BARE BONES

Opening: Saturday March 1st, 6-9pm
From March 1st to March 29, 2014


BARE BONES synchronizes twenty local artists to expose conceptually driven work. Thematically disjointed, aesthetically variant, experiential, direct, compelling, lightweight, accessible, unpredictable, silent, brutal, frank.  

Chris Bradley
Sarah & Joseph Belknap
Max Henry Boudman
Veronica Bruce 
Holly Cahill 
C. C. Ann Chen
Laura Davis
Jovencio de la Paz
Alexandria Eregbu
Karolina Gnatowski 
Jacob C. Hammes
Michelle Ann Harris
Cameron Harvey
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
Victoria Martinez
Bobbi Meier
Andrew Nordyke
Dan Paz
Michael Alan Kloss


THE FRANKLIN
3522 W. FRANKLIN BLVD, CHICAGO (WEST SIDE / EAST GARFIELD PARK) 

PH. (312) 823-3632 

HOURS: F 12-5PM, SAT 12-4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT
http://thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/

BARE BONES

Opening: Saturday March 1st, 6-9pm
From March 1st to March 29, 2014


BARE BONES synchronizes twenty local artists to expose conceptually driven work. Thematically disjointed, aesthetically variant, experiential, direct, compelling, lightweight, accessible, unpredictable, silent, brutal, frank.

Chris Bradley
Sarah & Joseph Belknap
Max Henry Boudman
Veronica Bruce
Holly Cahill
C. C. Ann Chen
Laura Davis
Jovencio de la Paz
Alexandria Eregbu
Karolina Gnatowski
Jacob C. Hammes
Michelle Ann Harris
Cameron Harvey
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
Victoria Martinez
Bobbi Meier
Andrew Nordyke
Dan Paz
Michael Alan Kloss


THE FRANKLIN
3522 W. FRANKLIN BLVD, CHICAGO (WEST SIDE / EAST GARFIELD PARK) 

PH. (312) 823-3632 

HOURS: F 12-5PM, SAT 12-4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT
http://thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/

Honor your poets
Sarah Weber

Opening: Saturday February 8, 2014
From February 8 to February 22, 2014






I really love Keith Richards, but I look more like Neil Young.  Which is a stretch, I know, but we both appear angry when we’re thinking and have the same light brown, lanky hair.  Both men are my poets.  My fascination with their work and personas borders on obsessive and puts me, a young woman, in a defensive position when discussing my idol worship of two aging, male rockstars.  When I look at photographs or watch videos of these artists, they seem at once familiar and impenetrable.  I don’t know Neil Young or Keith Richards.  What I know is what I have made: figures composed of myth and memories that have come from years of intimately experiencing their work.  For me, Richards is Sway, the song I played every night the year I lived at 4 Sheffield Drive.  Neil Young is my dad’s fringe jacket.  Their work accompanies mine as I listen to their music and interviews in the studio.  Through this artistic companionship, I have gained creative guides and reliable friends.
In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith recalls making a pilgrimage to Jim Morrison’s grave.  While standing in the Paris cemetery, a woman yelled at her.  “American!  Why do you not honor your poets?”  With this exhibition, I honor my poets but also assert my own presence.  I began several of these pieces by appropriating photographs of Richards and Young.  With aggressive actions, such as burning holes through fabric or ripping a Xerox transfer print, I am eager to make each found image or material my own.  The physical presence of my hand fragments the male figures, and in some cases, obliterates them.  Just as I manipulate the identities of both men, I distort their images to serve my needs.
Hero worship of rockstars, athletes, or actors should not be dismissed.  The ability to intimately know and appreciate a stranger’s work is one of the greatest gifts of youth and art.  I am young, and I have idols.  My fixation with Richards and Young allows me to see enduring passion and lack of compromise.  I claim creative lineage with my poets: two men who continue to make noise over the silence and look cool doing it.



