SULK CHICAGO is delighted to announce THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU, a solo-show of new work by Liza Jo Eilers, opening FRIDAY, October 14, 7 to 10 pm.
Liza Jo Eilers (b. 1993 St. Paul, MN) lives and works in Chicago, IL. She uses painting, collage, sculpture and found objects to work through the inevitable double stake of how popular culture represents women, and its tendency to simultaneously resist and reinforce dominant ideals and values. Eilers is obsessed with the Bimbo’s power, which is heavily rooted in the failure of our society to see her hybridity. Because if we take a moment to look beyond her T&A and pretty face, the Bimbo serves as a particularly dangerous member of the resistance because she is already inside the system: a kind of erotic ghost that paradoxically works to undercut patriarchal forces. Eilers often humorously casts this discussion in terms of male dominated hobbies and spaces like sports fishing, hot rods, the man cave and the bar.
Eilers graduated with a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020 and a BA in Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Eilers has an upcoming solo show ‘The Care and Keeping of You’ at SULK in Chicago, IL (October 2022) and recent solo exhibitions include ‘SLUDGE’ at Rainbo Club presented by M. LeBlanc in Chicago, IL (2021) and ‘Good Friday’ (2021) at Bubblez Gallery in Chicago, curated by Lauren Sullivan and Tyson Reeder. Recent group exhibitions of Eilers’ work include ‘So You Thought This Would Be Easy’ (2022) at Weatherproof in collaboration with Kiki and Bouba Gallery in Chicago, IL; ‘Wow, Nice!’ (2022) at Racecar Factory in Indianapolis, IN; ‘NICE WORK’ (2021) curated by Jake Fagundo at SULK in Chicago, IL; ‘Long Hello’ (2020) at Green Gallery in Milwaukee, curated by Carter Foster; and ‘With A Capital P: Selection by Six Painters’ (2019) at the Elmhurst Art Museum, curated by José Lerma.