No Fate But What We Make
February 21 - March 29, 2014
Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College
No Fate But What We Make gathers objects that manifest the uncommon spiritualties of their makers. Some of these objects are tools, some are spells, some are vessels. Some are totems, charms, conduits, or offerings. Some are social objects, and some are so specific, encoded, or personal that they may only be used devotionally by their maker (although their residue certainly finds more generous applications). Many are rooted in the rejection or reconfiguration of known religious forms; catechisms make rich compost. All acknowledge a greater power (though they define it differently) and desire communion with it. This is art as physical magic, even more so than it usually is.
Artists include Elijah Burgher, Jesse Butcher, Matt Morris, Gordon Hall, Soo Shin, Ivan Lozano, Edie Fake, and Mark Pilgrim. A reading and meditation room designed by Corkey Sinks features zines, images, reference materials and a soundscape by artists and writers including AA Bronson, Leigh Luna, and Gregory Foster. In addition, Sr. Soami deLux of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has curated a collection of work that appeared originally in RFD, a country journal celebrating queer diversity.
Clough-Hanson Gallery is located inside Clough Hall on the Rhode College campus. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission to the gallery is always free.
Image by C. Meerdo
HATCH Projects group exhibition featuring Jesse Butcher, James T. Green, Kasia Houlihan, Chris Meerdo, Ryan Peter Miller, and Rebecca Parker.
Opening Reception: January 10, from 6–9pm
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - January 30, 2014
"Release Show" presents new and recent works by six artists for their final HATCH Projects exhibition. The exhibition marks a moment as the artists toggle between the culmination of a residency and an entrance into another phase of their trajectory. "Release Show" looks at the differences and alignments that occur in these artists' practices with regard to imagery, process, and content. Jesse Butcher's installation serves as memorial and altar to objects and text works that act as magic cards. James T. Green continues to wield cultural critique as a mode of investigation into his screen-based images. Kasia Houlihan weaves together the aesthetics and meanings of relationships as friendship bracelets that push size and scale. Christopher Meerdo's suite of prints are bright interventions that obfuscate and create new manifestations in the Icelandic landscape. Ryan Peter Miller's "painthings" go further as they expand into space and take on an architectonic quality. Rebecca Parker's videos are glimpses at the way family holiday rituals are performed from an uncanny perspective.
Whereas HATCH Projects was the genesis for the works presented in this exhibition, "Release Show" derives its meanings and connections from the open-ended suggestions and unexpected, subtle comparisons that surface between the artists' styles and motifs. This exhibition is organized by HATCH Projects curatorial resident, Teresa Silva. For more information about the exhibition and artists/curator bios, please visit http://ow.ly/rT63R
Central Standard Time
What Do You Mean I'm Not Special?
Bound To Fail
Perfect From Now On
June 14, 2013 7-11pm
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Floor
WEIRD DUDE ENERGY is a survey of artist dudes who cultivate the intersection of elegance and Dudeliness. Coursing between the tiles of the weight room’s floor and pulling the foam through a beer bong’s tube there is an energy. In WEIRD DUDE ENERGY an unease transmits through the works like the dissonant proportions cursing the limbs of pubescent boys. Stained with the trauma of puberty WEIRD DUDE ENERGY strikes a balance between restraint and total release. GDBD is drawn to the complicated and embarrassing gestures of Dudehood. Bask in the glory of this Dudery and join GDBD in inviting the WEIRD DUDE ENERGY to wash over us like an enveloping mist of AXE. Can you abide?
Zak Arctander, Jesse Butcher, Andrew Doak, Alan and Michael Fleming, Alex Gartelmann, Ethan Gill, Ivan LOZANO, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Casey McGonagle, John Opera, Auggie Oz, Benji Pearson, Mike Rea, Oli Rodriguez, Jonas Sebura and Nick Wiley.
Gurl Don't Be Dumb is a Chicago-based curatorial project founded by Eileen Mueller and Jamie Steele trafficing in artists that reclaim the rejected with irreverence and total genius. Our aim is to build playful exhibitions in an effort to free the works from the academy and facilitate empowered viewership. We wish to expand the discourse between works making the exhibition a celebration of interpretation rather than an exercise in divination.
