Apr 13th 2012

I can do that

@ Variable Space

1564 N. Damen, Chicago, IL, 60622

Opening Friday, April 13th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Friday, April 27th

I CAN DO THAT // Press Release

Opening reception: 13 April 2012, 7–10pm
Closing reception: 27 April 2012, 7–10pm
Gallery hours: M–W, 10am–4pm, and by appointment

“I can do that.” –Everyone, ever.

Ahhh, the four most frequently uttered words in the art world. Commonly the cause of much frustration and eye-rolling among artists, art historians, and art lovers, this [occasionally hubristic, occasionally accurate] assertion is usually countered with the retort, “But you didn’t do it.” Oftentimes, it is the concept behind a work of art that lends that work significance and meaning. Other times, some art really does suck.

What if we give you, o’ self-appointed art critic, the opportunity to play an active role in creating the kind of work that you so vocally long to see?

I CAN DO THAT is independent curator Jenny Lam’s highly anticipated follow-up to last fall’s acclaimed Exquisite Corpse show. At the exhibition, in front of each piece will be the art supplies the show’s artists used to create their respective works. With these supplies:

– Exhibition visitors will be invited to “improve” some of the artwork as they see fit, directly applying medium to the work itself. This could mean anything from dotting one small corrective brushstroke to smearing paint all over and slashing the canvas. (Self-expression, fuck yeah!) Each subsequent visitor is encouraged to make further changes. Consequently, the exhibition will constantly be in flux. There will be photo and video documentation of this continuous evolution.

– In front of other artwork will be blank canvases—or whatever foundation the artist used—for visitors to replicate the pieces.

Most gallery and museum shows tell you not to touch the artwork. In I CAN DO THAT, you can touch it, change it, destroy it, perfect it. This is your show.

Participating artists hail from across the country and around the world. They include Alyssa Trainor, Angela Hearld, Avisheh Mohsenin, Brandon Kirkman, Brooks Golden, Caitlin Bergh, Carisa Mitchell, Chris Barrett, Chris Busse, Clarisse Perrette, David del Bosque, Dead Squirrel, DRIP-EX, Dubi Kaufmann, Emmanuel L White Eagle, Fernanda Quaglia, Gabor E. Nagy, Gabriel Garcia-Fraire, Glendalys Medina, Gracie Cannell, Imaginathan, Janet Mamon, Jared Haberman, Jimmy Wilnewic, Kathleen Enright, Kev Anderson, Kyra Termini, Lee Eun Young, Left Handed Wave, Marty Burns, Mister Vibe, Nancy Bechtol, Nikolas Burkhart, Noel DeGaetano, Pancho Panoptes, Patricia Biesen, Peggy Shearn, Peter Dzubay, Predrag Djordjevic, Rachel Dennis, Robin Jiro Margerin, Scot West, Sioban Lombardi, Sona Mirzaei, Zachary Trebellas, and you.

I CAN DO THAT is located at:

Variable Space
1564 N. Damen Ave., 3rd floor, at Milwaukee Ave. in the heart of Wicker Park
Chicago, IL 60622

Admission is free.

For updates, previews, peeks behind the scenes, press coverage, and more, visit http://artistsonthelam.blogspot.com/.

For the show’s Facebook event page, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/176211252481192/.

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