Wednesday, May 16, 2012

EX: Chicago

The Carousel Space Project presents a collaborative exhibition project that will travel to 3 cities: Chicago, New York, and Ft. Wayne.

EX: Creative Collaboration honors and breaks surrealist conventions, bringing a diverse collection of artists together and conversing through corpses.

Friday May 18th
The Carousel Space Project

Curated by Dan Swartz of Wunderkammer Co.

Artists Include:
Abdi Farah, Ali Aschman, Avneet Pannu, Christina Long, Dan Callis, David Carpenter, Emily Weiss, Jake Saunders, Jennifer Mills, Jess Poplawski, John McCormick, John Silvis, Josh Dihle, Joshua Cave, Joyce Lee, Kate Mangold, Kathryn Drury, Kristina Paabus, Lacey Richter, Liza Cucco, Nicholas Steindorf, Reid Strelow, Robin Kang, Sommer Starks, Stephanie Carpenter, and Zach Klein.

Inspired by The Exquisite Corpse parlor game, which was originally intended to provoke further creativity by removing sole authorship and pre-conceptions of form, EX will produce a vivid experience for its viewers, and facilitate new connections between the artists in disparate communities. As part of their mission to revitalize communities through contemporary art, Wunderkammer Company is interested in the innovation inherent to the collaborative process. To facilitate this, EX takes the Surrealist tradition of the Exquisite Corpse and creates an indirect collaboration between artist, curator, and administrator.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Other City

The Other City 
May 4th |  7-11PM
2844 W. Dickens Ave.

Change life! Change Society! These ideas lose completely their meaning without producing an
appropriate space. A lesson to be learned from soviet constructivists from the 1920s and 30s,
and of their failure, is that new social relations demand a new space, and vice-versa.
- Henri Lefebrvre

Space is a fundamental dimension of human society, and cannot exist without
addressing the socio-historical equities embedded within.

This exhibition seeks to repopulate our cities with poetic eccentricities, whimsical
inquisitors, and citizens that know no shibboleth. We are mapping The Other City; the
invisible specters that haunt the edge of town. A place where towers blossom with
color in the spring while the great halls of our libraries collapse into harmonizing codes
and commands. Capitalism has done way with the mythic imaginary in favor for the
rational, slipping dangerously close between the thresholds of imagined and real space.
Can we allow the poetics of the land to be shaped by a new mythic imaginary? This is
the question we propose. The Other City is not a sovereign nation, but instead a new
imagination from which a new space can be carved in order to develop new systems of
social relations, equity and justice. It is our collective imagination, our poetics, and our
new founded city.

We have always understood ourselves as temporal beings, irreversibly contemporary,
unavoidably temporary, and always fettered to the given moment. It is now, through
the advent of the modern city, that human society is being re-interpreted in terms of a
collaborative relay. A mapping between space and time. Lines have been drawn across
the land, dissecting it, organizing it, and distributing it in unequal proportion. The body
has not been spared. Communities dislocated, brutalized, and marginalized. Society at
large is haunted by the spatial injustice cast in the shadows of the modern metro-pole.
The equitable distribution of resources, services, and access is a basic human right, and
in this way the space we occupy, our cities, nations… they have failed us.

The Other City is a critical observance of the function of space within our societies, but
even more, an unabashed imaginary of how that space could function, abandoned from
the inequities that haunt it now.

Featuring works from:

George Carr
Stephanie Cristello
Blake Daniels
Jackie Furtado
Nadine Hutton
Dhehee Lee 
Courtney Mackedanz
Joe Mault
Lesley Perkes
Silvia Vasilescu



SAIC 2012 MFA Thesis Show Opening After Party

Friday, April 27th
following the opening of the thesis show

Featuring Sound Art by:

Daniel Luedtke
The North
Robby MacBain
Eddie Breitweiser
Alex Valentine

Special Thanks to GURL DON'T BE DUMB!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Friday, March 9
The Carousel Space Project
1310 N. Hoyne Ave.

JACK & JILL showcases the works of Deb Handler and Alex Valentine.
Both artists worked in response to each other in preparation for the
show. Deb Handler presents her ceramic work along with recent
drawings. Alex Valentine presents new experimental offset prints with
a focus on monoprints and assembled work.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Sat. 3/3/12

The Carousel Space Project
1310 N. Hoyne Ave.

The process of “assembling” is a progression wherein the gathering and collecting of components builds for a common purpose, yet the pieces remain self-subsistent. In the art realm, the notion of assemblages builds on remix practices, which blur distinctions between invented and borrowed work. Similarly, the act of “assembling” refers to the congregation of individuals for such a common purpose, where the experience is the final product. This exhibition aims to utilize both applications of assembling in bringing together current and future SAIC students of all disciplines to view works that feature a mixture of various elements and composites.

Featuring Works By:
Ali Aschman
Greg Bae
Ryan Coffey
Blake Daniels
Kathryn Drury
Miriam Dubinsky
Liz Ensz
Kevin Goodrich
Nick Henning
Annie Kielman
Tony Lewis
Dan Luedtke
Kristin Nason
Dao Nguyen
Joel Parsons
Brian Rush
Rose Sexton
Chanel Thomas
Silvia Vasilescu

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Wave Ladies Nite

The Carousel Space Project Presents:

New Wave Ladies Nite
Saturday Feb. 4th 6pm-10pm
A group exhibition of a new wave of female artists to a backdrop of synthpop.
(part of the 2nd Floor Rear festival of alternative spaces)

Featuring works by:

Susannah Dotson
Heeran Lee
Christalena Hughmanick
Angela Marie Hoener
Annie Kielman
Christina Long
Michaela Murphy
Rose Sexton
Curated by Robin Kang

2nd Wave, 3rd Wave, New Wave, No Wave...Although the current timeline for the feminist movement may be blurry or undefined, the quality of the artwork created by emerging female artists is clearly strong. Amid powerful movements of globalization, eco-feminism, cyber-feminism, a return to craft movement, and even progress in female candidates for political positions, the soil is rich for gender issue conversation and headway.

“New Wave” is both a verbal pun and a comparison to punk music’s electronic daughter. The sub-genre of rock music that emerged in the mid to late 1970s saw revivals in the 1990s and early 2000s. Common characteristics of New Wave music, aside its punk influences, include the usage of synthesizers and electronic productions, the importance of styling and the arts, as well as a great amount of diversity.

Juxtaposing a group exhibition of a new wave of female artists to a background of synthpop, draws comparisons to the similar timelines of the two movements and highlights their repetitive persistence and evolution over the years with bit of humor.

Carousel Space Project
1310 N. Hoyne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

2nd Floor Rear 24 hour Alternative Space Festival

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Back2Back2Back: Remix + Multiple

1Night Exhibition: Printmaking/DJs/Pattern/Glitch/Gif

Alex Valentine
Nick Briz
Corkey Sinks
Caleb Sheridan
Daniel Luedtke
Matthew Cummings
Christina Long

organized by: Robin Kang & Silvia Vasilescu

The remix and the multiple have become an interdisciplinary language. The hybrid process of combining fragments in a non-linear re-interpretation has found an essential voice in today's visual practice. The remix allows for a major conceptual leap in making art on a meta-structural level. Artists draw together and make sense of a much larger body of information by threading a continuous narrative through it. The machine has allowed us the ability to re-conceptualize our relation to knowledge and to organize it, rather than merely accumulate information.

BYOB (After party @ Rainbo!)

Carousel Space Project
1310 N. Hoyne Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622