Exhibition Opening: “Is it What?”

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"Magic Potions" , 2012 Etching Collage
Exhibition Opening: “Is it What?”
Curated by: Tom Burtonwood

1261 //A North Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60622
March 3rd, 2012 - May 5th, 2012
Opening: March 3rd, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 7 pm, Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 12 -3 pm
photography, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, pop, surrealism, sculpture
Free and open to the public.


Is It What?” is a group exhibition featuring sixteen artists who have worked with What It Is over this period of time.  What It Is, is a project space and gallery based in Chicago, IL founded by artists Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes at their residence in Oak Park, IL. For two and a half years artists were invited to interact with their domestic space and encouraged to literally play with the fabric of the house. Resulting projects over this period of time include site-specific installations in the kitchen, bedrooms, living room, bathroom and backyard.

“Is It What?” includes the work of the following artists: Lise Haller Baggesen, Man Bartlett (Brooklyn), Bradley Bullock (Carterville), Jacob Crose, Theodore Darst, Jonathan Franklin, Troy Hagenbart (Brooklyn), Selena Jones, Sabina Ott, Rob Ray (Los Angeles), Andrew Rigsby, Sara Schnadt (Los Angeles), Stoic Swine (Seattle), Channel Two: Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge, Anthony R. Vizzari, Michelle Wasson.

What It Is has participated in Aqua Art Miami, MDW Fair (Chicago), Fountain Art Fair (NYC) and the Next Art Fair (Chicago).

Located in the Ukrainian Village, Hinge Gallery presents a future forward vision for the culture of Chicago's creative community. Hinge Gallery is dedicated to the exploration of multimedia arts through experiential discovery. Supporting programming includes artist’s talks, performances, panel discussions, workshops, and receptions.

The mission of Hinge Gallery is to support emerging contemporary artists of the highest quality from Chicago as well as around the world. Hinge Gallery is a commercial exhibition space featuring painting, mixed media, prints, sound, video, sculpture, and installation.