posted by Caroline Picard

Jan 19 Review: Elephants in Small Places RECOMMENDED

written by Jamie Keesling, published by NewCity

the original site for this post (if you don’t have access to the print version) can be seen here.

If you don’t already know how to check your tits and/or balls for cancerous lumps, you can learn everything you need from Shannon Gerard’s installation currently on view at Green Lantern Gallery. Despite their purported educational value, Gerard’s screen-printed illustrations work best as comedy rather than straightforward instructional material. Jennifer Wilkey’s photographs of knitted and embroidered objects in hospital settings combine the warmth of handicraft with the sterility of medical institutions. The objects themselves, such as a doctor’s mask embellished with embroidered microorganisms, or cups of pill capsules stuffed with green fabric, seem more at home in staged photographs than on display in the gallery. Clare Britt and Derek Haverland address consumer culture in conjunction with pathological illness. Haverland’s installation of stacks of stark white credit cards, reminiscent of pristine medical settings, recalls economic issues surrounding healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. In a similar vein, Britt’s wall collage of found images from fashion magazines only relates to illness in the context of this exhibition. A swirling black mass of Fendi and Versace labels, shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses, brings to mind a tumorous growth or a magnified pathogen, as well as consumerism as a kind of sickness.

Through February 7 at Green Lantern Gallery, 1511 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor.

Elephants in Small Places

December 23, 2008

The Green Lantern is proud to announce a new group show called “ELEPHANTS IN SMALL PLACES” opening on Saturday January 10th with a reception from 7-10pm. Running until  Feb 7th, featuring the work of Shannon Gerard (Canada), Clare Britt (Chicago), Jennifer Wilkey (NY) & Derek Haverland (Chicago).

Elephants in Small Places is a show documenting various approaches to illness in our society. Featuring a range of work from soft sculpture maquettes that teach breast and testicular cancer awareness, to photographs that integrate hospital scenes with knitting performances that are documented in photographs; a 2-d installation referencing
fashion by Clare Britt and a credit card piece by Derek Haverland.

Clare Britt earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree concentration in Sculpture, minor in Business from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been published in Bailliwik, Chicago, IL. She produces the nationally acclaimed ‘zine: Ghetto Blues with her collaborator John Word. She has talked with Duncan MacKenzie on BadatSports about art in Europe. Solo exhibitions include: Gallery 400, Chicago, IL; Elliot University Center Greensboro, NC; FlatFilePhotography Gallery, Chicago, Artspace, Raleigh, NC; and the Page Bros Building, Chicago, IL. She participated in the Open Studio Program with the Chicago Cultural Center.


Shannon Gerard publishes an ongoing illustrated auto-bio project called Hung. She also prints, binds and distributes little books and artist’s multiples that are mostly about faith, wishing and loss. Her most recent project is a series of multiples called Boobs and Dinks: Early Detection Kits, which involve plush crocheted breasts and
penises with little lumps sewn inside that can be found by following instructions in the accompanying booklets- also made to encourage real-life monthly self-examinations.


Derek Haverland‘s current body of work includes etched glass and meticulously hand-stitched needlework pieces that address issues of the family, loss and regeneration. He has shown in several group exhibitions in San Francisco and Chicago. He received a B.S. in Art Education from Northern Illinois University in 1995 and received his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Haverland lives
and works in the Chicagoland area.


Jennifer Wilkey is an artist who works in a variety of media. In her work she considers what it means to be ill and examine the roles of the patient, the doctor, and the hospital in treatment and healing. She is currently an MFA student in Photography at Syracuse University.