Chicago Land Use, Interpreted

May 9, 2009 · Print This Article

Ever wonder where your “shit, condoms, and dead pet gerbils” wind up after you’ve flushed them down the toilet?

Well, wonder no more. The folks at Pruned have mapped it all out for you in a project titled “A Fantasy Itinerary for a CLUImidwest Tour of Peripheral Chicago” on their website. The project is inspired by L.A.’s Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI).

I’m so glad Modern Art NotesTyler Green linked this; I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. CLUI is one of Los Angeles’ most interesting exhibition spaces/think tanks/collectives/hybrid projects involving land use and urban theory (there is so much fascinating work being done in this area in Los Angeles, but that’s for another post).  Pruned has taken up some of CLUI’s ideas and applied them to their home base and ours, the city of Chicago. Here’s what Pruned has to say about the project:

“Inspired by a Dwell article published last summer, wherein Geoff Manaugh, in his temporary guise as the magazine’s Senior Editor, asked Matthew Coolidge, of The Center for Landscape Use Interpretation (CLUI), what makes his favorite city work, we set out to concoct a similar infrastructural tour of Pruned HQ a.k.a. Chicago, a fantasy itinerary to better understand what makes it function. Because we, too, wanted to know from where does Chicago get its water and electricity. What happens to our shit? What about our trash? Where is the nerve center overseeing all that traffic?”

Check out the links above for answers. The blog is also asking readers to contribute their own infrastructural insight on the subject in their comments section. (via Modern Art Notes).

Modern Wing Preview

May 8, 2009 · Print This Article

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Last night I attended the staff preview for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. The first floor has a Cy Twombly show and a photo show. I don’t think that either of the rooms that these shows were hung in do much justice for the new wing. The ceilings are rather low and there is a lot of work to be seen in such a small space, which makes the museum feel narrow. I didn’t have a chance to see the film video new media section which will be showing a Steve McQueen piece. I was really into Gaylen Gerber’s piece “Backdrop” which consists of large sheets of photo paper pinned to the wall. The photographs are then hung on top of the piece.

The third floor houses the Contemporary collection from 1960 to present. This is where you get the picturesque views of Millenium Park. Yes, there is a lot of light and architecturally it really is a beautiful space to see work. My only gripe is that some of the rooms are filled with too much work. I like to have space to see each piece by itself or see a couple of pieces and how they play off each other. Viewing four pieces in all four walls plus a Calder mobile above you can feel claustrophobic, and causes all of the pieces to meld into one. This made me consider, however, the $18 admission fee to the museum and the average visitor. I would prefer more thoughtfully installed work, but it may be a more bang for your buck situation for the museum.

The Art Instiute of Chicago’s Modern Wing opens May 16th

What We’re Doing This Weekend 5.8-5.10

May 7, 2009 · Print This Article

Friday

  • Frozen Smoke

Opening!
6-9pm

May 8- June 6, 2009

Roots and Culture
1034 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622

In her Video Animations, Sabine Gruffat experiments with live-rendered computer animation and unexpectedly combines it with analog signal processes dating back to early video art techniques. Vanesa Zendejas will exhibit a suite of new paintings and drawings that “collect and redistribute patterns and textures.

Saturday

  • Jenny Walters: In Lieu Of Gifts

Opening!

7-10pm
May 9-June 13, 2009

Green Lantern
1511 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Second Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60622

“Evoking a consciousness of nostalgia and absence, Walters’ work probes the idea that identity often exists in a fluid state. It is in this investigation into stages of uncertainty–the doubling, dividing and interchanging of the self–that she so adeptly creates a visual experience of the uncanny or a sense of helplessness evoked by the anxiety of unknown emotions.” via the press release

Sunday

  • Michael Coolidge: Free Bowl Excursions on the City of Chicago (Or, a socio-recreational approach to the art of land use interpretation)

12-2pm

Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and The Everyday (InCUBATE)
2129 N. Rockwell St.

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Michael Coolidge, Guest Chef and InCUBATE person-in-residence, presents… Free Bowl Excursions on the City of Chicago (Or, a socio-recreational approach to the art of land use interpretation). $10 per person includes brunch by Sunday Soup.

