Version>09

This Sunday I was able to attend a great meeting for Version>09 Immodest Proposals (April 24-May 2, 2009) down in Bridgeport at The Co-Prosperity Sphere (C-PS). “Version is an annual springtime convergence that brings together hundreds of artists, musicians, and educators from around the world to present some of the most challenging ideas and progressive art initiatives of our day. The eleven day festival showcases emerging trends in art, technology and music.”

I saw some old friends, made so new ones, ate great Thai food and drank some good home brew. But most importantly I got really excited about this year’s Chicago festival and all the great opportunities available for local artists. Missed the meeting? No worries you still have time to submit your proposal for one or more of the many events that will take place this spring.

Deadline for submissions is March 7, 2009

Information and guidelines for submitting projects are at: www.lumpen.com/V9/program.html

Version festival presents a diverse program of activities and this year’s exhibitions and programs include:
– Free University
– Live Musical Performances
– Performance/ Interventions/ Mobile Projects
– Web Selections
– A Catalog of Proposals
– the NFO XPO
– Version Group Exhibition
– Curatorial Projects
– Underground Multiplex (Film/Video)
– The Other
– Special Projects:
+ Codename; Progressive Chicago Design Network
+ The Chicago Art Parade
+ Codename: WPA Bridgeport Project 1
+ Shelter Corps

Check out their blog at version09blog.blogspot.com to stay up to date on deadlines and events.

Inquiries and contact: versionfest@gmail.com

Check out the great graphic work for the The House Theatre of Chicago‘s new production, Rose and the Rime, combining my head shots of The House’s actors with Plural‘s creative designs.

Rose and the Rime
February 19 – April 11, 2009
Chopin Theatre (located in Wicker Park at 1543 W Division).

Read the article Carolyn in the city in Time Out Chicago by Christopher Piatt and learn all about the play’s leading lady, Carolyn Defrin (pictured above).

The End of Analog

The End of Analog
Roots & Culture
1043 N Milwaukee Ave.

The conclusion of analog television broadcasting in the U.S. can be understood as heralding the arrival of the digital era.  The End of Analog is an exhibition that marks this historic transition with an exploration of technology’s shifting significance on our culture, as well as on individuals. The move from analog to digital opens up a space of uncertainty regarding the status of physical objects and bodies, leading us to ask: What is materiality in the digital age?  The artists in this show prefigure the post-analog landscape, creating objects and images that explore this looming question from multiple angles.

Featuring Alexander Stewart + George Monteleone, Robert Snowden + Carson Salter, Todd Simeone, Jon Satrom, Rebecca Gordon, Brandon Alvendia

Curated by Eric Fleischauer

An online publication will accompany the exhibition:   www.endofanalog.blogspot.com
With contributions from Anthony Elms, Teresa Foley, Jonathan Miller, Jennifer Montgomery, Steve Reinke, and Ben Russell

Opening Friday February 20th   6 – 9pm
on view through March 21st
Gallery Hours Thu + Fri  4 – 7pm, Sat 12 – 6pm

Cross-Fade
Swimming Pool Project Space
2858 W. Montrose, Chicago
Opening Reception: 6-10pm
Including work by Richard Rezac + Julia Fish; Kevin Kaempf + Michael Thomas; Michelle Bolinger + Todd Simeone.

“An exhibition that explores the work of artists in romantic relationships with other artists. These are artists couples who don’t normally collaborate with one another but their independent practices have been in dialogue for some time. Three artist couples have been chosen to either collaborate on a new piece or juxtapose a pairing of works. The Exhibition is organized by Stacie Johnson.”

Mathew Paul Jinks

The Queen’s Tailor: a solo-show by Mathew Paul Jinks
The Green Lantern Gallery
1511 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Second Floor, Chicago
Opening Reception: 7-10 pm

“Mathew Paul Jinks is an English artist based in Chicago. His work explores the shifting structures of belief, memory and loss. In all his work Mathew performs the role of conduit and compass, seeking and translating the unstable, internal spaces of memory to the similarly imperfect space of the physical world, and back again.

Jinks works in sculpture, sound, video and performance. In his new video work for Green Lantern, he re-enacts scenes from the Ealing Studio’s film The Man In The White Suit. The misplaced aspirations of an eccentric English inventor are played out in a context shifted from postcolonial 1950s England to Chicago’s contemporary Indian/Pakistani community, exploring the displacements and potentials of a hybrid, rewritten Diaspora in Chicago.

