Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chris Smith @ Eastern Expansion

July 10, 2009
Chris Smith Installation
@ Eastern Expansion
244 W 31st Street

Opening reception July 10, 7-10pm

Philosophical Husband-Tetsuo
Christopher Smith
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

Sal-Ch Ex @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

“Salad, Church, & Exercise” @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

July 4th, 2-6pm

“Salad, Church, and Exercise.” aka Sal-ChEx
A show about self-improvement through self-denial

Featuring work by:

Michael Bancroft
Noah Berlatsky
Dayton Castleman
CThrough Outfit
Chelsea Culp
Derek Erdman
Gina Grafos
Jacob C. Hammes
Jaime Lynn Henderson
Hideous Beast
Thaddeus Kellstadt
Paul Mack
Rachel Pollak
Yvie Raij
Oliverio Rodriguez
Christopher Santiago
Dewayne Slightweight
Edra Soto
Bert Stabler
Matthew Steinke
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.