What Remains

What Remains: On the Sacred, The Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art:  Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 7, 6-9pm

CURATED BY IEKE TRINKS [NETHERLANDS]

Massive in scale and retrospective by nature, What Remains is the first exhibition of Defibrillator Gallery’s 10th anniversary year. Curated by Netherlands-based ieke Trinks, this visual art exhibition and performance art series features a cohort of artists from around the world who responded to an open call to reanimate Defibrillator’s collection of objects from performances that took place over the past nine years.

What Remains will take place from February 7th to the 28th, 2020 at Defibrillator’s former home (now ARC Gallery) in Noble Square – framing the site itself as a relic or record of ephemeral practices. Gallery hours for the visual art exhibition are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6pm and Sundays 12 to 4pm. Events at ARC Gallery are free and open to the public. Satellite events may request a small donation at the door.

What Remains features 40 local, national, and international artists:

A_Marcel [Boston b. Latvia] | Alice Vogler [Atlanta] | Angeliki Chaido Tsoli [Greece] | Ashley Hollingshead [Minneapolis] | Bernard Roddy [Chicago] | Christian Bujold [Canada] | Christine Ferrera + Dan Hanrahan [Chicago] | Doro Seror [Germany] | Emilia White [Ann Arbor] | Erin Evans Delaney + Maria Luisa [Chicago] | Erin Peisert [Minneapolis] + Amy Whitaker [Cincinnati] | Esther Neff + Kaia Gilje [St. Louis] | Eunjin Choi [Los Angeles b. South Korea] | Frans van Lent [Netherlands] | Heinrich Obst [Belgium, b. Washington D.C.] | Jacqueline van de Geer [Canada, b. The Netherlands] | Janneke Schoene [Sweden b. Germany] | Jeremy Saya [Canada] | Jessica van Deursen [Netherlands] | John Thomure [Chicago] | Jolanda Jansen [Netherlands] | Katya Oicherman [Minneapolis, b. Russia] | Kirsten Heshusius [Netherlands] | Kristin McWharter [Chicago] | Lola Blake + Ezra Hawkins [Chicago] | Madison Juliana Alexander [Chicago] | Marina Resende Santos [Chicago b. Brazil] | Marval A Rex [Los Angeles] | Maya Nguen [Chicago b. Russia] + Noa/h Fields [Chicago] | Nick Tobier [Ann Arbor + Detroit] | Nicole Goodwin [New York] | Nina Boas [Netherlands b.France] | Nora + Mána [Chicago] | Owen Moran [Milwaukee] | Patrícia Janeiro [Netherlands b. Portugal] | Peter Baren [Netherlands] | Renan Marcondes [Germany b. Brazil] | SUNGJAE LEE [Chicago b. South Korea] | will sōderberg… [desplaines] | Zander Porter [Germany b. Los Angeles]

 

Schedule ::

What Remains is divided into FOUR CHAPTERS with a specific themes that include a performance art series, visual art installations, discussions, and satellite events on the following days:

*click the CHAPTER links for detailed information about each week.

CHAPTER 1:  FIXING | FRI 07 > SUN 09 FEB

  • FRI 07 FEB | 6-9PM | Opening + Performance Program.
  • SAT 08 FEB | 3-6PM | Witness work being installed
  • SUN 09 FEB | 2-4PM | Soup Kitchen Conversation: The Impulse to Collect

CHAPTER 2: MERGE | WED 12 > SUN 16 FEB 

  • WED 12 FEB | 12:12PM | Off-site GUERRILLA STREET ACTION | Location TBA
  • THU 13 FEB | 12-6PM | Witness work being installed  
  • SAT 15 FEB | 6-9PM | Performance Program
  • SAT 15 FEB | 10-12PM | Off-site Late Night Performance Program | Bridgeport Location TBA

 CHAPTER 3: REFERENTIAL | WED 19 > SUN 23 FEB 

  • WED 19 FEB | 4-6PM | Witness work being installed  
  • THU 20 FEB | 4-6PM | Witness work being installed  
  • THU 20 FEB | 7-9PM | Off-site Performance Program: No Nation 
  • SAT 22 FEB | 6-9PM | Performance Program
  • SUN 23 FEB | 2-4PM | Soup Kitchen Conversation: Activating an Archive of Ephemeral Practices 

CHAPTER 4: CONSUME | TUE 25 > FRI 28 FEB 

  • TUE 25 FEB | 7-9PM | Off-site Video Program: Nightingale Cinema
  • FRI 28 FEB | 6-10PM | Performance Program + Finissage

About What Remains ::

What Remains explores the connection between performance and relic. Instigator and artist ieke Trinks conceived of a curatorial project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. The project is structured around proposals from artists to re-interpret the relics in the Defibrillator object archive and provide a framework for reconceptualizing their value and meaning through new works.

