Nobody to Have Any Fun With
new photos by MAC KATTER
painting and sculpture by DYLAN CALE JONES
salmagundi by VANYA SCHROEDER
& paintings by ANDREW MULLARKEY and friends down the hall
Opening: Saturday 26 March, 7:30-10:30 pm
Saturday 16 March: gallery open at 6 pm, Talk at 8 pm
Nobody to Have Any Fun With is an exhibition of works by three Chicago artists from inside and outside the academy: Mac Katter and Dylan Cale Jones (SAIC ‘10) and Vanya Schroeder, English professor (formerly at SAIC), snake handler, video-maker and raconteur.
The show includes examples of fake pre-Columbian clay figures by Ms. Schroeder. Mr. Katter will be showing new photographs and collages. Mr. Jones, a portion of his precarious recent sculpture and painting.
The talk April 16th revolves around a short article by Adam Kirsch, “The Philosopher Stoned: What Drugs Taught Walter Benjamin.” Under the influence of hashish, the great cultural critic Benjamin had a ‘revelation’ in the form of a rhyme: Wellen schwappen—Wappen schwellen (“Waves splash - Armorial bearings swell”). This is, of course, meaningless. The conversation on the 16th will bear on false insight, earnestness, artifice and the superficial, inspired by beguiling surfaces, naive style and the uncanny in the artists’ works.