Dec 7th 2013

The Collectors / Visitation Rites II

@ The Franklin

3522 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago IL 60624

Opening Saturday, December 7th, from 6PM - 10PM

On view through Saturday, December 28th

The Collectors

Corinne Halbert, Chris Lin, Ryan Richey

“Art making in the 21st century is crowded with ghosts. Whether we acknowledge them or not, they are often not only present in our work, but are also the catalysts. Once it was a prerequisite to copy the old masters if you were to be an artist, now you usually just need a degree. Since we already have MFAs, we felt it was time to undergo that age-old tradition by attempting to make the works that deeply inspired us to make art in the first place.”

Visitation Rites II

By Chris Smith & E. Aaron Ross

Visitation Rites is a venue (fire pit) for a sculpture exhibition and content generator for a documentary video of an art exhibition opening. Using the concurrent exhibition The Collectors as the prompt and setting for the video, ghosts of art history will be burnt in effigy over the Franklin’s sacrificial altar.
Featuring work by:
Jessica Harvey / Ryan Richey / Chris Lin / Corinee Halbert / Tim Pigott / Raphael Barontini / Edra Soto / Jeriah Hilwine / Stephanie Burke / Jim Papadopoulos / Anna Kunz / Mara Baker / Elijah James Valentin / Kelly Reaves / Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford / Andrea Jablonski / Sarah Weber / Karen Azarina / Catie Olsen / Kevin Jennings

Corinne Halbert currently lives and works in Chicago IL. She was born in Anchorage Alaska and grew up in Suburbs of Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She spends much of her time working on her art work and underground comics.

Chris Lin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, He received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2008. Selected exhibitions includes Contemporary Art Workshop, Eel Space, and OP Shop in Chicago, Verge Art Fair, NY, Deluge Contemporary Art and Atlantic Centre for the Arts, FL. Publications includes Fiction At Work and Balliwik. Lin is the co-founder and collaborative director at Good Stuff House and the founding member and ukulele player of the folk-thrash-hop duo Hannis Pannis.

Ryan Richey was born in 1979 in Bloomington, Indiana. He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA and MFA. Richey has published much written work, especially in online literary journals such as independent presses Beard of Bees and Spork. Among others, selected solo exhibitions include My Whole Life, Spoke, Chicago and Gathering Smoke, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago. His work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the recent Water-reading at ADDS DONNA.

Christopher Smith was born in Atlanta,GA from two orthotic and prosthetic professionals turned artificial flower salespersons. He now lives in Chicago, IL. Former and current projects include Second Bedroom, Medicine Cabinet, Terraformer, Downcast Eyes, Sofa King, Visitation Rites, and Tag Team.

E. Aaron Ross is a multi-disciplinary artist. A 2009 graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with one BFA in Graphic Design, and a second in Moving Image (video/film/studio art). He is currently living and working in the city of Chicago.

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