What Remains tackles several questions, including: What impact does history have on a performance object’s status? What value does an object have when it is not specifically an artwork itself, or not intended to be, but is now being framed as such? How much will the relic tell us about the performance for which it was originally used? What is the purpose and value of the collection? These questions and more are addressed through performances and discussions throughout the month.

The exhibition will focus on a different theme each week: FIXING, MERGE, REFERENTIAL, and CONSUME. The presentation of objects will change from week to week, with new pieces added when relics are reactivated as performances or installations. The relics that aren’t yet activated will be on view downstairs in the basement on shelves waiting to be used and displayed. The overall idea for the exhibition is to keep it vivid and in a constant flux, just like the nature of performance art itself. Transformation of the space and installation of objects will be done during open gallery hours, underlining the performativity of the accumulation and exhibition of relics. There will also be space given to display the 91 submitted letter-size proposals from around the world.

Participating artists ::

What Remains features four Netherlands-based visiting artists Nina Boas, Jolanda Jansen, Frans van Lent, and Kirsten Heshusius; all other artists have been selected from an open call. When putting out the call Trinks wrote, “Proposals can be bold, daring, (un)conventional, conceptual, personal, insightful, (de)constructive, (ir)responsible, monumental, fleeting, portable, technical, emotional, minimal, and all of the above.”

 

About the curator and organization ::

ieke Trinks | Curator (b. 1977) is an artist living and working in the Netherlands where she received a Master of Fine Arts. In 2017 she finalized her second Masters degree in Critical & Pedagogical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. Trinks has performed extensively at international venues, including: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst [Leipzig, 2019]; 13 Festivalen [Gothenburg 2018]; Performance Site [The Hague 2017], New Performance Turku Festival [Finland 2015]; Amorph!14, performance art festival [Helsinki 2014]; Bienal Internacional de Curitiba [Brazil 2013]; Out of Site Chicago [2013]; FADO Performance Art Centre [Toronto 2013]. And since 2013 Trinks has been a returning performer at DFBRL8R. In the past three years Trinks has done research on performance art documentation, and wrote on performance art initiatives in the Netherlands as a contribution for the publication ‘Art Action 1998 – 2018’ by Le Lieu, centre en art actuel [Quebec City]. Trinks is since 2010 co-organiser of PAE (Performance Art Event) and works since 2008 in collaboration with the all-women performance troupe, TRICKSTER. www.ieketrinks.nl.

Defibrillator Gallery [www.DFBRL8R.org] is an international platform for Performance Art known for bold and courageous programming that aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding experimental time-based practices. DFBRL8R actively contributes to a global dialogs about conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic modes of expression – aiming to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art. DFBRL8R LTD is a 501c3 arts organization made possible with support from The Tanne Foundation Award; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

Opening Reception, Friday, Feb 7, 6:00-9:00pm
  • Exhibition dates: Feb 7-28, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Judith Roth

A Life of Art, A Life of Joy:  Opening Reception Fri.  Jan 10, 6-9pm 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Roth graduated from the Boston Museum School on scholarship, earned a BFA from Tufts University.Another scholarship was awarded before her senior year to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Later she took classes at theSchool of the Art Institute (SAIC) and the Hyde Park Art Center.

Roth taught figure drawing and painting for many years at institutions including SAIC, Columbia College in Chicago, Suburban Fine Arts Center (now The Art Center) in Highland Park IL; The Figurative Art League, founded by Fred Berger, in Evanston IL; and Adler House in Libertyville IL.

She has been the recipient of many awards & purchase prizes including an Illinois Arts Council Project Completion Grant which culminated in a one-person show at the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago IL.

Widely exhibited, Roth’s many exhibitions include Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia; Trenton State College, Trenton NJ; National Academy of Design, New York; Wright State University, Dayton OH, College of Lake County, Grayslake IL; J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Ltd., Chicago IL.

Some of the many private and corporate collections that hold her art are: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois; Sandoz/Novartis, AG, Switzerland; Illinois State Museum, Springfield IL; College of Lake County Foundation, Grayslake IL ; Schiff, Hardin & Waite, Chicago IL; Whole Health Management, Inc., Cleveland Ohio, Abbott Laboratories, etc.

Selected by the Illinois Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, her drawing “The Dance” was included in the exhibition “Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium” a show which traveled from the John Thompson Center, Chicago to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC where it was on view for three months; then continued to travel to museums and galleries throughout Illinois for two years.

Her painting “War” was featured in an exhibition at the Spertus Museum in Chicago, IL. ”Engaging With the Present: The Contribution of the American Jewish Artists Club to Modern Art in Chicago, 1928-2004”.

