Public School, a solo exhibition by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Jeffrey Grauel

Friday, February 2, 2018 – 6:00pm to Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, from 6-9 pm

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Public School, a solo exhibition by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Jeffrey Grauel.

Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby “schooled” to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is “schooled” to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question.

–Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society, (1970)

Public School brings together two new bodies of artwork by Grauel: hooked rugs, their outmoded-grade-school-subject-matter covered in layer of shag; and, wooden sculptures inspired by a bamboozling childhood visit to a Southern Californian ghost town amusement park. The labor intensive process used to produce one set against the illusion of natural laws defied in the other.

A new essay by J. Nicole Brooks will accompany the exhibition.

At the end of every Calico Mystery Shack tour, guides lead groups in an “oath”:

Guide: Repeat after me: I
Group: I
Guide: Got taken
Group: Got taken
Guide: That’s the whole oath

Chicago Artists Coalition
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Details from HATCH project artists Dan Giordan (left) and Carole Hennessy (right)

A two-person exhibition featuring HATCH Project artists Daniel Giordan and Carole Hennessy Curated by Teresa Silva.

Opening Reception: February 17, 6-9pm Show runs February 17-March 6, 2012

Nearly four years after the 2008 financial crisis, we continue to experience the upheaval and setbacks that it has imposed, namely on the housing industry. Shuttered and overturned properties have destabilized our fixed meaning of the home’s sense of security and intimacy. HITS CLOSE TO HOME investigates the notions of house and home and their shifting cultural significance in our contemporary moment. Dan Giordan and Carole Hennessy re-present these concepts with image and text and through various materials and processes, to reconsider both the social unit’s fragility and persistence to embody our intimate lives.

Daniel Giordan has shown his work in galleries, museums, and universities throughout the United States. Through a combination of painting, digital imaging, and mixed media montage, His evocative images resonate on a personal level, while exploring the nature of photography, figuration, and digital image making. Dan lives in the Chicago area, and has a studio in Bartlett, IL.

Carole Hennessy has been involved with watercolor and the arts for over 30 years as an artist and educator. From Quincy University, where she received her BFA, she went on to teach art in both Missouri and Illinois. She owned and operated a frame shop and gallery in Quincy and later in Downers Grove. Hennessy is a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, the Taos National Society of Watercolorists, the Watercolor Honor Society, the National Watercolor Society. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Honor Society. Hennessy has had solo exhibits at the Oesterle Gallery at North Central College and at the Union League Club of Chicago and exhibits regularly in both regional and national juried exhibitions. Currently, she has her studio in Chicago where she lives with her husband. Teresa Silva is curator of the Campus Art Collection at the College of Architecture & the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her writings have appeared in Museums & Social Issues, by Left Coast Press, Inc. and PROOF, an experimental UIC MFA thesis exhibition catalogue. She was the curatorial associate at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum from 2009 to 2011, where she organized Unfinished Business: Juvenile Justice together with community activists and artists. Currently, she is collaborating to create an exhibition about the history of black incarceration in the United States, which will be presented in October 2012.

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