Opening Tonight: The Queen’s Tailor

February 14, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

Why not round off the already full week with a little art? Come on by, drop in for a drink – the windows are blacked out for a projection and it’s awesome-


The Queen’s Tailor: a solo-show by Matthew Jinks from February 14th – March 14th w/ an opening reception on February 14th from 7-10 pm and a closing party on Saturday March 14th from 6 – 10 pm.

Mathew Paul Jinks is an English artist based in Chicago. His work explores the shifting structures of belief, memory and loss. In all his work Mathew performs the role of conduit and compass, seeking and translating the unstable, internal spaces of memory to the similarly imperfect space of the physical world, and back again.

Jinks works in sculpture, sound, video and performance. In his new video work for Green Lantern, he re-enacts scenes from the Ealing Studio’s film The Man In The White Suit. The misplaced aspirations of an eccentric English inventor are played out in a context shifted from postcolonial 1950s England to Chicago’s contemporary Indian/Pakistani community, exploring the displacements and potentials of a hybrid, rewritten Diaspora in Chicago.

The politics of power and labor that are at play in the original are transposed into the roles of the Witness, Sage, and Enactor within this contemporary re-imagining. Core themes of blind altruism and the reactionary suppression of radical invention alongside a current space of postcolonial fantasy are supplanted from England to Chicago. Mathew combines the shifting roles of national identity with his own English autobiography to explore the construction of nationhood and the self.


The Parlor Reading Series announces a call for emerging writers, as part of its Second Annual Summer Emerging Writer’s Festival.

Please submit short works of fiction/non-fiction between 3,000 and 5,000 words to by Wednesday, March 18th 2009.

Selected writers will be asked to read for a public audience on Saturday May 23, 2009 in Chicago, which means that readers must be willing to come to Chicago if selected.

All readings will be recorded and made available for download as part of The Parlor’s season of podcasts.

Check out last year’s readers on iTunes or at

if you feel like checking out an awesome book fair – come by AWP on Saturday, when it’s free and open to the public. You’ll see an overwhelming circus of different indy presses setting out their wares and crazy discount prices. AND if you want to come visit the GL table, you’ll find us sharing a table with MAKE Magazine at table 366 in the NORTHEAST basement room. And, according to rumor, all these book merchants have come from out of town and would rather not bring all their books home, so supposedly the prices decrease exponentially on Saturday….


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