Sunday, November 15, 2009
Join us in the community of the future for our fall festival.
The festival has a simple concept. Everything and everyone featured is SUPER BAD ASS.
Find out for yourself and see if we are full of hyperbole.
Guaranteed greatness .
On Thursday Nov 19 we are presenting a great video program at Heaven Gallery.
Friday Nov 20 features the Super Bad Ass Exhibition and great music at Co-Prosperity Sphere
Saturday Nov 21 features a spoken word freak out at C-PS
and Sunday Nov 22 features a hypnotism performance.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Nov 13th, 2009 6-9pm
S.S. Snack Attack
This is what happens when two former art-school classmates get together, get down to eating, drinking, and working on the same drawings.
Installation open for viewing 24/7 .
Monday, September 21, 2009
Proximity Presents Exhibition Series:
Tales from the Bubble
September 25, 2009 through October 11, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, September 25 6-9pm
Extended hours until 1 am during performance program
3219 S Morgan St
Chicago Il 60608
Tel : 773.837.0145
Exhibition hours: Open during events and by appointment.
Tales from the bubble is the working title Berry Sanders has chosen for his participation in an art project of the Public Media Institute in Chicago. This project includes a solo exhibition and a residency for three weeks in one of the studios of the institute.
For his exhibition the artist created a series consisting of twelve stories painted in oil on paper. The works are painted only in black and white, with as another striking feature the use of a wide range in size of the brushes. This produces significant differences in detail and that adds to the dynamics of the image. Peacefully observing these images is a challenge. The eye is constantly torn between the immediate surface and the suggested depth. Perception pinches, because there is a clear tension between the different layers in which sometimes a single swipe can suggest a painted space. This tension in observing adds in processing the narrative element in his work. The stories are not to be interpreted at a single glance. The painter shows us persons in action in a constructed, not appropriate world. The pictures are confusing, the action seems pointless. In Recital no4 soldiers are pushing a piano through a forest. In TV-nation cameramen are filming a person behind a desk in an otherwise empty landscape.
The artist forces us to look at human activity with a distance. In F-side, for example, he shows us the needs of man to merge into a massive, almost religious devotion to soccer, complete with its rituals and symbols. The supporters or hooligans are ready to fight for their team, just as fanatical as believers do to protect their faith. Intrusively the artist shows us the struggle of modern man in facing an uncertain future, outside the previously so familiar religious inspired existence. Apparently life in the void is no option for this crowd. In these images the bubble is a key to the story. It is used as a metaphor for the accumulation of hopes and dreams of man. It is not clear whether the bubble is still beautiful and complete or already splashed.
The characters are placed in beautiful atmospheric landscapes. The often overwhelming nature of the mountains in Vietnam or the American wilderness, contributes to the international impact of his work. It also gives us the possibility for a different interpretation. He is not afraid to paint cliché landscapes. They seem to be picked from a postcard, and, by the lack of colour, they refer to a distant past. A past that is forever gone.
The beholder can make his own choice between being numb by comfort in the bubble, or cope with the harsh reality after the burst.
The artist is fascinated by Albert Camus (1913-1960). With existentialism as a starting point, this philosopher shows us the meaninglessness or absurdity of human life without faith in God or Salvation.
- essay by Elisabeth Schreuder, Art Historian, August 2009
Proximity Issue 005 Release Party
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St.
Friday, September 25, 9pm – 1am
Please join us as we celebrate the release of our fifth issue of Proximity magazine. Very special performances by Magical Beautiful, Christo Mofisto, the debut of The Gaze , and sounds and mischief by Hunter Husar.
Admission: $10 for magazine and performances. $5 for performance only.
In conjunction with the Proximity Presents Exhibition: Berry Sanders, Tales from the bubble. The exhibition will be on view until October 11
This issue is devoted to International Contemporary Photography. For a preview of the issue visit Proximity’s website.
Artists and authors featured in the Proximity 005 Fall issue 2009 are; Che Onejoon,Vincent Dermody, Caroline de Vries, Kim Keever, Jaimie Warren, Cassini Probe, Greg Stimac, Bill Sullivan, Jem Southam, Peter Sutherland, Rod Hunting, Bas Princen, Sarah Pickering, Rod Slemmons, Renay Kerkman, Shannon Stratton, Mark Staff Brandl, Mairead Case, Jay Ryan, Aaron Delehanty, Brandon Kreitler, Bert Stabler, Karsten Lund, Robby Herbst, Post Typography, Laura Pearson, Tyson Reeder, travis and Claude Bussac.
