Jun 29th 2012

Show Room / Odie Off

@ threewalls

119 N. Peoria #2C, North Chicago, Illinois 60607

Opening Friday, June 29th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Saturday, August 4th

In the BIG space:
Show Room: Laura Davis, Carson Fisk-Vittori and Julia Klein
Curated by Shannon Stratton

In the SMALL space:
Odie Off: Mike Rea and Kelly Kaczynski

Show Room:

Working collaboratively within the simple constraint of a white carpet, Laura Davis, Carson Fisk-Vittori and Julia Klein combine, overlap, manipulate and prop-up each other’s objects, making decisions about the nature of display and decoration as they are considered in the art gallery, the retail venue and the home. All three artists work with objects in a process of interrogating and collapsing these discrete realms, questioning the seemingly artificial boundaries that determine what is precious versus what is functional; how things are used publicly versus privately and how decisions about display and presentation itself have the power to elevate objects from the mundane to the marvelous.

Odie Off:

Odie Off is an off comment, off the books, off kilter, face off between artists Mike Rea and Kelly Kaczynski. Begun as a simple provocation, Odie Off assumes a position somewhere between process, performance and production where the interactions between the two artists equally elicits both banter and dialogue.

The artists will build a speakeasy in the back of threewalls. Here, you are welcome to join them as they move through the stages of making double Odie’s, the oblique dog character from the classic cartoon, Garfield, first appearing in 1978. Each artist will begin an Odie while sitting across from one another at the bar. Built from clay, a material that both artists are familiar with but neither is practiced in, the conversation lends to one of mastery and craft alongside image and action. Meanwhile, the bar incites not only the iconic spectacle of artists’ think-tank with libations but also a surrogate studio that becomes the pedestal, all the while a stage. These Odie’s become testament to the individual concerns of the artists as well as the inevitable collaborative finale that merges from the environment.

The artists invite you to join them for Happy Hour every Tuesday and Thursday, 5-7pm, or whenever the artists are in.

More information at http://three-walls.org/programs/threewallssolo/show-roomodie-off.php

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