Project Space
June 4th, 2010

Jonathan Franklin: outside / inside

Jonathan Franklin
Jonathan Franklin
inside / outside

Opening reception Sat. June 12th, 3 - 8pm
Exhibition continues through July 3rd

“INnside Out-outSidE iN »
To invert. To take out of context. To place out of order.
To reinvent. To transform.

the process: revisiting, revising, regenerating

“From the outset my work as an art maker the figure is central to my work, but as a means to an end and not an end in itself. It is not its literal representation that inspires me but its less tangible essence that I attempt to project outward from within: inside out as opposed to outside in.

‘What It Is’ has become the starting point, the pallet on which the structure of my exhibit is built. The show was organized organically, as a work in progress. One piece suggested the need for yet another. Some works are defined by existing architecture as in the location of a wall or window or passageway while other installations were site specific. Works ordinarily hung inside on walls are now free standing outside in the yard, in the elements and vice versa.

The show refers to my interests in interpersonal relationships and the conflicts that may occur in the process of revealing and concealing emotions, thoughts, ideas, even gestures. What to give, what to take. What to say, when to say it. What to see, how to listen. The list goes on. The essence of the work is quite abstract and yet it is intuitive and accessible. But all of these issues intersect in the realm of mystery and in how expectations can be perceived, interrupted and transformed.”

Born in Michigan, the son of a civil engineer, Jonathan Franklin spent much of his childhood in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. After studying art at the University of Michigan, he moved to Israel where he lived on a kibbutz and first began painting and working as printmaker. During that period he also served in the Israeli Army.
Jonathan has been a visual artist for well over 30 years. Besides painting, Jonathan enjoys writing, doing set design, and periodically performing in local theater. Currently he is a teaching artist and conducts art workshops and residencies in public schools throughout Chicago.

May 27th, 2010

Closing reception for current show

frequently the woods are pink

Closing Reception
Sat 29th May, 4 - 7pm

To the power 3.

1. Closing reception for current show Frequently the Woods are Pink by Sabina Ott / Michelle Wasson.

2. One year anniversary ov What It Is.

3. Wedding Anniversary ov Holly and Tom. AKA What It Is.

Please join us for garden party (weather permitting) and closing reception. Bring something to grill. There may be music too if we can get our act together.

May 19th, 2010

I’ll Cavern You: time lapse

Michelle Wasson
I’ll Cavern You

May 15th, 2010

Frequently the Woods are Pink: photos

Sabina Ott, Frequently the Woods are Pink, 2010

Michelle Wasson
Michelle Wasson, I’ll Cavern You, 2010

Sabina Ott, Frequently the Woods are Pink, 2010

Michelle Wasson, I’ll Cavern You, 2010

Sabina Ott, Frequently the Woods are Pink, 2010

Michelle Wasson, I’ll Cavern You, 2010

More images for Sabina and Michelle can be found here and here.

April 5th, 2010

April Activities

April promises to be both a lot of fun and an insane amount of work. What It Is will be represented at both Version Fest and the Next Art Fair this month! PLUS May 2nd we open here at the house with a two person show by Sabina Ott and Michelle Wasson.

April 24th - 25th we’ll have a booth at the Version Fest NFO XPO at Benton House in Bridgeport, featuring work by Christopher Holmes and Ye Olde English Tea Shoppe. Please come by and check out our installation.

Then a week later What It Is will be taking part in the Next Art Fair at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, April 30 - May 3. We will be showing work by Tom Burtonwood, Troy Hagenbart, Anni Holm, Holly Holmes, Mike Lash, Sabina Ott and Andrew Rigsby. Anni will be performing several times during the fair, we will update her schedule as things firm up. We will also post preview images of some of the work we will be showing. Hope to see you at the fair!

Sabina will also be showing some new work in conjunction with Michelle Wasson at our next exhibition here in Oak Park that opens the sunday of the fair, ideally the weather will be nice and we’ll fire up the grill, so if you’re coming in from out of town for the fair and want to check out the space this is a good opportunity to do that!

