Mar 23rd 2019

Collage Office

@ The Franklin

3522 W Franklin Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Saturday, March 23rd, from 1PM - 4PM

On view through Sunday, May 12th

Organized by Melissa Oresky and Alice J. Lee
Grand Opening:
Saturday, March 23 from 1 – 4 PM

From March 23 to May 12, 2019

Collage Office is a participatory project where gallery visitors engage with artists as they work, receiving an artwork in exchange for a pay as you wish donation. It will be the third and most elaborate iteration of “Collage on Demand” a project done twice before by Melissa Oresky, in which she moved a portion of her studio into a gallery space and made collages for participants who sat and talked with her as she worked. The collages were then given to the participants, who could choose to make a charitable donation in exchange.

In partnership with designer Alice J. Lee, Oresky and a program of rotating “associates,” will turn the Franklin into a studio/office and a collaborative platform where artists create work for clients during set hours. Each artist will engage the client through their own making process, creating unique interactions and experiences, altering the space and adding to the archive of the project in real time. Collage Office will gleefully co-opt the conventions of office decor and entrepreneurship, implementing design and marketing strategies to frame the project. Donations made in exchange for artwork will be directed to a charitable cause or causes chosen as a group by the artists.

Collage Office poses questions about how artistic labor is experienced and valued. How is it like or not like other professions such as therapist, lawyer, craftsperson, or repair person? Can a gift economy be cultivated within a culture that values art as a commodity? The artist and visitor participate together in a transaction that is both personal and professional, addressing the exchange values surrounding artistic production.


Leslie Baum
Diana Gabriel
Amber Ginsburg and Sara Black
Jessica Harvey
Erin Hayden
Paula Henderson
Gina Hunt
Jaclyn Jacunski
Brian Kapernakas
Chad Kouri
Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson
Alice J Lee
Ayanah Moor
Tim Nickodemus
Melissa Oresky
Erik Peterson
Pooja Pittie
Monica Rezman
Nina Rizzo
Jack Schneider
Ann Toebbe
Selina Trepp
Erin Washington
Rhonda Wheatley

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