Jun 12th 2015

Body Mass Index

@ Chicago Urban Art Society

3636 South Iron Street, Chicago, IL

Opening Friday, June 12th, from 6.30PM - 11.20PM

On view through Saturday, July 25th

Abel Guzmán, Ross Normandin, B. Quinn, and Mike Rubin
Curated by George William Price

A central nexus for the multiple roles we undertake, the body is an open form of public collectivity, one that is continuously unfolding both within and beyond our own physical limits. An archive unto itself, the human body is the site where these practitioners have come to excavate the past, present, and future. “Body Mass Index” negotiates the concept of the body-image through material exploration of bodily traces and their analogs: a tan-stained gym towel, a solitary silicone mask, a wall smeared with margarine, and slick, hydrographic memories. In these physical and virtual artifacts we find the tentative limits of one’s own corporeality. Imprints of the artist’s body—be that linguistic, affective, or sensorial—question both its performing and performed limits. “Body Mass Index” expands the body—the weight of identity, the mass of sociality, and the density of form—into the realm of mediated reality.

Abel Guzmán was born in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He received his BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2011 and MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and. He has shown at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, FLATSstudio, and Loyola Art Museum. Guzmán currently lives and works in Chicago.


Ross Normandin lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and is currently a teaching assistant in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University. Recent and upcoming exhibitions and residencies include: Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center and Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, IL; Distillery Gallery, Lincoln Arts Projects, and Bromfield Gallery in Boston, MA; GRIN in Providence, RI; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnston, VT.


Mike Rubin lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as internationally in Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Norway and Switzerland.


B. Quinn was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and earned her BA from Chatham College for Women, followed by her BFA and MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in exhibitions and projects both nationally and internationally, most recently In Response at Audrey Love Gallery in Miami, FL. Forthcoming events include Future and Behind in Venice, Italy, and a solo residency and project at MOTE 78 in Columbus, OH. She lives and works in Chicago.


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