Apr 14th 2013

Steven Frost & Steven Vainberg: Drinking from the Snake’s Mouth

@ The Plains Project

1822 S. Despaines St. Chicago IL 60616

Opening Sunday, April 14th, from 4PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, April 28th

The Plaines Project hosts an opening reception on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 from 4-8pm at 1822 S Desplaines St, Chicago, IL. ACRE and The Plaines project are proud to present DRINKING FROM THE SNAKE’S MOUTH // new work by STEVEN FROST & STEVEN VAINBERG, the next installment in ACRE’s series of exhibitions by 2012 summer residents.

Drinking from the Snake’s Mouth is an exhibition of new collaborative works by Steven Frost and Steven Vainberg. The culmination of a seven-month long dialogue initiated during their time as residents of ACRE, in rural Wisconsin, this exhibition looks at the crossroads between the tender, the holy, the profane, the creative ego, aggression, “watersports,” and punk rock through paintings, sculptures, videos, photos, and a Tumblr blog.

Coinciding with the exhibition, a small catalog –developed from a collaborative Tumblr, D.f.t.S.M [Contains Explicit Content]– will be published, including an essay by Dr. Andy Campbell (Senior Lecturer, Texas State University; Art Editor, The Destroyer Magazine).

STEVEN FROST (b. Woodsville, NH) ) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and performance. Frost’s work explores the partnership of identity and objects by exploring literary works and queer archives. Frost was the 2009 recipient of the Lenore G. Tawney Prize, BFA, 2004, Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics & Design, Alfred, NY. MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

More information about Steven Frost can be found at www.stevenfrost.com.

STEVEN VAINBERG (b. Philadelphia, PA) Lives in Chicago, IL. He is a multimedia artist who grapples with the notions of visual semiotics within personal identity, subculture, and nationalism through branding.. BFA 2007, Tyler School of art, Philadelphia, PA . MFA, 2014, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

More information about Steven Vainberg can be found at www.stevenvainberg.com and www.nometalnomedal.tumblr.com.

THE PLAINES PROJECT, established in 2006, is a collectively run alternative space which seeks to provide artists, musicians and cultural organizers with a venue to exhibit, perform, and hold events that strengthen social bonds, nurture creative practices, and encourage important cultural and political conversations. It is the goal of the Plaines Project to accommodate Chicago’s creative communities by providing an open, safe, and supportive atmosphere that is constantly redefining itself in relation to those who utilize and occupy the space.

More information about The Plaines Project can be found at plainesproject.wordpress.com.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support foremerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. ACRE enacts its mission primarily through an annual summer residency program in rural southwestern Wisconsin. Throughout the rest of the year, ACRE offers opportunities for exhibition to each of its residents.

More information about ACRE can be found at www.acreresidency.org.

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