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Seth Kim-Cohen: Bars (of Ponge’s “SOAP”)
09/12/2015 - 10/24/2015

Artists in this exhibition: Laura Davis, Seth Kim-Cohen

Seth Kim-Cohen: Bars (of Ponge’s “SOAP”)

09/12/2015 - 10/24/2015

Featured in the Project Room is Bars (of Ponge’s “Soap”), an installation by multimedia artist and theorist Seth Kim-Cohen. Riffing on French poet Francis Ponge’s 1967 work Soap, Kim-Cohen’s installation includes sculptural, audio, and written elements. Generating output in numerous fields and media, Artforum has called Kim-Cohen’s work “collegial and awkward, a real-life mistake framed by a semifictitious context… an allegory for experimental thinking in general.”

His performances, installations, text, video, and sound works have been presented at Tate Modern, the MCA Denver, Whitechapel Gallery, Audio Visual Arts, and the Singapore Biennial. He has made numerous works for radio, published a novel on Twitter, and made works on the streets of New York, London, and Amsterdam.

Kim-Cohen has published three books, One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music (2006), In The Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (2009), and Against Ambience (2013). He is working on a book on rock and roll aesthetics.

In the 1990s, he founded the Chicago-based rock bands Number One Cup and The Fire Show, releasing seven full-length albums and performing throughout North America and Europe. After a twelve year absence, Kim-Cohen has recently returned to Chicago. He is Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Laura Davis: Legacy of Loneliness

09/12/2015 - 10/24/2015

In Legacy of Loneliness Laura Davis responds to the history of female artists, herself included, working within the field of sculpture. The exhibit features a site-specific wall painting, two furniture based assemblage sculptures, a self portrait, and an installation of small wall works.  Also shown for the first time are a series of Davis’ large graphite drawings on Stonehenge paper that layer the imagery found in such canon-establishing art anthologies such texts as Albert E. Elsen’s 1974 edition of Origins of Modern Sculpture, Pioneers and Premises.

Legacy of Loneliness is accompanied by “The Reproduction of Certain Senses,” an essay on the exhibition by artist and critic Matt Morris. Download the extended version of the essay, here.

Laura Davis is a Chicago based artist whose work examines the intersection of craft, design and art by using display structures to conflate notions of value and context through sculpture, drawing and installation. Davis’ most recent solo exhibition, Histrionic Renovation, was a site-specific installation created for the Mies van der Rohe designed McCormick house at the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. She has been featured in many group exhibitions including Homebodies at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Two Histories of the World (Part 2) at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Her work has been written about in Art in America, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Art 21 Blog, Art Slant and in 2013 Jason Foumberg selected her as a “Breakout Artist” for Newcity. Davis received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996 and teaches in the department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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