Sarah Weber (b. 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Chicago.  She received her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2011 and her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.  Her work has recently been exhibited at Rena Sternberg Gallery (Glencoe), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Lloyd Dobler Gallery (Chicago), and Galerie Nord (Berlin).  In 2013, Sarah was awarded the Ox-Bow Scholarship, funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  This solo exhibition will be Sarah’s second time showing at The Franklin.
www.sarahannweber.com


T H E   F R A N K L I N 
3522 W. FRANKLIN BLVD, CHICAGO (WEST SIDE / EAST GARFIELD PARK) 

PH. (312) 823-3632 

HOURS: F 4-6PM, SAT 12-4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT
http://thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/

Honor your poets

Sarah Weber


Opening: Saturday February 8, 2014

From February 8 to February 22, 2014

I really love Keith Richards, but I look more like Neil Young.  Which is a stretch, I know, but we both appear angry when we’re thinking and have the same light brown, lanky hair.  Both men are my poets.  My fascination with their work and personas borders on obsessive and puts me, a young woman, in a defensive position when discussing my idol worship of two aging, male rockstars.  When I look at photographs or watch videos of these artists, they seem at once familiar and impenetrable.  I don’t know Neil Young or Keith Richards.  What I know is what I have made: figures composed of myth and memories that have come from years of intimately experiencing their work.  For me, Richards is Sway, the song I played every night the year I lived at 4 Sheffield Drive.  Neil Young is my dad’s fringe jacket.  Their work accompanies mine as I listen to their music and interviews in the studio.  Through this artistic companionship, I have gained creative guides and reliable friends.

In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith recalls making a pilgrimage to Jim Morrison’s grave.  While standing in the Paris cemetery, a woman yelled at her.  “American!  Why do you not honor your poets?”  With this exhibition, I honor my poets but also assert my own presence.  I began several of these pieces by appropriating photographs of Richards and Young.  With aggressive actions, such as burning holes through fabric or ripping a Xerox transfer print, I am eager to make each found image or material my own.  The physical presence of my hand fragments the male figures, and in some cases, obliterates them.  Just as I manipulate the identities of both men, I distort their images to serve my needs.

Hero worship of rockstars, athletes, or actors should not be dismissed.  The ability to intimately know and appreciate a stranger’s work is one of the greatest gifts of youth and art.  I am young, and I have idols.  My fixation with Richards and Young allows me to see enduring passion and lack of compromise.  I claim creative lineage with my poets: two men who continue to make noise over the silence and look cool doing it.

Sarah Weber (b. 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Chicago.  She received her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2011 and her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.  Her work has recently been exhibited at Rena Sternberg Gallery (Glencoe), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Lloyd Dobler Gallery (Chicago), and Galerie Nord (Berlin).  In 2013, Sarah was awarded the Ox-Bow Scholarship, funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  This solo exhibition will be Sarah’s second time showing at The Franklin.

www.sarahannweber.com



T H E   F R A N K L I N 

3522 W. FRANKLIN BLVD, CHICAGO (WEST SIDE / EAST GARFIELD PARK) 


PH. (312) 823-3632 


HOURS: F 4-6PM, SAT 12-4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT

http://thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/


THE COLLECTORS / VISITATION RITES II
Opening Reception: Saturday December 7, 6-10pm
From December 7 to December 28, 2013
 
The Collectors
Corinne Halbert      Chris Lin      Ryan Richey
“Art making in the 21st century is crowded with ghosts. Whether we acknowledge them or not, they are often not only present in our work, but are also the catalysts. Once it was a prerequisite to copy the old masters if you were to be an artist, now you usually just need a degree. Since we already have MFAs, we felt it was time to undergo that age-old tradition by attempting to make the works that deeply inspired us to make art in the first place.”


Visitation Rites II 
By Chris Smith & E. Aaron Ross
Visitation Rites is a venue (fire pit) for a sculpture exhibition and content generator for a documentary video of an art exhibition opening.  Using the concurrent exhibition The Collectors as the prompt and setting for the video, ghosts of art history will be burnt in effigy over the Franklin’s sacrificial altar.
Featuring work by:
Jessica Harvey / Ryan Richey / Chris Lin  / Corinee Halbert / Tim Pigott  /  Raphael  Barontini  /  Edra Soto /  Jeriah Hilwine  /  Stephanie Burke / Jim Papadopoulos / Anna Kunz /  Mara Baker /  Elijah James Valentin  /  Kelly Reaves /  Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford / Andrea Jablonski / Sarah Weber /  Karen Azarina  /  Catie Olsen  /  Kevin  Jennings





