The Bus: 27 Hooligans from Chitown
We completely handed over the keys to our friend Tony Fitzpatrick and asked him to curate a show featuring 29 of the Windy City's best. This is fine art-Chicago style! Jessica & Jared Joslin, Will Sturgis, Mariano Chavezand two dozen others join Tony Fitz-P in a group show that is unlike any other we've ever seen, and it's sure to stir up some controversy as we push the envelope ever further than usual.
"This show was originally supposed to ride the Bus-- all of us --and our work were going to take a Bus out to sunny LA and show Angelinos what 29 hooligans from Chicago bring to the big all-u-can-eat Art Buffet.
"Nobody liked the idea of 29 of us crammed onto a bus for 3 days--except me. I, of course loved the idea. I thought we'd see the Painted Desert, The Petrified Forest, and (on the way bac)k, get some 'shrooms and hang out at Joshua Tree. I did this over 30 years ago and remember it fondly.
"You see; we come from a big, gray, wintry city that is full of Wonder, Poetry, and sadly immeasurable cruelty, as well as luminous Grace. Chicago is one place and a thousand others. The artists I've chosen for this typify this idea in spades. There is no one kind of Chicago artist--no monolithic , over reaching thematic narrative. We are a city populated by individuals. Poets. Dreamers. Square-Pegs. Knuckle-Heads, and necessary Angels. While New York has it's schools, and LA its proud and varied scenes and movements. What we have is ourselves--One Man, One Woman, One step at a time taking the only journeys that mean anything to us-- our own.
"We are only like ourselves. Thank You for having us."
– Tony Fitzpatrick, Chicago