Xylophone Solo, an exhibition of selected drawings by Seymour Rosofsky.</p> <p>Rosofsky (1924-1981) is one of the key figures in twentieth century Chicago art. Emerging in the late 1940s as part of the movement later dubbed the "Monster Roster," alongside Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, June Leaf, and Dominick Di Meo, he initially painted grotesque, existentially angst-ridden figures, perfect little monsters. By the early 1960s, Rosofsky had begun to develop a singularly fantastical style rooted in observational painting, creating unflinching masterworks like "Unemployment Agency" (currently hanging in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office) and "Homage to Spain, Thalydomide Children, Others" (in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago). Rosofsky's brilliance as a painter is widely recognized, but he was also a spectacular draughtsman with a particular interest in drawing as both a process and a medium. Xylophone Solo spotlights fifteen great drawings – pencil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal – from the Rosofsky archives, some closely related to paintings, some imagined and executed entirely on their own. The exhibition is accompanied by a 44-page catalog with reproductions of all these and more Rosofsky works on paper.</p> <p></p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:35:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Keiichi Tanaami - Corbett vs. Dempsey - July 27th, 2012 - September 1st, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">In the West Wing, CvsD presents the Chicago debut of Keiichi Tanaami. Born in Tokyo in 1936, Tanaami has been active as a video artist, animator, designer, and visual artist since the 1960s, and his enormous oeuvre continues to expand with ever stranger images that, since a near-death experience in 1981, have had a bardo-like hallucinatory buzz. This small exhibition spotlights a series of exquisite, over-the-top drawings that Tanaami made in the late 1960s after his first trip to New York. Dazzlingly brazen and oversexed, riffing on the pornographic excesses of American pop culture, these superheated ink outings were much loved by Yamataka Eye of the Boredoms when they were rediscovered in the late 1990s.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:18:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Frank Selby, Christian Tomaszewski - DePaul Art Museum - June 21st, 2012 - August 19th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">This group exhibition focuses on a growing trend within drawing: the meticulous translation of images from photographs and photo-based media. Concentrating on instances of social and political transformation, these thirteen contemporary artists present a novel approach to the drawn medium. In their hands, drawing as rote translation signals a desire for agency coupled with a sense of the distance between "reality out there" and our attempts to comprehend or transform it. <em>Drawn from Photography</em> is curated by Claire Gilman and organized by The Drawing Center, New York.  A catalogue for this exhibition will be available for sale at the museum. </p> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 05:07:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Peter Karklins - DePaul Art Museum - June 21st, 2012 - November 18th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">The Chicago artist Peter Karklins creates small pencil-and-paper drawings that capture the processes and energies just below the surface of all human life. The complexity of his organic forms is matched by the artist's meticulous recording of the times and circumstances of the creation of each drawing on its reverse, providing viewers with an added insight into these rich images. Sean D. Kirkland, Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, has edited a volume of essays to accompany the exhibition, available for sale at the museum and through the University of Chicago Press.</p> <p> </p> <p>There will be a closing symposium on October 12. Details coming soon.  </p> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 05:22:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list Group Show - Gallery 400 - June 29th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;">Artwork from 27 artists inspired by the life and work of the indomitable Mark Aguhar (1987-2012) is presented alongside pieces by this fearless and beautiful artist/activist/goddess. Uncompromising, incisive, and charismatic in her investigations of gender, queer advocacy, and the politics of marginalized identity, Mark deeply transformed the communities of which she was a part. <em>The Dragon is the Frame </em>presents the challenging, compelling artwork she created in dialogue with pieces made by those she was closest to in Chicago. The exhibition format, which intersperses Mark’s works throughout the installation, is an attempt at capturing the way Mark’s communities functioned—individuals in constant communication, always sharing and influencing one another.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Inspired by the life and work of the indomitable <strong>Mark Aguhar</strong> (1987-2012), <em><b>The Dragon is the Frame</b></em> features artwork by twenty seven artists—<strong>Claire Arctander, Nina Barnett, Jeremy Bolen, Elijah Burgher, Edie Fake, Pamela Fraser, Tiffany Funk, R. E. H. Gordon, Steve Hnilicka, Kasia Houlihan, Mark Kent, Young Joon Kwak, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Marianna Milhorat, Tim Nickodemus, Aay Preston-Myint, Juana Peralta, Macon Reed, Colin Self, Michael Sirianni, Nathan Thomas, Neal Vandenbergh, Xina Xurner and Isaac Fosl-van Wyke, Allison Yasukawa, Gwendolyn Zabicki, and Latham Zearfoss</strong>—presented alongside pieces by this fearless and beautiful artist, activist, and goddess. Uncompromising, incisive, and charismatic in her investigations of gender, queer advocacy, and the politics of marginalized identity, Mark deeply transformed the communities of which she was a part. <em>The Dragon is the Frame</em> presents the challenging, compelling artwork she created in dialogue with pieces made by those she was closest to in Chicago. The exhibition format, which intersperses Mark’s works throughout the installation, is an attempt at capturing the way Mark’s communities functioned—individuals in constant communication, always sharing and influencing one another.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From this community, <em>The Dragon is the Frame </em>presents artwork as dynamic and multi-faceted as Aguhar’s practice, which included performance, clothing, writing, rope installation, and works on paper, in addition to an extensive online presence through YouTube and her blog, <em>Calloutqueen. </em>The twenty-seven artists’ collective response to Mark’s life and work is just as rich in its diversity. <strong>Pamela Fraser’s</strong> small painting continues on the exploration of color we expect from the artist. In a photographic series, <strong>Jeremy Bolen</strong> captures light falling on and through one of Mark’s laboriously created performance outfits, thus evoking both the absence of the performance and the persistence of Aguhar’s creations. <strong>Nina Barnett’s</strong> effervescent, airy drawings image an abandoned, underground pool discovered on the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus. The light, almost invisible graphite marks suggest the “quietly powerful, protective side” of Mark to which Barnett connected. Working with the idea of a sigil, a magical emblem encoding specific wishes or desires, a drawing by artist and writer <strong>Elijah Burgher</strong> references gender transition, tumultuous moments, and unstable futures, using a personal language of magic and symbol shared between the artist and Aguhar. Occupying an entire room, <strong>Latham Zearfoss’ </strong>sound piece wraps the audience in darkness to elicit an imagined dance, referencing dance communities like Chances Dances<em>. </em>Similarly drawing the viewer in, <strong>Aay Preston-Myint’s</strong> projected work <em>Peony Mirror </em>pictures a non-reflecting mirror, which simultaneously asks the viewer to imagine a specific body (Aguhar’s) that is missing, as well as imagine the possibility of a utopian or transformed body.<br /> <br /> In addition to physical work, <em>The Dragon is the Frame </em>extends beyond the gallery walls through installation, writing, and performance. In conjunction with the exhibition, Gallery 400 will produce a <strong>zine titled </strong><em><b>Houndstooth</b></em> that visitors will assemble themselves, with contributions from Claire Arctander, Elijah Burgher, Femmily, Tyler Gillespie, R. E. H. Gordon, Peter Hales, Kevin Killian, Kevin Kumashiro, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Scott McFarland, Juana Peralta, Roy Pérez, and Nathan Thomas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> </p> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:48:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/chi/Events/list