Closing party: 17 September 2011, 7–10pm
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Exquisite corpse is a method by which a collage of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in a sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.
“Artists are loners. I say this as an artist myself.” –Jenny Lam, Curator
You remember that kid in school, who, for group projects, would take over and complete the assignment herself because she thought that if she had full control, the group would get a better grade than if all members contributed equally? Yeah? Well, that kid probably grew up to be an artist.
What happens when we drag solitary artists out of their secluded studio cells to—horror upon horror—team up with other people, but also give them free reign to create whatever they want, however they want?
The creation of art is usually a private endeavor, yet art itself thrives in a public forum; no matter how hermetic or misanthropic its architect, art feeds off of its viewer—art enjoys adoration, delights in disgust, revels in revulsion. The interplay between private and public, between self and other, sits on a tenuous scale. What happens, then, when we subvert the private completely, when we breach the solipsistic citadel into which so many creative minds retreat?
Exquisite Corpse happens.
Curated by Jenny Lam, Exquisite Corpse is an independently run art show that features works across all media—illustration, photography, animatronics and pillow-making… and everything in between—by 40 artists from Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. Arranged into groups and pairs, these artists—most of whom were strangers to one another before this project—were given one month to create new art, with no limitations or rules other than to work together. Chicago artist Patricia Biesen remarked, “I’ve just created one of the most unique paintings of my entire career for this.” Relinquish control and renounce convention. Break out of your comfort zone and break free. The consequences can be, truly, exquisite.
Participating artists comprise Adriane Strampp, Adrienne Glover, Amanda Mudrovich, Asia Ward, Avisheh Mohsenin, Becket Flannery, Brittany Majka, Caitlin Bergh, Carrie McGath, Cassie Hamrick, Christine Nicklos, Deirdre A. Fox, Derail Howery, Diane Ponder, Gideon Ansell, Irene Wellm, Janet Mamon, Jennifer Cartolano Moore, Jes Standefer, Jessie Winslow, Jessica Drogosz, Julia Alekseyeva, KC Winter, Kirsten Perry, Lorraine Grandinetti on behalf of Frank Grandinetti (deceased), Mairin Hartt, Mark Pol, Melina Mejia Stock, Michele McMillan, Moca Garcia, Nicole Syrquin, Patricia Biesen, Peggy Shearn, Robin Monique Rios, Sandi Chaplin, Sioban Lombardi, Tara Riley, Tucker Rae-Grant, Veronica Stein, and Zachary Trebellas.
Exquisite Corpse opened on 2 September to critical acclaim. Chicago art critic Paul Klein called the exhibition “fun, multi-faceted, and engaging.” The closing party will be held on Saturday, 17 September, from 7–10pm, at the Fulton Street Collective. There will be opportunities to interact with the art, whether it’s switching on a kinetic sculpture entwined with bicycle inner tubes and tufts of human hair; uncovering a crime scene; enclosing oneself in a suspended sheet; following an installation’s imperative title of “Make one. Leave one. Take one”; or recording questions in response to a live performance piece in which the artist will paint her body, roll onto a blank canvas, and destroy said canvas. Guests will also be invited to collaborate with one another on their own exquisite corpses, which will be displayed on the gallery walls as they are completed throughout the night. Admission is free.
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Born in 1987, Jenny Lam is a Chicago-based artist, artist agent, writer, and independent curator. Her past exhibitions include Somnambulist, which she curated through 4Art in the internationally renowned Zhou B Art Center. She graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. In New York, she served as the President of Postcrypt, Columbia’s undergraduate art gallery, and interned at Christie’s and at Eyebeam Atelier. She contributes to Sixty Inches From Center.
Exquisite Corpse is located on the second floor of:
Fulton Street Collective
2000 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612
For exclusive previews of the artwork and behind-the-scenes looks into the artists’ processes, visit http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com.
For the show’s Facebook event page, visit https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108052089292307.
