Feb 25th 2023


@ ACRE Projects

2439 S Oakley Ave, Chicago , IL 60608

Opening Saturday, February 25th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, February 25th

ACRE Projects is pleased to present “Glossolalia,” a duo exhibition presenting works by Chicago-based artists Jeff Prokash and David Sprecher.

Reception: Saturday, February 25th, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Performance: Saturday, February 25th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Glossolalia is structured by the phonetic patterns in a section of Franny Choi’s poem How to Let Go of the World. Through a process of mold-making that mirrors how language is shaped by the oral cavity, a collection of found objects and cast plaster iterations become a spatial, material translation of the poem.


Fffffffffllllllll… Like a leaf, limp, a line, the floorplan of 2439 S Oakley lands in How to Let Go of the World, a poem, a pome. The poem begins on the 73rd page of The World Keeps Ending and the World Goes On, Poems by Franny Choi. It ends on page 82. The line falls on the 77th page here: In other words: I beach myself. / Other words: I leech bleakly. Breathe sleet, a wreath of it. I flinch at the leaves, / anticipating their reek, the graves of reefs. I bleach and bleach and watch the / chlorine slip clean from my teeth… and stages the sounds as things. Voiceless bilabial fricatives and such are performed on the Drama Club floor by a company of receptacles and their duplicates. Tongues! Loops! …Oooooo… A stump, a Bumbo, a chimp’s bobbin, bobbin, pisspot, neck rest, rocks, water, a flute of dust, pigeon spikes, panes of glass broken and all again in white and again. …Ooooooorrrrr. A pome is a fruit with a fleshy enlarged receptacle and a tough central core containing seeds, e.g., an apple or pear. You bite it. A voice box. Your tongue.

In tongues:
ɪn ˈʌðər wɜrdz: aɪ biʧ ˌmaɪˈsɛlf.
ˈʌðər wɜrdz: aɪ liʧ ˈblikli. brið slit, ə riθ ʌv ɪt. aɪ flɪnʧ æt ðə livz,
ænˈtɪsəˌpeɪtɪŋ ðɛr rik, ðə ɡreɪvz ʌv rifs. aɪ bliʧ ænd bliʧ ænd wɑʧ ði
ˈklɔrin slɪp klin frʌm maɪ tiθ.

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