  • Artists Run Chicago

Opening!

3-5pm
May 10-July 5, 2009

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

“Artists Run Chicago is an exhibition showcasing the energy and audacity of some of the most noteworthy artist-run spaces that have influenced the Chicago contemporary art scene over the past decade. Chicago has long been known for cultivating a strong entrepreneurial/Do-It-Yourself spirit in business and the arts. The participating artist-run venues have transformed storefronts, sheds, apartments, lofts, industrial warehouses, garages and roving spaces into contemporary art galleries testing the notion of “exhibition” while complicating the definition of art. Coinciding with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70th anniversary, Artists Run Chicago reconnects the Art Center to its beginnings as an artist-run space by showcasing spaces that continue the legacy.”

Featuring: 1/Quarterly, 65GRAND, Alogon, Antena, artLedge, Butchershop, Co-Prosperity Sphere, devening projects + editions, Deluxe Projects, Dogmatic, Fraction Workspace, Fucking Good Art (FGA), Green Lantern, He Said-She Said, HungryMan, joymore, Julius Caesar, Law Office, LiveBox, Margin Gallery, Medicine Cabinet/Second Bedroom Project Space, mini dutch, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, NFAVONZWECK. Space, Normal Projects, Old Gold, Polvo, Roots & Culture, Scott Projects, Standard, Suitable, Swimming Pool Projects, Teti, The Suburban. With special contributions by Imperfect Articles, INCUBATE, Mess Hall, Seven Three Split, and ThreeWalls.

  • Screening at the opening: If I record this now, I won’t forget you in the future

A video show to represent the Swimming Pool Project Space.  It includes 8 video artists: Rob Carter, Julie Lequin, Lauren Gregory, Lisa Majer, Aspen Mays, Michael Robinson, Oli Rodriguez, and Aaron Hoffman.

Check out the website for an extensive list of events including kimchi demonstrations, bike tours, cookouts, screenings and more.

The Last of NEXT

May 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Or my posts on it, anyway. A few more passing images from the second day I spent at NEXT….I apologize for not linking directly to any artists or galleries here–I’m having trouble getting the WordPress desktop to align images and text properly and I can’t figure out a way to insert links into captions at the moment.

Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans

Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans

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Blunt Collective, Toronto

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Harold Arts/Heaven Gallery, Chicago.

Valerie Blass at Parisian Laundry, Montreal

Valerie Blass at Parisian Laundry, Montreal

The West Collection Exhibition at NEXT

The West Collection Exhibition at NEXT

Marc Seguin at Charest Weinberg Gallery, Miami

Marc Seguin at Charest Weinberg Gallery, Key West, FL

Marc Seguin, I Hate Abstract Painting, freehand charcoal, Charest Weinberg Gallery, Miami

Marc Seguin, Charest Weinberg Gallery, Key West, FL

Carol Jackson at Gallery 400/NEXT

Carol Jackson at Gallery 400/NEXT

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Jeff Carter's Catalog (Rug), 2009 at Kavi Gupta Gallery.

The free ice cream tanker, which never seemed to have any ice cream when I was around

The free ice cream tanker, which never seemed to have any ice cream when I was around

John Sparagana at CTRL Houston.

John Sparagana at CTRL Houston.

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

Kate Clark at Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung at Postmasters Gallery, New York

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung at Postmasters Gallery, New York

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung, In God We Trust, 2009, at Postmasters Gallery, NY

Kenneth Tin Kin Hung, In God We Trust, 2009, at Postmasters Gallery, NY

Kelly Johnson at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Kelly Johnson at Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Lauriston Avery at the Hogar Collection, Brooklyn

Rebecca Menendez at Espacio Liquida

Rebecca Menendez at Espacio Liquido, Spain

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Dietrich Wegner, Cumulous Brand, 2008 (silicone and foam), at Carrie Secrist.

Jelly Roll: The Spectacle at Goffo/NEXT

May 6, 2009 · Print This Article

Thanks so much to photographer Vanessa Churchill, who took these super-hot action shots from Tara Strickstein‘s” Jelly Roll: The Spectacle” performances at NEXT and has allowed us to post them here.

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