Opening Saturday, September 1st, from 5PM - 8PM
On view through Sunday, September 30th
Through gestural modifications the Comfort Station will be transformed into a chapel for those in need of respite. A sanctuary. A safe house for free expression, free play, free meditation, free worship and closeness. The chapel will be the latest in a continuous collaboration between Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen. During this month long exhibition guest performers will contribute to a communal worship/meditation service in the modified space. On another day Alex and Alberto will give an artist talk where they will speak of past collaborations. Rest in Place is a safe space in which individuals are invited to slow their minds and bodies and enjoy art that comforts, holds, and listens.
Alberto Aguilar is a Chicago based artist who taught at Harold Washington College from 2006-2018. There he also coordinated Pedestrian Project an initiative dedicated to making contemporary art practice more available to his students. In 2009 he organized a series of dinners on social media which brought strangers into his home. These dinners culminated in 2013 with a wedding to an unknown couple before 150 unsuspecting guests. In 2016 Alberto Aguilar was resident artist at the Art Institute of Chicago where he held several rogue events, exhibitions and performances. His work had been exhibited and presented at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Queens Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Contemporary Chicago. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Alex Bradley Cohen is currently in a three person exhibition at University Art Museum at the University of Albany (New York). Solo exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York, NY), Mana Contemporary (Chicago, Il) and Slow Gallery (Chicago, Il). Selected group exhibitions include forthcoming shows at y and Heaven Gallery (Chicago, IL) as well as exhibitions at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York, NY), Andrew Rafacz (Chicago, IL), YOGA (Chicago, IL) and Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City, NY). Cohen received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
Image Title: Gesture and Void, 2018, Digital image