Nov 2nd 2018

On Guard

@ Matthew Rachman Gallery

1659 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, November 2nd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, December 2nd

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to present “On Guard”, a group exhibition curated by Kasia Kay Art Projects. Exhibiting artists include Katya Bankowsky with Michele Lamy, Katya Bankowsky with Maya Angelou, Zoë Buckman, Megan Euker, Kat Kay, Cheryl Pope, and Marcela Torres. The exhibition opens on Friday, November 2nd with a reception from 6 – 9pm and will continue through December 2nd, 2018.

“On Guard” was inspired by “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me,” a book that combines a poem by renowned author and activist Maya Angelou with illustrations by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Angelou’s simple and empowering sentences, accompanied by the visually strong images of Basquiat’s works, deliver the overall message that people should go on in their lives without fears. “On Guard” is meant to be a reminder of the courage within all of us and to empower viewers to fight for their rights on both personal and collective levels.

The exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists exploring the sport of boxing in relation to the nature of life that always keeps us on our feet and on guard. Boxing is a performance business and, in this sense, it easily translates to an exhibition. The sport once represented masculine destructivity, but nowadays it is one of femme empowerment and self-defense.

While “On Guard” centers on female-identifying artists, the multifaceted components of their identities and practice are to be present in the exhibition as well. With a multisensory experience that features multidisciplinary works, the show examines not only courage and fears, strength and vulnerability, but also notions of gender equality, safety and violence, as well as the sport’s poetic contradictions, all through traditional and non-traditional depictions of boxing-related imagery.

“On Guard” will travel to NYC in the spring of 2019.

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