Corinne Halbert currently lives and works in Chicago IL. She was born in Anchorage Alaska and grew up in Suburbs of Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She spends much of her time working on her art work and underground comics.
Chris Lin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, He received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2008. Selected exhibitions includes Contemporary Art Workshop, Eel Space, and OP Shop in Chicago, Verge Art Fair, NY, Deluge Contemporary Art and Atlantic Centre for the Arts, FL. Publications includes Fiction At Work and Balliwik. Lin is the co-founder and collaborative director at Good Stuff House and the founding member and ukulele player of the folk-thrash-hop duo Hannis Pannis.
Ryan Richey was born in 1979 in Bloomington, Indiana. He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA and MFA. Richey has published much written work, especially in online literary journals such as independent presses Beard of Bees and Spork. Among others, selected solo exhibitions include My Whole Life, Spoke, Chicago and Gathering Smoke, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago. His work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the recent Water-reading at ADDS DONNA 
Christopher Smith was born in Atlanta,GA from two orthotic and prosthetic professionals turned artificial flower salespersons. He now lives in Chicago, IL. Former and current projects include Second Bedroom, Medicine Cabinet, Terraformer, Downcast Eyes, Sofa King, Visitation Rites, and Tag Team. 
 E. Aaron Ross is a multi-disciplinary artist. A 2009 graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with one BFA in Graphic Design, and a second in Moving Image (video/film/studio art). He is currently living and working in the city of Chicago.

T H E   F R A N K L I N 
3522 W. FRANKLIN BLVD, CHICAGO (WEST SIDE / EAST GARFIELD PARK) 

PH. (312) 823-3632 

HOURS: F 4-6PM, SAT 12-4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT
http://thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/

THE COLLECTORS / VISITATION RITES II

Opening Reception: Saturday December 7, 6-10pm

From December 7 to December 28, 2013

 

The Collectors

Corinne Halbert      Chris Lin      Ryan Richey

“Art making in the 21st century is crowded with ghosts. Whether we acknowledge them or not, they are often not only present in our work, but are also the catalysts. Once it was a prerequisite to copy the old masters if you were to be an artist, now you usually just need a degree. Since we already have MFAs, we felt it was time to undergo that age-old tradition by attempting to make the works that deeply inspired us to make art in the first place.”


Visitation Rites II 

By Chris Smith & E. Aaron Ross

Visitation Rites is a venue (fire pit) for a sculpture exhibition and content generator for a documentary video of an art exhibition opening.  Using the concurrent exhibition The Collectors as the prompt and setting for the video, ghosts of art history will be burnt in effigy over the Franklin’s sacrificial altar.

Featuring work by:

Jessica Harvey / Ryan Richey / Chris Lin  Corinee Halbert / Tim Pigott  /  Raphael  Barontini  /  Edra Soto /  Jeriah Hilwine  /  Stephanie Burke / Jim Papadopoulos / Anna Kunz /  Mara Baker /  Elijah James Valentin  /  Kelly Reaves /  Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford / Andrea Jablonski / Sarah Weber /  Karen Azarina  /  Catie Olsen  /  Kevin  Jennings

Corinne Halbert currently lives and works in Chicago IL. She was born in Anchorage Alaska and grew up in Suburbs of Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Film/Video at Massachusetts College of Art in 2003 and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She spends much of her time working on her art work and underground comics.

Chris Lin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, He received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2008. Selected exhibitions includes Contemporary Art Workshop, Eel Space, and OP Shop in Chicago, Verge Art Fair, NY, Deluge Contemporary Art and Atlantic Centre for the Arts, FL. Publications includes Fiction At Work and Balliwik. Lin is the co-founder and collaborative director at Good Stuff House and the founding member and ukulele player of the folk-thrash-hop duo Hannis Pannis.

Ryan Richey was born in 1979 in Bloomington, Indiana. He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA and MFA. Richey has published much written work, especially in online literary journals such as independent presses Beard of Bees and Spork. Among others, selected solo exhibitions include My Whole Life, Spoke, Chicago and Gathering Smoke, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago. His work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the recent Water-reading at ADDS DONNA 

Christopher Smith was born in Atlanta,GA from two orthotic and prosthetic professionals turned artificial flower salespersons. He now lives in Chicago, IL. Former and current projects include Second Bedroom, Medicine Cabinet, Terraformer, Downcast Eyes, Sofa King, Visitation Rites, and Tag Team. 

 E. Aaron Ross is a multi-disciplinary artist. A 2009 graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago with one BFA in Graphic Design, and a second in Moving Image (video/film/studio art). He is currently living and working in the city of Chicago.


T H E   F R A N K L I N 

3522 W. FRANKLIN BLVD, CHICAGO (WEST SIDE / EAST GARFIELD PARK) 


PH. (312) 823-3632 


HOURS: F 4-6PM, SAT 12-4PM OR BY APPOINTMENT

http://thefranklinoutdoor.tumblr.com/