Project Space
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

February 5th, 2010

FREE copies of newspaper Art Work available for pickup at What It Is

Art Work

Art Work, image courtesy Temporary Services /

We have copies of Art Work available at What It Is.

Art Work is a newspaper that consists of writings and images from artists, activists, writers, critics, and others on the topic of working within depressed economies and how that impacts artistic process, compensation and artistic property.

The newspaper is distributed for free at sites and from people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It is also available by mail order from Half Letter Press for the cost of postage.

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.

January 21st, 2010

Chicago Art Review

December 12th, 2009

What It Is: Huffington Post / Artletter

artletter screengrab

Big thank you to Paul Klein for mentioning last weeks show in his recent Huffington Post piece / Artletter on the “Schism” in Chicago Art, and thank you to everyone who made it out to the show. Bernard and Michelle’s work is up for another week or so, to make an appointment to view the exhibition please email

Best T + H

December 8th, 2009

Sharkhammer 360


Sharkhammer in 360 degrees, by Bernard Williams. Loads slowly at first, worth the wait.

December 6th, 2009

Michelle Welzen Collazo Anderson and Bernard Williams: photos

Thank you to everyone who made it out to What It Is yesterday for Michelle and Bernard’s exhibition.

We have uploaded photos to flickr of both the exhibition in the front space and Bernard’s hammer in the sculpture garden. Click either image to go to the photoset on flickr. Their show is up to till Dec 20th so if you didn’t get chance to see it at the opening feel free to make an appointment and come check it out, you can do this by emailing

If you can’t make it to the gallery you could order a catalog of the show. We have three publications to date, chronicling each of our shows thus far, (Andrew Rigsby, Irene Perez and now Michelle Welzen Collazo Anderson and Bernard Williams). Each publication is produced by Lulu. We’re really happy with the books so far, it’s nice to be able to document the work we have shown in this way and reach out to a wider audience in this fashion. We plan to donate a copy of each catalog to the Oak Park library so if you’re in the neighborhood you’ll be able to go to the library and take a look.

We’ll be back after the holidays with a group show of sculpture in Feb. and a two person show with Sabina Ott and Michelle Wasson in March.

Best wishes and happy holidays…. Holly & Tom


Michelle Welzen Collazo Anderson and Bernard Williams installation view


Sharkhammer by Bernard Williams installed in sculpture garden.

December 5th, 2009

Permanent Collection

In addition to Michelle and Bernard’s show opening today we’re pleased to announce a new component to the What It Is platform… our Permanent Collection. These are works that have been donated or acquired and placed on permanent display. The first piece is by Anni Holm and is titled Private. You can see it here on our new page….

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