Opening Saturday, August 4th, from 5PM - 8PM
On view through Thursday, August 30th
Touch Too Much is an exhibition of recent works by Marie Baldwin and Luis Mejico that address intimacy and vulnerability – how we succeed and fail in our expression of desire.
Central narratives that drive the work are dichotomous notions of bodily pleasure and discomfort, as well as an inability to communicate and express emotion. Baldwin and Mejico do not investigate confusion – they wade through it, finding themselves creating hyperbolic totems towards corporeal pleasure and prudence, continually wavering between the two. The works demonstrate a desire for understanding, but an inability of getting there. They overshare, assume too much, say too little, and fly too close to the sun.
Luis Mejico is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator based between Chicago and New York. She has performed and exhibited work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Queens Museum in New York, Mana Contemporary Chicago, Links Hall, Zhou Brothers Art Center, The Oak Park Art League, The Uptown Arts Center, and Jan Brandt Gallery, among others.
Best known for her large-scale fabric piecework collages; Marie Baldwin dissects visual and linguistic moments in pop culture, and seeks to create idiosyncratic spaces through print, sculpture, and installation. Her practice navigates the intersection of familiar and foreign spaces through reworked examinations of fragmented artifacts that hold social significance, displaced from their original period and meaning. Predominantly working with text, cloth, thread, and reclaimed textiles, her work explores themes of sexuality, personal history, and the body.