Deadline Projects Presents: Electric

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Deadline Projects Presents: Electric

1542 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622
November 15th, 2008 - November 15th, 2008
Opening: November 15th, 2008 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

North Side
Deadline Projects
mixed-media, photography, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, pop, surrealism, figurative, traditional, sculpture


Exploring the dialogue between art and energy, Deadline Projects presents Electric, a one-night-only multimedia art exhibition at Happy Dog Gallery located in the heart of Wicker Park. Participating local artists display new works in painting, photography, sculpture, stencil, collage, and video in an event designed to stimulate their audience. Electric is free and opens to the public on Saturday, November 15th, from 6pm to 11pm. Live music will be provided by Moment Sound.

The word ‘electric’ in itself is powerful, exuding vitality as well as literally referring to a source of energy. Each artist’s interpretation of what is electric serves as the inspiration for each work of art in the show. Painter Shawn Ballarin uses ‘electric’ colors to explore the balancing act of giving and withholding visual information through various types of distortions, emphasizing the idea of communication being lost in translation. Taking another angle on the theme, artist carlsweets examines the ‘body electric’ and the residual energy we exude. Lauryn Lewis employs electronic media as a means of disassociating literature from its pages, transforming a short story by physical manipulation in a video of her sculpture in action. Sarah Perez takes a look at social dependency on electronic communications for information and stimulation in her new work. And in a true display of art and science, Michael Una exhibits a series of small synthesizers and sound generators built into petri dishes.

The use of themed group shows to facilitate the production of new work is the cornerstone of Deadline Projects, a Chicago art collective comprised of local emerging artists. Each Deadline Projects event features a central theme with an ever-growing group of participating artists. All artworks presented at each event are made specifically for the central theme, thus supplying new creative fodder for the artists as well as providing consistently fresh, previously un-exhibited artwork for the unveiling to the masses. Deadline Projects is dedicated to making each event a unique and memorable experience.

Participating artists include: Shawn Ballarin, nikki hollander, Rob Jeffries, Blake Parish Lewis, Lauryn Lewis, Sarah Perez, Holly Sabin, Stephen Shapiro, David Soukup, carlsweets, and Michael Una.

Happy Dog Gallery is located at 1542 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor-- just a short walk from the Damen Blue line stop. More information about the show, links to participating artists, and video documentaries of past shows can be found at