“To close out my exhibition with Thomas Kong in the Back Room I’ll be playing a mixtape made for the occasion — a cassette collage consisting of bits and bops of canned music formerly pumped into groceries, of tunes recorded in locales more interesting than the songs themselves, of pocket field recordings, of forgotten jingles, and of the sounds of other slashies.
A number of these tapes (what number that is, I’m not sure) will be available to stuff in your pocket and take home for future slashie lifestyle event soundtracking, as in when you’re walking the dog while cutting the grass, and so on. A handful of new collages, Back Room adjustments, and Front Room snacks will be available for things other than your ears.
Many thanks to Thomas and Dan for hosting and instigating, hats off to these lovers of stacked hats!
See you then and there,
‘I heard it in the produce aisle’
Exhibition closing & listening party
Saturday October 14, 3–5PM
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food
1371 W Estes Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food houses several thousand collage and assemblage works made by the artist and convenience store proprietor Thomas Kong over the past seven years. Beginning as a collaboration between Kong and artist Dan Miller in 2015, the room was adapted to store these artworks as a loosely-sorted repository, alongside a dedicated exhibition space that makes use of the existing architecture.
Since October 2015 The Back Room has hosted a series of exhibitions, events and performances conceived by artists and thinkers whose practices intersect with Kong’s in various ways. Each exhibition begins by responding to Kong’s body of work and larger practice, and often includes selections from the archive and work by other artists. These projects each proceed from a horizontal engagement with Thomas Kong’s unique art practice and working context, and are intended to develop conversations around the art field’s relationship to production, visibility, history, hierarchy and value.
Visitors to The Back Room are also welcome to view Thomas Kong’s work in the at their leisure. The room contains a fold-out table, two chairs, and a ladder for this purpose.
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food is coordinated by Dan Miller, with ongoing assistance from Nathan Abhalter Smith.
The Back Room at Kim’s Corner Food is open to visitors from 8am–8pm daily at 1371 W Estes Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment, or visit Kim’s Corner Food and speak to Thomas.
More information on The Back Room: http://thomaskong.biz/thebackroom/
Visit Thomas Kong’s website: http://thomaskong.biz/
Please note that The Back Room is not wheelchair accessible