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Monday, August 31, 2009
Retórica del recuerdo
Rhetorics of memory
An installation by Jorge Miñano Ramírez
September 5 – Sept 22, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday September 5 6pm to 9 pm
Eastern Expansion Gallery
244 W 31st St Chicago
El: Red to Sox/35th. Bus: 29, 35
The exhibition is a starting point for a reflection about the concept of cultural memory and how it has overcome a binary opposition between the individual and the collective experiences. This reciprocal relationship came across my mind when I had to leave my own country; and experience a completely different place with a new community of friends. The feeling becomes more obvious when a visiting person has to go back home.
New concepts are related with the perspective of familiar history, memory and gender; colonial, postcolonial, and transatlantic studies; museums, monuments, and memorials, as well as the practical implications for heritage industries. It is also a skeptical way to leave one’s mark and prolong the virtual existence of a person in a specific place with techniques other than photography. The show is composed of graphic, writing, mail correspondence and actions in the city which were created for the exhibition as a tribute to Chicago. The artist also is going to take a group photo of friends and assistants during the opening in the gallery.
About the Artist:
Jorge Miñano Ramírez is a Spanish artist working with experimental narrative in film, video and photography. He documents actions about personal and collective experiences related to food, family and friendship. Using archive, reconstruction or performance, he creates different images to reflect our personal desires and the influence of one’s surrounding. He studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid and in 2008 received a fellowship from this university and the Bancaja Foundation to study at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Eastern Expansion is pleased to host Freakie Outie for a one night only performance August 14, 2009 from 7-9pm
Referencing peep shows and iPod commercials, Freakie Outie is a window-based performance installation which ties together personal electronics, affect, pop music and sensoral memory. Four performers at a time are contained within the boundary of a storefront window, with sets of headphones dangling from the top of the exterior. Each performer wears a uniform consisting of a green sensible sweater and khaki slacks. Each pair of headphones, one for the performer and one available for a viewer, is connected to one audio source playing a pop song selected by the performer. The performer rocks out to the pop song they have selected in a manner normally only practiced in a private space, as he or she would do in front of a mirror or in their bedroom at home. Viewers are welcome to listen to a set of headphones along the performance boundary for as little or as long as they like, or not at all. Freakie Outie is a study in personal connectivity to pop music which discusses the fine line between what makes one rock out and what doesn’t.
244 W 31st Street
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
July 10, 2009
Chris Smith Installation
@ Eastern Expansion
244 W 31st Street
Opening reception July 10, 7-10pm
A sculptural adaptation of two Japanese films made in the early 1990’s level the ecology of its images with that of post consumer waste. A dystopic landscape of obsolete electronics, various polymer based products and the few remainders of something once organic will [...]
Friday, July 3, 2009
July 4th, 2-6pm
“Salad, Church, and Exercise.” aka Sal-ChEx
A show about self-improvement through self-denial
Featuring work by:
Jacob C. Hammes
Jaime Lynn Henderson
Susannah Kite Strang
Curated by Bert Stabler
Opening Saturday, July 4, 2009, 2-6 pm at the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan, Chicago. Massive salad potluck– come hungry!
Open hours 1-4 pm Saturday July 11, Saturday July 18. Closing party Saturday July 18,
While large-scale organs of control, such as schools, hospitals, and prisons, enforce the social contract through a restriction of choice and a remote delegation of authority, personal or cultural techniques for redirecting and mastering libido, the inner primordial chaos we carry within, can be found in the options represented by salad, church, and exercise. The deep loyalty and repulsion aroused in modern hearts by these three everyday pursuits, and their heroic and perverse obsession with denying the desires of the body, is the starting point for the works in “Salad-Church-Exercise,” fantasies that are channeled into a polymorphous menagerie of audiovisual media.
Three classic texts that have instructed the bodies of our ancestors can be found online at these URLs, and will be available in hard copy at the show.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises.
John Evelyn, A Discourse on Sallets.
