Aug 20th 2015

Between the rain, the sweat and the heat, it’s been a sticky couple weeks since our last opening. Now, as part of the sprawling Terrain Biennial, we’re proud to offer a mid-meal dessert.

August brought us bringing you the great Claire Arctander. Arctander doubled down on the sticker idea. In addition to her fantastic bumper sticker—For Femicultures—she’s produced a small batch of smaller stickers specifically made to feminize, revise and radicalize American currency. Like so much of Arctander’s work, the gesture is tender—at least in the legal sense—but tough; both messy and incisive, able to hit on a series of registers.

Come for the Terrain Biennial, stay for the ice cream, keep staying to get a bumper sticker and some currency refacing stickers and then stay again and then eventually you can leave.

Claire Arctander earned a BA in Art Theory and Practice and Gender Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught art classes for UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago. In the past she has been a summer resident at The Cooper Union, Summer Forum, and ACRE. She heads to Ox-Bow this September for a Fall Artist Residency. Recent exhibitions include Lease Agreement, Rainbo Club, Artists’ Television Access and—talk about contemporary art—Heaven Gallery, where her work is presently on display.

TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space usually located in Chicago. It features monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with and helps propel a medium beat-up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the bumper stickers are sold à la carte and by annual subscription. Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, conceptual catering and playlists. TRUNK SHOW has been featured in the Chicago Reader, Hyperallergic and Newcity who also named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.

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