Special closing party for “Sticky and Sweet” / Judith Brotman’s The Reading Project

Join us on April 27 1-4PM for a closing celebration of “Sticky and Sweet” plus Judith Brotman’s The Reading Project. 

For this installment of Judith Brotman’s Reading Project, curator and occasional writer, Shannon Stratton has assembled three  readers to read a chapter from Djuna Barne’s Nightwood: “Watchman, What of the Night?”

 In this incredible, poetic, meandering selection, Nora Flood visits Doctor Matthew O’Conner in his tiny, decrepit apartment to lament the loss of her lover Robin Vote “to the night.” The Doctor begins their exchange by posing the question to Nora:“Have you ever thought of the night?”

Each reader will read, and subtly reinterpret this chapter, altering its meter and emphasis. Choosing readers with deep or resonant tones, based on a vague similarity to her own voice, Stratton inserts vocal doppelgangers into the process of The Reading Project. The voice has been studied as a means to attraction, and the way people can discern healthy mates and symmetrical faces, however, in the case of same sex attraction the idea of the voice as an attractor, has less of a biological imperative. Rather, as a partner to Barnes’ text, a book that has been considered by many to be one of the first depictions of gay love, particularly between woman, the readers chosen for Have You Ever Thought of the Night? have voices that capture the night itself, or perhaps become it.

Shannon Stratton is the Executive Director of Threewalls, a visual arts organization she co-founded in 2003. She curates and writes independently and with Threewalls and teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Current projects include: Slow Frequency at Or Gallery, Berlin & Vancouver, Threewalls, devening projects + editions and PLHK through 2015 and A Chain of Conspicuous Absences in conjunction with Zach Cahill and the Open Practice Committee at the University of Chicago in March 2015. 

Judith Brotman is an artist and educator from Chicago. Her work has included mixed media installations and theatrical immersive environments which occupy a space between sculpture and drawing.  Recent work includes language/text based conceptual projects which are meditations on the possibility of transformation.

Brotman has exhibited extensively in Chicago & throughout the US.  Exhibitions include: threewalls, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, Illinois State Museum, NIU Art Gallery, the DeVos Art Museum, Hampshire College, Smart Museum of Art, SOFA Chicago, The Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, & The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Sticky and Sweet! Zoe, CharltonJayson Keelilng, Cameron Harvey, Dan Devening and Miller and Shellabarger. Up until April 30!

"What a world, what a world" Zoe Charlton’s great installation for Sticky and Sweet. 

Zoe Charlton installing her piece for Sticky and Sweet!

Join us for the opening of Sticky and Sweet 

Sunday, April 6 from 1-4 PM

704 Highland Ave. Oak Park, IL 

 Dan Devening and Cameron Harvey work in progress for "Sticky and Sweet": a group show curated by Scott Hunter @ TERRAIN

April 6 – April 30
Opening reception April 6th 1-4PM
Terrain Exhibitions is proud to present Sticky & Sweet, a group exhibition curated by Scott J Hunter, art collector and Director of Neuropsychology at
the University of Chicago.  The
 exhibition features works by Jayson Keeling, Zoe Charlton, Cameron HarveyDan Devening, and Miller & Shellabarger. Sticky and Sweet will be shown at both Terrain Exhibitions and Terrain South @ 704 and 710 Highland Ave. Oak Park, IL. The work will be up from April 6 - April 30 and the opening reception will be on Sunday, April 6 1-4PM. 

Sticky & Sweet is the second curatorial adventure by Scott Hunter. The exhibit is an outdoor exploration of interpersonal relationships and their vicissitudes by multi-disciplinary artists.  The exhibit seeks to reflect, through its diversity of practices and artistic gestures, how interactions between differing individuals foster support, encourage spontaneous collaboration, and encourage intimacy, but also prove to simultaneously challenge, dismay, alarm, or even repel us from one another.  The variety of works included in the exhibit remind us that while there is often something sweet and engaging among the range of interpersonal inconsistencies and fleeting engagements we experience, the process of connecting and becoming intimate can be a sticky one – with significant, even deadly costs.