As president of the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art (CWCA) 2001-2005, she founded The Ravenswood Corridor Arts & Industry Walk (now the greatly expanded Ravenswood ArtWalk (RAW), to engage her community via the CWCA, with Chicago Artists’ Month, and in 2006 was appointed by Alderman Schulter to the CTA Brown Line “Arts in Transit” panel.

That year she was also honored by the Ravenswood Community Council “in recognition and appreciation for outstanding dedication and service to the Ravenswood Community.”

Featured in a two person show “Figures” at College of Lake County in 2009, she is an affiliate member of ARC Gallery, Chicago Illinois, one of the longest running women’s cooperative galleries in the country, and showed a major collaborative piece at the gallery’s Member’s Show “Collaboration” in October in conjunction with the 2009 Chicago Artists’ Month.

From 2004-2009 she had a large body of work on view at the Berman Center, a women’s health and wellness facility founded by Dr. Laura Berman, at 211 E. Ontario St., Chicago IL, and in 2010 was honored by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art for “Excellence in the Arts” as an artist, artist advocate, and founder of Ravenswood ArtWalk.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Jan 10, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – Feb 1, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Gloria Bravo

La Resistencia “ The Resistance”:  Opening Reception Fri.  Jan 10, 6-9pm

This series of portraits is inspired by “La Resistencia,” the young men and women on the front lines of Venezuela’s protest movement. Noble warriors. Mostly young men, many of whom have college degrees and career aspirations. They use homemade weapons and shields to battle the police, national guards and military on the streets of Caracas in the fierce struggle for the future of Venezuela.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of these artworks goes to the leaders of the opposition. It will be used to aid the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Jan 10, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Jan 8 – Feb 1, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Emerging

EMERGING: Opening Reception Fri.  Nov 1, 6-9pm 

Many artists ‘begin’ their careers as artists not only in their early twenties but in later decades and for a wide variety of reasons—rediscovery of a long suppressed drive, delayed ability to focus on creating, a return to art school later in life, or a moment of enlightenment.This exhibition called for EMERGING artists of all ages and features the diversity of work that they are currently creating. All media was considered by the juror, including film/video/new media, mixed media/multi-disciplinary, installation and performance.

Artists selected by the juror to participate in the exhibit:

Malak Alraygi, Brooke Aruffo, Jenny Balisle, Amy Bernard, Jonathan Beskin, Rose Bonacorsi, Matthew Boonstra, Jonathan Bout, Michael Brooks, Paula Bullwinkel, Kristin Cass, Jeanne Ciravolo, Cheyenne Coston, Kimberly Dubsky, James Evans, Robert Fields, Daniel Gamez, Lindsay Garcia, Ashley Gardner, Jeanne Garrett, Parisa Ghaderi, LucyJulia Hale, Jeffry Dean Hinton, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Amanda Jean Iverson, Julie Johnson, Delphine Keim, Jill Kramer, JeeYeun Lee, Marisa Lewon, Sally Machlis, Camila Marianela, Eric Millikin, Socorro Mucino, Darren Oberto, Judith Ornstein, Kurt Palmquist, Louise Pappageorge, Holly Pettersen, Anna Reed, Karen Sako, Fran Sampson, Gretchen Schreiber, Marcos Serafim, Ebrahim Soltani, Emily Somoskey, Rhonda Urdang, Jennifer Velarde, Jonathan Ware, Czeslawa Wojtkowski, Christine Wuenschel, Hyewon Yoon, Jason Zhao

Juror: Laura Rudolph Cloud, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Art, Art History and Design. Sculpture Coordinator

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Nov 1, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Oct 30 – Nov 23, 2019

 

Iris Goldstein

RETROSPECTION  Coming in Late Nov-Dec. 2019—AFTERNOON RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST, SUNDAY DEC. 15, 3-5PM

Iris Goldstein is a Chicago-based artist who has experimented with various sculpture formats.  She worked with hand tools to carve wood sculptures alluding to human forms, then moved on to work with plaster and other hardware-store materials allowing her a freedom of expression that belied the humdrum nature of her sculptural tools.

After working for a number of years creating painted plaster wall-relief sculptures, Goldstein more recently has experimented with using colored pencils on paper to see whether she can create a sense of three-dimensional space on paper.  This exhibit features a collection of drawings meant to mimic and elaborate on some of her sculptural ideas and is also a mini retrospective of the variety of her earlier work.

