Shifting Locales

September 24, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard

So may have noticed that we aren’t posting quite as often as we used to. That’s because we’ve moved to a new site for a day-to-day blog updates. To that end, you should check out the lantern daily! While we might still post here from time to time, the bulk of our thoughts will be contained on our new blog. Which is very exciting indeed.

Prepping books

September 6, 2010

posted by caroline picard

Things are getting closer. Of course it’s still months from the point of releasing books to the public, but I’m almost finished laying out/proofing Fiction at Work–a collection of flash fiction culled from the online journal of the same name. And I’m due for the last edits of Erica’s On The Mutation of Fortune; I’m about halfway through the layout process on that one. Kordian is also almost finished and Amira’s text, Forgery, is ready for layout. And bam. There it is. Probably means we’ll release these books early next year. Hopefully, hopefully in the new space.

The space that does not, as yet, exist. I was looking at a space over in Logan Square pretty seriously. It looked amazing, a three story building with a substantial storefront. The basement, as it turns out, was almost entirely saturated with water: meaning the wooden support beams were 92% wet. The inspector had a yellow hand-held contraption with two little prongs that flipped out upon the depression of a button. When inserted into wood, they measured the water therein. So onward, yet again.

Of course I’m worried about how long it might actually take to get a space. Every single dream I’ve had this summer has involved some aspect of architecture. So much so, that I’ve almost convinced myself that all my dreams must be that way, about architecture. In the meantime, though, we’re doing great work, devising strategies to support the gallery via fundrasising, and of course the public programs and exhibits start this week. And soon, soon the bookstore will be live, on-line as well…

More updates to come.


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.

It has been interesting to think about the idea of space over the summer, particularly what it means to build or define it. We’ve been working it over in a number of ways–from the on-going and often Quixotic search for a permanent location, to the building of a website, and then too, the building of our on-line bookstore. In the midst of these buildings, we are, meantime, developing our rapport as a team. We meet once a week as a group to talk over our anticipated program, touch base on various issues we’re struggling with and offer updates. The website should come together with a beta version on August 25th and we’re hoping to launch it properly this September. Meantime the on-line store is supposed to go on-line this October. There will still be a period of working out the kinks also, Zach and I are pretty sure we’ll use featherproof and the Green Lantern Press as guinea pigs, load those books on the site and then see what kinds of problems arise that way, before asking for books from other presses. Since it looks like we won’t have a physical bookstore until the new year (at the earliest) we’ll have ample time to trouble shoot.

That said, there is all of this other energy in the gallery aspect of the space–we’ve pretty much squared away all of fall’s programming and it’s super exciting to know that something physical is going to manifest from that aspect of this summer’s work. Similarly, Devin has been working out the public programming/events–another interesting aspect about that issue is that, while we hope to one day have a separate performance space, this fall the gallery and the performance space are one and the same. Therefore we have to co-ordinate the physical demands of those respective projects. In other words, if a performance artist wanted to come in and do a splatter paint Galager watermellon fest, it would be impossible–because there will inevitibly be art up on the wall, or installations on the ground. It means that our fall events programming has to be fairly modest in its theatrical proportion. Thus we have a lot of readings lined up, some film screenings, a number of talks and some music events. Here too, I can’t help feeling like it’s going to help us in the long run–because I feel like we can test the waters, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and then see if we can open up our venue for larger events.

It’s all so near–right around the corner. The last two weeks feel like there’s been a lull, a little–a kind of in-between time before which we’d planned everything we possibly could plan in advance. Now, preparations are starting in a new way, to get everything ready for the ever-nearer opening in September. It’s very exciting. My favorite thing, however–I ended up in a conversation last night about the Green Lantern in which a friend of mine asked about the longevity of the project. The Green Lantern has been operating in some form for about six years. However, this new stage of developement is totally new, totally different. I thought about the Marvel Green Lantern, and then it occured to me that actually what is starting up this fall, what has been incubating this summer, is a new generation of the project. What was originally setup in my house, and put together by one group of people, is now being established off-site, by an entirely new group of people. Further, there are new aims, new interests, and with those new individuals–Zach, Abby, Devin–each arm of the project has that much more weight behind it. Something I never could have accomplished before. Obviously there will be new issues to face, other areas of weakness or tension, but it’s incredibly exciting to be a part of a project that has enough flexibility to transform.

