A party to celebrate the release of
Sunday, May 6, 1-5pm
1913 W 17th Street
Civil disobedience. Maybe it doesn’t always stay so civil. Maybe we’re not so civic minded.
There is no way for me to play Switzerland in this one—this is me taking one for the team. This is illuminating the comings and goings in my bed. This is a power f**k. These gestures are direct and directed at me. This is the wrong people speaking out, having their say. This is singing like a canary at the top of your lungs. This is sidestepping the dirty laundry; this is just dirty. Laughing in your face. Going for blood. Putting your cards out on the table.
The works of Barbara DeGenevieve, Brent Garbowski, and Joe Mault challenge the rules; up end structures. But not every challenge is militant. You may change the way you think about that other person’s body, the things that come in or go out of your mouth, or your relationship to power. But you might just sit a while and laugh.
new work by PAUL ERSCHEN
April 14- 28, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 6-10PM
Open Hours: by appointment
THE HILLS ESTHETIC CENTER
128 N Campbell Street, Chicago 60612
Sparked by an ongoing habit of collecting discarded cigarette packs, NEWPORT ROOM, presents a stubbornly incomplete taxonomy of anonymity, suspicion, and excess. Including an installation of screen prints, several hundred archived menthol cigarette packs, and a grouping of cast-object assemblages, "Newport Room" reveals Erschen's preoccupation with the ambiguities of trash and the folly of urban legends.
Studio View: Marlboro and The KKK, Screen print and acrylic on canvas, 40" x 34", 2012
The Hills Esthetic Center is both a conventional and organic exhibition space located within a complex of artist’s studios and audio recording facilities on Chicago’s west side. Focusing on emerging artists and local arts initiatives, the space aims to promote a breadth of cultural production and invention in the service of independent artistic expression. We value a relaxed artist-controlled environment with the potential for the interaction of critical and social dialogues.
More information about The Hills Esthetic Center can be found at thehillsestheticcenter.com