CHICAGO— We are excited to announce that The Green Lantern Gallery & Press Founder, Caroline Picard, and New Corpse Co-Director, Devin King will open Sector 2337: a storefront gallery and bookstore this October at 2337 N Milwaukee Avenue. Functioning as Head Quarters for the Green Lantern Press, Sector 2337 will host three exhibitions a year, maintain a vibrant schedule of public programs, as well as a niche on-line bookstore and an in-store bookshelf specializing in contemporary art, poetry, theory, and independent press titles. By marrying these threads — contemporary exhibitions, readings, performances, poetry, and printed matter — we continue the spirit of The Green Lantern Gallery and Press, making community, culture, and discourse easily accessible to Chicago.
In conjunction with these events, we have organized two group exhibitions and are proud to release two new publications. The first exhibit, Isolated Fictions: A Reenactment, is currently on view at the Hyde Park Art Center as part of their 75th anniversary curatorial project The Chicago Effect: Redefining Art in the Middle. Isolated Fictions: A Reenactment restages the last exhibition that took place at The Green Lantern Gallery in 2010. In October, we will open Sector 2337 with another exhibition, The New [New] Corpse, dedicated to current representations of the body in art and philosophy.
There is no better way to celebrate a new bookstore than with two new titles. The first — hot off the presses — is Mothernism by Lise Haller Baggessen and co-published with Poor Farm Press. Mothernism features a collection of letters from the author that articulate “the mother shaped hole in contemporary art discourse.”Our second title is Ghost Nature, a bi-lingual collection of essays that examine and critique humanity’s conception of nature including contributions from Timothy Morton, Graham Harman, Laurie Palmer, Caroline Picard, Joao Florencio, Nettrice Gaskins and Jamila Woods, with an introduction by Érik Bullot.
By Christopher K. Ho
Christopher K. Ho was recently curator in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center to co-organize “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” an exhibition and events series that considers the role of the art center in its seventy-fifth anniversary year. Ho is also an artist, art educator and writer, and is based in New York.
Grunt work undergirds a lot of creative industries, including art making, even though its value and importance is often overlooked. The contemporary art world loves outliers and geniuses. But there is a broad swathe in the middle that has been going at it for many years, and it’s the characteristics of this group that I and my co-curators Allison Peters Quinn and Megha Ralapati wanted to highlight in “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle.”
“The Chicago Effect” proposes civic engagement as an alternative to the ideologically pitched political and activist art that dominated our field after the late 1960s. When I was at Cornell and Columbia, that is what I was taught; “1968″ had become institutionalized through participants who later became professors. Today, reexamining the middle is ever more pressing. The exhibition looks at compromise positively. It’s not about taking a politically extreme position, whether left or right, but trying to occupy both your own and your opposite’s viewpoints: a moderate position. Like that swathe of artists who fall between outliers and geniuses, the transformative potential of the socio-political middle ground is underestimated. read more
This fall I’m organizing a reading group at Latitude with the help of Rebecca Beachy, Karsten Lund, and Andrew Yang. We’ll meet every other week until the first week of December. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and a couple of sentences describing your interest in the group. Go here to see the official Latitude listing.
Here is our reading list:
1. 9/4: Val Plumwood, “Being Prey,” Annie Dillard’s “Deer at Providencia” & Jacob von Uexkull’s “Intro to Umwelt”
2. 9/17: Albert Goldbarth, Delft: An Essay Poem.
3. 10/1: Bill Brown’s “Thing-Theory,” & Selections from Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter
4. 10/15: Tim Ingold, “Earth, Sky, Wind, and Water,” Timothy Morton, “Thinking Ecology: The Mesh, The Strange Stranger, and The Beautiful Soul,” & Michael Marder, “Of Plants and Other Secrets.”
5. 10/29: Selections from Karan Barad’s Meeting the Universe Halfway, Laurie Palmer, “Silicon” chapter from In the Aura of the Hole.
6. 11/12 Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials.
7. 12/3: Final Reading: Ian Bogost, Alien Phenomenolgy Or What It’s Like to be a Thing, Jennifer Moxley’s There are Things We Live Among, & Selections from Mel Y Chen’s Animacies.