Artist biographies:
Zoe Charlton resides in Baltimore, MD. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BFA from Florida State University. Zoe has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been included in national and international group exhibitions including the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, TX; the Studio Museum of Harlem; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland; ConnerSmith Gallery in Washington, DC; Haas and Fischer Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland; and the former Clementine Gallery in New York and Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Art at American University in Washington, DC.
Dan Devening lives in Chicago.  He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He previously served as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and has held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dan has shown his work extensively in the United States, including recent projects at Launch F18, Apex Art, and Printed Matter, Inc. in New York; Autumn Space, ebersmoore gallery, Roy Boyd Gallery, and Julius Caesar in Chicago; Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL; and at Kinkead Contemporary in Los Angeles. Recent international projects in Germany include exhibitions at the Kunsterverein Recklinghausen; the Museum Kurhaus in Kleve; dok25a in Dusseldorf; Renate Schroeder Gallery in Cologne; and galerie oqbo, Scotty Enterprises, and Neues Problem in Berlin. He currently directs devening projects + editions, a gallery project featuring exhibitions and site-specific installations by emerging and established international artists.
Cameron Harvey lives in Chicago.  She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Wellesley College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respectively.  Cameron has been included in group exhibitions at O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University in River Forest, IL; The Painting Center in New York; and the Indianapolis Art Center.  She has held solo exhibitions at Galleria Sotoportego in Venice, Italy and the Franklin in Chicago.  Upcoming exhibitions include the Riverside Arts Center and the Chicago Cultural Center.

Jayson Keeling resides in New York.  He trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He has been included in exhibitions at Apex Art in New York; the Studio Museum of Harlem; El Museo del Barrio in New York; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; the Queens Museum of Art; and The Bronx Museum. He was included in Psychosexual (curated by Scott J. Hunter) at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in 2013 and has held solo exhibitions at Third Streaming Gallery in New York; the University of Memphis; and the Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement in New York.  Keeling has been awarded residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2009 and 2007, as well as the Apex Outbound Residency in Ethiopia, 2009.
Miller & Shellabarger (Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger) live in Chicago, where they collaborate as well as maintain separate artistic practices. Together, they have presented their collaborative projects at venues across the United States, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Institute of Visual Art in Milwaukee, WI; Illinois State University in Normal, IL; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, MN; the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago; and the Time Based Arts Festival in Portland, OR.  They have performed at Volta in Basel; Switzerland; NEXT in Chicago; NADA in Miami, FL; and the Affair at the Jupiter in Portland, Oregon. They were recently featured in the article “The Art of Home,” by Bill Daley, in the Chicago Tribune Magazine. They are 2009 recipients of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, 2008 recipients of an Artadia Award, and 2007 recipients of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award. Their work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas and the National Gallery of Canada in Ontario.

OH NO- tossers tossing!

Oh my- OH NO is looking good. Thank you Betsy Odom.
Opening March 9 1-4PM 704 Highland Ave. Oak Park, IL

Betsy Odom @ Terrain
March 9 – April 2 Opening reception Sunday, March 9 1-4PM

OH NO is an interactive installation designed to satiate the anxieties brought on by a desire for the comfort of suburban life. Viewers are invited to land frisbees imprinted with the letters O,H, and N on the roof until a jumble of both words and gibberish emerges. Viewers will be invited to toss and take frisbees throughout the exhibition.

Betsy Odom received her MFA from Yale University in 2007 in sculpture, and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. Odom’s sculptures explore the cultural information embedded within materials and craft. Her work has been seen in group- and solo-exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Field Projects (Brooklyn), ThreeWalls Gallery (Chicago), and Amel Bourorina Gallery (Berlin). Her work is part of the West Collection through the 2012 Acquisition Prize. Odom lives and works in Chicago.

Located at 704 Highland Ave. in Oak Park, IL, Terrain is dedicated to featuring interventions into the conventional landscape of a front yard by emerging as well as established artists who have been invited to create a site - specific work. Artists are chosen for their interest in challenging the space between public and private, decoration and function, figure and ground.

Angela Bryant’s great piece- perfect for a snow day.