Sarah & Joseph Belknap
Finds and Falls
at the Octagon Gallery (120 N Green Unit 3B)
May 24, 2013
Friday May 17, 2013
120 north green unit 3b
Each side is of infinite length.
8. Ministry of Information Exports.
8. Office of Data Archives and Access.
8. Council on Social Engagement.
8. Office of Mediation and Conciliation
8. Materials Commission
8. Council on Language Consolidation
8. Aerial Division of Image Dissemination
8. Land Division of Image Dissemination
What is a Polygon?
A Dead Parrot.
WELCOME ENCHANTERS, TRANSMUTERS, AND ALCHEMISTS TO THE BLACK EMPORIUM!
I am PROFESSOR HARVEY WARWICK owner and founder of your humble little shop. A brief history if you do not mind, I found my store on the eve of the new century and have moved my location for one night only to the City on the Lake being inspired by the ongoing festivities of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Before that I have traveled the world learning from some of the GREATEST SORCERERS the world has ever known learning all matters of MAGIK ARTS. The Black Emporium sells an assortment of arcane relics & artifacts from Earth’s every corner and ITEMS BEYOND THE VEIL OF REALITY.
For first time within this Millennium the Black Emporium is OPENING ITS DOORS FOR A GRAND SALE. I am VERY EXCITED and have gathered an assortment of magical ware that have been hidden within my shop’s cellar, spare graves, and secret warehouses. My great nephew Gregor will be assisting me with transactions as it was the request of my dead niece, his boring mother. It is FOR YOUR PLEASURE to have him around even if he insists wearing that stereophonic device on his ears at all times. Viewing will begin at 7:00pm, IT IS TO YOUR GRATITUDE I WILL DISCUSS ITEMS and I don’t want customers to rush on their purchase some of these relics took a millennium to forge and could be DISASTROUS with wrong hands…
Sale begins at 8:30pm and all transactions are final.
MANY ETERNAL THANKS, PROFESSOR HARVEY WARWICK.
TONIGHT! @ The Octagon Gallery
Celebrate spring and embrace the rainbow at this month’s event. Organized by Jake Myers, the duo Mothergirl performs the participatory piece “What You Look Like Now”, featuring two “flower beasts” moving in symmetry. DJ MassTransit and DJ Shade share the stage with a bass-heavy groove, flowing with funk, soul, hip-hop, electronica, and disco. Glazed and Infused offers samples of its savory sweets, and Massage Envy supplies a luxury for members in the lounge. Snap a portrait at the GlitterGuts photo booth, and explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and chance to win prizes.
Meredith & Anna You Gotta
Friday, March 15, 7-10pm @ The Octagon Gallery
In You Gotta, an installation of three performative works, Meredith and Anna engage in physical labors that illustrate their friendship. These actions articulate what it means to try, fail, forgive and accomplish.
Meredith and Anna are former roommates who have been curating shows as the Happy Collaborationists since 2010. They have recently started orchestrating performances, which consist of meticulously planned simple actions with extemporaneous reactions to the resulting situation.
In Thinking of You, Doppelganger, the moniker for the creative and curatorial practices of artists Morgan Sims and Jeffrey Prokash present a celebratory installation highlighting temporary moments of success and the inherent possibility of failure. The art event as a brief and transitory experience is an insulated representation or microcosm of larger society. In this instance, art objects, take away ephemera and cultural relics act as detritus of the passing moment and become signifiers of the fragile and precarious nature of prosperity.
Champagne pour at 8pm.
Jeffrey Prokash is a visual artist and curator that lives and works in Chicago. As an artist his work primarily revolves around mankind’s adversarial relationship with our natural and constructed surroundings. He is a co-founder and curator of the Milk Factory, an alternative gallery space located in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. He was born in Wisconsin and received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. More of his work can be viewed at www.jeffprokash.com.
Morgan Sims received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and his BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. His work draws from his environment to implicate new meanings through the contextual and formal reinterpretation of visual culture. He lives in Chicago and teaches at Harold Washington College. More of his work can be viewed at www.morgan-sims.com.
Doppelgänger seeks to create heightened gallery experiences through collaborations and site-specific installations. Whether working with other artists or participating in specific curatorial events, Doppelgänger provides critical and engaging works of art utilizing implements of marketing such as: logos, balloons, flag banners, and neon signage as signifiers of exhilaration and a celebration of the ordinary.
Chicago’s Octagon Gallery brings Fight Night to First Fridays, featuring duel-based performances—from banjos to jousts—by Chicago-based artists as they battle for resolution. Explore our galleries with a scavenger hunt and a chance to win prizes as DJ Kid Color spins his spectrum of sound. Purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/YfKChb
Fight Night features the following artist duels:
Joe Sepka vs. John Myers
Mary Ayling vs. Stephanie Burke
Jim Zimpel vs. Jake Myers
Jesse Avina vs. Michael Garcia
Jeriah Hildwine vs. Joseph Ravens
Yonder Vittles vs. Commodore Gilgamesh
Video Installations by Ryan T. Dunn & Lara Unnerstall
Sound by Ben Carney
Illustration by Bill Connors