Aug 11th 2017

DEMO Project, a space for contemporary art in Springfield, Illinois, presents three exhibitions opening on Friday, August 11:

Washington-based artist Maria Lux will present a solo project, “Dominus,” in the front gallery. “Dominus” leverages the cues of domestic space still present in DEMO Project’s converted-home gallery as a backdrop for a new project considering resistance—in both animal and machine—against the human force to domesticate and dominate. In this work, raccoons (notoriously impossible to domesticate but known for their fondness of human trash) and Roombas (self-driven robotic vacuum cleaners that often make bigger messes than they clean up) join forces to create chaos in the gallery space, emphasizing their perversely pleasurable defiance of human will.

Los Angeles-based artist Katie Kirk and Chicago-based artist Kaveri Raina will present a two person show, “Exchange Between,” in the back gallery. Matter and material serve as principle metaphors in Katie Kirk and Kaveri Raina’s work. They posit ideas about the role of pleasure in art and life. The experience of their work is sometimes confounding, but they strive for it to also be gratifying, providing a physical, psychological, and optical whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.

Lastly, DEMO Project welcomes STNDRD, a curatorial project driven by St. Louis artist Sage Dawson that will presets an outdoor flag pole mounted to the façade of DEMO Project as an exhibition space. Garry Noland, based both in Los Angeles and Kansas City, will present his work, “Failed Flag.” In the sense that everything’s a flag, everything emblazons some proposition by what it is or what it is not. Sports teams, ISIS, countries, for instance, use a flag to deliver a message–a short cut, in a way, or a kind of meme. “Failed Flag” takes cues from earlier work by Garry Noland such as “Failed Axle” and “Failed Alphabet.” The flag is functional but not fully so.

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