When this year's theme for Chicago Artists' Month was announced as "Artists and Issues That Matter," ARC opted to address the obvious, yet controversial, question: "Does It Matter?" in their annual All-Members' Show. The artwork exhibited in "Does It Matter?" explores how and why our individual art-making process matters (be it: to us or to others, socially, politically, morally, globally, personally...). Each member created a new work for this theme with an accompanying statement about why the work "matters." This is an opportunity for reflection, not only on our personal practice, but also in relation to our immediate artistic community.
For added critical interaction, we pose the same question to the audience/viewer, encouraging and displaying a dialogue about the value of art now. Through many levels of subjectivity, all are able to discuss what does matter, creating an artistic process that allows and promotes this crucial conversation.