Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare…….
A Halloween Party to Benefit ACRE
Friday, November 1st, 8pm-midnight
1550 N Milwaukee Ave
includes special Halloween gift bag of curious treats, 5 raffle tix & open bar all night
General Admission: $25
includes 3 raffle/drink tix
Student/ACRE Alum: $15
This Halloween, ACRE invites you to eat, drink and be scary at our annual benefit at Heaven Gallery. No mere mortal could resist this thrilling evening of drinking, dancing and mischief-making! Featuring devilish cocktails by Hornswaggler, Revolution brews and a black-light inspired menu from our very own kitchen witches, this will be a Halloween to remember. Bid on artist-made raffle items from our unique Cabinet of Curiosities (curated by ACRE, Allison Quinn Peters & Tricia Van Eck) or let your soul be possessed on the dance floor by Brian Kirkbride’s special horror film-inspired DJ set and the ghouls from Chances Dances. Before the night is through, you’ll be bewitched by burlesque dancer Red Rum, frightened by the antics of the mystical Sanjula and mesmerized by palm reader Mister Vibe. Come dressed in your best costume and be ready to howl and party all night!
Purchase tickets in advance at: www.artful.ly/store/events/1792
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
We’ve got a lot in store for next week. Please join us!
SUNDAY, SEPT 15, 4-8pm
Fumbling Toward Ecstasy // new work by Elena K. Dahl and Georgia Wall
ACRE Projects – 1913 W 17th St
MONDAY, SEPT 16, 6-9pm
EXPO Kick-Off Celebration
Susanins Auctions – 900 S Clinton
Featuring an exhibition by ACRE Alumni and performances by David Moré and The John Niekrasz and Tim Kinsella Duo
EXPO Art Fair
ACRE will have a booth in the EXPO lobby featuring work by ACRE residents displayed in a recreation of the ACRE residency property complete with a cozy library and indoor campfire. Additionally, ACRE has partnered with Bad At Sports and Dana Bassett to create the EXPO Register, a daily newspaper covering the art fair. You can find the paper at both the ACRE and Bad at Sports booths as well as throughout the fair.
SATURDAY, SEPT 21
ACRE Partner Gallery Bus Tour
A bus tour of six Chicago apartment galleries available to EXPO VIPs or via RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 16th from 6-9pm
Location: Susanin’s Auctions at 900 South Clinton in Chicago’s South Loop
FEATURING: An exhibition of artwork by ACRE alumni, live musical performances from DAVID MORÉ AND THE JOHN NIEKRASZ DUO, and libations.
Preview for SUSANIN’S September 20th/September 21st sales will be open during the event and includes fine art, silver, glass, jewelry, and Asian art.
ACRE Exhibition and SUSANIN’s Auction Preview will be open to the public through out the EXPO Chicago Art Week. Visiting hours: Monday, September 16th – Friday, September 20th, 10am – 5pm.
FUMBLING TOWARD ECSTASY
new work by ELENA K. DAHL and GEORGIA WALL
Curated by KATE BOWEN
September 15 – October 7, 2013
Opening reception: Sunday, September 15, 4–8pm
Open Hours: Sundays & Mondays, 12–4pm
1913 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608
Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
In Georgia Wall’s video diptych nine people reenact a scene from Yvonne Rainer’s “A Film About A Woman Who” as they watch the action of the film unfold on the screen in front of them. Her performers are absorbed in their task, working to give a faithful performance as they mimic the choreography. In Wall’s videos, reenactment creates a new history for the original, as it can only be seen through the new performances. However, because of the transparency of exchange between the current performers and the original material, the original performance remains a presence. Wall’s performers move almost simultaneously, their gestures echoing each other at times. They are a chorus to the original scene’s verse, which has been made common by the repetition of action and reduced to a formula of desire and submission. Like the verse and chorus of the love song that plays over the video; the verse contains the details and the chorus contains the nostalgia and common sentiment to which we can all sing along.
In contrast to Wall’s reenactments, Elena Dahl considers approaches for revision of representation and history in her installation. She uses the Venn diagram as a form to navigate commonalities, create new relationships and open up the potential for revising fixed and disparate objects, histories, and ideas. Dahl begins with patterns and symbols that have an established function, both in their design and meaning. In her installation for ACRE she uses the nautical signal flag featuring a large checkerboard pattern that signifies “no” or “negative.” Dahl revises the language of the signal flag from finite to flexible by changing its color and finding common relationships between it and other similarly transformed symbols, materials and patterns. The transformation from fixed to fluid creates opportunities for reconsidering and reconstituting the meaning and histories of the materials she engages.
Born in 1987 in Akron, OH, ELENA K. DAHL currently lives and practices in Kent, OH. She graduated with her MFA in Photography in 2013 from the University of Florida, where she also worked as an instructor. She has participated in artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, ACRE in Steuben, WI, and HomeBase Projects in Berlin, Germany, and she has exhibited nationally and internationally. She takes pleasure in bright colors and dubious attempts at hospitality, and she is currently planning her imminent escape to Mexico.
More information about Elena K. Dahl can be found at www.elenakdahl.com.
