Tuesday, January 19, 2010

February show @ Antena

Chris Smith: Inland Architect

Antena is host to a temporary settlement  inhabited by an unusual visitor.

Chris lives and works in Chicago. He received his BFA from UIC  in 2009 and currently hosts art exhibits in his secondBEDROOM and +medicine cabinet.

Also this month's Project Wall Space: Sarah Best - Daily Photos

Shot almost exclusively with a cell phone camera, Daily Photos capture people in my circle of friends and acquaintances -- writers, cyclists, and dance artists -- and puts the viewer in a position where he or she feels like an intimate equal. Other images -- layered, painterly, and abstract -- are a physical response to my environment. Multiple shots of the same subject create the sense of approaching, circling, or passing something, and crystallize the feeling of being in real space and time. Two points of inspiration for this project are Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems (1964), which capture fleeting moments in a conversational tone, which can belie the poem's underlying formal structure, and Robert Mapplethorpe's Polaroids (1970-75), which are similarly intimate and immediate. The cell phone camera, which produces images that can be viewed and shared instantaneously, but which are necessarily limited and flawed, is the contemporary equivalent of the Polaroid camera.

The artist invites you to bring a cell phone that can receive photos via text message to the opening on February 19 and take away an image from the show.

Sarah Best is a graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU where she studied poetry with Scott Hightower and David Lehman (an expert on Frank O'Hara and the New York School of Poets), took studio art classes, and developed a concentration in literature, cultural studies, and ideological systems. Sarah works in the  media of photography, illustration, and stitched illustration (embroidery). Her work often intersects with performance; both in terms of her process and her approach to work, and in terms of the artists that she chooses to collaborate with. She currently resides in Chicago. With Jan Bartoszek, she curates an annual festival of dance on film. trylesshard.com/sarah

Opening Friday February 19, from 6pm-10pm
February 19 - March 20
, 2010

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Chicago IL 60608
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