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This exhibition features new w ork by Joel Ross (American\, born 1966\, lives Urbana\, IL ) in collaboration with photographer Jason Creps (American \, born 1975\, lives Chicago\, IL). This series continues Ross’s interest i n public signage\, veering off the open road to examine text as it interact s with the built environment: the in-between spaces of alleys and parking l ots. The artists construct signs which they clandestinely install\, photogr aph\, and abandon at locations between Chicago and Southern Illinois\, resu lting in a series of large-scale\, color photographs.

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We looked for fissures and vacancies\, roadside space s we could take advantage of\, and then wrote narratives and built sculptur es to fill them. We also wrote stories and then searched (sometimes exhaust ively) to find locations with the right conditions for those characters. Th e sculptures are declarations\, and they take possession of their site\, ho wever briefly\, with confidence\, humor\, urgency\, and sometimes aggressio n.”
- excerpt from Joel Ross and Jason Creps’ artist statement 2 012

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This work occupies a tension betw een the precise mise-en-scène of placing these signs in anticipation of a p hotograph and the documentation of the performative act of installing and a bandoning these text-objects. The locations are often selected for their om inous feel or dramatic found-lighting scenarios – dusk\, dawn\, or the dark of night creating lush textures that frame multiple voices and narratives. These photographs\, while still and seemingly outside of time\, also revea l traces of human activity in isolated spaces: an illuminated doorway of a vacant shopping center\, an abandoned tire\, a lone shotgun shell casing. T he drama of Ross and Creps’ private performances belie the stillness of the se oddly compelling and beautiful images.

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Joel Ross (American\, born 1966\, li ves Urbana\, IL) holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA f rom Tufts University. Born in Port Arthur\, Texas\, he is the son of a poli ce sergeant and the grandson of a Baptist preacher. He received a discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1984. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at University of Illinois at Urba na-Champaign. More work from the series Alleys and Parking Lots wi ll be presented in a solo show at Tiny Park Gallery in Austin TX in 2013\, Ross’ first solo exhibition in his home state of Texas. Recent exhibitions include It’s Not My First Time\, Beta Pictoris Maus Contemporary A rt\, Birmingham AL\; (No) Vacancy\, Carrie Secrist Gallery\, Chica go IL\; and Write Now! curated by Nathan Mason\, Chicago Cultural Center\, Chicago IL.

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Jason Creps(American\, born 1975\, lives Chicago\, IL) re ceived his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in his home state of Ohio and promptly entered the world of commercial photography. He then spe nt as much time as possible living in vans and busses while touring as a mu sician. Chicago became home in 2000 and from there\, he works as a photogra pher\, performs with the bands Man Is Man and The Glorious Vapors and makes multimedia installations with One Degree Off.

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\n DTEND:20121027 DTSTAMP:20140918T201322 DTSTART:20120915 GEO:41.9032996;-87.6820876 LOCATION:moniquemeloche gallery\,2154 W. Division \nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Alleys and Parking Lots\, Jason Creps\, Joel Ross UID:235085 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120915T190000 DTSTAMP:20140918T201322 DTSTART:20120915T160000 GEO:41.9032996;-87.6820876 LOCATION:moniquemeloche gallery\,2154 W. Division \nChicago\, IL 60622 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Alleys and Parking Lots\, Jason Creps\, Joel Ross UID:235086 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR