May 5th 2013

Emily Carter and Meg Leary: I’m Not Allowed In The Golden Nugget

@ ACRE Projects

1913 W. 17th St. Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Sunday, May 5th, from 4PM - 8PM

On view through Friday, May 19th

Emily Carter and Meg Leary traveled to ACRE together last summer with the intention of further investigating their respective practices and exploring overlapping areas of interest. This show is their first two-person show with collaborative and mutually informed pieces. The work includes perfomance, sound, video and sculpture and touches on issues of queerness, the body, memory, and space. The title of this show is derived from David Shrigley and Chris Shepard’s animation Who I Am and What I Want.

Emily Carter works primarily with repurposed materials to create characters and environments for short animated videos. This same spirit of collecting and repositioning applies to her treatment of sound. For this show she has created three loosely related pieces: a sound piece with greeting cards, a sculptural representation of an empty grain silo on the ACRE property, and a short animation.

Meg Leary’s work focuses around ideas of the voice and music, transforming both interior spaces of the singer’s body and site specific sound chambers. Her current practice produces ephemeral performances and objects to draw out unexpected sensory experiences. She is a classically trained vocalist, who often references this history in her visual and performance work. For her performance at I’m not allowed in the Golden Nugget, Leary will perform in the viaduct on Damen Avenue between 14th and 17th Streets using voice and objects to expose the acoustical properties of this dilapidated urban environment.

EMILY CARTER lives and works in Chicago. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

MEG LEARY b. 1978 lives and works in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU.

More information about Meg Leary can be found at

ALICIA ELER is a writer and art critic whose projects focus on American pop and consumer culture, social networked identities, and queered notions of adolescence. Her recent reviews examine the linguistic implications that result from an oversaturated Internet culture. Alicia is currently the Chicago Correspondent for Hyperallergic and a contributor to Her articles have been published in Art21, Art Papers, RAW Vision Magazine (UK), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Flavorpill, ReadWriteWeb and Time Out Chicago.

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