Field Static

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Field Static: Installation view © Caroline Picard
Field Static

3219 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60608
June 2nd, 2012 - June 13th, 2012
Opening: June 2nd, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

South Side
Hours: By Appointment, or check website
mixed-media, installation


Field Static examines the possibilities of objects as they engage with each other and thereby embody a network, or constellation of points. What begins to emerge is an ecology that blurs the lines between life forms and inanimate material bodies. In Field Static curators Caroline Picard and Devin King created an opportunity in which relations between objects might be highlighted such that the field created via the installation of artwork would accent one’s material engagement. Each object within the Co-Prosperity Sphere becomes focal point and periphery alike, suggesting both solitary histories and the peculiar synthesis of matter common to all things. Field Static rejects or, at least, torques art’s historically anthropocentric position — the poem is written by a human, the portrait is painted of a human — in favor of a more egalitarian engagement with objects. How are objects, human and non-human digested and reborn by the realization and decay of magnetisms? Part celebration, part lament for the passing of a moment, these artists have been invited to examine pan-psychic networks of affect and influence.

Field Static will open with an accompanying catalogue featuring essays by João Florêncio, Lin Hixson, Robert Jackson, Lily Robert-Foley, Peter O’Leary, Devin King & Caroline Picard.

Additional programming includes a public seminar, Location/Location on Wednesday the 6th of June from 6-9 pm, during which 5 panelists will give 10-15 minute presentations followed by a longform discussion. This symposium was organized and will be moderated by Lily Robert-Foley. Panelists include Laura Goldstein, Gene Tanta, T. Siddle, AD Jameson and Meredith Kooi.