217 N Carpenter Street. Chicago IL. 60607. May 10 at 6:00pm - May 30 at 9:00pm
In NO GODS NO MASTERS., HATCH Projects artists Jesse Butcher, James T. Green, and Christopher Meerdo manipulate appropriated images and transform subtexts through their irreverent formats. Sourcing material from social media, countercultures, and the Internet, these artists employ the animated GIF, print, paint, and sculpture in multivalent ways. Jesse Butcher mines texts and objects to create new visual forms and provide social commentary on hegemony. While James T. Green also uses language and image to critique the dominant culture, he concentrates on the perception of “the other,” often raising issues of race through familiar and accessible technologies. Christopher Meerdo explores the readability and abstraction of politically and culturally contentious images, when given a new visual output. No Gods No Masters. examines, through these artists’ works, how art gains power when derived from networks and transformed to gain currency with different audiences, questioning the multiple meanings in language and semiotics.
This exhibition is organized by HATCH Projects curator-in-residence, Teresa Silva.
Teresa Silva is curator of the campus art collection in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recently, she collaborated with Corbett vs. Dempsey to organize a retrospective of Richard Koppe’s works, “Gyroscopic: Cubist Drawings and Late Paintings, 1936-1970.” She has presented projects in Chicago at the Chicago Artists Coalition, The Franklin, the African-American Cultural Center of UIC, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Her writings have appeared in Museums & Social Issues by Left Coast Press, Inc. and PROOF, an experimental UIC MFA thesis exhibition catalogue.
CYCLICAL, CIRCULAR. LIKE VULTURES.
new work by JESSE BUTCHER & ANTHONY ROMERO
April 6-27, 2013
Opening Reception: April 6, 7-10PM
Open Hours: By appointment
1254 N Noble, Chicago IL, 60642
Work in this exhibition begins within an endless series of stops and starts. Magnifying the liberation and ultimate demise of the American Hippie Movement the initial thoughts and images reflect upon current mirroring elements of modern culture in relation to the Woodstock and Altamont concerts, signifying the height and low of the 60’s. Subsequent generations seek to define themselves from the elements carved out and altered from the “present tense” of previous times. These works are a reflection as well as a ponderance of American belief systems and ideas of authority and anti-authority. It is intended that the work reflects both aspects of this ideal. There is a constant horizon. It is always sunset. It is always sunrise.
ArtWork 6 | Sullivan Gallery
33 South State Street, 7th floor | Chicago, IL
January 19 - February 3, 2013
Friday, January 18
5:30 - 7:30 PM
2: New collaborative work by Jesse Butcher and Corkey Sinks
Solutions, boundaries, composites, vulgar fractions, collisions, conclusions and embellishments initiate a starting point in this collaborative work by Jesse Butcher and Corkey Sinks. Initially evoked by a shared interest in Americana and metaphysics the project progressed after both experienced the Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Math House, located mere miles from another in North Carolina. Ideas of faith and temptation permeated each individual location prompting the duo to question both the subject and its event.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 11, 2013, 7-9pm
Adult Contemporary 2351 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647
Chicago, IL - Escape Group is pleased to announce their participation in the 2012 MDW Fair with "Portable Document Library", a large scale collaborative project that includes more than a dozen artists from NY, LA, Chicago, Austria, and the Navajo Indian Nation in the building of a digital library of artist made PDFs. All of the artists involved were asked to respond to the idea of “Forgery” with a single page document to be included in the library and were then asked to extend their invitation to participate in the project to two more artists. In this way the library represents both an archive of art activity and a network of participation.
The library of Artist PDFs will be joined by a second library of critical articles and text that continue the investigation into notions of “Forgery” from a more traditionally academic position. Both libraries will be made available to the public for purchase at the publication portion of the fair. For 8$ dollars visitors will receive both libraries on a flash drive or if they wish to bring their own memory storage device, may purchase both libraries for 5$.
Participating Artists Include: Jesse Butcher, Corkey Sinks, April Noga, Suzy Grant, Chris Cuellar, Sam Davis, Josh Rios, Benjamin Pearson, Brian Wallace, Joni Murphy, Sussan Pfeffer, Carrie House, Roberta Lima, Melissa McNamara, and many more.
