"Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air."
— The Communist Manifesto
164 years after the communist manifesto, the work in "Bubble Entendre" reacts to the quakes and icons of capitalism with a sense of levity, an embrace of the market's erratic, schizophrenic influence on culture and society, and with what Johanna Drucker has coined "complicity"—the acknowledgment and participation necessary to facilitate a more creative and honest platform for creative dissent. The work here aspires to a sense of exuberance and eccentricity often avoided in galleries, opting out of the cool, aloof, quiet, and minimal gestures of contemporary privilege in favor of something more playful, and ultimately more clumsy and vulnerable.
"Artists have embraced a diverse array of production models; scanning the history of art, visions of a singular artistic "genius" exist alongside production-line "factories" and cooperative efforts. Accordingly, artistic output at times becomes indistinguishable from the commodities such production models were intended to produce. The current art market in many ways closely resembles the market for luxury goods and services. Following this trajectory, collecting art presents an opportunity to diversify a growing investment portfolio and staggering auction prices for contemporary work are headline news.
The Market(s) explores what happens when artists insert their knowledge and critical interpretation into the real space and time of global economies and fluctuating markets. Instead of opting out of existing economic models and corporate structuring, the artists in this exhibition present fiscal and political alternatives to the status quo. Entrenched notions of transaction, value, commodity and exchange are ripe for reinterpretation and modification."
"In a Shambles" | PVC and screen printed pigments on recycled cotton, 2010
A solo exhibition of large-scale screen prints on fabric and panels.
"What makes something useful, and how are we determining that? How are we defining usefulness or uselessness? In accordance with contemporary art trends the work included in this exhibition focuses on: use, reuse, waste, recycling, service, playfulness, people's desire for usefulness, people's desire for purpose/specific use, re-appropriation, construction, destruction, reconstruction, and the re-definition of how something is used."
A group show featuring works on textiles, revolving around the theme of Paradise.
24 hour window installation consisting of large-scale screen prints on signs and fabric in the former Kay Shoes building at Milwaukee and Central park - a collaboration with the Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival... Be sure to take a glance as you cruise by! Will likely be up until early September.
Recent screen prints, lithographs, drawings and installation work reflecting on the domestic housing crisis, its ecomonomic, personal, and communal resonance, and the shifting ideologies moving forward in the midst of political and economic reform. On view through May of 2009 at Caretakers, San Fracisco.
Fresh Prints: Wear Our Art, will offer freshly printed t-shirts in DIY style at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We want to show how accessible and exciting printing can be. Using recycled and donated relief blocks and screens Printers Like You will print on available and functional materials in a customized way. This event will point to the democratic aspects of printmaking, and provide viewers with personal demonstrations and functional souvenirs. The one-on-one nature of this project highlights the questions: How are commodities made, who makes them, and what greater purpose can commodities have? Visitors can bring their own t-shirts or totes (or pick one up from us) and then select the block, color and placement of their choice.
In this age of expanding globalism, Response is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago communitys answer to the issues that face us today. Whether it is a reaction to a specific topic or an ephemeral event, this response is indicative of the current trends and thoughts that tie our society together. This interconnectedness has always existed, but within our post-fact world our understanding of it has changed. Response is an exploration through print media of the histories that are built from tradition, events, and reactions.
Selective Perception features work that exploits, attempts to discard, and tries to identify cognitive bias. In a world where information or misinformation is a mouse click away, Selective Perception showcases the effect such information has on society.
Truth has been replaced by "truthiness" and we feel as artists, were in a position to take advantage of such a paradigm. Selective Perception showcases the peripheral and underlying ramifications of such a massive shift in cognitive response to the world. The exhibition attempts to cover the societal impact of post-fact thinking from the individual to global level.