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Thursday, July 31, 2014

DAVID RAPPENEAU, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ @ QT opens Sunday, August 10th, 2014 from 1-4pm

OPENING RECEPTION
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014
1 – 4 PM

Exhibition on view:

8.10.14 - 9.21.14

QUEER THOUGHTS
1640 W 18th St #3
CHICAGO, IL 60608

Freddy's Addiction @ Freddy opens Friday, August 8th, 2014

FREDDY'S ADDICTION
August 8th - 31st, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, August 8th, 7-9pm

Freddy is pleased to present a group show featuring MacGregor Harp,
Becky Howland, and Robert Loughlin.

A POEM BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI:

Bluebird

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
you.
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
he's
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
works?
you want to blow my book sales in
Europe?
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
sad.
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
die
and we sleep together like
that
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
you?

In this exhibition, each artist contemplates one element in the practice of smoking: the smoker's profile, discarded cigarettes, and cancer.

MacGregor Harp reduces the subject to black and white, cigarettes and smoke, in scattered arrangements that blanket the canvas to a quasi-uniform motif. Each painting takes its design cue from cigarette brands such as Marlboro, Newport, and USA Gold. His most recent exhibition, You Do the Math, opened at Jackie Klempay in April. Harp lives and works in New York and is co-curator of 247365.

Becky Howland's Lung Cancer Ashtrays contrast healthy tissue with residual tar in ceramic form, ranging in color from the pinks of a lively organ to the deep red, green, and browns of malignant tumors. Howland was a member of Collaborative Projects (Colab) and a founding member of ABC No Rio.  She was one of the principal organizers of the seminal Real Estate Show of 1980, and exhibited in the revisited Real Estate Show at James Fuentes, Cuchifritos, and ABC No Rio in April of this year.

Robert Loughlin (1949-2011) portrays the "brute," a square-jawed smoking man as his signature icon adorning chairs, doors, canvases, and any number of found objects from his searches in thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales. The portrait emerged in Loughlin's practice during the early 80's in New York and continued until his death in 2011. Loughlin's work was recently featured at White Columns in New York as part of the Sverre Bjertnes solo exhibition, orchestrated by Bjarne Melgaard.

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"Archetypon," 2014, Justin Samson

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Zero Point @ Jackie Klempay opens Friday, August 1st, 2014

MATT CONNORS
MARK DEMURO
DELIA R GONZALEZ
ELIZABETH JAEGER
ROSE KALLAL
JOJO LI
MARIAH ROBERTSON
SOPHY NAESS
LINNEA VEDDER

Opening Night Sounds:

8:30 - Delia R Gonzalez with Alice Cohen and Bryce Hackford offer a live sound performance

9:30 - Rose Kallal provides live modular synthesis with multiple 16mm projections

"At another time, at the great pyramids of Teotihuacan, which is a tourist attraction, genuine little clay pieces would be spread out on the ground next to ones that were obviously newly made. As we were cautiously selecting the fine pieces from the poorly formed or badly broken ones, I heard a lady tourist say: ‘No thank you, I only buy what I really can use!’ Yes, art is useless, in a sense. But it has a restorative power that we need again and again. It assures us of a timeless meaning across epochs and regions, despite the absurdities proclaimed these days in art circles."

- Anni Albers, On Weaving (1974)


Under the Table @ Franklin Street opens Thursday, July 31st, 2014 from 7-9pm

Peggy Chiang
Max Guy
Colin Van Winkle

Charles Bukowski: starting fast

we each
at times
should
remember
the most
elevated
and
lucky
moment
of
our
lives.

for me
it
was
being
a
very young
man
and
sleeping
penniless
and
friendless
upon a
park
bench
in a
strange
city
which
doesn't say
much
for all
those
many
decades
which followed.

"Josh and Georgia on Monhegan Island," 2014, Andy Abelow


Robert Loughlin


Dave Miko, Ned Vena, Antek Walczak: Collaborative Painting & Text @ Algus Greenspon









Bust This, 2013

Step Off, 2013

Rest in Peace, 2013

Sick Enough?, 2013

The Knife Cuts Always, 2014
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Bradley Kronz, The Ambitions of Large and Small Things @ Off Vendome


















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