Exhibition dates: Wed. November 27  to Sat. December 21, 2019 . Opening Reception:  Friday Nov 29  6-9pm

Randi Shepard

BEYOND THE SURFACE  Coming in late Nov, Dec. 2019

ON DEC. 14, 6-9PM AT ARC   RANDI SHEPARD WILL HOST MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS! An evening of performances related to the themes of the printmaking work of Randi Shepard including: dance, music, theatre, and creative writing  PERFORMANCES START PROMPTLY AT 7PM

In the age of social media, people are experiencing more anxiety than ever, and more commonly being diagnosed with depression. How has the human experience changed? What motivates us in how we choose to spend our time?

Randi Shepard’s current work questions the value of our experiences and explores the theme of loneliness. The most valuable and fulfilling experiences are those where there is a strong connection with others. And, sometimes the loneliest feelings can occur not when we are alone, but when we are actually with others.

Just as these images change when you view them up close, and bring your attention to the flat shapes laying on the paper, we also need to step back, look beyond the surface and tap into the world that opens up when we let the stories, the personalities, and the feelings unfold.

Exhibition dates: Wed. November 27  to Sat. December 21, 2019 . Opening Reception:  Friday Nov 29  6-9pm

Clairan Ferrono

TORN THINGS    Coming in Late Nov-Dec. 2019

Clairan Ferrono says “Our nation, our world seems pretty ragged today. The Torn Things series was inspired by Tibetan prayer flags and Japanese and other indigenous peoples’ prayer trees. Each piece represents a prayer, a plea, an incantation for betterment of: climate, resources, political life, ”

Exhibition dates: Wed. November 27  to Sat. December 21, 2019 . Opening Reception:  Friday Nov 29  6-9pm

ARC Gallery Members’ Exhibition

NOW: 46 Years and Counting:  Opening Reception Fri.  October 4, 6-9pm

Please join the collective membership of ARC for its annual Members’ Exhibition! View current artwork from its talented and diverse membership.

Performance, Painting Installation from 6-9pm: “Now… No Really Now” by Karen Lange

Poetry Reading at 7pm: “Time, Space & Memory” by Monica J. Brown

Participating Members: Granite Palombo Amit – Virginia Carstarphen –Abigail Engstrand – Nancy Fritz – Iris Goldstein – Cait Hardie – Elyse Martin – Ruti Modlin – Cheri Reif Naselli – Randi Shepard – Lee Stanton – Michele Stutts – Cynthia Vaicunas – Amy Zucker

Affiliate Members: Kina Bagovska – Nancy Bechtol – Denise Bellezzo– Monica J. Brown – Esther Charbit – Anne Farley Gaines – Jessica Gondek – Pauline Kochanski – Karen Lange – Jane Stevens

Interns: Carol Chang – Rachel Gluski – Luci Liquori – Ilse Miller

As one of the oldest and largest non-profit galleries in Chicago, ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation (ARC) has a long and distinguished history as a cultural institution in the city. Founded in 1973 as a women’s cooperative organization, ARC not only provided exhibition space to 2-D and 3-D artists, but installation and video arts.

ARC’s mission is to bring innovative, emerging and experimental visual art, to a wide range of viewers, and to provide a nurturing atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and dialogue. Celebrating 46 years in existence, ARC provides exhibition opportunities and support to artists, across all artistic disciplines including performance, sound, and video. The support ARC offers includes: professional presentation of work, significant financial subsidy of gallery space, group and themed show opportunities, and feedback and encouragement to young and emerging artists.

Celebrate another great year of existence at its opening reception on Friday, October 4th from 6pm-9pm!

Opening Reception, Friday, Oct 4, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Sep 25 – Oct 26, 2019

Jessica Gondek

Machine Reveries:  Opening Reception Fri.  Sept 6, 6-9pm

The primary focus of my work stems from an interest in technology, geometry, machine aesthetics, architecture and nature.  My work explores a dichotomous relationship between the hand and the machine. This series of recent drawings and paintings on exhibit at ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation examine gendered domestic machines from the early part of the twentieth century referencing trade catalogues and actual utilitarian objects.  These works hold in common a marriage of both traditional media and digitally mediated computer approaches intrinsic to the development of the images.  The mechanical forms within these compositions are transformed casting off their mundane function and asserting an animated physical presence and internal narrative connecting to the human condition.

 

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 6, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 21, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm  

Joe Steiner

Joe Steiner @ 80: New Paintings:  Opening Reception Fri.  Sept 6, 6-9pm

“I am an observational figurative painter. I work exclusively from life and find inspiration in the urban environment around my studio. Many of my models are people from the neighborhood. I talk to my models while I paint and this helps me to connect with them. My goal as an artist is to open the door to my emotions and sharpen my eye as an observer.”

 

Opening Reception, Friday, July 26, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Aug 28 – Sept 21, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm