Collage Office Grand Closing!
Saturday, May 11 from 1-4PM
Artists Conversation starting at 4PM
Over the past seven weeks, Melissa Oresky, Alice J. Lee, and a program of rotating artist “associates”, have turned THE FRANKLIN into Collage Office, a collaborative platform where artists create work for clients during set hours. Collage Office have been open each weekend through rain, snow, and shine, with twenty-three artists providing work by appointment for over one hundred and twenty participants.
Please join Collage Office Grand Closing event on Saturday, May 11 with Rhonda Wheatley and Brian Kapernekas at work in the office from 1-4 pm. At 4 PM, we will present an artists’ conversation moderated by Philip Von Zweck with Collage Office artists Leslie Baum, Diana Gabriel, Paula Henderson, Gina Hunt, Jaclyn Jacunski, Brian Kapernekas, Chad Kouri, Tim Nickodemus, Erik Peterson, Monica Rezman, Nina Rizzo, Jack Schneider , Ann Toebbe, Selina Trepp, Erin Washington, Rhonda Wheatley, THE FRANKLIN directors Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan and Collage Office organizer Melissa Oresky.
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.
Donations made in exchange for artwork are directed to causes chosen by the participating artists: A Long Walk Home, a Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and women and THE FRANKLIN, Collage Office generous and enthusiastic hosts.
THE FRANKLIN’s and Collage Office Instagram accounts are also replete with images of the office in action. They are @collageoffice and @thefranklinoutdoor. To view the works made so far in the office go to collageoffice.com
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