Nov 20th 2015

Kate O’Neill & Montgomery Perry Smith

@ Roots & Culture

1034 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL

Opening Friday, November 20th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, December 19th

Listen to a song on repeat for hours, and make a field recording of the room. Each play contains variation through different sonic disruptions: a body moving; objects shuffled, dropped, placed down and picked up; volume turned down for a moment; a mumble. In Kate O’Neill’s Ride Into the Sun On Repeat, photography is a recording device for ambient noise. Disruption registers in tandem to the accumulation of physical and temporal distances.

Montgomery Perry Smith likes to play with “sweet” imagery; excessive hearts, bows, and flowers cover my daunting suspended works. They are both seductive and menacing, with nods to Paul Thek and David Cronenberg. The pieces take on reliquary roles, containing moments of ecstasy, and turning them into kink totems.

Kate O’Neill explores conditions of vulnerability, recurrence, and temporality through photographs, sculpture, and works on paper. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Montgomery Perry Smith is a Brooklyn-based sculpture artist. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he focused on Fiber and Material Studies. Smith’s most recent solo show, Suspended Animation, took place at GCA, NY in the fall of 2014

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