Documenting the art world might be likened to searching for ghosts in a haunted house. Galleries and museums of art are sometimes very intimidating places to enter. And when understood as a succession of interrelated social events, the art world itself can be said to manifest only briefly in any given place. In spite of that ephemeral nature, the art world is regularly anthropomorphized and rightly called such things as capricious–even malevolent. Its unseen ears hear what is said; its unseen eyes see what is done. Slights are long remembered. And as gossip travels, tales of treachery are embellished.
In the spirit of the season, Antena will house a photographic installation and relational artwork (existing from 6:00-10:00 PM on October 24, 2014) which involves the presentation of 40 working artists, administrators and critics alongside candid portraits of themselves, as shot between 2003-2014.
Petra Bachmaier, Dana Bassett, Joseph Belknap, Sarah Belknap, Erik Brown, Stephanie Burke, Tom Burtonwood, Nick Butcher, Chelsea Culp, Ben Foch, Sean Gallero, Jeriah Hildwine, Leo Kaplan, Matt Lane, Jason Lazarus, Liz McCarthy, Jake Myers, Nadine Nakanishi, Meg Noe, Heidi Norton, Mike Nourse, Catie Olsen, Ciara Rufino, Dmitry Samarov, Marta Sasinowska, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Erik Wenzel, Gwendolyn Zabicki, and more, are scheduled to participate, in some cases presenting work of their own.
Bio: The grandson of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and New York City to Chicago, Paul Germanos was born November 30, 1967, in Cook County, Illinois. Among other institutions of higher learning, Germanos attended Harold Washington College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduate study of the history of political philosophy with students of Leo Strauss, Germanos drove a taxi at night, in Chicago, for two years, before dropping out and riding a motorcycle across America. Germanos regularly practices writing and photography, and he cares for his mother.