Tuesday, January 18, 2011



new works by ERIN LELAND
January 30-31, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, Jan 30, 2011, from 4-8pm
Open Hours: Monday, Jan 31, noon-4pm

ACRE Projects
1913 W 17th Street

ACRE Projects hosts an opening reception on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 4-8pm at 1913 West 17th Street, Chicago, IL. ACRE Projects is proud to present ERIN LELAND: CRITICAL OF TAN, the next installment in ACRE's year-long series of solo exhibitions by 2010 ACRE summer residents.

Erin Leland’s CRITICAL OF TAN, a series of glances askew at herself, began with photographing strangers as a live mannequin through a shop window, continued with attempting to reclaim explicit photographs inadvertently inherited by two Midwestern strangers, and includes Accidental Sightings, a poem chronicling her attempts to avoid her image in reflective surfaces. At the heart of all the work is their existence as encounters. She is currently reinterpreting her own image through autobiographical retellings.

ERIN LELAND, a performer, photographer and writer, recently graduated with an MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. In the Spring of 2010, Erin's work appeared in the New Insight exhibition at Art Chicago, Iceberg Gallery and Swimming Pool Project Space. She was a resident this fall at the Watermill Center, where she undertook an autobiographical re-hanging of pieces from Robert Wilson’s private art collection. She looks forward to residence at the Banff Centre in the spring.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency itself takes place each summer in rural southwest Wisconsin and brings together artists from across disciplines and levels of experience to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Over the course of the following year ACRE endeavors to further support its residents by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

ACRE Projects is a new space in Pilsen presenting weekly art events every Sunday evening. Each of ACRE's 70+ residents are given the keys to the space for one week to do with it what they will. Additional exhibitions will be hosted by a number of local galleries and alternative spaces.

More information about ACRE can be found at www.acreresidency.org

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