Oct 16th 2022

Glory Hole

@ Polonium Projects

2233 S Throop St. Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Sunday, October 16th, from 12PM - 4PM

A collaborative installation featuring works by:
Rabia Tayyabi
Anna Showers-Cruser
Julia Kriegel
Boris Ostrerov
David Downs

We live in a world of barriers and walls, of facsimiles and false fronts -invented lives we share with the public sphere which only mask the truth of our inner selves. This has always been the way. Hiding away in the dark under a more socially acceptable, perhaps desirable persona of our own invention. How does this relate to the seedy “glory hole?”

Some will cringe, some will snicker, some will stay away. The phrase, “glory hole,” conjures mixed feelings… uneasy feelings. Depending on the restrooms you’ve frequented, at which seedy night clubs you prowl, perhaps a suspicious truck stop… you may have never seen a glory hole. If you have, chances are you backed away, maybe laughed uncomfortably. Even if you wouldn’t dare use it, would you dare to look inside? Curiosity can be a dangerous temptress.

Our “Glory Hole” exhibition is about creating a barrier to the art. Our ambitions as artists usually involves bringing our work out of the shadows into public view. We’ve chosen to hide our works for this exhibit, making them exclusive to the adventurers who take a chance and look inside. There’s a bit of risk involved as you never know what you’ll discover, but that moment of discovery will be yours alone.

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