GEORGIA WALL (b. 1986, New York, NY) lives and works in New York, creating video and performance work through a multi-disciplinary practice that considers the act of viewing, and the generative space created through distance and concealment. She received her BA from Oberlin College in 2008 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Wall has shown work nationally in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and abroad in Canada, Italy and Turkey.
More information about Georgia Wall can be found at www.georgiawall.com.
PARALLELS // A Collaboration between THE MISSION & ACRE Residency
Part 1: Celeste Cooning + Heather MacKenzie
June 28 – July 20, 2013
Opening Reception: 5-7pm, Friday, June 28
Open Hours: Tu, W, TH, F, noon-6pm
1431 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
PARALLELS // Part 1 presents recent work by Celeste Cooning and Heather MacKenzie. Sourcing inspiration from textiles, architecture, mathematics, and the natural world, Cooning’s body of work, ThePower of Three, features draped, hand-cut geometric cutouts which reference the Japanese hemp leaf pattern, Asanoha. Her dynamic, triad configuration explores astronomy, age-old methods of maritime navigation, and the exponential growth of the universe. MacKenzie’s installation, FATHOM, is an investigation of petroleum-derived fibers. Employing notions of measurement and length, she unravels discarded acrylic sweaters and winds the reclaimed fibers into unwieldy, hand-rolled balls that correspond to the depths of deep-sea oil wells.
CELESTE COONING lives and works in Seattle, WA. She received her BFA in painting, drawing, and art history at Indiana University, Bloomington and her MFA at the University of Washington. An interest in pattern and ornament led Cooning to explore cut paper, a medium that facilitates a particular responsiveness to material, shape, light, and space. The stylized nature and oversized scale of her decorative motifs allow for varied interpretation, with intent to conjure sensations of wonder.
More information about Celeste Cooning can be found at www.celestecooning.com.
HEATHER MACKENZIE lives and works in Chicago, IL. She graduated with honors from Brown University and is pursuing an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. MacKenzie’s work explores tradition, anachronism, and nostalgia. She investigates systems — navigational, bodily, mechanical, political, industrial, and geologic — to confront ideas of abundance, logic, and waste. Her works subvert themes of femininity and domesticity associated with textile and stitch and challenge the perception of conventional craft materials.
More information about Heather MacKenzie can be found at heather-mackenzie.com.
THE MISSION promotes art of the Americas by organizing a diverse program of provocative exhibitions by emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists. THE MISSION takes a multidisciplinary approach to exploring cultural, social, geographical, and historical contexts through presenting artists that shape, inform, and challenge ideas and perception of contemporary art. THE MISSION is dedicated to supporting artistic innovation and experimentation and strives to initiate dialogue among local, national, and international art communities.
More information about THE MISSION can be found at www.themissionprojects.com.
ACRE is pleased to announce the list of 2013 Residents. With over 500 applicants this year for 80 slots, admissions were remarkably competitive, and we are proud to be working with an incredibly strong cohort of new ACRE residents.
Wolfie E. Rawk
mACREs & brACREs
mACRES & brACREs is a one night show of performances from the Chicago New Media artists. Each of these artists probe the depths of various forms of technology, bending breaking and reconfiguring its mechanisms, signals, and data. These artists generate serendipitous connections, surprising images, and transformative sounds as the existing technology’s structure is teased apart layer by layer producing new signals which are presented in a live video feed. In each performance the structure of the signal is twisted and interrogated, held steady by the artists and hovering just before complete breakdown.
SQUARESQUARE is a realtime video++audio performative collaboration that uses hacked/modified/bent electronics as well as commercially available hardware+software. Our video primarily comes from hacked video game consoles (PS1, PS2, NES, Genesis, etc). We use additional video equipment, some of which are similarly augmented as well, to further abstract and compile imagery. SQUARESQUARE (Saul Rojas, Alex Halbert, Sam Mewton, + Dave Musgrave) utilizes both the content and the hardware of game play to form a marriage of sound and image in order to guide the audience through an ambient space that exists within these worlds. The group was formed 3 years ago @ The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jon Satrom undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.
Satrom performs realtime audio/video noise with I ♥ PRESETS, builds artware with PoxParty and co-instigated the GLI.TC/Hconference/festival/gathering. His time-based works have been enjoyed on screens of all sizes, he has performed in many localizations, and his artwork and efforts have been featured in glowing-rectangles and on dead-trees.
Jon Satrom is looking forward to being a visiting artist during session 3 this summer at ACRE.
James Connolly [of Cracked Ray Tube] Cracked Ray Tube is a collaborative hardware hacking project by artists Kyle Evans and James Connolly. The project creates a synchronized audio/video environment self-generated by the feeding back of communication networks of two obsolete technologies⎯analog televisions with their video transmitters and CRT computer monitors and their VGA video signals. The red, green, and blue video signals of the VGA cable are processed and fed back through a sound mixer simultaneously generating the audio and video information that is received, deciphered and displayed by multiple computer monitors. Influenced by experimental media artists such as Nam June Paik, the project exploits the materiality of analog audio and video signals pronouncing the technology’s intrinsically hidden yet vastly complex spectrum of sound, image and color.