Important source books (to buy):
- Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, re.press, 2008.
- Ian Bogost, Alien Phenomenolgy Or What It’s Like to be a Thing, University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
- Jennifer Moxley’s There are Things We Live Among, Flood Editions, 2012
Featuring Amanda Browder, Nick Butcher, Maria Dumlao, Jason Dunda, Rebecca Mir Grady, Nadine Nakanishi, Carmen Price, Steve Ruiz, and Hui-min Tsen. Curated by Caroline Picard
As invited by Whitney Oldenburg, Michael Leon, Mehmet Canevi, Andrew Giannakakis, Anthony Bragg, Fernando Pezzino, Jon Merritt, Katherine Darby, Sarah Pater, and Suzanne Gonzalez, for the Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition, The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle.
August 24 – November 23, 2014,
with an opening celebration on September 13th from 5 – 8pm
as part of the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th Anniversary
In June, 2014 The Green Lantern, a nonprofit publishing house and former apartment gallery, was invited by a group of RISD students to reproduce a past exhibition in response to the Hyde Park Art Center’s Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle. The resulting choice, Isolated Fictions, was the last exhibition The Green Lantern Gallery hosted before it closed in 2010. The show explores a curious incident in history when a fleet of English sailors found themselves icebound in the Arctic for nine months. In order to survive, they put on weekly plays for one another, publishing a newspaper of theater reviews, inside jokes, poems and classified ads. As such, The North Georgia Gazette reflects an older, idiosyncratic DIY art space that arguably sustained its crew through a physically, and psychologically inhospitable environment. In the 2010 exhibition, participating artists reflected upon that marginalized nautical history with their contributions. In this latest reenactment, Amanda Browder, Nick Butcher, and Nadine Nakanishi include their original contributions at The Hyde Park Center. Nevertheless the show has changed significantly, and thus illustrates the way thought (and memory) shift over time. Rebecca Mir Grady excerpts her original Timeline of Arctic Exploration series, and Carmen Price reinterprets his original painting entirely using new strategies and materials. For her part, Deb Sokolow invited artist Steve Ruiz to participate on her behalf. Jason Dunda submitted entirely different work, and new artists like Maria Dumlao, and Hui-min Tsen have entered the fold of this narrative. Isolated Fictions: A Reenactment reflects the dynamic, ever-changing nature of history, and the bearing it has on future communities.
The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle is an exhibition and public program that engages artists and practitioners in considering conditions of the middle—both conceptual and concrete. Artwork on view in The Chicago Effect will explore permeable boundaries, liminal spaces, and in-betweens, identifying and asserting the necessity of the middle as a fertile improvisational space that becomes a creative engine, and raising questions about the value of a middle-man, a middle class, a moderate political position, and even the middle ground between formal and material states. Using the Art Center as a model for how an arts institution can occupy the space of the middle to foster intercommunity connectivity and spur creative production, public programming and a printed catalogue will accompany the exhibition to offer analyses of how mid-sized organizations can serve and engage audiences. Co-curated by Director of Exhibitions & Residency Programs Allison Peters Quinn, Residency & Special Projects Manager Megha Ralapati, and New York-based guest curator Christopher K. Ho, the exhibition encourages movement away from the poles. The curators frame the position of the middle as an essential condition of the creative process, selecting artwork that exemplifies this idea.
