mythologies: Sullivan Galleries, Opens Dec 7th Chicago

Mythologies
Challenging “Otherness” and Other Tropes of American Pop Culture

Curated by Rashayla Marie Brown
Co-organized by Simone Jelics

Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Reception: Friday, December 7, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
December 8–January 4
Yay! Some friends of mine in Chicago have worked these past few months to put together a really stimulating exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Yes, I’m featured in the show)- mythologies has become a wonderful opportunity for students of the Black Student Union at the Art Institute-seeking to push the exposure of minority artists and their stunning work. the shows theme colorfully charges the ongoing conversation of pop cultures love affair with stereotyping and misleading underrepresented groups, with artists exploring nearly all modes of art making, including video/performance/painting/drawing/textiles/sculpture and books.
If viewers get anything from this show next week, I hope its the fresh honesty that I believe is missing in most of that post contempo minimalist shit all those conceptual folks keep putting out these days. Say what you really think no matter how painful or foolish and people cant help but relate to your ideas. thats my take on it anyway.
Show statement below:
“This exhibition explores the work of artists at the School of the Institute compelled to locate themselves within the identity-based mythologies of popular culture and mass media. Including a range of references as broad as Trayvon Martin and Malcolm X to cheerleading squads and movie trailers, Mythologies investigates the vernacular of pop iconography in a variety of media including photo, video, painting, and fibers. The exhibiting artists cultivate a contemporary revision in attitudes towards “otherness” contending that as American cultural production shifts, so does our relationship to the results of that cultural production. Mythologies was organized through a jury selection process initiated by current members of the group Black at SAIC.”Jury: James Britt, Simone Jelics, Shahrazad Shareef
Artists: David Alekhuogie, Rashayla Marie Brown, Alexandria Eregbu, Christina A. Long, Hannah Rodriguez, Cameron Welch
Image Credit: David Alekhuogie, Trevon Martin, Archival Pigment Print, 2012
Image Credit: David Alekhuogie, Trevon Martin, Archival Pigment Print, 2012
Cameron Welch, Mispelled Aggression oil on 100% cotton diptych 72 x 70 inches
Cameron Welch, Mispelled Aggression oil on 100% cotton diptych 72 x 70 inches
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