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end-times/|\} digital nightstalking. dustscapes ++/>-/. d00mkraft//
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OUR FINDINGS FROM SPACESHIP EARTH
new work by SARAH BELKNAP & JOSEPH BELKNAP
June 16-30, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 16, 6-10pm
Open Hours: Saturday, June 22 + 29, 12-4pm
2130 W 21st St, Chicago, IL
An image has the potential to change the way we understand the world.
Our Findings From Spaceship Earth includes a series of photographs and sculptures as well as a curated selection of photographs taken of Earth from space. The works in this show become manifestations of our considering the ways in which we address the incapacity of the individual to orient him/herself in the world that surrounds him/her.
SARAH BELKNAP and JOSEPH BELKNAP are Chicago-based artists and teachers. They have been collaborating with each other since 2008. Their work is fueled by landscape, cosmos, exploration, the night sky, romance and the wild. The Belknap’s recent exhibitions include: Line of Site, Western Exhibitions, Chicago; IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE, Chicago Artists’ Coalition; Romantic Notions, Los Caminos, St. Louis, Missouri; Video Night, Airplane, Brooklyn, New York; MDW Art Fair, Chicago. The Belknaps will be heading to Iceland for a residency this December to study the Aurora Borealis.
THE DRIFTLESS MOMENT
new work by ABINADI MEZA
June 16-July 1, 2013
Opening reception: Sunday, June 16, 4–8pm
Open Hours: Sundays & Mondays, 12–4pm
1913 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608
Abinadi Meza. Still from Hour Between Dog and Wolf, 2013, video
What are these moments of disembodied consciousness, archival film footage from long-forgotten movies that you play for me? There is an eye connected to a mouth, roving through and telling me what I am seeing, and it speaks as a robotic voice, a machine imbued not with a personality but with a repetitious playback of my once-removed thoughts. What is true? What is false? Am I wo/man, machine, cyborg being or other? I ponder these questions as I hear this continuous loop of a monotone voice spouting text. It’s adrift in my mind, restless, echoing, vibrating. And it’s just passing through me. And it’s arriving—here, there and nowhere at all—to, at and for you.
For his solo exhibition The Driftless Moment, curated by Alicia Eler, Austin-based artist Abinadi Meza presents two videos in which he splices up and relayers these archival moments, which embody distraction, listlessness and memory without a hint of nostalgia. He will transform the gallery space into an installation of disembodied consciousness. This exhibition marks the North American premiere of this new body of work.
ABINADI MEZA is a writer, sound artist and filmmaker who was born in Chicago and is currently based in Austin. In the summer of 2012, Meza was a resident at ACRE, and he notes that this experience provided him time and space to write, record and start the scripts for these films. Meza has also been an artist-in-residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and Medialab Prado, Madrid. His work will be included in the upcoming Texas Biennial (a video/sound installation) and the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale (a site-specific sound art project). He studied writing, art and architecture, graduating from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles in 2009.
More information about Abinadi Meza can be found at abinadimeza.blogspot.com.
ALICIA ELER is a writer, art critic and curator. She is a Staff Writer at Hyperallergic, and a contributing critic for Artforum.com and RAW Vision Magazine. This is her fourth and final Spring 2013 exhibition with ACRE.
More information about Alicia Eler can be found at www.aliciaeler.com.
Open Hours: by appointment
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 209, Chicago 60622
Joseph Rynkiewicz’s work is rooted in the imprint that every action leaves behind. Whether a dent in the cosmos or our consciousness, his work links time and place, people and nature and leaves behind questions—not as confusion but rather, meditation.
I Hear You Singing Through the Wires reveals how performance, whether seen or unseen, continues to ripple through time and space. This metaphysical inertia is represented with beautiful simplicity in the crux of the exhibition, “Arrangement for Endlessness.” In reality, this telephone pole is a finite object installed within Johalla Projects, but the illusion, accomplished with mirrors, is that it extends infinitely in both directions. The viewer in Chicago is invited to imagine that this expanding telephone pole generates a bridge from us to the other side of the world, which is literally somewhere in the Indian Ocean.
The works in this show are each icons of consequence. We are given a single snapshot of time and asked to conceptualize what came before and what may happen after and how all these moments are connected in some way. Like Arrangement for Endlessness, each of the works in this exhibition provide a meditation on the invisible network that reverberates through the universe, binding everything.
I Hear You Singing Through the Wires is also supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Written by Whitney Stoepel
JOHALLA PROJECTS was established in the fall of 2009 by Anna Cerniglia as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Prior to the founding of JohallaProjects, Cerniglia ran South Union Arts for several years; after its closing, she felt a need to establish a home base for her curatorial work. Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Johalla Projects exhibits art of all mediums that excels beyond conventional expectations. Working together with various artists and curators, we are the collective known as Johalla Projects. As a collaborative project space, we are a haven for artists, curators, and patrons who desire to expand their aesthetic horizons. Every exhibition undergoes a thoughtful selection process, assuring that each show presented at Johalla Projects is comprised of the finest contemporary work.
More information about Johalla Projects can be found at www.johallaprojects.com