For more info about MDW visit: http://mdwfair.org/
At That Very Moment
Works by Soo Shin, Jesse Butcher, Kristina Paabus
Opening reception October 19th 7-11 p.m.
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd FL
Chicago, IL 60622
Fitzroy Gallery's Publication "PROWLERS: A Collaboration between Colby Bird and Jesse Butcher" will be available at Megabodega at Family Business from June 26 - July 6th 2012. Family Business is located on 520 West 21 Street, New York, NY 10011
"PROWLERS: A Collaboration between Colby Bird and Jesse Butcher" will be available at Colby Bird's Solo Exhibition at Fitzroy Gallery. Fitzroy Gallery's hours for the show are March 16 through May 5, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, March 16 from 6 - 8 pm. Fitzroy Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm and by appointment.
PROWLERS Available Here
PHILADELPHIA: Please come out on Friday, October 21st for the opening of Inspiration Information, and exhibition co-curated by Sam Belkowitz and Alex Gartelmann. The show features work by Isaac Lin, Jason Musson, Sam Belkowitz, Matt Pruden, Kim Walker, Jonas Sebura, Corkey Sinks, Jesse Butcher, David Harper, Barbara Jenkins, Joel Parsons, Jamie Diamond, Lee Arnold, and Alex Gartelmann.
Inspiration Information is at The Maas Building at 1325 Randolph Street, Philadelphia from 6-10 PM
Additionally a screening of HOMELAND curated by Jesse Pires featuring short films from James MacSwain, Peter Bundy & Bryan Elsom, Sobhi al-Zobaidi, Maria Dumlao, and Shona Illingworth will be on Saturday, October 29th at 8pm.
Beach Party IV: Forbidden Pair of Dice (The Final Chapter)
CHICAGO: On September 10th from 5PM to 1AM, The Hills Esthetic Center hosts its fourth annual Beach Party group show, with performances from I Love You, John Bellows, and DJ Jean Shorts. A limited addition mixtape by Lauren Walsh will be available at the opening. The Title of this years show is “Beach Party IV: Forbidden Pair of Dice (The Final Chapter)” The exhibition closes on October 9th.
Featuring the work of: Brandon Alvendia, Jesse Butcher, Alex Chitty, Chelsea Culp, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Ben Foch, Katy Cowan, Josh Reames, Alec Regan, Dustin Ruegger, Kate Ruggeri, Will Sieruta, Winslow Smith, and Amber Thomas.
The work in this exhibition broadly addresses the vernacular, aesthetic, and sentiment of summer and "the beach", as well as the ritual of seasonal theme parties. Look out for sharks, tiki-bar concoctions, Jello, keg beer and a number of other summer clichés, just in time for fall.
Open hours are Sunday’s 1 – 5PM, and by appointment.
NEXT Fair at Art Chicago
Swimming Pool Project Space presents: Group Show
CHICAGO: Swimming Pool Project Space is proud to announce “Group Show”. Come visit our booth in the Goffo section of the NEXT Fair at Art Chicago. (Booth 600 on the 12th floor) The Exhibition runs April 29th through May 2nd, 2011
On view will be “Group Show” with works in video, photography, sculpture, painting, and interactive web-art, unified by irreverent attitudes and motifs that challenge the aesthetic line between craft, kitsch, and impeccably manufactured objects.
Artists participating in the Swimming Pool exhibit include:
Daniel G. Baird, Jesse Butcher, Caleb Charland, Carly Fischer, Steven Frost, Shannon Goff, Lauren Gregory, David Harper, Brent Houston, Erin LaRocque, Jessie Mott, Liz Nielsen, Rafael Rozendaal
April 29th - May 2nd, 2011
“The world is not a calm place.”
MFA Thesis Exhibition
Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
April 29–May 20
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm
Reception: Friday, April 29, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
The exhibition will also be open on Monday, May 2, 11 a.m.–6 p.m
New work by Jesse Butcher
Swimming Pool Project Space
2858 W. Montrose, Chicago, IL 60618
December 11, 2010 - January 9, 2011
CHICAGO: Swimming Pool Project Space is proud to present WET AFFAIRS: New Work by Jesse Butcher.
