Thursday, October 27, 2011

WAX / WANE new works by LIZ MCCARTHY

new works by LIZ MCCARTHY
Nov. 6-7, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 6, 4-8
with a performance by MR. 666
Open Hours: Monday, November 7, noon-4

ACRE Projects 
1913 W 17th Street

ACRE Projects hosts an opening reception on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 4-8pm at 1913 West 17th Street, Chicago, IL. ACRE Projects is proud to present LIZ MCCARTHY: WAX / WANE, (with a special performance by Mr. 666) the nextinstallment in ACRE's year-long series of solo exhibitions by 2011 ACRE summer residents.

WAX / WANE is a collection of images exploring personal connection to the moon and its cyclical time. This body of work consists of photographs of the full moon with interpretive drawing on the surface and twelve drawings illustrating the artist’s association to each full moon that occurred this year, based on the Algonquin and Farmer’s Almanac moon calendars.

This work began as a prescribed obsession. A few years ago, after advice from a doctor to “pay attention to the moon,” Liz McCarthy began researching, contemplating, watching, and documenting the reflecting orb that punctuates the Earth’s night sky. Mimicking thousands of years of human instinct to create moon mythology, McCarthy uses photography and drawing to document her own personal relationship to lunar magnetism. In our urban society, surrounded by buildings and pavement, culture is less attached to the natural forces that have so much effect on both our surroundings and physical bodies. McCarthy seeks to emphasize the act of looking up and acknowledging the moon and its constant changing phases.

LIZ MCCARTHY is an artist based out of the Pilsen neighborhood. She moved to Chicago two years ago from North Carolina to help found Roxaboxen Exhibitions gallery and studio co-operative. She balances her art practice with her role at Roxaboxen as co-director and curator. Most of her work is made through a process of combining photography with mixed media to document her perception of time and place and its relationship to identity.

More information about Liz McCarthy can be found at

More information about Mr. 666 can be found at

This project is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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

1 comment:

suzain66 said...

it does mean something.
i get the del monte fruit cocktail reference but i think it's nice.