SpiderBug Blazow

July 20, 2010

posted by caroline picard

SpiderBug is pleased to announce:

“Gravity & its Friends” screening & exhibiton!

SpiderBug is pleased to announce “Gravity & its Friends” screening & exhibiton!

We have a wonderful lineup of filmmakers and artists!
This event is in conjunction with the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival.


Gallery Exhibition

Voice of the City Studio
3429 W. Diversey
Friday 4-11pm
Saturday 12-11pm
Sunday 12-11pm

Short Film/Video Screening

Voice of the City Studio
3429 W. Diversey Ave.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8pm

Center Portion
2850 1/2 W. Fullerton Ave.
Saturday & Sunday  3pm & 10pm

FREE!  Popcorn & Beverages!

Filmmaker lineup:
Chris Hammes, Lucia Fabio, Chuck Jones, Chris Hefner, Alberto Aguilar, Phillipe Blanchard
Nicholas Hayes, Michael Morris, Patrick Holbrook, Michael Lopez, Reel Stories, Caroline Picard

Art Exhibition Lineup:
Nick Black, Michael Lopez, EC Brown, Elizabeth Czekner, Allison Yasukawa, Jesus Meja, Adam Farcus, Chelsea Culp, BJ Vogt, Catie Olson, A.R.T. apprentices

Thanks & hope to see you!
catie olson

posted by Caroline Picard

This essay, originally written for the ARC Digest boook and then used for FLAT’s publication about apartment spaces was posted on the BadatSports blog. You can read the whole thing by going here, though I’ve included the first paragraph/quote, what was written by one Sarah Stickney who used to live in the space….The quote was taken from a small publication created/curated by Young Joon Kwok and Rachel Shine called “It’s Your Turn.” Their silkscreened, small edition 7″-size publication was also about DIY exhibition practices and how they are important.

On the matter of public (1) space : or my apartment gallery is an arctic explorer

“‘Oh, you have a roommate?’

“ ‘Yeah, she’s actually here right now, but she’s sick….Don’t do that—she’s trying to sleep.’

“I heard them but pretended to remain asleep by keeping my eyes closed; [closing your eyes] is what passed for privacy then. My ‘room’ was in a corner of the kitchen on the other side of a folding screen. If you were tall enough, you could see me from either side at any time. The above exchange took place during the installation of a show when I happened to have a cold. I lived at the Green Lantern from 9/06 to 8/07. Recently out of college, I moved to Chicago to get my bearings. I had just spent two years living in the French countryside with no heat, no car, no Internet, no noise, no zines, no sushi, no shows, no jargon. When I moved in, I had never owned a computer. Suddenly I was in the middle of an art scene.

“Any Chicagoan who’s hip to the jive knows that an apartment gallery poses a unique set of problems. Someone actually lives there—sleeps and cooks and poos there—and yet the obligatory neutral space of the gallery must remain white-walled, spacious, antiseptic. At the GL in the earlier days, the gallery was clean, airy, spare, while on just the other side of a makeshift wall was a seething and barely-controlled chaos. A visiting friend once described the living space as ‘under a great deal of pressure,’ like the lack of density in the gallery half had to be balanced by ultra-density in the living half. This density consisted of, among other things, a large mounted buck complete with antlers, a five foot plaster statue of a fat man with an umbrella, a bong made out of steak shellacked to a milk carton, a taxidermied rooster, two large Chinese screens, many works of art in various stages of undress, two living cats…enough plates and stemware to host a diplomatic gala, a sink doubling as a bookshelf, a home-made up-ended ‘bar,’ an enormous vintage fridge, a miniature vintage stove, an easel, double-stacked books, innumerable trinkets ranging from delicate Eastern figurines to an ancient can of spam, an old-fashioned sandwich press, two Dictaphones, one enormous toaster (not in use) and a tiny one (in use). People liked throwing around comparisons to Alice in Wonderland, but that was legit. The fact that the two-foot high pepper mill was three times as tall as the delicate teapot, for instance, made me wonder if I’d accidentally swallowed a pill. And keep in mind that I’ve listed perhaps a sixteenth of the contents of those two or three improvised rooms. I haven’t even mentioned the huge quantities of building supplies, the aluminum ladder, the planks and tools and cans of paint…” (2)

posted by Caroline Picard

So, I’m in a group show up in Logan Square featuring apartment gallery artists (a hot topic for spring, what with HPAC’s show), in addition to which this year’s GL Selection Committee Member, Elizabeth Chodos, also curated a show going up at Alagon Gallery. I thought I’d include the info here, since it would likely make a nice little route for Saturday activities….

