Normal Bias: Sound Portraits by David Moré at The Green Lantern Gallery (2542 W. Chicago Ave)

August 20, 2010


New location: 2542 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Normal Bias

A Solo Exhibition by David Moré

Opening Reception, September 11, 7 – 10 pm

August 21st – September 18, 2010

The Green Lantern Gallery is pleased to present Normal Bias, a minor business venture by artist David Moré. From August 21st – September 11, Moré will be setting up shop in the gallery space and welcoming passers-by to participate in his free service: a portrait studio rendering the customers’ likeness in sound. The finished portraits will be documented on audiocassette, or, if requested, digitally. To take part, visitors are invited to visit the space during the hours of operation (listed below). At that time, Moré will be working and you can sit for a portrait. The accompanying exhibition from September 11th through 18th will include sound portraits recorded over the month as well as a site-specific installation that utilizes the physical, architectural space as an instrument for an experimental, auditory composition.

Utilizing a variety of idiosyncratic and unconventional instruments (some found objects, some built by Moré), the resulting portraits are responsive in form and speculative in nature.  This unique service, based on a one-to-one encounter between Moré and his sitter, stems from Moré’s interest in inviting audiences directly into his process of making sounds and creating accessible and playful contexts to experience the results.

Opening the doors wide open and putting his way of working on display, Moré’s work inaugurates the Green Lantern Gallery’s new exhibition program. Normal Bias is the first foray in which the gallery space is used for artists’ research, highlighting the process through which artists’ arrive at their creative ideas, rather than the product of their inquiry. The Green Lantern Gallery’s thematic exhibitions and artist projects are thought experiments, models for critical and social engagement, poetic ruminations, and interrogations of the creative process from all angles.

Hours of Operation:

August 21st – September 10th.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6-9 pm

Saturday: 10 – 7 p.m.

Opening Reception September 11, 2010, 7-10 pm

Exhibition will be on view through September 18, 2010

Closing Screening: Now It’s Dark, an evening of silent film accompanied by improvisational music, curated by Marc Riordan, September 18, 7 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11-6 pm and by appointment

2542 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622


David Moré grew up outside Chicago; he has spent the past fourteen years moving between Wisconsin, Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland, and Missouri; and currently is based in Chicago. In 2004 he was quite honored to play his self-built instruments at the High Zero Festival of Improvised and Experimental Music (Baltimore), performing with such luminaries as Daniel Higgs, Joe McPhee, and Le Quan Ninh. He has remained involved with the High Zero Festival as Stage Manager ever since. His artworks, performances and sound installations have been presented through Harold Arts, Gallery 400 at UIC, and Vega Estates in Chicago.

The Green Lantern Gallery is a venue dedicated to showcasing emerging and mid career artists of all media in conjunction with the activities of Green Lantern Press and Lantern Projects. Each season, the Green Lantern Gallery develops thematic exhibitions and artist projects, supplemented by a range of public programming and publications from the Green Lantern Press. Committed to forming alternative and sustainable models for the distribution and presentation of noncommercial contemporary art, the nonprofit Gallery is partnered with the for-profit Bookstore, Cafe and Performance Space in order to explore different possibilities to support artists and community.

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