Nov 23rd 2013

It Varies

@ The Storefront

2606 N. California, Chicago IL

Opening Saturday, November 23rd, from 5PM - 8PM

Organized by Justin Witte in collaboration with Judy Rushin

Featuring work by: Brandon Alvendia, Michelle Bolinger, Magalie Guerin, Anna Kunz, Judy Rushin, Olivia Schreiner, Rusty Shackleford, Selina Trepp and Philip von Zweck

It Varies is a week-long collaborative installation spearheaded by Chicago artist/curator Justin Witte with Florida-based artist Judy Rushin featuring a stellar cohort of Chicago artists. Rushin, based in Florida, sends collections of her work to different individuals around the country and asks that the work be set in small interior spaces to serve as the impetus for small events and gatherings. The Storefront installation serves as a hub for the intimate exchange of ideas and images. The artists in It Varies have each created a work based on a minimal set of parameters sent to them, which were based on descriptions of Rushin’s work. For the run of the project the individual works will be installed amongst Rushin’s work and on top of large mylar prints, created by Witte. Over the course of the week The Storefront will be holding small meetings and gatherings in the space leading up to the reception on Saturday night. Remnants from the exhibition will be sent back to the artist to be included in an exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery in Washington D.C. in 2014.

This generative exquisite-corpse as immersive installation engages the formal, conceptual and social conditions between artists, collaborators, curators, spaces, visitors and the wider public. The installation subtly and not-so-subtly plays with various modes of creating and viewing paintings by tracing the contexts through which they travel. Does a painting installation stand-alone as a piece-in-itself? Does it stand-in, like a souvenir, for a multi-authored networked social process? Is the installation made specifically for the production of documentation or is does it thwart it? Or do the multiple private and public conversations supplant the unique time and place where the paintings are exhibited? The exhibition complicates the formal, spatial and historical conditions of a painting-as-group-project to highlight the varied points of entry implicit in the shared life of images.

This is the second exhibition organized by Justin Witte for The Storefront.

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