Happy days!

Love Tom + Holly

March 9th, 2010

(non)Sense: Physicality, Perspective and the Consciousness of Relating

Chicago, IL (February 2010) — From March 27 to April 23, 2010, the exhibition (non)Sense: Physicality, Perspective and the Consciousness of Relating will feature artwork by Joe Grimm and Erica Moore. These artists focus on the body and how and what it senses in space and time through installation artworks. Both Grimm and Moore use installation as a method of investigating the sense-able, the visible/invisible and the audible/inaudible. They question where we are, how we are, what exists and how we know it.

Joe Grimm

In Joe Grimm’s installation work he uses modified 16mm projectors, sans film and domestic standing fans to play with light, space, time, what one perceives and what actually exists. In two featured site-specific installations, Erica Moore, activates the preexisting architectural details using reflective materials. By using non-traditional hanging and installation methods, Moore plays with what happens when the viewer has to physically move their body to look at an artwork. Both artists play with physical presence, perspective, consciousness, and the relation we have to our surroundings.

Erica Moore

The exhibition (non)Sense: Physicality, Perspective and the Consciousness of Relating features contemporary artworks by Joe Grimm (MFA, Sound, 2010 candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC) and Erica Moore (MFA, Studio Art, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009), and is curated by Cecilia Vargas (Dual MA Degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism & Arts Administration and Policy, 2010 candidate at SAIC).

What It Is provides a domestic setting for the viewing and consideration of art. Artists are invited to interact with our home and create temporary art works in conjunction with the domestic space we inhabit.

(non)Sense: Physicality, Perspective and the Consciousness of Relating will be on view from March 27 – April 23, 2010 at What It Is, 1155 Lyman Avenue, Oak Park, IL, 60304; 773.837.9809. The exhibition is free and accessible by appointment.

February 13th, 2010

Untitled (A Brief History of the Body) by Maya Mackrandilal

Untitled (A Brief History of the Body) by Maya Mackrandilal from tom burtonwood on Vimeo.

February 10th, 2010

Selena Jones: 36 Rift

36 Rift by Selena Jones

36 Rift by Selena Jones

February 6th, 2010

Permission to Work

Maya Mackrandilal

Maya Mackrandilal

Lauren Carter

Lauren Carter

Ben Stagl

Ben Stagl

Samantha Hill

Samantha Hill

Elise Goldstein

Elise Goldstein

Katya Grokhovsky

Katya Grokhovsky

Selena Jones

Selena Jones

January 22nd, 2010

Permission to Work

Permission to Work
Lauren Carter, Colleen Coleman, Elise Goldstein, Katya Grokhovsky,
Samantha Hill, Selena Jones, Maya Mackrandilal, Ben Stagl

Opening reception Sat Feb 6th, 3pm - 8pm or by appointment

UPDATE: CAA reception Sat Feb 13th from 1pm - 4pm

02/06/10 - 03/06/10

Seek permission to work. Acquire the necessary permits. Establish a remit. Documents to regulate creation. Permission To Work is an exhibition designed to challenge and interrupt pre determined ideas about what defines living space and how art works can negotiate the everyday domestic experience.

For the artist the everyday is to dream and often to dream is to work. So the concept of live / work / display space is a fluid one without clear boundaries, limits or territory. Where does living space start and work place stop? Where does studio end and exhibition space begin?

Permission To Work brings together eight artists and invites them to create an exhibition in the style of Schwitters Merzbau or a Kunsthalle. This exhibition presents a variety of positions / outcomes / projects juxtaposing performance pieces, site specific installations and interventions to create a gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art. By seeking “permission to work” we have granted artistic license to play with the fabric of our home and produce art that re-contextualizes the living area as exhibition space.

Download FREE pdf version of catalogue here.

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