Twelve Galleries Project Presents…
Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane!
hosted by the Swimming Pool Project Space
Opening, Saturday July 17th, 6-10pm

Twelve Galleries Project presents…
Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane!

July 17 – August 15, 2010

Opening Reception and Pool Party: Saturday July 17, 6-10 pm at the Swimming Pool Project Space located at 2858 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618.   Poolside Performances with Academy Records and others will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Twelve Galleries Project began as a roving exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists over the course of one year. With each new month, a new location was selected and a new gallery was formed, producing 12 site-specific exhibitions from JANUARY all the way through to DECEMBER gallery.

For its second transitory venture, Twelve Galleries Project presents the Quarterly Site Series. QSS will focus its attention to the efforts of curators and current Chicago galleries. Every quarter for the next three years, within an existing Chicago
gallery, three curators will collectively organize a themed exhibition. Specific to QSS is collaboration. With the exception of a predetermined theme that is conducive to varied interpretation, there are no rules. Because there are no rules, each group of curators has the possibility to develop a unique model of curatorial practice.

Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane! is hosted by Swimming Pool Project Space. Using the theme of direction, three curators conceptualize their various interpretations of the word by dissecting the gallery into physical lanes.

Urban Dictionary dot com defines:

stay in your lane [stey] [in] [yoo r, yawr, yohr; unstressed yer] [leyn] Stop talking about things you don’t understand or know. Let experts do the talking. Don’t talk out of your ass.

Well, the prestigious institution that is Urban Dictionary dot com need not worry any longer because we have assembled the experts right here, right now for Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane! And, as you may already know, experts don’t have to follow the rules-they make ’em, as is evident by the curatorial efforts of Anthony Elms, Katherine Pill and Philip von Zweck. Organizing a three-four-five-six-in-one exhibition, each curator has expertly directed the theme of direction into a walled off lane within the gallery space.

Anthony Elms curates the work of artists Danielle Gustafson-Sundell, Shane Huffman, Erin Leland, Matthew Metzger, Sonny Venice and Philip von Zweck.

Every driver thinks that they are a great driver, and every driver is an expert on the road of life. However, being that expert driver on his cell-phone who drives just over the yellow lines and even occasionally veers off into on-coming traffic, Elms curates a lane that asks itself, Can I really manage to stay inside these lines? And furthermore, do I want to:

The world is black and white; between the lines. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes at the horizon. Get lost in the scenery, for even a second, and you’re likely to drift, dragging your side against the guide rail. Oops. Of course, now that the damage is done you have to admit that the scraped paint looks pretty nice. And the crumpled, slashed and puckered surface feels real nice to the touch. Fits the hand nicely, even.
-Anthony Elms

Katherine Pill curates the work of artists Madeleine Bailey, Samantha Bittman and Matt Nichols.

Curating site-specific works that concern the idea of self-control and discipline, Pill creates a lane that is meant to be followed precisely. In order to exemplify the often strict regime of the artist, she taps into her right brain’s expertise and formulates a visual representation of persistence and will-power.

Philip von Zweck curates sub-curators Christina Cosio, Stevie Greco and David Roman.

von Zweck divides his lane by three to establish himself as the mathematical expert of the bunch. The ultimate delegater, he then directs those who direct by selecting three proxy curators. In turn, each sub-curator directs their own lane within von Zweck’s initial lane. Yes, it is quite the equation:

Christina Cosio curates the work of artist Erik Peterson.
Stevie Greco curates the work of artists Jason Bryant, Todd Mattei and Caroline Picard.
David Roman curates the collaborative work of artists Matt Irie and Dominick Talvacchio.

Also, you don’t want to miss…

Pool Party!

In honor of Swimming Pool Project Space’s two-year anniversary, the gallery’s outdoor space will be the location of Pool Party, an anniversary celebration. Featuring art, food and fun games selected by the directors of Swimming Pool Project Space and Twelve Galleries Project as well as the live entertainment of Academy Records and friends.

Pool Party is one night only, during the opening reception of Quarterly Site #3: Stay In Your Lane!

Swimming Pool Project Space
2858 W Montrose
Chicago, Illinois 60618

posted by Caroline Picard

This was published a few weeks ago in the weekend redeye…..Go here to read the whole thing.

Roommates turn Logan Square apartment into art gallery

Mike Hines on 11.06.09 | 7 comments // |
art.jpgArt Institute graduate students Katherine Pill, 26 (right), and Francesca Wilmott, 24, operate the Concertina Gallery out of their own apartment. Brian J. Morowczynski for RedEye

By Ryan Smith
For RedEye

Most curators don’t make a habit of sleeping next to their exhibits, but Katherine Pill and Francesca Wilmott wake up to their art every morning.

When the roommates take a few steps out of their bedrooms and beyond the kitchen of their second-floor apartment, they enter a living and dining room virtually devoid of furniture.

Where a table and chairs might normally sit, a few colorful, spherical objects are carefully arranged on the hardwood floor. And on the wall, where you might normally find framed family photos, there hang a volcano made of denim and a computer-generated image of faceless sheep floating in a dream world.