Please join Daisy Barraza and Salvador Lozano, at the home of Dr. Teresa Ramos, on the evening of:
Sep 15, 2011
for a night of Live Music, Food, Fun, and Drinks
Doors open 5:30, Show starts 6 PM
Musical performances by many, including Fulton St Collective members
Anna Fermin & Joe
also Dana Buetow, Frieda Lee, Nicole Ross, Dale Tippett Jr., Lisanundra Garcia-Barraza, Dwan K Buetow, and Keith Lewis
2654 N Marshfield (Ashland & Wrightwood)
for more information, contact:
Daisy Barraza 773.562.1847
Salvador Lozano 708.209.0828
Suggested Donation: $35
All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association's Heart Walk
Chicago Heart Walk - Sep 23, 2011, Grant Park, Chicago
The "Trunk Show" Art Event/Poetry Venue
Owner Mary Berg is closing the Simply Chicago Art gallery. The "Trunk Show" art event and Puddin'head Press's simultaneous poetry/music venue will ensure that she will go out with a BANG! This event will be hosted in an open-air market fashion at the Chute Middle School parking lot in Evanston on Saturday, July 23rd. Both the art exhibition and the Puddin'head Press performances will run 11 am - 4 pm at 1400 Oakton Street and will be of no cost to the public. FSC member and glass/mixed media artist Annette Jackson will be showcasing her works. All are welcome to attend!
Lion VS Gorilla is a Chicago-based gallery concept with a mission of encouraging collaboration, fostering community, and challenging barriers between artists and viewers. We believe that art should be rowdy, that people should fight for it, and that viewing should never be passive. Lion VS Gorilla is proud to announce our next show, to be held at the Fulton Street Collective on 8/20/2011 from 8pm to roughly 1am, entitled:
4re(e/a)lz1: The Really Reel Film Fest4 -or- Come watch experimental film and eat ice cream with us.*
*An outdoors-indoors film festival with hot fudge and bunnies.
1. Translation: Four reels, for reals. 2LEGIT2QUIT.2
2. Hey Heeey!3
3. <Said in MC Hammer’s voice>
4. Or, The Lion VS Gorilla Film Fest. Your call.
The gallery will be transformed into a lazy summer suburban backyard, with a grassy floor, gardens, lawn chairs and blankets, clotheslines, endless ice cream, and other delights. Musicians/sound artists have collaborated with filmmakers/video artists to create site-responsive, interactive, and experimental sound + video pieces. These pieces explore the tension between real VS virtual, recorded VS performed, and passive VS active viewing experiences. The Film Fest will begin promptly at 8:45pm and pieces will be shown sequentially, with one 20-minute intermission and/or ice cream sundae break. During the course of the evening, audience members will vote for their favorite piece and the winner will receive a trophy and endless adoration. Following the show, there will be a dance party and artists' reception, featuring the musical stylings of the electropop duo, Pepepiano. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, and $7 in advance through our Kickstarter page (www.kickstarter.com/projects/866001712/4-ree-alz-the-really-reel-film-fest-by-lion-vs-gor)
Participating artists include:
Touch - Don't Touch
Artwork is often placed on a pedestal, a sacred object that is forbidden to touch. In the exhibition “Don’t Touch,” artists explore both the sense of touch and the lack of it, while encouraging and forbidding the viewer to touch the work themselves. Annie Ryerson, through abstract shapes and curving lines, creates a tension between the seemingly floating shapes and one wonders if they will ever bump into each other on their 2-D plane. Patrick Morrissey, likewise, focuses primarily on the absence of touch, though in a more figurative way. In “Still With Her,” his “figure” is alone yet haunted by past body memories. Joshua Wilmott’s short films depict violence of touch, and one is disturbed not only by the violence, but by the beauty of the imagery. Cate Dingley’s photographs penetrate a space usually unseen—the dressing rooms of a strip club. The photos reveal a disconnect between the fantasy of the club and the reality of the back rooms. Jenny Stocker takes her prints off the wall and onto the familiar space of the coffee table, where the viewer can do the previously impossible and touch the art, hidden in a Playboycenterfold. “Don’t Touch,” a mixed media sculpture by Dan Crowley, is the epitome of temptation for the visitor, as its nude figure and soft textures beg to be fondled.
Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Communities in a Social Context
Val Newman ATR, LCPC and Gina Portelli MAAT
This workshop is intended for a varied audience, including but not limited to art therapists, counselors, social service workers and students. During this workshop, participants will engage in a variety of interactive activities, designed to explore the impact of social context on LGBTQ communities. Presenters will provide affirmative language and definitions used in LGBTQ communities. Participants will discuss various forms of identity and the social factors, including heterosexism, heterosexual privilege, and homophobia, that influence identity formation. Using case vignettes, presenters and participants will examine ways to therapeutically support LGBTQ individuals.
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IATA Movie Night: Crumb
A showing of Crumb and post-film discussion on sublimation in art hosted by the IATA at the
Fulton Street Collective gallery.