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn: A Treatise on Gymnasticks.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
works by Anni Holm
Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 7-11pm
Anni Holm is a conceptual artist working with photography, installation, performance, and collaborative art. Born in Randers, Denmark, Anni holds a Studenter Eksamen in math from Randers Statsskole, Denmark and attended here after Krabbesholm Art College. She graduated with a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago 2004, where she received the Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship twice. In 2005, she received an artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, was a Featured Artist during the Chicago Artists Month in 2006, and was named a Break Out Artist in Newcity Chicago in 2007. Anni has performed and exhibited her work at various locations nationally including Ohio University Gallery, Ohio; Waterloo Center for the Arts, Iowa; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York; Space 301, Alabama; along with the Glass Curtain Gallery, the National Museum of Mexican Arts, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, all in Chicago. Since 2006 Anni has also toured the country with the ever-expanding NetWorking knitting project. International exhibitions include the group exhibitions at Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, Hafnarborg Institute of Culture and Fine Art, Iceland, Amos Andersons Konstmuseum, Finland, Ljungbergmuseet, Sweden and Norsk Folkemuseum, Norway. Anni co-founded Art Walks Chicago, an annual public performance art series on the streets of Chicago, with former performance partner Nyok-Mei Wong in 2004. She is the founder and curator of the three-day multimedia art exhibition artXposium and artINcorporators umbrella arts organization, both based in West Chicago, Illinois, where she also resides.
*Image: Anni Holm, Bedroom window, DeKalb, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
May 30, 2009
Eric Fensler will create an installation for Eastern Expansion Gallery.
Eric will be hosting the opening so stop by and have a Groslch with him.
Afterwards go to the Co-Prosperity Sphere for the Cardboard Show.
The installation will run through June 17, 2009.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, May 22, 7-11pm
The role and criteria of the interior designer is uprooted and then rerouted to accommodate a bedroom bathed in urgent blue police light. In doing this, the boundary between the body and architecture is blurred with floral arrangements, flannel, site-specific paintings and sculpture. Ben Brandt received a B.F.A from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has shown at Contemporary Art Work Shop, Caro d’Offay Gallery, Estudiotres Gallery and others. Ben lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Kevin Jennings lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA from UIC in 2004. Locally, he has shown at places like Experimental Station, C.O.M.A., VONZWECK, Old Gold, 312, and 1/Quarterly. Kevin currently works for the University of Illinois and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
3219 S Morgan St
There are way too many good reasons to come by Co-Prosperity Sphere this Saturday, March 21.
We are launching two new publications: Matériel and Pr.
They are awesome. And HUGE! Download this link for a sneak peak at Matériel:
We are also raising funds for Version>09 Immodest Proposals our annual international art freak out. This is our only fundraiser that will pay for 10 days and nights of projects by over 350 people from around the world.
Bobby Conn is playing along with Casual Encounter, and a super secret internet famous band.
Matériel is an oversized broadside newsprint publication that’s a collection of the best/brightest designers/illustrators/
Pr is Proximty’s in-between issues poster letter featuring reviews, interview, a calendar and a sweet recipe for a healthy art ecology.
Both of these oversized publications are beautiful. Come and get one, and fund our soon to be epic festival.
issues are complementary with a $10 Suggested donation.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009
by Edra Soto with special guests Dawn and Carl!
@ Second Bedroom Project Space
Opening: March 20th, 7-11pm
3216 s. Morgan St. Apt 4R
Chicago, IL, 60608
For the next installation at the SBPS, Edra Soto; a high school art teacher, had her students develop cardboard skyscrapers that reference the forms from notable architectural works across the world while considering the personas of the studied architects. Soto will then use the SBPS as a site to connect her student's work with her own. If that does not sound radical enough for you, Carl Warnick and Dawn Reed will "mix and mash" the students top 5 songs with some favorites of Edra's to create an audial parallel to the sculptural installation. Boing!
The aforementioned artists have all exhibited at institutions and spaces much cooler than this one and have ample street cred!
Monday, February 16, 2009
3052 S Gratten
'viva la RESIDENCE'
For the first time in 30+ years, the Benton House is being occupied by live-in staff who collaborate to direct the programming at this historic community center in Bridgeport. Artists-in-residence Angela Rojas, Ben Noetzel, Manuel Saucedo, Simeon Nikolov and Olivia May will display their wares and information about our new arts-based after school program. We are revamping our space and our commitment to the community; come see why things are getting better all the time.
