Inspired by Benjamin Demott’s workshop “Breaking Bad Habits,” Interference: a collaborative show of Chicagoland art educators challenges habitual modes of thinking and typical uses of materials. The exhibition is a representation of what eight art educators collectively produced over the course of several facilitated workshops from October 2014—April 2015. Each workshop took place at the Store Front in Pilsen, and participants were provided a different set of materials and obstructions at each session. The obstructions were designed to confront pedagogical trends and encourage perspectives that consider a range of abilities, including time constraints, and physical limitations such as using only one tool to touch and manipulate an object.
Participating artists: Rochelle Borrett, Max Boudman, Paige Fetchen, Marina Miliou-Theocharak, Amanda Mulcahy, Anthony Peregrine, Victoria Thurman.
Marissa Neuman is a Chicago based artist, activist and teacher. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in ceramics and drawing and painting. She is current Artist-in-Residence at ArtReach at Lillstreet. Her work spans from drawing and painting to sculpture and social practice. Marissa hopes this exhibition will instill a respect for creative learning environments and inspire educators to rethink teacher student relationships as one in the same.
The exhibition runs through May 31 in the Lillstreet Gallery Annex.