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chicago statements. the Elmhurst Biennial, 1.1.2016 Furniture From Closed Chicago Public Schools Variable
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chicago statements. the Elmhurst Biennial, 1.1.2016 Furniture From Closed Chicago Public Schools Variable
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Da Dee Dee Da Dum De Profundis-Installation at The Freedom Principle-MCA Chicago, 2015 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Publis Schools 20' X 60' © John Preus
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Da Dee Dee Da Dum De Profundis-Installation at The Freedom Principle-MCA Chicago, 2015 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Publis Schools 20' X 60' © John Preus
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The Beast. Exterior view, 2014 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Public Schools, Found Felt Underlayment, Wood, 25' X 20' X 38' © John Preus
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Inside the Beast © Courtesy of the Artist and Hyde Park Art Center
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The Beast. Interior view during youth led spoken word event, 2014 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Public Schools, Found Felt Underlayment, Wood, 25' X 20' X 38' © John Preus
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sketch for The Beast, 2013 Pencil and Ink on Paper 24 X 36 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Hyde Park Art Center
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Oracle 4, 2016 Salvaged Blueprint From Closed Chicago Public School, Found Glass Shards, Felt Carpet Padding, IKEA Cabinet Doors, Pencil 38 X 46 © john preus
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Oracle 3, 2014 Salvaged Blueprint Form Closed Chicago Public School 22 X 30 © John Preus
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Oracle 1, 2014 Found Blueprint From Closed Chicago Public School, Latex, Ink 22" X 30" © John Preus
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Blueprint Chapel-installation view. Heilbronn Kunstverein, 2014 Found Blueprints From Closed Chicago Public School, Salvaged IKEA Furniture 30' X 15' X 8' © John Preus
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Mascot 2, 2016 Felt Carpet Padding, Wood 20 X 38 X 22 © john preus
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Mascot 1, 2014 Angle Grinder Drawing on Chicago Public School Student Desktop 18 X 26
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A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Withcraft, 2016 Functional Bench Made From Chicago Public School Desks and Tables 50 X 98 X 16
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Domestic Installation, 2016 Lathe From the Interior of the Removed Wall Used as Material for Installation. 80 X 98 X 44
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Installation view - Rena Bransten Gallery, 2016
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Installation view - Rena Bransten Gallery, 2016
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Installation view - Rena Bransten Gallery, 2016
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Civics 101: Partial Dining Set, 2015 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Public School, Cherry, Water-based Lacquer 32" X 30" X 96" © John Preus
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Triptych. Toward an Iconography of the Faithless: Perfect Smile, 2014 Found Dog Bed Reconfigured Into Parts, Graphite 34" X 58" X 4" © John Preus
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What Not-On Drawing, 2014 Installation of Collected Scrap Wood-helibronn Kunstverein 39" X 22" X 64" © John Preus
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Chicago Archive Series: Infinite Set, 2015 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Public Schools 16 X 16 X 16
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Chicago Archive Series: Infinite Set, 2016 Found Materials 14 X 14 X 14
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Chicago Archive Series: Infinite Set, 2015 Salvaged Furniture From Closed Chicago Public Schools 16 X 16 X 16
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Chicago Archive Series: Infinite Set, 2015 Found IKEA Cabinet Doors 14 X 14 X 14
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Chicago Archive Series: Infinite Set, 2013 Found Materials 14 X 14 X 14
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Chicago Archive Series: Infinite Set, 2013 Found Materials 14 X 14 X 14
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Partial DIning Set (set of 2) , 2014 Chicago Public School Chair, Found Plastic Swivel Base 14 X 14 X 34
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Tauroctony , 2016 Angle Grinder Drawing on Chicago Public School Desk 22 X 30
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Incidental Panel 1, 2014 Wood, Filler, Nail 18 X 25 X 3
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Incidental Panel 2, 2014 Wood, Filler, Nails 16 X 16
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Incidental Panel 3, 2014 Wood, Filler, Nails 23 X 31
