You Rule Me: A show of power
1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor
Chicago Illinois 60622
Opening October 10th 7-10pm
Closing October 30th 7-10pm
Performances Oct. 30th by Margaret Taylor and Doug Rosenberg
Who's in charge here?
That's the question I keep asking myself, and the question that spawned this exhibition. It seems extra timely now, as Congress is debating an economic bailout plan and the nation decides who should be our next leader.
The exhibition offers work that considers questions of authority and power. Initially inspired by the military operations of various factions of bugs residing on the Jeffers Tree Farm, the participating artists responded to my inquiry about their relationships to ruling powers, be they small intimate ones or larger hegemonic ones. The results are varied and textured—Christa Donner responded with drawings focusing on the body and health; Mollie McKinley's response involves a dialog with the supernatural; Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta's Jelly project offers an alternative strategy to the way we interact with the web; Andreas Warisz's video installation centering around a Chicago Housing project is a rich exploration of the ways information can be disseminated; Melissa Damasauskas offers us a glimpse into a list that rules her; Todd Mattei's photos posit a need for a new deity. Also featuring: drawings by Kelly Allen, Nicholas Wylie, Sarah Beth Woods; photos by Grant Ernhart, Thomas Macker, Lucas Blair; sculpture by Michael Hunter, Scott Cowan, Montgomery Perry Smith and more.
There are rumblings that there might be a piano duel at the closing reception, as well as a performance by Margaret Taylor and music by Doug Rosenberg.
Don't miss it.
Organized by Brieanne Hauger with assistance from Harold Arts.