Jun 1st 2018

Brent Fogt: Do Something Else

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

217 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Friday, June 1st, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, June 14th

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present “Do Something Else,” a solo exhibition of new works by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Brent Fogt.

Take an object / Do something to it / Do something else to it.
– Jasper Johns, 1964


In “Do Something Else,” Brent Fogt mounts an installation of off-kilter sculptures created from furniture and other found objects. These precariously balanced pieces are inspired by Fogt’s own yoga practice as well as his fascination with how we humans learn to walk, stand, and run. At the opening reception on June 1, 2018, a dance troupe led by Victoria Bradford will interact with the objects and move through the various pathways of the installation.

Fogt’s love of experimentation with new processes is present in all of his work. The driving question he asks himself is “what would happen if….?” He constantly experiments with new techniques, taking his cues directly from the materials he works with. Without a predetermined outcome in mind, he tests how individual components can be severed, joined, overlapped, combined, and recombined until they constitute a whole or near-whole.

At the opening reception on June 1, 2018, a company of dancers directed by Victoria Bradford | A House Unbuilt will perform in response to the unique construction and placement of the objects. Playing off the ambulatory implications of Fogt’s sculptures, the dancers will perform a durational relay encompassing the city block around the gallery as well as the gallery space itself.


Brent Fogt is the son of a Lutheran pastor and a psychotherapist, born in Ohio and raised in Texas. Fogt’s sculpture, collage and drawings have been featured in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art Center, and in publications such as New American Paintings, Art in America and hyperallergic.com. He has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, I-Park Foundation, and Yaddo. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Fogt lives and works in Chicago.



This will be the final BOLT Residency exhibition at 217 N. Carpenter. CAC moves to 2130 W. Fulton in June 2018.

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