ACRE Projects is pleased to present Materials of Metamorphosis, an exhibition that explores the ways personal histories are interwoven with histories of materials, calling attention to an object’s potential to concertize memory as a way to resist inherent ephemerality. Within this exhibit, artists Veronique d’Entremont, Sharon Koelblinger, and Benedict Scheuer examine memory embedded in ritual and ideas shaped by a sense of place. Their artistic investigations result in interdisciplinary practices with work spanning across sculpture, video, performance, and drawing. Fragments of physical evolutions capture histories, acting as the vessel to hold memory, and in a sense become the material diary of the maker.


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Veronique d’Entremont

Veronique d’Entremont is an interdisciplinary artist invested in collaborative practice, radical pedagogy, and community organizing. Through reciprocal spiritual, pedagogical and studio practices, she investigates art as a medium for healing individual and community experiences of trauma, mental illness and institutionalization. In 2016 Veronique co-founded the Liberated Arts Collective with Manuel Barrios, Denis Durbin, Paul Macias and Walter Wilson, who were each released from serving term-to-life sentences in California State Prisons that year. She has exhibited in New York, Boston and in Los Angeles, at The Pasadena Museum of California Art, Commonwealth & Council, Human Resources, Chapman College Art Gallery, and Torrance Art Museum. Veronique received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA from UCLA in 2012, and was a 2012 recipient of the Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship.

Sharon Koelblinger

Sharon Koelblinger works in photography and sculpture to explore how the material properties of a print, the architecture of the gallery, and the position of the viewer’s body can alter the perception of an image. She aims to actively engage the audience through requiring the viewer to approach photographs with the range of motion that they would look at a sculpture. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at Vox Populi Gallery and Black Oak House in Philadelphia. She has participated in group exhibitions at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio; and Upfor Gallery, Portland. She has been awarded residencies at I-Park, ACRE, and The Vermont Studio Center. Koelblinger holds an MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Benedict Scheuer

Benedict Scheuer is an interdisciplinary artist listening to the subjects of his daily life. Today, these subjects include the flower and vegetable garden that he grows with his boyfriend, glasses of water, his body (physical, mental, and spiritual), psychedelics, clouds, and photographs. Believing that truths profoundly reveal themselves through mindful attention, Scheuer embraces an intuitive making that favors feelings, improvisation, and play taken very seriously. Emerging from this process is a colorful palette and the intersection of mediums ranging from watercolor drawings, soft and hard sculpture, photography, video, journaling, songwriting, and performance. Scheuer is currently located in Columbus, Ohio where he is studying to receive an MFA in Visual Art from the Ohio State University.

Lauren Leving

Lauren Leving is a Chicago-based curator and arts administrator currently working as the Exhibitions Manager at Wrightwood 659. She holds a Master’s in Museum & Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked as the Curatorial Fellow for Hyde Park Art Center, at 6018North, and in commercial galleries in both Chicago and New Orleans. She is interested in promoting equity and inclusion within art spaces, and is deeply invested in using programming as a resource to reduce barriers to access for marginalized communities. Her research investigates the ways the intersections of materiality and pedagogy shape artistic and personal identities.


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ACRE Projects
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Chicago , IL 60608

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