Negative Litanies

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Negative Litanies © Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions
Negative Litanies

1709 W Chicago Ave.
60622 Chicago
January 14th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Opening: January 14th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tue-Sat 11-6


Terence Hannum's drawings, paintings and video installations cull the periphery of heavy metal and hardcore music subcultures to analyze the nexus of music, myth, audience and ritual. In addition to the above work, Hannum is a prolific zine maker and for his show in Western Exhibitions’ Gallery 2, Hannum will present a box set of 12 zines, all made in 2010, as well as drawings, paintings and other work that inspired the publications.
Exemplifying the DIY spirit inherent in the scenes he’s documenting, his use of the zine relates to the format’s origin, that of the self-produced fanzine. Hannum recontextualizes elements of his drawings, paintings, installations and even sound work in his zines, at times documenting the above works, but also casting new narratives intrinsic to the multi-page format.

Every month in 2010 Hannum produced a new zine, each one taking a different format, maximizing the possibilities of the cheaply printed page. He achieves remarkable textures, surfaces and images through seemingly simple combinations of toner on white, black and gray papers. Every subsequent zine ups the ambition from the prior one, as Hannum experiments with color xeroxes, collaborations (with New York artist Scott Treleaven and Chicagoan Elijah Burgher), vellum, sealed wax covers, obi bands and mini-CDs. Hannum pushes the zine to its extremes, much like the extreme sonic scenes he’s documenting and influenced by.

This is Terence Hannum’s first solo show at Western Exhibitions. In the fall of 2010, he presented solo shows at the Richard Peeler Center on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and at Peregrine Projects in Chicago. Other solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Light & Sie in Dallas, 40000 in Chicago and The Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois. His collaborations with New York-based artist Scott Treleaven have been shown at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago the The Breeder in Athens. Hannum’s work has been written about by Dennis Cooper on his blog and discussed in Artnet, Beautiful/Decay, Bad at Sports, New City, the Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, ArtUS and Punk Planet. His zines and publications are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana University, Herron School of Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University. Hannum received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago is where he lives and works.