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)

Updates on Reality TV

July 19, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

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Ok. So. Lil Elote the ever illustrious and long-standing hero of the Green Lantern has made it to round two of the forthcoming emerging artist reality tv show. From what I’ve surmised this means that out of 600 or so contestants, he made enough of an impression via character and creative talent to make a five minute bio video about himself, at the end of which he will be showing a new piece of art work. Said video is supposed to be mailed to the production team, overnight on Monday. Presumably they’ll want to see how people interact with a camera, how charming, world-wise and amusing. I have to admit that I would love to be a fly on the wall as Hollywood production folks talk over which contestants they think will be a good match. It seems likely that, at this point, it’s going to be about constructing an interesting TV show–like baking a cake they’ll be looking for combinations of people and art styles. Who knows. This post is admittedly speculative, but we’re rooting for the Lil Elote/Miss Tina team, obviously.

posted by Caroline Picard

I found myself procrastinating on the composition of this press release. And yet only yesterday did I recognize the procrastination as such.

Indeed, we’ve made a good long go of it–for four years the Green Lantern has been up and running. While I look forward to it’s 2010 incarnation, I nevertheless think it’s important a) to reflect on what it has done thus far, what it has been and b) mark this point in time. Because after all, apartment galleries open and close and there will be new ones to replace the old and Chicago has an incredible vitality, what I can’t help but attribute the community in which we are all seated. Everyone a torch bearer.

To that point, on Saturday, June 13th, the final day of Jenny Walter’s solo show “In Lieu of Gifts” the Green Lantern will open its doors at 3 pm. We will have two (very small) open grills in the back (bring food if you want to cook it), and a keg.

At 5pm Terri Griffith will read from her forthcoming novel “So Much Better” (Fall 2009, Green Lantern Press);

at 6:30 pm we will read some passages from “The North Georgia Gazette” (Sept. 2009, Green Lantern Press).

Thereafter there will be much milling around, laughing, tet-a-tets, perhaps a few misty eyes and wistful glances and certainly a robust exubernace.

– TOASTS –

will be encouraged over the course of the day

At 9pm the live music performances will start (not in this order). This portion of the evening is BYOB. Those that stay will be encouraged to donate $5.

Casual Encounters

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I Kong Cult

Young Joon Kwok and Rachel Shine will release thier limited edition zine, with silk screen covers, “It’s Your Turn,” in which various letters, essays and comments about Chicago’s DIY Art Community will be published. These will be available for a small dollar fee.

Going Out With A Bang.

April 23, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard : Another Run-Down of What’s Coming UP

*fyi: Our monthly reading series & podcast, The Parlor, will continue throughout the summer and fall and thereafter.

I present you with a circus, including 2 fairs, Carol Anshaw to read at The Parlor, the last opening at the current space, an opening at the Hyde Park Art Center (where upon you may see a preview copy of the North Georgia Gazette), a screening, a call for submissions, and the final closing party–that is, the “It’s Your Turn” Party, (whereupon submissions will be read and toasts will be made)

1) NFO XPO:

April 25 & 26 , 2009
1pm to 8pm

Benton House Gymnasium
3052 S Gratten Avenue
Bridgeport (off Bosley Park)
(a few doors north of the Benton House)

The NFO XPO (pronounced “info expo”) brings art groups and community orgs together to exchange information and ideas as well as provide a public platform for each group to present themselves. It’s a trade show for experimental art, emerging spaces, and radical exchange. It’s our version of what an art fair should be. It is a fantastic opportunity to view emerging art, to network and make shit happen.

