Oct 15th 2021

Pants Without Legs

@ The Martin

2500 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, October 15th, from 6:30PM - 9:30PM

On view through Saturday, October 23rd

Pants Without Legs is a ceramic performance that focuses on the resonance of fired clay.

Five pairs of ceramic pants extend themselves into the space, vertical vessels awaiting bodily interaction. In climbing up and into the pants, Melon will demonstrate the functionality of such pants through sonic communication. By using distortion and feedback frequencies to activate the ceramic pants, Melon will engage post-linguistically as they post-pass, what Melon considers to be the element of social interaction that trans*cends passing as a trans* person in private-public space.

Through sonically activating such ceramic forms, Melon hopes to create a cyclical reclamation of the body-vessel in space and viewership.

Melon Sprout is a ceramic and performance based artist working in Chicago, IL. Melon currently focuses on making and performing with their large-scale ceramic sculptures, and enjoys collaborating with others in the ceramic community of Chicago through and beyond their instruments. Melon practices active archiving in their growing catalogue of art books centering around ceramic art. Melon has shown work with spaces including The Justice Hotel (6018 North), Fulton Street Collective, Fluffy Crimes, My Dreams These Days, SITE Galleries, Side Street Studio Arts, and Agitator Gallery.

Doors for each night will open at 6:30pm with the performance happening between 7-8pm. From 8-9:30pm the space will be open for guests to interact with the sculptures and talk to the artist.

The performance has limited seating, so reserve early! Guests have the option to purchase tickets to the performance (limited to 20) or a sliding scale donation to the open gallery exhibition starting at 8pm. Guests who attend the performance do not have to make double reservations to stay for the open gallery exhibition.

This performance is vaccinated-only. Proof of vaccination must be presented at the door. A beer & wine bar will be available for purchase for guests 21+.

The Martin & Split-Rail are ADA accessible. Should guests have any accessibility questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Want to make Split-Rail a part of your evening experience? We recommend making a reservation!

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