Mar 29th 2018

Creature Comforts

@ Ralph Arnold Gallery

1131 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Thursday, March 29th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Friday, April 13th

crea·ture com·forts
ˈkrēCHər ˈkəmfərts/

– Material comforts that contribute to physical ease and well-being, such as good food and accommodations.

The animal within us is always hungry for comfort. Among today’s forceful society, we are required to rapidly shed our identities and evolve from children to adults to artists. Our experiences create chaos of pleasure and revulsion; as we endure the bleeding processes of becoming who we’re meant to be, we find both disgust and comfort in our changing bodies and minds. While embracing and despising the soft curves of ourselves and our vulnerabilities, we torment and sooth ourselves with our creature comforts.

As we face our uncertain futures, we are reassured that our growing pains are normal—that our thoughts and problems are temporary, that our deepest fears are what make us good humans and good artists, and that eventually the wild creature in us will be tamed. Our creature comforts lick our wounds; we yearn to sooth and be soothed, to comfort and be comfortable.

Creature Comforts features new works by the 2017 Ralph Arnold Gallery Interns

Artists Kavya Tiwarii, Sara Lochmueller, Rachel Hyland, and Lihn Nguyen navigate the dichotomy of balancing expectations and desires for the sake of evolution in Creature Comforts at the Ralph Arnold Gallery, from Mar 29 to Apr 13, 2018.

Opening reception: Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-7:00.

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