( Link to Last years XPO : http://www.flickr.com/photos/versionfest/sets/72157605676428359/

Participants include:
Albert Stabler and Paul Nudd ($heart), Green Lantern, Institute of Socioæsthetic Research ( Daniel Mellis), Alan Moore, Spoke, Antenna, The Space LIC, Reuben Kincaid, Art Shanty Projects, Hui-min Tsen, Marc Arcuri and Ellicott, Joe Baldwin, Laura Miller, Casey Smallwood, Marc Moscato, Hale Ekinci, Michael Coolidge, Andi Sutton and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Amanda Lichtenstein, Evan Plummer and Maritza Mosquera (Letter Writing Revivalists), Grant Newman, Sarah Kenny, Ashly Metcalf, Ray Emerick Studios, Trendbeheer, ChicagoArts, Threewalls, Hungry Brain, Aaron Delehanty, Birdhouse Museum, Jeriah Robert Hildwine, Doug Smithenry, James Jankowiak, Nicholas Schutzenhofer, Stephanie Burke and others.

The Free University happens simultaneously to the NFO XPO downstairs in the classroom facility of the Gymnasium.

http://www.versionfest.org

2) “It’s Your Turn” zine to be released in conjunction with the closing of Green Lantern Gallery on June 16th.

Dear members of the art community of Chicago,

We’re making a zine entitled “It’s Your Turn” to commemorate the closing of the Green Lantern Gallery, and the launch of many other new and awesome spaces in Chicago.  We’d like to include some thoughts from people in the art communities in Chicago–memories of past experiences at the Green Lantern Gallery and other art spaces in Chicago, or responses to the prompts below:

Describe Chicago’s art community in six words or less…

What is the sound (or smell, or touch, etc.) of the Chicago art community? …

What is your ideal art space / exhibition venue?

Where is the art world?

How do you feel about approaching spaces to show your work, host your band’s show and whatnot?

How do Chicago’s art communities compare each other…and to those of other cities?

To be included in the zine, (and proposed as toasts on the day/evening of the party!) we need to recieve them by 5/10, seriously.  Responses should be sent to Ms. Rachel Shine– mintsuit@gmail.com

If you have any other ideas for inclusion in the zine, email Young Joon at youngjkwak@gmail.com

3) GOFFO
We’ll be sharing a booth with our buddies from Featherproof, hawking books and telling stories, so if you want to stop by, you can find us at  booth #
7-7136 on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart, May 1-4th. There is an opening “preview” reception on Thursday the 1st.

4) Carol Anshaw will read at The Parlor Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 7pm

Carol Anshaw is the author of the novels Aquamarine, Seven Moves, and Lucky in the Corner. Her books have won the Carl Sandburg Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. Her stories have appeared in Story magazine, Tin House, The Best American Stories and, most recently, in Do Me: Tales of Sex and Love from Tin House. Anshaw is a past fellow of the NEA. For her book criticism she was awarded the NBCC Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She is a professor in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute. She has just finished a new novel, Carry the One.

 

Following her 30 minute reading, Carol will take questions from the audience.

 

As always, the event will be recorded and published on-line for your repeated listening pleasure on iTunes and at www.theparlorreads.com

 

All readings take place at The Green Lantern 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor

(www.thegreenlantern.org)

For more information, please visit www.theparlorreads.com or contact theparlorreads@gmail.com

 

5) IN LIEU OF GIFTS: opens May 9th from 7-10pm; a solo show by Jenny Walters


Chicago, IL. (April 20, 2009) — From May 9 to June 6, 2009, The Green Lantern Gallery presents In Lieu of Gifts, featuring new works by Los Angeles-based, artist Jenny Walters.  For this solo presentation, Walters debuts photographs and video exploring the narrative impact of transformative life events, specifically the durability and mutability of personal identity and their aftermath.

A pervasive sense of feminine desire, vulnerability and desperation links a number of these pieces, but they are also marked by an attraction to universally theatrical gestures and scenarios that signal the complexities of relationships with oneself, others and the future.  The installation explores the issues of aging, mortality and performance while presenting visual information that allows the viewer to recognize and share the inherent intimacy in failure.  Constructing a sort of psychological anthropology via performance and the photo/video document, Walters recognizes that it is in our failures that we begin to see each other and ourselves and draw closer together. This point of power exchange, in all its manifestations and nuances, drives primal human connections. It is in the crumbling of personal mythologies that a deeper intimacy with her subjects and their possessions occurs.

