No End in Sight
Discussion Panel and Folding Party
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 2pm
33 S. State Street, 7th Floor
In conjunction with the exhibition No End in Sight, on view at the Sullivan Galleries from December 13-January 10, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to present an origami folding party and panel discussion on the theme of "Infinite Change."
Grayson Cox's Building project (featured in the exhibition) isachieved through a series of origami folding parties around the country. Theseparties consist of creating origami cubes, which will be blown up at a "blow up party" once 10,000 have been made.The goal for the artist is to use the cubes to create structures that can accommodate one person at a time, and serve as monuments to the virtues ofpatience, work and cooperation.
Audience members will be given the opportunity to participate in the folding party while engaging in the following discussion panel, with featured artists Burtonwood and Holmes, Josue Pellot and professor Jon Cates:
A number of the artists exhibiting in No End in Sight address the overwhelming and at times frighteningperpetuity of unending war and unstoppable environmental damage, evidenced bythe work of Tim Pannell, Burtonwood & Holmes, and Aviva Alter. Infinite Change, a discussion panel comprised of collaborators Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes, Jon Cates, andJosue Pellot, will focus on the use of the concept of the "neverending" to takeon political and social issues with the aim of creating change in somecapacity.
In the minds of collaborators Burtonwood & Holmes, as far as war is concerned, there is no end in sight. Believing that consumer culture veils some of the grimmer realities of the Iraq war, the collective utilizes the most ubiquitous of commercial imagery - junk mail and flyers - to address the buying and selling aspect of war.
Jon Cates is an Assistant Professor of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cates works with technosocially engaged digital art works. He uses these systems as a way to uproot the dominant cultures' expectations.
Josue Pellot was taken aback by a bulk vending machine he found in the heart of a Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park titled "Boricuas", the indigenous term for Puerto Ricans. Each toy figurine sold in the machine displayed stereotypes of Puerto Ricans and a satire of the entire Puerto Rican community. Pellot decided to purchase the machine, and add his own figures - of himself, his family - to create a critical and humorous statement about the dangers and pervasive nature of cultural assumptions and stereotypes.