Aug 25th 2019

Tender Alchemists: Closing Reception

@ EXTRA Projects

3551 W Diversey Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Opening Sunday, August 25th, from 2PM - 5PM

On view through Sunday, August 25th

Join us for an artist talk with Zehra Khan and closing reception!

Artist talk starts at 3pm

Tender Alchemists

Sunday, August 25th, 2019 | 2PM-5PM
Guest curated by Katie Waddell

Tender Alchemists explores the arbitrary designations of value assigned to objects. The artists in Tender Alchemists undermine the false dichotomies of luxury and austerity, art and craft, and form and function. With a nod to the homemaking practices of pioneer America and Pakistan, Zehra Khan simulates traditional textiles with mass-produced materials such as permanent marker and hot glue. Joshua Kent creates formal compositions with discarded objects that reveal the bounty obscured by professed scarcity. Both artists are tender alchemists, although it might be wrong to say that their chrysopoetic gestures turn crude materials into gold. Their magic is contextual. By re-presenting marginalia as objects worthy of being beheld, they validate the quiet opulence of everyday experience.

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