Born in Missoula, MT in 1976, Amanda Browder received an MFA/MA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York producing large-scale fabric installations for building exteriors and other public sites. She has shown on three continents including at the Nuit Blanche Public Art Festival/LEITMOTIF in Toronto; FAB Fest, New York City; The Dumbo ArtsFestival, Brooklyn; Mobinale, Prague; Allegra LaViola Gallery, NYC; Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo; White Columns, NYC; No Longer Empty, Brooklyn. Photos and reviews have appeared in print media from the New York Times to Fibers Magazine and she is a founder of, and can be heard on, the art podcast, www.badatsports.com. The artist website is www.amandabrowder.com
Nick Butcher (b. 1980, Dyersburg, TN) is an artist and musician living in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Printmedia. Butcher’s work, though diverse, has centered around printmaking since 2001. He received his BFA form Middle Tennessee State University under the guidance of printmaker Christie Nuell in 2002. A Chicago resident since 2003, Butcher has worked under local printmaker Jay Ryan, as well as established Sonnenzimmer, a collaborative art practice, print and design studio with his wife, Nadine Nakanishi. Their collaborative work has been shown in the United States, Europe, and China with recent exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Maria Dumlao is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited and screened Art in General, Momenta Art Gallery, and Schroeder Romero Gallery in NYC, The Contemporary Museum in Hawaii and internationally. She’s had residencies at Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, and at free103point9′s Wave Farm in Acra, NY. Her collaborative work with Brainstormers has appeared at Brooklyn Museum of Art and Bronx Museum of Art (a collaboration with Guerilla Girls) and received funding from The Puffin Foundation. She received a BA in Studio Art and Art History at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ and an MFA in Studio Art at Hunter College-CUNY in New York, NY. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2010, she’s been involved with Little Berlin and Vox Populi.
Jason Dunda is a Canadian painter currently living in Chicago. Trained as an oil painter at York University in Toronto (BFA) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), he is currently working on a suite of gouache paintings called “The Most Beautiful Things in the World” in which he depicts images of beautifully ramshackle instruments of authority. Outside the studio, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches studio and seminar classes in the Contemporary Practices and Arts Administration and Policy departments. Recent projects include “Euphemize” at Slow in Chicago; “Sensible” at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto; “Isolated Fictions” at Fluxspace in Philadelphia, Green Lantern in Chicago, and AS220 in Providence; “no substantial advantage to mankind” at Kasia Kay, as well as the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, Cain Schulte Gallery in San Francisco, James Baird Gallery in St. John’s, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Wexner Center in Columbus. International exhibits include the Heine-Onstad Art Centre in Oslo, the Kuwait Art Foundation in Kuwait City, and SÍM Gallery in Reykjavik. His work is represented in the collections of Todd Oldham, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto. Recent residencies include the Corporation of Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a four-month research and production residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Rebecca Mir Grady is a Chicago based artist, by way of Alaska and Maine. When she was too little to walk, she was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Namer. Her work is primarily concerned with the perplexing character of interactions with nature. Grady received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely around the US and Internationally, at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, Carthage College, Illinois State University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Prosjecktrom Normanns, among others. Her work can be found online at www.sheisrestless.com.
Nadine Nakanishi (b. 1976, Los Angeles, CA) is a Swiss-American artist based in Chicago, Illinois. Nakanishi works across several disciplines including printmaking, painting, weaving, and graphic design. She studied typography at the Gestalterische Berufsschule in Zürich, Switzerland. In 2006, she established Sonnenzimmer, a collaborative art practice, print and design studio with her husband, Nick Butcher. Her individual work has been shown in Switzerland, while her collaborative work with Sonnenzimmer has been shown in the United States, Europe, and China with recent exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Carmen Price’s work creates new relationships between familiar visual elements. His celebratory drawings use personal symbolism and a strong faith in the accidental to form occasionally narrative and often confusing scenes. Originally from Kansas City, Price currently lives and works in Chicago.
Steve Ruiz is an artist and writer from Chicago, having earned his MFA at University of Chicago in 2013. In addition to writing for Daily Serving and Bad at Sports, he manages the visual art calendar website, The Visualist.
Hui-min Tsen’s work explores the act of exploration itself with an emphasis on the individual’s everyday relationship with place, wonder, and the unknown. Through a series of projects ranging from boat-building to walking tours, she has sought to cross the distance between here and over there by reaching for the myth and mystery present in our everyday landscape. Selected exhibitions and publications include the Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, MDW Fair, and Proximity Magazine. Screenings and performances include work with Public Culture Lecture Series, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Neighborhood Public Radio’s This American Life at The Whitney Biennial 2008. Her first book, The Pedway of Today, was published through Green Lantern Press in 2013. She received a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches photography and video in Chicago.
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