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Announcing September Exhibitions & EXPO Presentations

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHICAGO – Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is pleased to present “Dimmer,” a solo exhibition featuring BOLT Resident Erik L. Peterson, and “Topography of Knowing,” a group exhibition featuring new work by HATCH Projects Residents Mara Baker, Nina Barnett and Cherith Lundin,  Sept. 26 – Oct. 16, 2014.  Both exhibitions are free and open to the public, and will be on view at CAC’s West Loop gallery space, (217 N. Carpenter.) An opening reception will take place on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6–9pm.

Additionally, CAC proudly announces two special presentations of artwork by Peterson at EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, Sept.18–21 at Navy Pier. Peterson will exhibit a series of new work, “Indulge Your Every Whim,” at CAC’s Booth #116 inside of Festival Hall, and he will also create a site-specific neon sculpture entitled “Seep” at the entrance to the fair.                                  

Dimmer,” Sept. 26 – Oct. 16 at Chicago Artists Coalition

BOLT Resident Erik L. Peterson debuts new works that envelop and destabilize the viewer through small but precise perceptual and spatial shifts in “Dimmer.” Peterson’s sculptures utilize space and surface, luminescence and reflectivity, the wall and the floor, to charge the gallery space with a quiet buzz and an underlying perceptual humor. By engaging ordinary objects and actions that permeate our everyday lives and augment their inherent eccentricities, Peterson’s art dares the viewer to complete the work with their own gaze and body.

Indulge Your Every Whim” and “Seep,” Sept. 18–21 at EXPO CHICAGO

Peterson will also present a companion exhibition to “Dimmer” at EXPO CHICAGO, called “Indulge Your Every Whim,” in CAC’s booth #116. A suite of three sculptures—“Spill,” “Untitled (Flash Wall)” and “Neon Pigeon”—work in tandem to dislodge the viewer’s body from their visual field through unexpected scale, reflective light and subversive humor. Synthesizing what is sensed by the body and what is perceived in the retina, the sculptures utilize materials that are commonly used to orient and control our movements in urban systems—reflective paint in crosswalks, neon signage, and pigeons—to disorient and obscure their communicative properties. Here, the real, the living, the found, the created, and the counterfeit collide. Peterson’s selection for this special presentation was juried by Kate Nesin, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, Peterson was invited by EXPO CHICAGO to create a 40-foot long neon sculpture “Seep,” that will be on view in front of Entrance B, outside of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.

For more information on this exhibition, please click here.  

Topography of Knowing,” Sept. 26 – Oct. 16 at Chicago Artists Coalition

At this moment of unparalleled flattening of the space and time in which our lives are led, we are experiencing a collective, frenetic re-organizing, re-mapping and re-considering of the world and our place within it.  In “Topography of Knowing,” HATCH Projects artists Mara Baker, Nina Barnett, and Cherith Lundin, curated by Jeannette Tremblay, consider timeless questions from within a markedly shifting paradigm of perception. How do we define place, and how do we locate ourselves within a place? In this exhibition, Baker, Barnett, and Lundin exploit the inherent subjectivity of knowing––often attached to static notions of place, even as the ground falls away beneath us.

Incorporating a combination of site-specific elements and works transplanted into the gallery space, the artists propose varied ways of seeing, of knowing, and of imagining place. Through a deliberately slowed process of investigation and play, Barnett seeks connections among geographical, material, and experiential ways of knowing a site, probing the relationship between the theoretical, the planned, and the accidental. Baker utilizes found materials often culled from alternative raw spaces such as repurposed factories and homes and recycled by-products from her studio practice, to construct site-responsive, materially-charged installations. Lundin extracts moments of fluidity from within familiar interior spaces, condensing seeming dichotomies such as inside/outside, figure/ground, proximity/distance into a continuous, uncanny dance of knowing and not knowing.

For more information on this exhibition, please click here.  

“Dimmer” and “Topography of Knowing”
Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter
Opening Reception: September 26 | 6 – 9pm
Exhibition Dates: September 26 – October 16
Monday – Friday | 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday | 10 am – 6 pm

“Indulge Your Every Whim” and “Seep”
EXPO CHICAGO, Navy Pier
Vernissage | September 18
General Admission: September 19 – 20 | 11 – 7 pm
September 21 | 11 – 6 pm
For tickets and visitor information, visit: www.expochicago.com

About Chicago Artists Coalition

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) strives to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives. As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, CAC capitalizes on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources. CAC is committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and educational opportunities, and to building a diverse community of artistic leaders, that defines the place of art and artists in our culture and economy. www.chicagoartistscoalition.org

About BOLT Residency

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering contemporary emerging artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art. The residency provides nine professional open-plan studios and a 500-square-foot, dedicated gallery space. BOLT takes a holistic approach to the development of residents’ artistic careers by providing studio work space, exhibition opportunities and support, professional development, and creative community. BOLT is structured to provide artists with myriad resources and comprehensive support to create, build upon and sustain a long-term career in the arts.

About HATCH Projects

HATCH Projects is a year-long, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. Artist Residents are divided into groups of six to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected artists will participate in three exhibitions curated by the group’s assigned Curator Resident. Each Artist Resident receives professional development through dynamic exhibitions, one-on-one studio visits, public programs, and community building to develop a sustainable creative practice. Through this unique hands-on experience and professional development program, Artist Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making.

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