Nov 20th 2011

Joshua Sampson: A Device for Seeing

@ ACRE Projects

1913 W 17th Street, Chicago, IL

Opening Sunday, November 20th, from 4PM - 8PM

On view through Monday, November 21st

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 20, 4-8
Open Hours: Monday, November 21, noon-4

A DEVICE FOR SEEING: is always a translation or augmentation. Most humans see life through their eyes; some feel it in their bones. Once I tried to do both, but I got confused, so now I alternate monthly. Lenses are a whole different story because they change how we see in such a subtle way. It’s easy to forget they are there.

When you have lost something, you hold it in your mind so tight, and will the registration of memory and past to align.

When she lost it, she held it in her mind so tight for so long. Finally, she compressed it into a pebble. Luckily, it was in the hope that there was more to come.

JOSHUA SAMPSON (b. 1984, Commerce TX) currently lives and works in Chicago IL. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has exhibited in Chicago (various), Texas (various), China (Xuzhou Museum of Art), Italy (Santa Chiara Study Center) and has work in the 2011 Illinois International Film Festival.

More information about Joshua Sampson can be found at

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

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