For the Wanderer
Balas & Wax
October 15 — November 19, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, October 15 from 2-5:00PM
In “For the Wanderer,” Balas & Wax invite viewers to consider mobility, temporary shelter, and communion in an installation referencing the holiday of Sukkot, an empty hotel ballroom, and our desire to rejoice even in unsettling times. These themes nod to The Franklin’s unique permeable structure that leaves it simultaneously sheltered and exposed. The exhibition transposes two kitchen tables as sites of conviviality and bounty. An expansive drawing of a set banquet hall invites visitors to engage the space’s potential energy. With the roof of The Franklin removed, the structure will resemble a sukkot, or one of the booths built for the joyous harvest festival commemorating a 40-year period of wandering.
2 – 4 p.m., Saturday, November 4, 2017
Reading Under the Table
Balas & Wax host a celebration of wandering and shelter that will include “readings under the table” by poets and artists responding to the exhibition’s themes.
Balas & Wax is the ongoing collaborative art practice of Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz. Our work mines social histories, texts and archives—using poetry, ethnography, and multimedia production to create writing, installations, performances and public works.
Susy Bielak is an artist, writer, curator, programmer and educator whose projects have ranged from a happening staged on a seismic shake table, to prints pulled from engraved Formica kitchen tabletops. Collaborators have included rodeo cowboys, bus drivers, a veteran barbershop quartet, choreographers and engineers. Bielak’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, including by the International Print Center, Luis Adelantado Mexico, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and Walker Art Center. Her artwork and writing have been published in Art Papers, New American Paintings, and Poetry Magazine, among others. Bielak received her MFA from the University of California San Diego.
Fred Schmalz is an artist, poet, and editor whose current work focuses on textual response to encounters with dance, music, architecture, and visual art. His book Action in the Orchards will be published by Nightboat Books in 2019. Recent writing has appeared in a variety of publications including most recently Against the Picture - Window: A Time of the Phoenix Compendium, Spinning Jenny, and Conduit. His score “Measures” appeared in the Present Tense pamphlet series in 2016. His field guide Claes Oldenburg’s Festival of Living Objects was published for a series of gallery walks by the Walker Art Center in 2013. He publishes Swerve Press.
At the Living room:
"Give Voice" Postcard Project
"Give Voice" is an ongoing grassroots, multi-state, advocacy project, organized by curator Eileen Jeng, that features artist postcards. By voicing our concerns on these postcards and sending them to Congress, we could help protect the arts, culture, environment, women's rights, our civil liberties, healthcare, DACA recipients, and hurricane victims, as well as address many other important issues.
Writing events have been held in Beacon, Chicago, Durham, New York City, and Santa Fe. Other cities to be announced. We hope you let your voice be heard throughout the duration of this administration and its policies.
Michael Alan, Trudy Benson, Jason Bereswill, Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank, Amanda Church, Zoe Crosher, Kevin Curran, David Dixon, Amy Feldman, Ben Godward, Justin Brice Guariglia, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Young Sun Han, Rachel Hayes, Jason Lazarus, Greg Lindquist, Natasha Mayers, Riad Miah, Joe Nanashe, Katherine Newbegin, Clayton Porter, Nathlie Provosty, Armita Raafat, Luisa Rabbia, Erika Ranee, David Reed, Daniel Rich, Alexis Rockman, Rachel Selekman, Rudy Shepherd, Edra Soto, Meg Stein, Dannielle Tegeder, Karen Tompkins, Sebastian Vallejo, Julia von Eichel, Saya Woolfalk
Proceeds support the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood -- a cause of the artist's choice.
For more information, go to neumeraki.com/give-voice
The full selection of artist postcards is available at neumeraki.com/store. Packs include 10 artist postcards, 1 blank card, stamps, and the district addresses of your Federal Senators and Representatives.
At the Front Yard:
Community Yard Sale for Puerto Rico
Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 from noon to 5PM
with Jen Delos Reyes and Sharmyn Cruz Rivera
Come hang out and buy cute stuff donated by Chicago community to benefit the MariaFund, which is directly funding grassroots relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Items will be name-your-price and we will have light refreshments available for a suggested donation. Come kick it and contribute to some much needed support for our fellow Americans in PR. ♥ ♥ ♥
All proceeds go directly to the MariaFund.http://noredcross.org/mariafund/
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