Evoking a consciousness of nostalgia and absence, Walters’ work probes the idea that identity often exists in a fluid state.  It is in this investigation into stages of uncertainty–the doubling, dividing and interchanging of the self—that she so adeptly creates a visual experience of the uncanny or a sense of helplessness evoked by the anxiety of unknown emotions.

Walters’ portraits are characterized by an intimacy and quiet involvement with the subjects and places she selects. While there is an innate awareness of the historical, aesthetic paradigms of portraiture native to her work, she subverts many of the expectations of the form by inserting intentional transgressions in her process.  In her new work, she has chosen to construct and show images that capture the truth of unique moments as opposed to presenting a homogenous study over time.

Walters earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 with a focus in video and photography.  She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions, including Galeria Andre Kermer, Leipzig, Germany and has also been featured in group exhibitions at such venues as Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; EAST International (a juried exhibition curated by Neo Rauch and Gerde Lybke) at Norwich Gallery, Norwich, England and Jen Bekman Gallery, New York.  She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with this exhibition Walters is also releasing a limited edition portfolio of photographs.


6) ARTIST’S RUN CHICAGO
Exhibition Reception: Sunday, May 10, 3 – 5pm The Hyde Park Art Center will feature Artists Run Chicago, an exhibition showcasing the energy and audacity of some of the most noteworthy artist-run spaces that have influenced the Chicago contemporary art scene over the past decade on view from May 10 – July 5, 2009 in Gallery 1.  Chicago has long been known for cultivating a strong entrepreneurial/Do-It-Yourself spirit in business and the arts.  The participating artist-run venues have transformed storefronts, sheds, apartments, lofts, industrial spaces, garages and roving spaces into contemporary art galleries testing the notion of exhibition while complicating the definition of art.  Coinciding with the Hyde Park Art Center’s 70th anniversary, Artists Run Chicago reconnects the Art Center to its beginnings as an artist-run space by bringing much deserved attention to those outstanding spaces that continue to reinvent the mold unique to Chicago.

7) NAROC!3 Sunday, May 10th : A SCREENING! details TBA; doors open  at 7 and will include performance, screenings and a DJ Dance party to follow.

(also coming up but still to be announced: The Parlor’s 2nd Annual Emerging Writer’s Festival takes place on the 27th of May
+ the Milwaukee Avenue Bike Tour (also the 27th of May) + Joe Meno reads at the Parlor first Tuesday in June + Printer’s Row)

and finally
(drum roll)
the

7) IT’S YOUR TURN party
On the 13th of June, we will officially close our doors at this location. It has been an incredible experience running this space, and it would not be possible except for the support of the community; whether you came to visit, or volunteered, or hung your work here, collaborated, schemed, purchased, donated–whatever, this space, in some sense, belongs to everyone and for that reason, it’s worth having an awesome party about it. While the details are still being worked out, mark your calendars. We’re going to try and kick it off in the afternoon with some sort of BBQ, whereupon we will begin to make toasts, reading from the zine that Rachel Shine and Young Joon Kwok are so awesomely putting together. Of course, improvised on the spot toasts will be encouraged, and if you would like to create some sort of performance comemorating or reflecting on the Green Lantern, or similar spaces, let me know (lantern.g@gmail.com) and I’ll try to fit you into the schedule. Basically this is an opportunity for everyone to think about and celebrate what these organizations mean. In addition, there will be some readings from the Gazette, and (knock on wood, if all goes well) from Terri Griffith’s forthcoming (debut!) novel, and (again, knock wood) live music. There will be no cover; refreshments are available by donation and everything will shut down at 2 a.m.
At which point I’ll be taking a big long nap.

Again, the goal is to re-open in the fall of 2010, so keep your fingers crossed! (and thank you again and again)