Wednesday, November 19, 2008

EASTERN EXPANSION OPENS Nov 21, 2008 with Ryan Murray Exhibition

Don't miss!!

Please don't miss the grand opening of Eastern Expansion. This is Public Media Institute's new solo art space in the east side of Bridgeport. On Friday November 21 (6pm-10pm) we inaugurate the new space with a project by Ryan Murray.

a shoppe of potions, elixirs, reagents, and cure-alls


Eastern Expansion
244 W 31st St

Benton House open on Friday Nov 21 druing the B.A.D.

Ray Emerick Studio opening

Ray Emerick Studio opening, Friday Nov. 21, 2008 from 6 - 11pm
3149 S. Morgan St. #1

In appreciation of your passed attendance at Studio 500 in Pilsen for 2nd Fridays, please join me for the first public opening of my current Bridgeport studio. We are launching a 3rd Friday
open studio tour on Morgan St. between 31st and 35th this Friday evening. Come see what's going on down here. I will be providing complimentary beer, wine and pizza!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

B.A.D. opens November 21 during Select Media Festival 7!

B.A.D. officially opens this November during the Select Media Festival. This year's theme is Infoporn! Check out the festival website for more information>

Getting Strong Now

Getting Strong Now
An installation by Anna Campbell
November 1 – December 5, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday November 8th – 7pm to 11pm

The spectacle, visceral charge, and cultural significance of boxing have been central to much of visual artist Anna Campbell's work. For Second Bedroom the artist is creating Getting Strong Now, an installation part of her Making Contact project, recreating a micro-gym environment. The installation will have sculptural, video and interactive elements engaging the visitors into the environment of the boxing practice.

From the artist:
"My work as a mixed media and installation artist indulges in the guilty pleasures of romanticizing failure and idolizing drive for its own sake, but the high stakes attached to unromanticized failures, whose consequences are particularly disabling for marginalized people, tempers this idealization and creates a central tension in my work."

Anna Campbell is a visual artists that currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Design at Grand Valley State University.

Second Bedroom Project Space
Chris Smith & Irene PĂ©rez - Directors
3216 S.Morgan Street, Apt. 4R
Chicago, IL 60608

Hisham Akira Bharoocha / Conrad Ventur

Opening November 21 6-9p

Hisham Akira Bharoocha / Conrad Ventur
Work by Hisham Bharoocha and Conrad Ventur comprise the second in a series of quarterly exhibitions at Normal Projects. Bharoocha and Ventur have both previously exhibited in various tonalities site-specific installations and small works on paper. What they share in their materiality, they expand on in their narratives.

Ventur approaches the exterior, the performative image of Johnny Cash or Marlene Dietrich
or Tammy Wynette. Here Ventur utilizes Marlene Dietrich's iconographic performance of Pete Seger's Where Have All the Flowers Gone?. Recontextualizing and re-screening the piece gives the viewer an opportunity to investigate Ventur's established practice within video and photography. Originally exhibited in a larger installation, the video piece will be displayed on a flat screen panel within the exhibition space, giving back to the television quality of such a character as Dietrich. Ventur, a graduate of Goldsmith's College of Art in London, recently exhibited in Athens, Amersterdam, London, and New York.

Bharoocha's installations often encounter performative aspects and also the landscape. "It can be about when one is meditating, dreaming, day dreaming," say Bharoocha, implying despite the urbane, the quiet is implicit. Sound and landscape, then, exist as two inescapable and relational aspects of Bharoocha's work relating back toward selfintrospection. This codifies as a necessary and spiritual balance within Bharoocha. The visual elements exchange this communication of sound wave and silence. Bharoocha received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited internationally, with a recent solo exhibition (2007), Feel the Light, at De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands.

Normal Projects exhibits work on paper and video by emerging and established contemporary artists. This exhibition will be on view from November 7th - December 20th, 2008. There will be a reception from 6-9p on November 21st in association with Bridgeport Art District. For more information, please email Emily Schroeder at or ring 917 312-8889.