Maybe it is ridiculous to worry that technology will take over. On the other hand, maybe it already has? Robots Will Keep Us as Pets aims to initiate a discussion about the manual, haptic aspects of painting and the complex personal exchanges that go along with it. The exhibition grew out of a series of meetings with Andreas Fischer that often centered on his process-based, dialectical practice, which involves working and reworking canvases, and at the same time maintaining multiple conversations with other makers. Combining a continuum of skilled manipulation to silent knowledge and an interest in the products of reciprocal relationships, the artists ofRobots Will Keep Us as Pets each assert their own particular version of human intimacy. These affinities for the personal, obsessive, and communal aspects of painting create openings for collective introspection that just might keep the robots from taking over.
Andreas Fischer lives and works in Chicago. He Holds an MFA in studio art and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago; he also attended the Universitat der Kunste, Berlin. His projects include exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Gahlberg Gallery at the College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Devening Projects, Chciago; Hudson Franklin Gallery, New York; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Hungryman Gallery San Francisco; Important Projects, Oakland; and Regina Rex, Brooklyn, among others. He is currently visiting assistant professor in studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Ariel Dill was born in Los Angeles, CA, and lives and works in Queens, NY. She received an MFA from Hunter College in 2006 and a BA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, in 1998. Recent exhibitions includeOscillations at Southfirst, Brooklyn; Grasping for Relics at ZieherSmith, New York;Painting Club at Exit Art, NY; and Itinerant Ones (curated by Jules de Balincourt), Storefront, Brooklyn. Other exhibitions include projects with Neverwork, New York; Martos Gallery, New York (forthcoming); Nicole Klagsbrun, New York (forthcoming); Sara Meltzer Gallery/Projects, New York; Sophiajacob, Baltimore; Printed Matter, New York; and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, among others.
Amanda Dalton Innis lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at Hyde Park Art Center and in the Chicago public schools. Innis was recently awarded a fellowship to Rutgers where she will start an MFA in painting this fall.
Sofia Leiby is an artist and writer interested in the influences of media-dominated society on artistic production, and in contextualizing painting and printmaking within contemporary technological practices of representation. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Manifest Exhibitions and Hungryman Gallery in Chicago; Nudashank in Baltimore; and Beach in London. She recently curated an exhibition of animated GIFs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Additionally, she is a contributing editor for Pool, an online publication with internationally recognized contributors focusing on media theory and expanding the discourse between online and offline cultural realities. In 2011 she received her BFA in painting and printmaking from SAIC.
Trew Schriefer received his BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2007 and his MFA in drawing and painting from Illinois State University in 2010. He has exhibited at Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, IL; Ebersmoore, Chicago; Double Break Gallery, San Diego; 65 Grand Gallery, Chicago; and Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, St Louis. Schriefer lives and works in Moline, IL.