Aug 23rd 2014

Bryce Wilner

@ Studio 424

167 N Racine Ave., Suite 1, Chicago IL

Opening Saturday, August 23rd, from 4:30PM - 6:30PM

Last month, TRUNK SHOW went on its first road trip/away game to present Stephanie Barber’s delightful rumination on the rolling and coasting of life to the city of Baltimore. With the help of our friends Lease Agreement, we participated in the Baltimore Alternative Art Fair which, appropriately for our us, took place in a city parking garage. We dressed up the car for its big Baltimore debut, and dressed up our fair booth a little like a used car lot office, packing our booth with excellent works by Lauren Anderson, Adam Farcus, Lilli Carrè, Alex Chitty, Assaf Evron, Chris Little, Kelly Lloyd, Curt Miller, Laura Hart Newlon, Kyle Schlie and the Globe’Al Chemical Company, Deborah Stratman and Oli Watt.

Barber scripted an invocative artist talk for three performers (there were three days of the fair, after all). Christine Sajecki, Keenon Brice and Amanda McCormick each donned a platinum blonde wig, off the shoulder black dress and bright pink lipstick, commanding the attentions of Baltimore passersby with Barber’s piece—breezily careening between buses and supermarkets, rolling and coasting, bumping and sticking, desire and danger. In the interest of thoroughness, Barber even pre-wrote the answers to the Q and A, . This press release’s favorite line may well have been the final one: “light is like a memory that we unearth again and again after burying it daily with beloved pets in the backyards of our psyches.”

After summering at ACRE, in Steuben, WI for the last few weeks, TRUNK SHOW is finally back in Chicago and excited to close out its first year of exhibitions with a new sticker by Bryce Wilner. Well-versed in the world of design and book arts, Wilner plays with the stubbornness and contradiction in design. He asks the usual bumper sticker user to re-think and clarify the one-liners, advertisements, quips, visualizations, aspirations and affiliations that so often adorn one’s rolling rump. It’s a great one, we promise.

Wilner’s opening will happen just before and just in front of and then along with Almost Ergonomic, an exhibition hosted by Studio 424.


Bryce Wilner is a graphic designer and publisher from Roanoke, Virginia. He lives and works in Chicago and is currently employed by the Design, Publishing, and New Media department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His work has been featured at Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY, LA Art Book Review, Detroit Community Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center.


TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space often located near Chicago’s Eckhart Park. Following in the rich tradition of Chicago’s apartment, alternative and creative exhibition spaces, Trunk Show is committed to challenging exhibition forms through its unique program. We feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for a collector-friendly price and by annual subscription (we’re now taking subscribers for our second season of programming September 2014 to August 2015). Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, radio jams, and road snacks. Newcity named it The Best New Gallery on a Car Bumper.

Upcoming artists include Eric May, Kelly Lloyd and Michael Milano.

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