Public Works announces its latest exhibition You Will Die, a collaborative show featuring the work of prolific artists in the extreme metal genre, running November 22, 2019 through February 16, 2020. In You Will Die, artists Dan Seagrave, Denis Forkas, Justin Bartlett and Eliran Kantor, among others, focus on exposing the flesh and blood behind the human form and the psychic terror of modern existence.
You Will Die is co-curated by Scott Shellhamer, an artist and former member of the Chicago metal band American Heritage, and Josh Zoerner of Public Works and Someoddpilot.
Public Works is launching collaborations with local food, beverage and creative teams in celebration of the exhibition:
• Chicago-based Marz Brewery will debut the limited-release You Will Die India Pale Ale, a Nordic Double IPA, which will be available for sampling at all You Will Die events. You Will Die India Pale Ale uses the Kviek Hornindal yeast strain, a wonderfully unique Norwegian farmstead “kveik.” Hornindal produces a tropical flavor and complex aroma that can present itself as stonefruit and pineapple. The fermentation creates a citrus forward hybrid type beer with a semi dry finish that should please fans of hazy IPAs, or classic west coast bitter hop heads. The beer is a perfect canvas for layers of complimentary dry hops to emphasize the orange grove aspects of the yeast
• Kuma’s Corner, Chicago’s beloved metal-centric burger restaurant, will create a You Will Die-inspired version of its famous Mac and Cheese; the blood red-hued recipe will be made with roasted sweet corn and chipotle pepper and topped with chives and a cornbread crumble and will be available at the exhibition’s opening and closing receptions and from December 5-18 at Kuma’s Avondale location at 2900 W. Belmont in Chicago.
• In January, the Empty Bottle will host a You Will Die pop-up gallery and metal show featuring bands Oozing Wound, Indian and others. During the weekend of the show only, Kuma’s Corner in Avondale will also bring back to its menu the Oozing Wound burger (with bourbon braised spinach, corn and sundried tomato gravy, deep-friend Johnny cake fritter and fresh chives) and the Indian burger (with jumbo crab cake, arugula salad, citrus vinaigrette, roasted red pepper, spicy pickle remoulade and red onion).
• Someoddpilot, the Wicker Park-based design studio, will collaborate with artists Justin Bartlett and Noelia Towers to create a short-run apparel collection featuring two long-sleeve shirts, one hooded sweatshirt, three one-of-one battle jackets and a crop top.
You Will Die begins with an opening reception on Friday, November 22 from 7:00-10:00PM and a discussion panel with show artists Justin Bartlett, Dan Seagrave and Noelia Towers and co-curator Scott Shellhamer on Saturday, November 23 from 3:00-6:00PM. Public Works will conclude the exhibition with a Dark Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, February 14 from 7:00-10:00PM. A You Will Die pop-up gallery and metal show is planned at the Empty Bottle in January – details coming soon. Beyond those dates, the exhibition will be open by appointment only. Public Works is located at 1539 N. Damen, 2nd floor in Chicago, Ill. More information at www.publicworksgallery.com.