The politics of power and labor that are at play in the original are transposed into the roles of the Witness, Sage, and Enactor within this contemporary re-imagining. Core themes of blind altruism and the reactionary suppression of radical invention alongside a current space of postcolonial fantasy are supplanted from England to Chicago. Mathew combines the shifting roles of national identity with his own English autobiography to explore the construction of nationhood and the self.”

New Acquisitions from the Video Data Bank
Roots and Culture
1034 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Screening: 8-11pm
Including work by Nicolas Provost, Jennet Thomas, Semiconductor, Jem Cohen, Caspar Stracke, Rebecca Baron & Doug Goodwin, and Tara Mateik.

Florian Slotawa, Hotel Europa, Prag, Zimmer 402, Nacht zum 8. Juni 1998

PhotoDimensional features work by John Coplans, Katalin Deér, Leslie Hewitt, Bettina Hoffmann, Pello Irazu, David Ireland, Melinda McDaniel, Heather Mekkelson, Laurent Millet, Vik Muniz, Susana Reisman, Lorna Simpson, and Florian Slotawa.

“PhotoDimensional is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who investigate the relationship between sculpture and photography, between two and three dimensions, and explore perceptual issues intrinsic to those relationships. Their works resist the notion that the world simply gets folded into the two-dimensional surface of the photograph. As a result, their works are almost always layered, with subjects translated in ways that invite us to imagine passing from the experience of one dimension to another, and sometimes back again. Thus, perceiving their works provokes feelings of unsettledness, a wavering between seeing and knowing in our minds, a tension that becomes an engaging condition of their artwork.”- Karen Irvine, Curator

There are several events tonight at the Museum of Contemporary Photography worth checking out. Located at 600 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 the MoCP is free and open to the public.

Artists’ Talk: Tonight at 4pm with Katalin Deér, Bettina Hoffmann, Melinda McDaniel and  Susana Reisman. Prior to the opening reception of PhotoDimensional, artists discuss their work on view.

PhotoDimensional Opening Reception: Tonight from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

Terry Evans Lecture: Tonight at 6:30pm in the recently opened Columbia College building located at 618 S. Michigan Avenue in the second floor lecture hall. The lecture is free to the general public.

Terry Evans, Lake Michigan Beach and Dogs, Chicago, July 23, 2003


Richard Prince, from the exhibition Canal Zone, 2008

Richard Prince, from the exhibition Canal Zone, 2008

The Art Newspaper has reported that “French photographer Patrick Cariou has launched a lawsuit against Richard Prince, claiming that the artist improperly lifted images from Cariou’s photographic survey of Rastafarian culture for a recent series of paintings. The suit, filed in New York, also names as defendants Larry Gagosian, Prince’s dealer who displayed the series in a recent show titled “Canal Zone”, and publishing house Rizzoli, which co-produced the catalogue. In addition to seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement, the lawsuit also demands the “impounding, destruction, or other disposition” of all of the paintings, unsold catalogues and preparatory materials involved in the making of the works.”

Spiritual America 1983 (A photograph by Gary Gross by Richard Prince)

“Prince, whose work typically incorporates images from a variety of sources, has previously incurred some resentment for his practice. In the 1980s photographer Garry Gross sued Prince over Spiritual America, a 1983 work that consisted of a blown-up copy of a picture Gross took of a nude, pre-pubescent Brooke Shields. Reportedly the suit was settled out of court. A series of enlarged Marlborough advertisements that brought Prince international celebrity in the 1990s—selling for millions of dollars, a price his work now routinely commands—also created consternation among the lesser-known commercial photographers who shot the cowboy-themed pictures. Prince himself, who has said of his work that he’s “practising without a license”, unapologetically problematises issues of authorship. The essay for the show’s catalogue, for instance, was written by James Frey, the controversial author who fabricated whole swathes of his 2003 “memoir”, A Million Little Pieces.”

Richard Prince, Untitled (cowboy), 1989

Video Work

02.06.09

I have finally posted some short samples of my video work on Vimeo. This is a great site for artists that streams your work and allows for HD videos. There is a limit to how much one can upload per week so I will keep adding to it. Stay tuned for some work in progress. Until then check out what I’ve posted so far.

Burning Cattails, Westhope, North Dakota, September 2006