Apr 3rd 2015

Were the Eye Not Sunlike

@ Fernwey Gallery & ACRETV.org

916 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, April 3rd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, April 26th

April 1 – May 31

916 N Damen Ave | Chicago, IL
April 3 – April 26

Inspired by the long dark winters of Chicago, this exhibition focuses on the Sun at a time when it is missed the most, moments before springtime. As an object that is both illuminating and unseeable, the experience of the Sun is dominated by metaphor and myth. Were the Eye Not Sunlike channels the mythologization of the Sun and our relationship to its immeasurable power.

Beginning on April 1, a three-part video program will unfold on the artist-made livestreaming platform ACRE TV. The program begins with Sunrise and its thematic associations of stillness, repetition, ritual, crispness and intimacy. Reflecting the course of the earth-bound day, the following program, High Noon, tracks the warmth and optical energy of a bright, full sky. Sunset, the final chapter, evokes impending darkness, melancholy, loss and reflection. The ACRE TV program includes work by sixty-two artists from around the world and will run for two months.

Sunrise: April 1 – April 19 | Sunset: April 19 – May 10 | Sunset: May 10 – May 31

Meanwhile, from April 3 – April 26, Fernwey Gallery presents the physical iteration of Were the Eye Not Sunlike with work in photography, sculpture and installation. Featuring Lauren Edwards, Assaf Evron and Danny Giles, the exhibition proposes its own strain of the solar metaphor, imagining the Sun as the object of theater and a distant, all-controlling dictator in the sky. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a printed publication designed by Mia Nolting and with essay contributions by Third Object and Danny Floyd.


Sunrise – April 1 to April 19
Christopher Bailey & Charles Woodman, Blair Bogin, Patrick Andrew Boivin & Stèphane Charpentier & Alyssa Moxley, Laura Bouza, Dana Carter, Kate Casanova, Karen Y. Chan, Silvana D’Mikos, Stephanie Hough, Cassandra C. Jones, Pablo Marín, Andrew Payne, Chris Rice, Andrew Rosinski, Ben Russell, Patrick Tarrant, Robert Todd, Penelope Umbrico, Eileen Rae Walsh, Eric Watts
Total run time: 165 minutes

High Noon – April 19 to May 10
Tony Balko, Tommy Becker, Sarah & Joseph Belknap, Dana Carter, Karen Y. Chan, Thomas Dexter, Max Grey, Ilan Gutin, Amy Hicks, Jason Judd, Meredith Lackey, Elina Malkin & Jónó Mí Ló, Pablo Marín, Eden Mitsenmacher, Rebecca Najdowski, Aaron Oldenburg, Jean-Michel Rolland, Ben Russell, Fern Silva, Rachael Starbuck, John Szczepaniak, Patrick Tarrant, Robert Todd
Total run time: 116 minutes

Sunset – May 10 to May 31
Laura Bouza, Collin Bradford, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Sara Condo, Alexei Dmitriev, Mike Gibisser, Max Grey, Sam Hoolihan, Cassandra C. Jones, Jeremiah Jones, Robert Ladislas Derr, Christine Lucy Latimer, Karl Lind, Chris Little, Ying Liu, Laura Mackin, Matthew-Robin Nye & Marc Wieser, Jae Pas, Chris Rice, Andrew Rosinski, Eeva Siivonen, Fern Silva, Eric Stewart, Takahiro Suzuki, Robert Todd, Penelope Umbrico, Eileen Rae Walsh, Eric Watts
Total run time: 277 minutes

Lauren Edwards, Assaf Evron, Danny Floyd, Danny Giles, Mia Nolting

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