1) Myth in Material

A curatorial project by Elizabeth Chodos, featuring the work of Ryan Fenchel, Rebecca Gordon, Mathew Paul Jinks, Stacie Johnson, and Michael Ruglio-Misurell

1049 N Paulina #3R (entrance on Cortez)
Chicago, IL 60622

April 18 – May 10
Opening Reception April 18, 7 – 10 PM

For the press:
It’s the stuff of everyday life, the materials that surround us into which we imbed myths, memories and transformative powers. It’s these objects, that sometimes carry a shared value like gold, counter-cultural significance like an obscure band’s album, or a personal history like an old letter, around which we construct value, and through which we connect to our friends, loved ones, or those that share our heritage and beliefs. Materials contain more than molecules, they are touch stones, indexes, references to important moments and belief systems, they are conduits for religious, cultural, and personal myths that we construct in order to structure our lives, and ultimately make meaning out of an untidy existence.

Ryan Fenchel is influenced by the esoteric practices of ancient mystery schools and their symbology.  He uses a variety of media to create intuitive 2-D and 3-D works, all of which are collages at their core. Fenchel is invested in geometry and its relationship to nature, problem solving, and metaphor. Between the subject of his work and the materials, his practice yields a romantic art process and a way to investigate ancient beliefs/rituals of self-transformation.

Rebecca Gordon makes objects, environments, and performances that honor the materiality of world-making. She aims to visually articulate the intriguing interrelations between physical objects, images, and practices and the creation of social spaces in which it could be possible to experience the world, and ourselves, differently. In this sense, Rebecca is interested in the ways in which subcultural groups engage in materialist rituals—how do we create new realities through the creation, use, manipulation, and exchange of objects? How can we understand the relationship between personhood and style? Throughout, though often not explicitly, Rebecca is interested in the material dimensions of the ways in which communities create understandings of gender and sexuality that allow for self-conceptions that deviate from those available in the surrounding cultural spaces. She aims to articulate these alternative gender formations in part through a re-evaluation of the relationship between material objects and virtual objects and spaces—in hopes of articulating a world in which bodies and objects can be experienced as phenomenologically coextensive with virtual spaces, projected images, and digital data.

Mathew Paul Jinks utilizes video, sound, sculpture and performance to explore themes of myth, belief systems, loss and memory. In all his work Mathew plays the role of conduit between spaces and horizon points related to this theme. He combines both historical and fictional narratives with his own to foster new ones, to explore ontological potential: the  nature of being. Mathew is working with the idea of autobiography and the problems of mythologizing the past. The autobiographical text serves as a blind-spot from which to access his studio practice.

Stacie Johnson’s paintings are portraits of personal spaces and symbolic objects. Johnson looks towards the psychic potential in physical situations. The subject matter is often informed by symbols of good luck: both real and fictitious and from various sources and cultures. A narrative about material mysticism, or finding the extra energy within an object, is tied to a formal discussion about the rectangle and the serendipity of color and shape.

Johnson explores the tension between actualizing enigmatic images and realizing artificiality: a Modernist sense of belief and a Postmodern awareness of limitation. To intensify the tradition of the still life and the graphic abstraction, her paintings fetishize Modernism and seek transcendence through Pop.

Michael Ruglio-Misurell draws from the neglected and entropic, altering objects and environments that flicker between the composure of arrangement and sheer mess. While appropriating from mishaps, disastrous moments and trashed spaces in the built environment, Ruglio-Misurell simultaneously produces and destroys in order to emphasize the uncertainty of space.  As controlled experiments, he organizes fictions of invasions and displacements by staging ambiguous narratives.  Juxtaposing found objects within layers of artifice, Ruglio-Misurell adapts found and fabricated materials according to each piece, creating equilibrium between the disposable nature of material culture with the production of new forms.

2) Dusty Bunnyfield vs. Molotovia Cottontail
Last Reception: the group show
This Saturday, April 18, from 7-10pm
show runs until April 19

On the fifth weekend, the space will be reserved for a group exhibition that will include Fabio, Brown and seven artist friends who also run apartment/domestic gallery spaces. As this event precedes the upcoming “Artists Run Chicago” exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, the exhibition is intended as a visual continuation of the conversations engendered by the HPAC’s invites. Participants will be encouraged to create works that use the first two incarnations of the show as a springboard, but works are not expected to directly address the topic of apartment/domestic art-spaces.


EC Brown & Catie Olson : FLAT
Miguel Cortez : Antena
Lucia Fabio : mini dutch
Vicki Fowler:
Eric May:
Roots & Culture
Liz Nielsen & Josh Kozuh:, Swimming Pool Project Space
Irene Pérez & Chris Smith; Second Bedroom Project Space
Caroline Picard:
Green Lantern

The concept behind the show was written about in newcity. Either pick up a free copy this week or just click here.