Opening Saturday, April 25th, from 1PM - 3PM
Last month the Nightingale graciously hosted our wake-themed opening for Jennifer Reeder’s sticker, REMEMBER DEATH. Reeder screened a video mixtape of scenes that have stuck with her and helped guide her own filmmaking practice, including clips from Safe, Valley Girl and the work of Mark Aguhar. Indeed, it is Aguhar whose words are now poised so poignantly on one of our most prominent dents.
We’ve been remembering death all month. March brought on a series of scary car events; the car spent a lot of the time at the mechanic—surgery, fever dreams and all. Then on a trip to Milwaukee, the gallery broke down again, fortuitously just a few hundred feet from a mechanic in Gurney. If you saw Jesse pushing the car down 41 that day, yes, that counts as a celeb-sighting and, yes, it would have been great if you’d stopped. But everything is fine now. Or, maybe more accurately, everything is fine for now. For those curious, be sure to read the car’s twitter to see how it’s feeling, which is something we’d advocate for anyone wondering how their things are feeling.
For our next show, we are thrilled to be showing work by Davi Lakind! Davi is an old friend of the project and its projectionists. She knew the car before it even belonged to us. Though she rarely calls herself an artist, she’s often mistaken for one. She dresses the part, she shows up to openings and happens to have the same uncommon name as another Chicago artist. The fact is she’s a psychology student. Lakind is quick-witted. She’s a wordsmith, an occasional rapper and an avid tweeter, and we’re excited to give her not just her first solo show in Chicago, but her first art show. For those concerned that contemporary art sometimes feels like a series of inside jokes, Davi provides the perfect antidote.
Thinking through what it means to not be an artist in an art context, Davi’s piece for Trunk Show is a nod to both her position in the Chicago Art Scene and the car’s place in the Public Art Scene. For the run of her show, Davi will also be handling our twitter handle, at least the parts that aren’t its own id. Given her backgrounds in clinical psychology and literature, we’re hoping for an incisive view into the mind of the car. Look there for other bumper sticker idea—roads not taken.
And, briefly, while we’ve got you: we’re running a fire sale on season two subscriptions for a couple more days. Buy it here. We’re also thrilled to be a part of Threewalls’ annual gala, Neon Dreams. We’re presenting an auction-friendly exhibition of works about DIBS.
ABOUT DAVI LAKIND
Davi Lakind is a Chicago based writer, scientist, educator, therapist, school-based mental health services consultant, and artist. Her writing has been featured in Deep Leap, Child and Youth Care Forum, The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Twitter, The Meredith, Children and Youth Services Review, The Santa Fe Prep Skirmisher, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, School Mental Health and The Indicator (Amherst College’s Journal of Social and Political Thought [Humor Section]). Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, Davi graduated from Amherst College (BA), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ABOUT TRUNK SHOW
TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space usually located in Chicago. Following in the rich tradition of Chicago’s apartment, alternative and creative exhibition spaces, Trunk Show is committed to challenging exhibition forms through its unique program. We feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for five dollars each and by annual subscription (we’re now taking subscribers for our second season of programming September 2014 to August 2015). Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, radio jams and road snacks. Newcity named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.
Upcoming artists include Lilli Carré, Edie Fake and Claire Arctander.