Methodical Tear is a collection of new works by Ariel Baldwin that offer a closer look at the evolution of lust to grief, how it remains within and how it can manifest itself outwardly. This happens in paintings, sculptural vessels and within a handmade artist book.
Please Join us for the rescheduled closing reception for
& Eat It, Too! Saturday, July 14 4:00-7:30
**free and open to the public**
Cake and Cocktails will be served.
Last weekend we unexpectedly had to postpone the Cake March event we had originally planned due to unforeseen circumstances. We wanted to give everyone one last chance to drop by and see the show.
Because baking cakes and mounting protests takes time... the Cake March WILL be rescheduled for later this summer, after the run of the exhibition. We still want to protest and we still want to raise funds for our amazing neighborhood programs! Please keep an eye out for more details on that to come!
As part of The Condo Association's & Eat It, Too!, join us for a new kind of cakewalk inspired by the creators of Protest Cakes:
CAKE MARCH! A protest in solidarity with all anti-authoritarian, anti-fascist, anti-capitalist movements.
4:00pm - 6:00: Protest sign making and viewing of & Eat It Too!
6:00 - 7:00: Protest Cakewalk ($5-$25 sliding scale entry fee, limited space)
8:00 - 10:00: "& Eat It Too" show closing
PHOTO CREDIT: Protest Cales @protestcakes
Last Chance Comedy is a stand up show featuring a curated line up of queer friendly comedy. You can laugh without fear while enjoying YOUR safe space.
This Last Chance will feature:
Hosted by Madeleine Russell.
Opening Reception: Friday June 8th from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
THE CONDO ASSOCIATION ● 2700 W. NORTH AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL
Join us for an opening reception on Friday, June 8th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. for & Eat It Too! at The Condo Association. Cake will be served.
& Eat It Too! is a group exhibition featuring artists that utilize the visual language of cake and cake decorating to address difficult subjects, exposing raw personal and political narratives. Some of the artists consider cake as a material that can overcome boundaries and open up conversations in a way that draws you in with its sweetness and slowly reveals its layered meaning. Others use playful forms and loaded symbolism to recall memories or dismantle ideas and norms embedded in our society, leveraging a cake’s ability to level the playing field. The exhibition will be on view at the Condo Association June 8-July 7, 2018.
Continental Breakfast will fill you up, but not too much.
This group exhibition celebrates The Condo Association's first year! A spiritual successor to both the Condo's first show (Corporate Lunch) and its first group show (Housewarming), Continental Breakfast showcases artists brought together by the Condo's radically inclusive curators: Stevie Hanley, Audra Jacot, Ariel Baldwin, Daniel Luedtke, John Harness, Joshua Michael Jenkins, and Gail Gomez
Featuring works by:
Ariel Baldwin, Audra Jacot, Caroline Liu, Chelsea Ross, Chi Nwosu, Colin Dickson, Daniel Luedtke, Gwendolyn Zabicki, James Sepesi, John Stubbs, Mel Cook, Xavier Robles Armas
CAT'S CRADLE is 1) the world's oldest string game, and 2) an exhibition of textile and textile-adjacent works now at The Condo Association. This show includes three large immersive installations as well as mixed-media, digital, quilt, and woven works that explore play, place, memory, and self-making.
"If it is a human thing to do to put something you want, because it's useful, edible, or beautiful, into a bag, or a basket, or a bit of rolled bark or leaf, or a net woven of your own hair, or what have you, and then take it home with you, home being another, larger kind of pouch or bag, a container for people, and then later on you take it out and eat it or share it or store it up for winter in a solider container or put it in the medicine bundle or the shrine or the museum, the holy place, the area that contains what is sacred, and then next day you probably do much the same again--if to do that is human, if that's what it takes, then I am a human being after all. Fully, freely, gladly, for the first time." - Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, 1986
Featuring: Farnaz Khosh Sirat, Grace Needlman, Diana P. Gabriel, Stevie Hanley, Michael Franklin, Bob Poekert, Coral Sabino, Richard Medina & Madeleine Aguilar
Curated by John Harness
Neon has that exhibitionist quality that exudes sexuality and commercialism. It suggests a sexual declaration of personal empowerment. Lighten Up is a celebration of neon art. The show confronts heavy topics such as sex, sexuality, child-bearing, immigration, and addiction while lightening the tone with humor and fun. From traditional neon signs, to sculptures, to performances, to illuminated paintings, this show highlights the diverse ways neon can be incorporated in art.
Blending the adult industry-exhibitionist quality of neon text with regressive, childlike shapes and symbols, these artists will be tagging up the walls of The Condo Association like illuminated graffiti.
While most neon artists get their work fabricated, all of the selected artists designed and bent their own neon tubes. Every tube is made by human hands. The turning, pulling, sagging, sucking, and blowing are reminiscent of a child playing with toys. Only these toys are bombarded, filled with gas, and given 9,000 volts of electricity. It is both dangerous and fragile. Even though they follow a pattern, you can still see each of the artists' hand in their own work. Left with cuts and burns, you can see the work in their hands. Every piece that is made has a little of their own blood, sweat, and spit.
Work: Acacia Way, Edward Muela, Farnaz Khosh-Sirat, Jeff Perino, Jenn Chen, John Dominguez, and Sonia Cheng
Stand-up comedy by: Odinaka Ezeokoli
Curated by Audra Jacot