posted by Caroline Picard

what follows is a series of descriptions of the different facets of the proposed new green lantern endeavor. still looking for a space as yet and consequently what follows is kind of like a working, though far-along, sketch of what’s to come. in other words, some of the names may still be changed, some of the specifics too. that said, you’ll still get a solid and (hopefully) concise play-by-play. woohoo!

and onto the Next

big bang idea 

Lantern Projects 2010 – onwards

address: TBA 

The umbrella for this new vision is Lantern Projects. Under this new structure, contingent practices, in the form of non-profit and for-profit businesses, rely on one another to sustain the energy and financial stability of independent cultural production and dissemination.

      What was once an apartment space is born anew as a storefront. A bookstore featuring curated books put out by independent presses. The bookstore shares a counter with a cafe that sells coffee. The cafe is also a bar that sells beer. There are tables in this storefront and a hallway along its side. Down the hallway, you will see a door to the basement. The basement has public performances, ranging from live music events, to improv comedy, to lectures, to performances, plays, artist talks, readings and screenings. Upstairs, there is The Green Lantern Gallery, subsidized this time, not by an apartment, but rather by the dynamic activities below.

      Four people run this space. In addition there are three yearlong artists-in-residence who also work at the cafe. They keep office hours and meet with the public on a rotating basis. They are here to work on specific projects, projects that engage with the resources of the space and the community.

      In order to further integrate each element of the larger project—the gallery, the press, the performance space and the bookstore—we have decided to center a yearlong investigation (2010-2011) on the idea of ecology. The idea of ecology provides a thematic framework through which our projects can be viewed and understood and also reflects the interrelatedness of the space, mirroring a horizontal administrative infrastructure in which a synergy of parts maintains the whole. 

      In this organization neither the gallery nor the press nor the bookstore is a closed system, rather those spaces are environments dedicated to the exploration, presentation and discussion of the traditional and often hierarchical means of organizing culture. Through that investigation we hope to break open current systems in order to supply alternative dynamisms: messy, vibrant, and innovative collaborations between artists, audiences, mediums and ideas.


Green Lantern Gallery  

THE GREEN LANTERN GALLERY is a venue dedicated to exhibiting emerging and mid-career artists working in all media who push disciplinary boundaries and explore experimental processes. The 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. 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 Cafe and The Corpse Performance Space to mutually support the Lantern Projects community and contribute to the sustainability of contemporary artists’ practices. 

Green Lantern Press  

THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS is a paperback company specializing in the publication and distribution of emerging and forgotten works. Dedicated to the “slow media” approach, we see the book as an intimate and portable exhibition site. Each book features some variety of silk-screened covers, color plates collected from the working practice of independent artists and thematic texts from writers. Each work is printed in small, collector’s editions of 250 – 500. This is in keeping with a general attitude about consumerism and the material we print, namely that we intend to print only what can be sold while demonstrating an intuitive bridge between mediums. Work submitted by authors/artists is done so on a donation basis. We manage all printing and distribution costs. We do not keep the rights of any book, but ask to be notified of any re-printings.   

THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS is distributed by SPD in Berkeley, CA, and sold through PAPER CAVE, an on-line and bricks-and-mortar bookstore. 

