Linguistic researchers have noted that text messaging more closely resembles speech than traditional forms of writing. Language always operates across numerous spectra, as sound, as image, as shibboleth, as communication, as the house we live in. WORLDPLAY isn’t about language, even if that may be the easiest way to talk about it. What it is is: working across wall-drawings, jokes of scale, experiments in collaboration, modeling productivity and conducting models into portraits, into sitcoms, into events.
It’s hard to imagine an exhibition that isn’t site-specific. If the works work in a vacuum, well that’s about as specific a place as we can imagine. This show isn’t in a vacuum, it’s at Produce Model Gallery, a space inaugurated a year ago by Javier Bosques and Maggie Crowley. It’s at 1007 W. 19th in Chicago. The opening is on Earth Day—4/22/16—from 7-10pm and there will be delicious food provided by the across the street neighbors.
WORLDPLAY is a collaborative exhibition starring Alberto Aguilar, Alex Bradley Cohen and Jesse Malmed in their own acts, doing cameos and occasionally writing rolling credits. All day long we leave footnotes in the ground, familial circuities like ellipses or tearing suggestions. Al, Al and Mal, outbroken bumper buddies and textual messengers leave lines on the street and on the walls for a queue of camping sneaker/theater camping chairs.
Patricia Rose will prepare an exhibition text, laundering words and images furnished by the artists. There will be intermittent programming throughout the run of the show.
Trio B – Performance during opening reception, April 22, 7:30pm
Underground Comedy Night – May 28, 6-9pm
Face Cooks – The artists will prepare a dinner for guests that put forth their name and are chosen by lottery – June 8, 6-9pm.
Postcard image: An arrangement of text exchanges between the artists, 2017