Feb 8th 2020

Kyle Bellucci Johanson
curtain call-out couture:
i am afraid isn’t just the way it is

Join us for the opening reception of “curtain call-out couture: i am afraid isn’t just the way it is,” an exhibition of new work by Kyle Bellucci Johanson. This is the artist’s first solo show in Chicago.

“curtain call-out couture: i am afraid isn’t just the way it is” is an installation composed of a graphite drawing and a commodity who speaks in a waiting room shielded from electromagnetic radiation. Toni gave us a place to sit and rest, somewhere between love and paranoia, subject and object, thinking and feeling, for a little polite theater.

This site-responsive work meditates on various roles anxiety plays regarding cultural hegemony, Antonio Gramsci’s theory describing how the state and ruling capitalist class use cultural institutions and ideology to maintain power. How has daily social life and cultural production within social networks and virtual environments advanced these tactics? Hegemonic culture propagates its own values and norms so that they become the “common sense” values of all and thus maintain the status quo. In an age of climate crisis, identitarian violence, media influencers, hyper-surveillance, and universal debt, has anxiety become “common sense?” and if so, what’s love got to do with it?

Kyle Bellucci Johanson completed a B.A. in Reconciliation Studies and Art from Bethel University in 2009. In 2008 he studied peace and conflict at the University of Ulster in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and completed an M.F.A. at California Institute of the Arts in 2016. In 2018 Kyle opened table, a temporary project space dedicated to situating artist’s practices through exhibition, discursive meals, and publication. Most recently he has worked as a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and as an adjunct assistant professor at University of Illinois Chicago. Kyle’s work has recently been on view at Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon (MOCAM), Automata (Los Angeles, California), Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), ALTES FINANZAMT (Berlin, Germany), Centro Cultual Metropolitano – MET Quito (Quito, Ecuador), and Human Resources (Los Angeles, California).

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