You Rule Me: a show of power

Friday, October 10, 2008 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Who's in charge here?

That's the question I keep asking myself, and the question that spawned this exhibition. It seems extra timely now, as Congress is debating an economic bailout plan and the nation decides who should be our next leader.

The exhibition offers work that considers questions of authority and power. Initially inspired by the military operations of various factions of bugs residing on the Jeffers Tree Farm, the participating artists responded to my inquiry about their relationships to ruling powers, be they small intimate ones or larger hegemonic ones. The results are varied and textured—Christa Donner responded with drawings focusing on the body and health; Mollie McKinley's response involves a dialog with the supernatural; Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta's Jelly project offers an alternative strategy to the way we interact with the web; Andreas Warisz's video installation centering around a Chicago Housing project is a rich exploration of the ways information can be disseminated; Melissa Damasauskas offers us a glimpse into a list that rules her; Todd Mattei's photos posit a need for a new deity. Also featuring: drawings by Kelly Allen, Nicholas Wylie, Sarah Beth Woods; photos by Grant Ernhart, Thomas Macker, Lucas Blair; sculpture by Michael Hunter, Scott Cowan, Montgomery Perry Smith and more.

There are rumblings that there might be a piano duel at the closing reception, as well as a performance by Margaret Taylor and music by Doug Rosenberg.

Don't miss it.

Organized by Brieanne Hauger with assistance from Harold Arts.

Work by:

Kelly Allen
Lucas Blair
Scott Cowan
Melissa Damasauskas
Christa Donner
Rob Duarte
Grant Ernhart
Maggie Haas
Michael Hunter
Katy Keefe and Frank Van Duerm
Thomas Macker
Todd Mattei
Mollie McKinley
Tristan Perich and Kunal Gupta
Montgomery Perry Smith
Robert Snowden
Margaret Taylor
Andreas Warisz
Sarah Beth Woods
Nicholas Wylie

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