LOADED: Hunting Culture In America reception tonight

March 18, 2009 · Print This Article

Erika Larsen, Wedding Ring, 2004, C-print

If you’re in Chicago tonight go check out LOADED: Hunting Culture In America at the Glass Curtain Gallery. It’s co-currated by BAS own Audrey Mast.

“For millennia, we’ve slaked our taste for protein by hunting and killing other animals. But over the last century or so, as hunting has gradually become superfluous to survival (at least in this country), it has taken on a new role as a moral battleground. American hunting culture “with its roots in notions of rugged individualism, the frontier spirit, and dominance over nature” has become an aesthetic and a lifestyle choice, steeped in regional and family traditions. The works in Loaded: Hunting Culture in America take a deliberately ambivalent view toward the morality of hunting and address the subject as social, cultural, and artistic phenomenon, ideally nudging viewers to question their own preconceptions regarding hunting. These artists provoke a conversation, with the veracity of hunting as a backdrop, about how we interact with the natural world, particularly as Americans.”

LOADED includes work by:
David Buckingham, Kimberley Hart, Bob Lantz, Erika Larsen, Mathieu Lévesque, Brian Lesteberg, Diana Guerrero-Macì­a, Zoe Sheehan Saldana, Shaun Slifer, Jenn Wilson, Josh Winegar…and more!

LOADED is curated by Audrey Mast and Ann Wiens

Exhibition runs March 18 – April 29, 2009
Glass Curtain Gallery is at 1104 S Wabash, 1st Floor
Gallery Hours: M,T,W,F 9am-5pm, TH 9am – 7pm
Free and Open to the Public

3 thoughts on “LOADED: Hunting Culture In America reception tonight”

  1. Putananny says:

    What’s up with all the hunting themed shit and why is everyone doing it all at once? Someone was knitting deer heads last year (that was pretty cool) and now all over Austin there are “hunting” themed photographs hanging up in coffeeshops. One of our most terrible artists, the chick with the show on DIY – Hot Pink Pistol (can’t remember her name but I think she paints with her toes) is putting flowers on deer heads and painting their antlers pink. It’s almost like everyone had the same dream all at once and capturing hunting became the thing to do. It’s weird that it’s in Chicago too.

  2. Audrey says:

    Hey Putananny,
    I’m one of the curators, and I agree. Part of the reason we curated the show is to address what we identified as (for better or for worse) a trend. Come check it out!

  3. legz says:

    your versus you’re. learn it.

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