Mar 14th 2015

ACRE and DEFIBRILLATOR GALLERY present a performance event on Saturday, March 14th at 7 PM at 1463 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL. ACRE has partnered with DEFIBRILLATOR GALLERY to host DRESSING THE FUTURE IN MY HUMILITY a performance by JOSHUA MCGARVEY, the next installment in ACRE’s year-long series of exhibitions by 2013 ACRE summer residents. The one night exhibition will include interactive performance, video installation, sculpture, and a publication. A $10 donation will be requested at the door.

Dressing The Future in my Humility
Embracing nostalgia and a stripped down aesthetic, McGarvey uses this anecdote to describe his newest work, “I wet my pants during Kindergarten play rehearsal of The Three Little Pigs. I was the pig with the stick house.” And a similarly poetic biography snapshot, “My mother was a painter and drawer when she was younger but during my lifetime she didn’t draw much other than during my father’s sermons at church. We would doodle on the offering envelopes. She taught me to tear open the sides to provide a larger blank sheet when the inside was turned out.”

Committed to presenting a vast range of styles and forms of performance art, Defibrillator Gallery (a.k.a. DFBRL8R) is a non-profit 501c3 arts organization dedicated to fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the globe. Contextualizing performance within visual art, DEFIBRILLATOR presents work by artists who look to the body, objects, space, and time for inspiration, research and practice. Dynamic programming, decidedly fearless and unique, aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding performance art. One of only a handful of galleries worldwide who focus specifically on performance art, DFBRL8R actively contributes to a global dialog surrounding the exhibition of conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic forms of time-based expression. Defibrillator is partially supported by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and The Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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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.

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