Butcher uses text-based iconography as an analysis of complex American ideas about good and evil. He presents the land's love for antagonists within his own personal mythology. He references the psychological hinterland at the core of an ultimately fear-based culture and reflects about a mean spirited society where America becomes either/or, a potential Promised Land on Earth. These Big Symbols exemplify a mentality of every man for himself in blockbuster rhetoric where grey does not exist. This results in an anarchy of Libertarianism proving that one is either black or white/damned or saved.
Exhibition continues through January 9th.
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays and Sundays from 1-5pm
Don’t Quit. Suffer Now.
Jesse Butcher and Steven Frost
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Sullivan Center, 18 South Wabash Avenue
August 30—November 5
On view from the street on Wabash Avenue, north of Monroe Street and south of Madison, this exhibition showcases the work of Jesse Butcher (MFA 2011) and Steven Frost (MFA 2011), two students pursuing SAIC graduate degrees in Photography and Fiber & Material Studies, respectively.
Organized by Allison Glenn, Project Manager in the Office of Exhibition Practices (Dual MA 2012), Don’t Quit. Suffer Now. is an examination of the historical deification of masculinity. The artists will explore the idea of a champion by creating a space of aggression devoid of violence, yet littered with the remains of physical contact.
This exhibition is developed with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop initiative.
I N D U L G E N C E S
Jesse Butcher, Jill Frank, Jaime Lynn Henderson, Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Corkey Sinks, Casey Jex Smith
Goffo at NEXT Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art
The Merchandise Mart, 7th Floor, Booth 9052
April 30 – May 3, 2010
Opening Preview: Thursday, April 29
Fair Hours: 11am – 7pm Friday, Saturday; 11am – 6pm Sunday; 11am – 4pm Monday
CHICAGO: Concertina Gallery is thrilled to participate in Goffo at NEXT Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art. In Concertina’s curated booth, Indulgences, the historical forces of the art market are revealed through an original patron of the arts in the Western world—the Christian Church. The works in Indulgences (the title a reference to the act of paying, whether in confession or currency, for salvation) each examine religious iconography’s long presence in art history and everyday life, oftentimes emerging from the most banal situations.
Jesse Butcher & Corkey Sinks
March 13 – March 28, 2010
CHICAGO: Concertina Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Surrender Dorothy, the first large-scale collaboration between artists Jesse Butcher and Corkey Sinks. Mining the tropes of adolescent identity, both artists share nostalgia—even obsession—for the stylized rebellion of teenage subcultures. While struggling to find their own place in society, teens often dabble in fringe elements of the mainstream as a form of escapism. Surrender Dorothy will transform three of Concertina’s rooms into disquieting retreats of familiar adolescent experiences.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, referencing the scene in which the Wicked Witch of the West skywrites a threatening message, “Surrender Dorothy”, over the Emerald City. Foundational to many happy childhood memories over the past seventy years, this movie may also serve as a reminder that the rosiest of childhood memories are tinged with fear. References to books, films and music consumed in wood-paneled basements across America run throughout the exhibition–many evolving from myths that teenagers have appropriated for generations as a shelter from the storm of adolescence.
In the liminal space of adolescence, vestiges of childhood meet the teen scene. Throughout the exhibition, these transitional phases converge. A quilt made from band t-shirts contrasts a handmade racecar bed. Oversized “God’s Eyes” hang from the ceiling—unnerving in scale and sheer number—evoking happy episodes from summer camp. Along with video installations and makeshift tie-dye walls, each form in the installation recalls the irreverent contradictions of teenage years, and the residual effects they have in adulthood.
USEFULNESS. Construction, De-construction, Reconstruction
Exhibition curated by Cecilia Vargas
January 28 - February 26, 2010
MacLean Center, 112 South Michigan Avenue
Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue
Jesse Butcher: We're All In Love With Dying And We're Doing It In Texas
Mass Gallery Austin, TX
Jesse Butcher: Girls Bones Found
Bolm Studios, Austin TX