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Amplified bedpost, 2012 Mahogany Bedpost, Amp 4 X 4 X 60 © Courtesy of The Artist
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New Material-live performance , 2013-2016 NA Variable © John Preus
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New Material: Instruments, 2013-2016 Functional Musical Instruments Made From Broken Furniture, Sound Variable © John Preus
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Pelt 1 Skinned Rogers Park Ottoman, Leather, String, Cedar 52" X 68" © Courtesy of The Artist
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I Think. I Can. Think, 2014 Pen on Paper 5 X 5
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Concept Sketch for The Beast, 2013 Graphite on Paper 6 X 8
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Concept Sketch for The Beast, 2013 Pen on Paper 12 X 16
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Concept Sketch for The Beast, 2013 Watercolor on Color Print 8 X 10
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Incidental Kitchen, 2014 Functional Kitchen Made From Shop Scrap 90 X 102 X 60
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Top ten bookshelf for Jim Duignan, with Claire Jakubiszyn , 2011 Wood, Books © Courtesy of The Artist
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Quotations of an Art Star, 2010-2013 Variable-selection of Objects, Spaces Fabricated for Artist Theaster Gates Variable
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Feigned Vanity: An Arranged Marriage or The Belated Poet, 2011 Desk, Lamp, Electricity, Furniture Parts, Naugahyde Chair, Cedar, Walnut, Oak, Redwood © Courtesy of The Artist
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Guerilla Bust Stop-Braddock, PA, 2009 Donated Local Materials 30" X 78" X 86"
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Threewalls 2nd-Hand Reading Room, 2008 Made of Materials Collected During the Installation Period © Courtesy of The Artist
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with Sara Black: National Bureau of Consultation and Repair-Open Engagement Conference, Portland, OR, 2010 Conversation, Broken Things Variable
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Selfie, 2013 Pencil on Paper 5 X 5
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It Could Have Been Worse, 2002 Print on Paper 16 X 20
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Happy Couple, 2002 Inkjet Print on Paper 8 X 16
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artist statement/carpet study, 2005 Sharpie on Paper 4 X 12
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Turtles All The Way Down, 2004 Mixed Media on Wood Panel 14 X 19
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In Loving Praise of his Divine Grace-Elevated Thoughts, 2004 Mixed Media on Cinder Block 8 X 8 X 8
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Generic , 2003 Deer Hide-leather 3 X 3 X 5
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Man in Green Pool, 1999 Charcoal, Pastel on Paper 10 X 14
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Irrelevant Revelations, 2000 Ball Point Pen on Paper Drawings, String, Clothespins Varied
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1971
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
University of Chicago, 2005, MFA
Representing galleries
Rhona Hoffman, Rena Bransten
Statement

John Preus (b.1971) (MFA-University of Chicago, BA-Gustavus Adolphus College) is a Chicago-based trans-disciplinary artist, designer and furniture-maker. Preus founded Dilettante Studios in 2010, co-founded SHoP with Laura Shaeffer (2011), and Material Exchange with Sara Black (2005), and was the creative director of the Rebuild Foundation shop until 2012, and project lead for Theaster Gates' 12 Ballads for Huguenot House, at Documenta 13.  Preus is currently a Kaplan resident at Northwestern University and visiting lecturer. He was the 2013-2014 Jackman-Goldwasser resident at the Hyde Park Art Center, a 2016 and 2014 DCASE individual artist grant recipient, a 2015 Propeller Fund recipient, a 2014 Efroymson Fellow in sculpture and installation, 2014's first place winner of the Maker grant and a 2013 finalist, a finalist for the 2015 Artadia Award and the 2014 Creative Capital grant. He also received the Propeller Fund award as a founder of SHoP. Solo exhibitions include John Preus: New Works, at the Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, The Relative Appetite of Hungry Ghosts at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, John Preus: On Drawing at the Heilbronn Kunstverein in Germany, The Beast at The Hyde Park Art Center, Slow Sound at The Audible Gallery at the Experimental Sound Studio.  He has also had solo exhibitions as a founding member of the art collaboration Material Exchange with Sara Black at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Threewalls Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR, and The Iceberg Gallery in Portland, OR.  Group exhibitions include, Miami/Basel represented by Rhona Hoffman, EXPO Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Elmhurst Biennial, the Hyde Park Art Center, The Huguenot House in Kassel, Germany, The Devos Art Museum in Michigan.