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Spontaneous Remarks
Reception Opening

Sunday, February 24 / 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Work by

Marie Baldwin Kate Conlon Bobby Gonzales Olivia Petrides Erin Smego Matt Wead

Curated by

Courtney Cintron

M. Baldwin, K. Conlon, B. Gonzales, O. Petrides, E. Smego, and M. Wead; curated by C. Cintron.

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Spontaneous Remarks, a HATCH exhibition with work by Marie Baldwin, Kate Conlon, Bobby Gonzales, Olivia Petrides, Erin Smego, and Matthew Wead.

Spontaneous Remarks embraces chance-based and sequential programming processes as a strategy in opening up dialogue around what a curatorial framework could look like. Revealing a snapshot of the group’s unconscious reality, the show draws on elements from the Surrealist parlor game, Exquisite Corpse. The game requires participants to write/draw on a sheet of paper, fold to conceal their contribution, and then pass to the next person. In continuing with the elements of objective chance, play, and spontaneity, the artists have been paired up at random to cumulatively present their works over the course of three consecutive openings. Challenging the static notion of exhibition-making, this process aims to highlight the ways in which relationships between artworks evolve and become increasingly complex over a continuum of time and space.

The Surrealists understood reality as something that was rooted in the unconscious mind. Although the artworks are formally disparate, with media that include: sculpture, textile, painting, and photography, the exhibition aims to expose hidden possibilities that are underpinned by a shared unconscious reality. Rather than impose one overarching thematic connection between works, relationships are formed in an un-premeditated way. This approach allows for seemingly uncanny, absurd, and sometimes strikingly cohesive connections through occurrences between form, color, texture, and thematics. With concepts ranging from the deconstruction of fashion trends and pop culture icons to the grandeur of nature and scientific investigation, the six artists’ works converge in this moment to weave together a narrative that defies the predetermined modes of canonized exhibition-making and takes pleasure in aleatoric composition.

Spontaneous Remarks is curated by Courtney Cintron.

Openings

Spontaneous Remarks will have a series of openings. Please join us for one or all!

Opening 1:
Works by Bobby Gonzalez and Erin Smego
Sunday, February 24: 5:30-7:30 pm

Opening 2:
Works by Marie Baldwin, Kate Conlon, Bobby Gonzales, and Erin Smego
Tuesday, February 26: 7:30-9:30 pm

Grand Opening:
Works by Marie Baldwin, Kate Conlon, Bobby Gonzalez, Olivia Petrides, Erin Smego, and Matthew Wead
Friday, March 1: 5:00-8:00 pm

About Curators
2017 - 2018
Courtney Cintron is a Chicago-based arts and cultural administrator, curator, and performing artist. She is a 2017 MA Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Arts Administration and Policy and a graduate of the Institute of Curatorial Research and Practice at SAIC. As a versatile individual, she has had the pleasure of managing an array of artistic projects for arts organizations, from youth art education, art exhibitions, and interdisciplinary artist showcases, to poetry, theater, and music programs. Her dedication to tackling complex social issues and promoting deep learning and critical thinking through the arts has illuminated her path. Courtney currently holds a position with ProjectArt as Chicago Program Director. Learn more about Courtney Cintron’s HATCH exhibitions ORWELLIAN OFFSPRING and S-W-O-O-$-H.  
About Artists
2017 - 2018
Best known for her large-scale fabric piecework collages; Marie Baldwin dissects visual and linguistic moments in pop culture, and seeks to create idiosyncratic spaces through print, sculpture and installation. Her practice navigates the intersection of familiar and foreign spaces through reworked examinations of fragmented artifacts that hold social significance, displaced from their original period and meaning. Predominately working with text, cloth, thread and reclaimed textiles, her work explores themes of sexuality, personal history, and the body. Learn more about Marie Baldwin’s HATCH exhibition ORWELLIAN OFFSPRING.
2017 - 2018
kateconlon.com/
Kate Conlon is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Her work, investigational in nature, usually begins with an earnest attempt to figure something out and invariably ends in a mess of paradox, incongruence, and doubt.  Conlon’s work has been exhibited at venues including The Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Terrain Biennial, in Oak Park, IL and Museu do Douro in Portugal. She has received grants and residencies from Kala Art Intitute, ACRE and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Conlon is founder and co-director of Fernwey Gallery and director of Fernwey Editions, an independent publishing house that collaborates with artists on limited edition prints and multiples. Learn more about Kate Conlon’s HATCH exhibition Three Hares.
Bobby Gonzales (b. Delran, NJ) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL, whose work explores the intersection of painting, performance, and photography. He received his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and recently completed his MFA in photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recent exhibitions and performances include participation in Merce Cunningham’s “Field Dances” at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), group exhibitions at Das Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany), The Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI), The Galleries at Columbia University (New York, NY), Zurcher Studios (New York, NY) and solo exhibitions at Vox Populi artist collective, where he was an artist member from 2012-2014 (Philadelphia, PA). Learn more about Bobby Gonzales’s HATCH exhibition Three Hares.
2017 - 2018
oliviapetrides.com/

