In 2013, Chicago Artists Coalition’s Midwest Artist Exchange partnered with Soap Factory and Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis. The tours took place over two weekends in May 2013, involving the 2012-13 BOLT Residents and Minneapolis-based artists identified through the partner organizations.
Addendum is the result of ongoing conversation between CAC and Soap Factory Minneapolis Biennial curators, and includes many of the Milwaukee-based artists who participated in the Midwest Artist Exchange. A corresponding exhibition hosting Chicago-based artists in Minneapolis will complete the exchange, and extend the opportunity for social engagement by exposing audiences to the artistic practices of these Midwestern cities and fostering new dialogues on cultural production.
Curated by John Marks and David Petersen, Addendum is but one of many potential postscripts to , , , (pronounced “comma comma comma”), the Soap Factory’s 2013 Minnesota Biennial. Intent on transforming the gallery from a site for exhibition into an active space of exhibiting, the inceptive exhibition was an eight-week platform for interdisciplinary visual art, music, performance, print, and discussion that surveyed the work of thirty-nine Minnesota-based artists.
Nearly a year later, Addendum will occupy the Chicago Artist’s Coalition with the work of eighteen artists: Luke Aleckson, Allen Brewer, Casey Deming, Kristina Estell, Katelyn Farstad, Isa Gagarin, Peter Happel Christian, Jess Hirsch, Jonathan Kaiser, Tynan Kerr, Andie Mazorol, Ben Moren, Michael Mott, Stefanie Motta, Scott Nedrelow, Natasha Pestich, Andy Sturdevant, and Pamela Valfer.
Addendum will comprise, per definition, the things which must be added, suggesting that the originating exhibition was neither complete, fixed or perfect. Far from it, in fact, as , , , asked of its artists to experiment, embrace uncertainty and trust the potential of their work in the context of a multi-dimensional group exhibition that could never speak fully to each artist’s complex and rigorous practice. Addendumbegins to do just that by including, ad hoc, additional images, objects, gestures and performance that provide a more complete representation of many of the artists that made up the , , , exhibition, while simultaneously further problematizing the original survey.
Catalogs and a limited-edition LP Record from , , , will be available at CAC during the Addendum exhibition.
The exhibition will have an opening reception on Friday, July 25 from 6–9pm at Chicago Artists Coalition, located at 217 N. Carpenter Street (free and open to the public). The exhibition will run July 25 – August 15, 2014.