Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining
Curated by Bad at Sports

April 7 – May 22, 2010

Opening reception: April 7, 6-8 pm

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Richard: Just talk it through? Is that too postmodern?

Duncan: I don’t know. Well, what do you want to do with the apexart essay?

Richard: Are we recording? Is this ironic or is this not ironic?

Duncan: I don’t know if it’s ironic or not, but yes, we’re recording.

Richard: I think that we should talk about the philosophy of the program. Do a little bit about how it got started. Sort of do the compressed version of that talk we did the other day. And by “we,” I mean you, mostly. The royal “we.”

Duncan: [Laughs.] So you want to start with…?

Richard: Well, I think originally, we were just screwing around, having a conversation, being dumbasses, and I think it’s evolved into something more rich, with more depth and more seriousness. I mean, I think, at this point, we’re creating an audio archive of what’s going on in the art community, or at least the art community we have access to in this time and place. And the place has expanded into more cities than it was originally. Now it’s New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Switzerland, Sweden.

So I think it’s an examination, like a time capsule of what’s going on now, and that we’ll look at this project twenty, thirty, fifty years from now—at least on a personal level—and see an interesting history of what was going on now.

Duncan: Do you think we already do that? Do you think, when you look back on the programming that we put together five years ago, it seems kind of strange? Like, what we thought was urgent at that moment versus what turned out to be kind of urgent?

Richard: Oh, it’s embarrassing. [Laughs.] I listen to those early shows and groan. We were very flip about it at first, only when people started to list us on their resumes and we started to get feedback, either…deliriously angry or deliriously happy about what we were doing…only then did we realize that we had any sort of an audience and that we might need to be conscientious about how we were doing things.

posted by Caroline Picard; you can see the original site (what was published in TimeOut Chicago this week!) for this post here.

Time Out Chicago / Issue 204 : Jan 22–28, 2009

“Elephants in Small Places”

by Lauren Weinberg

Shannon Gerard wants you to examine your breasts or prostate: The Toronto-based artist’s brilliant BOOBS & DINKS (2007) project encourages early detection of cancer through hipster PSAs.

Gerard crochets adorable miniature breasts and penises that enable users to practice checking for lumps. She also illustrates self-exam instructions with witty screenprints. Sans-serif lettering and clip-artlike figures give Gerard’s prints a 1950s aesthetic that’s hilariously at odds with her sexy, tattooed subjects’ contemporary vibe. The artist’s humorous, tender invitations to take care of yourself are not just well crafted; the efficacy of their comforting approach makes you wonder why our encounters with the health-care system tend to be fraught with anxiety.

That anxiety suffuses Jennifer Wilkey’s photographs of handcrafted objects in hospital settings. A hospital curtain fills most of Day 47 (2007), leaving exposed a woman’s bare feet and a long, skinny piece of knitted red yarn that emerges from beneath the curtain and runs along the floor. Wilkey’s skillful contrast between the room’s drabness and the yarn’s warm color allows for multiple interpretations: The knitting could be a hobby that distracts the patient or a lifeline leading her out of this depressing environment, but it also evokes blood—or a wayward body part. In Take Two, Three Times Daily (2007), a line of plastic pill cups extends down a seemingly infinite hospital corridor; Wilkey re-creates the installation in the gallery itself, where it brings to life the terrifying tedium of medical treatment.

It’s unclear how Clare Britt’s collage of black pages from fashion magazines and Derek Haverland’s installation of blank credit cards relate to illness, but these forgettable works don’t distract from Gerard and Wilkey’s powerful explorations of the theme.

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.