“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:
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.