Opening Friday, June 21st, from 7PM - 10PM
On view through Friday, July 12th
Defibrillator Gallery + Zhou B Art Center proudly present
[re] action: Bubbly Creek Visual Art Exhibition
Featuring a video installation by Chryssa Tsampazi along with works and remains by Bubbly Creek Performance Art Assembly participants: Santina Amato | Jessica Elaine Blinkhorn | Óscar González-Díaz | Carlos Salazar Lermont | Giulia Mattera | Smeza+Keegan | Diana Soria | Nicolina Stylianou | ieke Trinks | Curated by Angeliki Tsoli
Zhou B Art Center | FRI3RD | 1029 W 35TH ST | LOWER LEVEL
Opening: FRI 21 JUN | 7-10PM | FREE!
Gallery Hours | M>F 10A – 5P | 24 JUN – 12 JUL
Bubbly Creek Performance Art Assembly celebrates the Bridgeport neighborhood and is an homage to Chicago’s rich labor history and how it relates to and influences the local art community. International visiting artists representing Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, and Greece join local and national time-based artists to respond to Bridgeport’s history, community, or landscape.
“Bubbly Creek” is a section of the Chicago river that forms the western border of Bridgeport. It derives this nickname because gas bubbles out of the riverbed from decomposing animal waste dumped into the river a century ago by the Union Stockyards. Brought to notoriety by Upton Sinclair in his exposé on the American meat packing industry, The Jungle, the contaminated river is a revolting reminder of the harshness of industrial capitalism, exploitation of [often immigrant] labor, and disproportionate concentrations of wealth in America. These issues are still relevant today and serve as inspiration for the artists featured in this international assembly.
FRI3RD | Visual art exhibitions by DFBRL8R at Zhou B Art Center as part of their popular monthly 3rd Friday event featuring exhibitions and open studios throughout the impressive five-story converted warehouse.
Defibrillator Gallery [DFBRL8R] is an international platform for Performance Art known for bold and courageous programming that aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding artists who look to the body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, or society. Actively contributing to a global dialog surrounding conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic modes of expression, DFBRL8R aims to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art. Proudly part of Zhou B Art Center, a privately funded complex founded in 2004 by the Zhou Brothers in Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood, DFBRL8R LTD is a 501c3 arts organization made possible with support from Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.