CDCC and TOABF are pleased to present
June 16–18, 2017 | Opening Thursday, June 15th from 6–10 pm
Hours: Exhibition on view at Critical Distance in Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace during Fair hours, Fri–Sat from 12–8 pm and Sun from 12–6.
Preview Reception: Thursday, June 15 | 6–10 pm | Free
Discussion: Sunday, June 18 | 2 pm | with artist Erika DeFreitas, CDCC Director Shani K Parsons, and exhibition curator Anthony Stepter | Suite 101 (Small World Music) | Free
Artists: Erika DeFreitas, Edie Fake, Marc Fischer/Public Collectors, Dina Kelberman, Nellie Kluz, Sanaz Mazinani, Eric Oglander, and Leah Wellbaum
Curated by Anthony Stepter
Image left: Grace Ambrose, Marc Fischer and Public Collectors, Hardcore Architecture (cover), 2016; right: Eric Oglander, image from Craigslist Mirrors, ongoing
How do we see art in the age of image and information overload? Is a gallery the best place to look, or is the internet’s efficiency and long reach a better tool for engaging with artists’ ideas? What about the reliable old standby, printed books?
The artworks on view in this exhibition highlight the fluidity of media in contemporary culture. Each project in Generators is guided by a single idea, approach, or rule. These frameworks generate troves of material for the artists to assemble and present in a manner that invites viewers to make connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. Many of the artworks draw from, or exist as, both printed media and digital spaces. These transmutations afford artists and viewers illuminating points of entry for exploring the unique properties of both printed and digital narratives without being constrained by traditional definitions of the archive and the artist’s book.
Selected from a joint call for submissions, Generators celebrates the astonishing diversity of outcomes that can arise from intentionally constrained modes of collecting and creating. The exhibited works circulate through a variety of platforms, from humble Tumblrs to museum exhibitions. By focusing on projects that start with simple ideas but evolve to open up wide ranging possibilities for engagement and display, Generators pushes against notions of presentation that privilege one form of media over another.
About the Artists and Curator
Erika DeFreitas is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist who explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity. She has exhibited internationally and is a recipient of the 2016 Finalist Artist Prize from the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts. Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland and is now based in Southern California. Through his comics, zines, prints, drawings, and installations, he imagines and reimagines the world. In 2007, Chicago-based Marc Fischer founded Public Collectors to address the lack of many kinds of cultural artifacts in the public collections of libraries, museums and other archives. Baltimore artist Dina Kelberman’s work spans a wide range of media including web-based projects, comics, photography, installation, and writing. She has exhibited and published internationally and is a founding member of the Wham City artist collective. Nellie Kluz is a Chicago-based filmmaker who often focuses on social interactions, belief systems and material realities. She received a 2016 Princess Grace Film Scholarship and her work has been presented at film festivals internationally. Sanaz Mazinani was born in Tehran and is currently based in San Francisco and Toronto. Her work ranges from digital collages and works on paper to large-scale installations, and is regularly exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces throughout the world. Eric Oglander is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose collection of sometimes humourous, sometimes poetic, found images from Craigslist has gained international attention. Los Angeles-based Leah Wellbaum is an artist and musician who has published four books of photography including The Fucking Ocean and The Fucking Ocean Part 2. Exhibition curator Anthony Stepter is the Graduate Program Coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds an MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Complete profiles for all of the artists and the curator will be posted to our website soon.
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