Live music: The Additivies
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
An art parade, temporary housing structures, one day only exhibition formats, video sweat lodges, an artist run art fair, a reincarnation of the depression era Public Works of Art Project, a social networked free public school, impressive musical performances, boring theoretical nonsense, the revamping of a local community center, mapping projects, a design agency for social movements, and korean polish bar-b-qing are just a few of the projects and phenomena we will present during Version>09 : Immodest Proposals April 23 to May 2, 2009.
Check out the Version blog to see how you can be involved with a number of new projects and initiatives we want you to direct and take part in.
Friday, January 9, 2009
FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH, 2009 7 TO 11PM - One night only!
Second Bedroom Project Space
1632 S. Morgan Street Apt.4r
Second Bedroom is having another Galactic Ping Pong session before our 2009 exhibition season starts.
Come and play a game of ping pong that requires skillful abilities to avoiding asteroids, stars and black holes.
Refreshments and some snacks will be served.
Image Splimage: Recent Paintings by Brad Biancardi
January 15 - February 17, 2009
Opening reception: January 15, 6-9 pm
244 W 31st Street Chicago Illinois, 60616
About the work
Brad Biancardi's work begins with direct, observational drawings of specific spaces or objects that carry personal importance. Working from observation is the most important mode of informing his work. Though they begin from observational drawings, they eventually abandon their dependence on them and enter an area that exists somewhere between invention and representation. For this reason Brad describes his studio practice as “referential.” Sometimes he begins with a space, sometimes he attempts to subvert a pop-cultural icon in order to transform them into something more personal and elusive, i.e. bikes, the spacecraft from the Star Wars films, governmental buildings, etc.
The mathematical system of linear perspective is one formal tool within which Brad's explorations occur; color is another. He composes his imagery based on a symmetrical model with full knowledge that asymmetrical nuances are inevitable and will bring life to the work.
Brad also desires to retain a direct connection to art history by utterly consuming the potential of basic formal tools. As contemporary culture inevitably permeates his working process, he attempts to consume it, contemplate it and eventually either abandon it or use it. It is an ever-present concern of his to be equally aware of both contemporary culture and historical knowledge. Brad finds fault in the painter who feels embedded in twentieth century theoretical matters. At the same time he thinks that contemporary art is becoming more concerned with ideas of market and fashion, while moving further away from an artistic utopia.
Brad Biancardi received his MFA from the University of Washington. From 2005 – 2007 he was a member the Seattle based artist collective Crawl Space: Artist-Run-Gallery. He has exhibited his paintings and drawings in Seattle at Platform Gallery, the Lawrimore Project, Soil, and was an artist-member of the Crawl Space gallery from 2005 through 2007. He has exhibited in Chicago at the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Zhou Brothers Art Center. He teaches at Gallery 37, was a visiting artist at Harold Washington College, and has taught at the University of Washington, Pratt School of Fine Art in Seattle, the Northern Indiana Artists Association and at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. His studio is currently rejecting him like a virus.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Dawn Blackman works on paper aim to develop a more personal and meaningful dialogue through drawing. Blackman uses the tradition of drawing melding surface contour in couture and imageries with the photographic environment creating collages much more behind self identity as feminine or female, sibling and sister. Speaking specifically in twos, an interesting duality transpires in her works on paper. Blackman lives and works in Brooklyn.
Normal Projects is an independent apartment gallery space in Bridgeport, an industrially historic area of Chicago. Working within a conceptual rhetoric, the embarking into curatorial ventures has been one of science, rather, a growth in the interest in ecology. The Chicago School described a way man and machine comprised one another during America's manufacturing and industrial age. Here, ecology has then the opportunity to describe environs and expresses also the physical way in which artists visually describes contemporary landscapes.
Normal Projects exhibits work on paper and video by emerging and established contemporary
artists. This exhibition will be on view from January 23rd - February 28, 2009 by appointment only. There will be a reception from 6-9p on January 23rd. For more information, please email Emily Schroeder at email@example.com or ring 917 312-8889.
forthcoming: luke dowd / lydia moyer (march 2009)
All images courtesy Normal Projects and the artists.
2844 s. normal ave
chicago IL 60616