Tuesday, February 21, 2012


new works by ERIN WASHINGTON
MARCH 2-9, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday March 2nd, 7-10pm
Open Hours: By Appointment 

The Plaines Project
1822 S Des Plaines Street, Chicago 60616
ACRE and THE PLAINES PROJECT present an opening reception on FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 from 7-10pm at 1822 S Des Plaines St, Chicago 60618. ACRE has partnered with THE PLAINES PROJECT to host EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART: new works by ERIN WASHINGTON, the next installment in ACRE's year-long series of exhibitions by 2011 ACRE summer residents.

Embracing materiality and labor, Erin Washington examines themes of vulnerability and permanence. Questioning how time structures transition in ephemera, EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART features mixed-media paintings and sculptures which unravel time through the performance of their belabored making, and their subsequent degradation. Washington employs fugitive and charged materials (fire, ash, moss, bones and  saliva) to depict natural phenomenon. Colors fade or pigments are burned: the objects emulate the cycles they describe. The artists’ actions and products are in a constant state of flux, highlighting the disharmony between meaning, beauty, and a fundamentally messy universe. However, the temporality of the work’s making counters ambivalence; the immediate process and present-ness the work demands eclipses uncertainty... for the moment.

Inline image 1
Dead Alive
Found object installed at ACRE, dimensions variable, 2011

ERIN WASHINGTON, Continuing Studies and Special Programs Faculty at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011-present). BA, 2005, University of Colorado, Boulder; MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute Chicago. Exhibitions: NEXT fair, Chicago; Zola Lieberman, Chicago; Julius Caesar, Chicago; Heaven, Chicago; No Globe, NY; Murdertown, Chicago; Zrobilli Gallery, Chicago; School of Fine Arts, Xochimilco, Mexico. Bibliography: Time Out Chicago, Make Space, Composite Magazine. 

More information about Erin Washington can be found at www.erinwashington.com

THE PLAINES PROJECT, established in 2006, is a collectively run alternative space which seeks to provide artists, musicians and cultural organizers with a venue to exhibit, perform, and hold events that strengthen social bonds, nurture creative practices, and encourage important cultural and political conversations.  It is the goal of the Plaines Project to accommodate Chicago’s creative communities by providing an open, safe, and supportive atmosphere that is constantly redefining itself in relation to those who utilize and occupy the space.

More information about The Plaines Project can be found at:plainesproject.wordpress.com

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.

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

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