Olivia Petrides, Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute, was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Iceland and an Artist Residency at the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum in 1993. She revisited Iceland in 1994 on an American-Scandinavian Foundation Award. On Faculty Grants awarded In 1995 and 1998, Petrides returned to the subarctic North Atlantic, where she had residencies with the Faroe Islands Museum of Natural History. In 1999, she returned to Iceland. Most recently in 2001, with the support of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and a Faculty Grant, she traveled to Greenland. Petrides has been awarded other residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Roger Brown Studio, Yellowstone National Park and many residencies at the Ragdale Foundation. She has illustrated two volumes in the Peterson Field Guide Series, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, and four field manuals issued by Explorer Press. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; US National Park Service, Wyoming; Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Iceland; the Illinois State Museum and the Field Museum, Chicago, among others.

Image: “Polar Nights I,” (left), 75” x 356” Ink & gouache on paper; and “Polar Nights II,” (right), 75” x 260” Ink & gouache on paper, at Elmhurst College, 2016. 

(updated 2019)

2017 - 2018
colorsnob.com/
Erin Smego​ ​is​ ​a​ ​post-minimalist​ ​sculptor​ ​who​ ​lives​ ​and​ ​works​ ​in​ ​Chicago. She​ ​received​ ​her​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Fine​ ​Arts​ ​from​ ​the​ ​School​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Art​ ​Institute of​ ​Chicago​ ​(SAIC)​ ​in​ ​2011.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​exhibited​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States including​ ​group​ ​exhibitions​ ​at​ ​65Grand,​ ​THE​ ​SUB-MISSION,​ ​The​ ​Fulton Street​ ​Collective,​ ​and​ ​22.​ ​She’s​ ​had​ ​solo​ ​installations​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Hermosa Walls​ ​and​ ​Ignition​ ​Projects​ ​both​ ​located​ ​in​ ​Chicago​ ​in​ ​2017.​ ​​In​ ​2016​, ​she participated​ ​in​ ​a​ ​show​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Czong​ ​Institute​ ​for​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​(CICA) Museum​ ​in​ ​Gyenggi-do,​ ​South​ ​Korea.​ ​In​ ​2015,​ ​she​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​the​ ​Edna L.​ ​Cushing​ ​Annual​ ​Memorial​ ​Prize​ ​in​ ​a​ ​juried​ ​show​ ​"Elements​ ​of Abstraction"​ ​at​ ​the​ ​St.​ ​Louis​ ​Artists'​ ​Guild. Learn more about Erin Smego’s HATCH exhibition Somewhere Behind Us.
2017 - 2018
matthewowenwead.com/
Matthew Owen Wead (b. 1984, Chicago, IL) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores social hierarchy through verbal and written language. He received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking, sculpture and photography. His work often uses multiple-mediums and is constructed to be used as real-world objects and structures. This practice of creating physical objects/tools, reinforces that these objects are not to be seen as fictional objects or ideas, but as slight alterations to what is already being done/seen around us and to us as a society. 

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