Oct 4th 2014

It Ended With My Putting it On
Matt Woodward and Wrekmeister Harmonies

Wrekmeister Harmonies performance, Hunters Moon Hunt, Blood Moon Blood: Friday, October 31st, 8pm

Comfort Station is pleased to present a collaboration between visual artist Matt Woodward and musician/composer JR Robinson of experimental music collective Wrekmeister Harmonies.

Woodward diverges from his signature aesthetic of heavily wrought, large-scale drawings of decorative architectural detail and presents a new body of experimental multimedia pieces installed to consciously interrupt the historic Comfort Station interior – ignoring window frames, blocking walkways, underfoot and unavoidable. Woodward’s obsessive mark making is no longer the objective — in this show he steps away from the singular interest with the decorative architectural image and further privileges sculpture.

Wrekmeister Harmonies presents Hunter’s Moon Hunt, Blood Moon Blood, a sonic piece created in response to Woodward’s work. The sounds of Hunter’s Moon Hunt will fill the space during the run of the show and will be culminate in a live Wrekmeister Harmonies performance at Comfort Station on October 31. Woodward and Robinson also collaborate with the space to guest curate the space’s music series, Comfort Music, booking musicians to perform every Thursday for the month of October.

He began to dress hurriedly. “If I’m done for, I’m done for! It’s all one… I’ll put the sock on!” He thought suddenly, “it will get more dirt rubbed into it and all the stains will disappear.” But no sooner has he put it on then he dragged it off again–and again he laughed, “This is all conditional, all relative, all merely forms,” flashed into one corner of his mind, while his whole body trembled. “I did put it on, after all. It ended with my putting it on.”
–Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Matthew Woodward was born in Rochester, NY in 1981. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 with a BFA and from there went on to earn his Masters in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art in 2007. Currently he lives in Chicago and is represented by Linda Warren Gallery.

Wrekmeister Harmonies, led by musician and composer JR Robinson, is an experimental music collective based in Chicago, Illinois. Named after the Béla Tarr movie Werckmeister Harmonies, it combines elements of drone music, serialism, post-rock, and heavy metal.

The exhibition is curated by Jessie Devereaux for Comfort Station and will be on view to the public for the month of October, from October 4 – November 2, 2014.
Opening reception to take place the first Saturday in October 4th from 6pm – 10pm at
Comfort Station 1879 N. Milwaukee. Event is sponsored by Intelligentsia.

For more information on Matthew Woodward please visit http://mdwoodward.com/

For more information on Wrekmeister Harmonies please visit http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Wreckmeister-Harmonies

For more information, contact Jessie Devereaux at art@comfortstationlogansquare.org // 773.580.7517

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