Sep 11th 2011



4223 W Lake STE 422, Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Sunday, September 11th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, January 1st

Work by Lauren Carter , Yogi Proctor, Jo Hormuth, Michael Milano, Christina Leung, Gareth Long, Ama Saru & Hsiao Chen, Laura Mackin, and Nicholas Cueva.

Adds Donna is pleased to begin Season 2 with Wish You Were Here, an investigation aimed at determining how and when content begins and can potentially never end. Through a format of perpetual change, questions explored and navigated shall inherit the space in and out of the mind. The oscillation of content in relation to cultural climate, human condition, and other external forces can be expected to conciliate the terms of conception while experiencing life in the present. As a full season show encompassing the duration of three to four conventional shows, works will adapt, change, enter and exit all while creating voids through enriched examination embellished in anticipation. How can the promise of a void do more?

As the title for countless songs, albums, books, and films, Wish You Were Here becomes a developing web deciphering the nature of intrigue. For Wish You Were Here work will get a second chance. Viewers who attend throughout the season will be able to experience work as physically present simultaneously with work manifesting as the unknown, as disappearance, as memory or remainder. Participants in this growing exhibition will not only have the autonomy to exit at will, but also to exist in accord with the variables present as much as absent. Work will come, go, and sometimes initiate a rubric all it’s own, for this investigation of time and place has but one absolute, Post Card Rack and Studio Toy by Jo Hormuth and Nearly by Michael Milano. Both works will inhabit the course of the season. Considering time rendered spatially, our gallery “checklist” will exist as an additional site or map for disseminating content, as will the Adds Donna website.

How do we think about spending time? Three hours on the couch watching cartoons feels quite different from spending three hours driving. What beyond the expectations and outcomes of time well-spent or time wasted distinguish our reality? As endeavors, acts of instruction, or indirect subtle movements, metaphors and absence collect and re-imagine what makes works work through composing time for our own tendency to share an unfixed nature. What is anticipated and capable of overlap in WISHYOUWEREHERE campaigns not just to trumpet the new, but negotiates room to appreciate the old.

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