An example of how we integrate “ecology” into the projects we curate 


In 2010/11 THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS will contribute a number of books that explore the subject of environment and hierarchy on their own respective terms. While these works do not present a single world-view, they interpret different systems with different tools, critiquing the viability of those systems while creating new platforms of investigation. The Book Of The Mutation Of Fortune presents a skewed mirror of fairy tale fiction in which Erica incorporates medieval witchcraft and fortune telling with contemporary motifs. Amira Hanafi’s Forgery, meanwhile, appropriates language from various sources and patchworks that information in a prose-poem quilt that investigates the relationship between a dinosaur industry and the city that sprung up around it. A.E. Simns First Impressions First Touch* indexes the handshake, revealing the inherent power play of every greeting while simultaneously transforming it into a child’s game. On the other side of the spectrum, Gerry Kapolka’s Kordian, a Polish play (pub. 1800s) translated for the first time in English, describes a coming-of age story that parallels Poland’s transition from Romanticism to Modernism. In addition to these titles, a limited edition chapbook (No. 3 in the Pocket Lantern Series) features the best-of collection of flash fiction from an on-line site, fictionatwork, and a book about off-site art practice called Service Media which will be released in conjunction with a group show by editor, artist and curator Stuart Keeler. Each book examines a different ecology, a different and seemingly independent system. In doing so THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS hopes to achieve a kaleidoscope effect, one both informative and resonant with visual and performative exhibitions. 

*This video documents one of the many handshakes that will be included in FIFTH: 

The Corpse Performance Space  

Through performances, lectures, and conversations with and against the site of Lantern Projects, THE CORPSE hopes to create a dynamic public entry point to The Green Lantern Gallery and The Green Lantern Press as an evolving point of confluence. Where possible, specific considerations will be made to work through the separately reflexive and coded language of the arts and humanities, sciences, and politics in the interest of creating an inclusive, learned, and politely speculative environment. 

Every year, COPRSE Director works in tandem with the Gallery Director to create no less than three annual series reflective of the concerns engaged with during each gallery show. Those series would take place over three month increments. In addition, two-four series should be planned each season separate from, but not necessarily inapplicable to, the gallery show. With these latter series, the Director will seek the input of outside programmers, allowing as much programming to come from the surrounding Chicago community as possible. Similar to the role the Director plays with the Gallery Director, outside programmers will be expected to work in tandem with the Director to make sure programming, per season, is unified, if not monistic. In creating and soliciting programming, the Director will favor those in search of clarity, both reasonable and wide-eyed, all the while creating a space, ultimately, for inclusion rather than exclusion. These ideals will be expected and understood by the participants in programming. 

Paper Cave 

Paper Cave is a curated bookstore that speaks directly to the issues manifesting in the physical space. Titles include texts that supplement gallery exhibitions and public performances, as well as independent presses. In addition, small presses and print projects will be invited to present exhibitions in the display case located in the cafe. The titles in this store should inform the larger agenda of the space, namely to demonstrate the relationship between various theoretical practices which address a common subject. Each year guests will be invited to supply a list of works that address that common subject. The bookstore will then carry those books. 

The Holon Residency Program 

What is it? 

Lantern Projects invites persons of any discipline to apply for our unique artist-in-residency program. Residents will be employed part-time by the Lantern Projects Café, and in exchange The Green Lantern Gallery, The Green Lantern Press and/or The Corpse Performance Space will incubate a self-directed creative project. We are looking for ambitious, creative people who are engaged in interdisciplinary art practices, interested in developing alternative models for the distribution and presentation of their work, and want to be part of a unique art organization that is engaged with the values of small business, independent press, non-commercial art practice and critical dialogue. Projects can take the form of public programming, curatorial projects for the gallery, and/or publication projects, and/or public performance. Residents can choose to work exclusively with the Press or the Performance Space or the Gallery or propose a combination of the three. 

How it works: 

Residencies are available in 12-month increments. Residents are expected to work 25 hours a week and hold monthly office hours which will be open to the public. As Cafe employees, residents will primarily serve drinks and assist in general maintenance/upkeep of space, supervised by the Paper Cave Director, and earn $260/week. Residents can also choose to join Lantern Projects group health insurance plan. 

There is no dedicated “studio” space but residents have access to shared office space and can use programming and gallery space based on availability and project needs. Applicants should take these parameters into consideration however they see fit. We welcome proposals that range from independent research and study to more public-oriented projects that engage with the Green Lantern community.     

No previous experience with cafe work required though we are looking for people who will be responsible employees willing to learn in a fast-paced environment. Lantern Projects is a team effort and we are seeking applicants who are enthusiastic, and have a sense of humor and an interest in helping our business model succeed.   

We do not provide accommodations but we can assist you in looking for places to live. (we are not accepting applications at this time)