ANTIDOTE is a roving, independent curatorial and exhibition platform co-founded in 2009 by Chicago writer and art critic Michael Workman and Brooklyn sculptor Edouard Steinhauer. Conceived as an occasional project-based initiative, ANTIDOTE prefers collaboration as a means for cultivation of unconventional formal approaches to audience engagement. ANTIDOTE serves as an independent curatorial platform to advocate for and disseminate the works of underrepresented artists from Chicago, Brooklyn and locations notable for their artist’s communities elsewhere, specifically through special presentations and exhibitions at art fairs, publications, educational programming, and other nontraditional forms of curatorial programming, with an aim to exploring unorthodox distribution systems for disseminating artist’s works. ANTIDOTE only showcases artists who have been carefully selected for visual work that consistently centers on the development of intricate imaginative world or system-based constructions, dematerialization of traditional forms, and/or whose work counters the purely object-based approach to art-making. As such, often these artists have been overlooked by the art world, since their approach often problematizes the conventions of or confounds audience expectations surrounding the industry’s cultivated preference for traditional object-based modes.