Above: Video Still from More Than A Place by Marina Pfenning and Nicholas Szczepanik
More Than A Place
January 28, 2014 – February 8, 2014
Micro-concert Performance: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 // 8PM
Potluck: Saturday, February 1, 2014 // 2PM
Closing Reception: Saturday, February 8, 2014 // 7PM
Gallery Hours: Weekdays 4-7PM
Works and contributions by Caitlin Arnold, Gabriel Bump, Carolina Fernandez, Cory Gavin, Amy Kuttab, Caldwell Linker, David Lytzhøf, Kyle Montemurro, Nancy Valadares, Zach Waters, Holly Wilkinson, Adeline Wisernig, and others. Curated by Marina Pfenning and Nicholas Szczepanik.
More Than a Place explores the tangible and intangible meanings we associate with home as individuals and as a community. By presenting art and personal artifacts—each imbued with its own discrete history of feelings and memories—people from all paths of life will have the unique opportunity to come together, connect, and gain a deeper insight into the lives of one another.
Home is where you grew up and where you now live. It’s your family, the environment, and the objects you cherish; it’s a feeling, a fading memory, a tradition, and a sense of belonging. As we grow and change, which notions of home stay with us and which fade away? How do they become the conduit of community?
The installation will include three events: On Wednesday, January 29 at 8 PM Peter Ferry will perform True Colours by John Thrower, a musical piece for solo marimba that will include video artwork created for Ferry by artist Xuan. On Saturday, February 1 at 2PM Roman Susan will hold a home-style potluck, inviting participants to come experience one of the cornerstones of any home: a shared meal. OnSaturday, February 8 at 7PM Pfenning and Szczepanik will host a closing party for the initial installation of More Than A Place.
Marina and Nicholas were both raised elsewhere and are now Chicago-based artists who share an interest in similar conceptual themes questioning an individual’s idiosyncratic relationship to one another, him- or herself, and the environment. Together, the artists are investigating new ways to further develop their respective art practices through the direct social engagement of online and local communities.