Chicago Artists' Coalition is pleased to present two exciting exhibitions: Pine Feather Period, the 2011-2012 Coalition Gallery cohorts' inaugural exhibition curated by Jeff Ward ANDAftermath, an exhibition of six BOLT Residents co-curated by the husband-and-wife teamJeriah Hildwine and Stephanie Burke. Both exhibitions will open November 4th from 6-9pm at Chicago Artists' Coalition (CAC), 217 North Carpenter Street and will run from November 4-December 2, 2011. To kick off these exhibitions, BOLT resident Amber Hawk-Swanson will present Online Comments (August 2007 - August 2011), a performance that responds to early press for her Amber Doll Project (2008), on Nov. 1 from 6-8:30pm in the BOLT Project Space at CAC.
BOLT Residency Presents Aftermath
Aftermath refers to what is left behind after an event, especially a destructive event, or an extinction. The artists in this exhibition work with ideas of organic life, nature, place, the body, and ritual. Some of the work in this exhibition explores the relationship between people and nature, and between what it means to be human and what it means to be animal. Others may relate to ritual and the body, to our physicality and our animal nature, suggesting that we are perhaps not so far removed from our animal origins as we often suppose, as attested to by recurrent myths of lycanthropy (werewolves), and true stories of feral children. Participating artists include Melika Bass, Sarah Belknap + Joseph Belknap,Gwynne Johnson, Jenny Kendler, Homa Shojaie and Amber Hawk Swanson. Aftermath runs November 4-December 2, 2011 with an opening reception on November 4th from 6-9pm.
About the Curators:
Aftermath (Nov) and Artifact (Dec) are co-curated by the husband-and-wife team of Jeriah Hildwine and Stephanie Burke. Jeriah (MFA 2007, MICA) is a painter, with an exhibition scheduled for February 2012 at Linda Warren Gallery; he also teaches at several colleges and art centers, and writes for Art Pulse, Art Talk Chicago, Bad at Sports and Chicago Art Magazine. Stephanie (MFA 2009, SAIC) makes work, teaches, writes for Bad at Sports, and is Editor-in-Chief of Art Talk Chicago. When not making, teaching, curating, looking at, or writing about art, they enjoy camping, target shooting, and spending time with their pet ball python, Snake.
Coalition Gallery presents Pine Feather Period
Pine Feather Period marks the first of three exhibitions for the sixteen artists selected to participate in Coalition Gallery, a one-year, juried, co-operative exhibition program for emerging, contemporary Chicago artists. In the spirit of a debut, Pine Feather Period, a 1920's flapper slang phrase, describes the period of a debutante's coming out. This exhibition will introduce the work of CAC's 2011-2012 Coalition Gallery artists who throughout the year will expand their exhibition, marketing, networking and professional development skills.
The 2011-2012 Coalitions Gallery artists are: Steve Amos, Marissa Lee Benedict, Barbara Blacharczyk, Angela Davis Fegan, Daniel Giordan, Amanda Greive, Carole Hennessy, Debra Kayes, Alexandra Lee, Cydney M. Lewis, Sandra Perlow, Erik Peterson, Renee Prisble, Brittany Ransom, David Wittig, and Jim Zimpel.
Coalition Gallery artists will be featured in dynamic exhibitions curated by Chicagoland area independent curators, Tempestt Hazel (Co-Founder of Sixty Inches From Center: The Chicago Arts Archive and Collective Project), Anna Kunz (Artist, Co-Founder/Director of Kunz, Vis, Gonzalez Chicago), Jamilee Polson (Artist, Curator, Writer, Founder/Director ofTwelve Galleries Project), and the curator of Pine Feather Period, Jeff Ward (Independent Curator, Co-Founder, Threewalls). So, don't be a wallflower, as these artists dance cards are about to become quite full! Please help us kick off an exciting year for the Coalition Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Curator: Jeff M. Ward has worked as a curator and critic in Chicago since 2002, participating in the organization of numerous shows, including exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center; threewalls, of which he was a co-founder; and the Pond, a no longer extant artist-run space of which he was also a co-founder. He was a critic-in-residence at the Core Program of the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and he has written for New Art Examiner and ArtLies magazines. He is currently Assistant to the Provost at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.