Golden Spike: Rock Shop of the Anthropocene is a collaborative shop and show organized by MK Meador and Stella Brown. Featuring work by Conrad Bakker, Harry Kuttner, Lee Hunter and Ryan Thompson.
Exhibition Dates: June 6 - June 28, 2015
Opening Reception: June 6, 2015 from 4-8pm
Shop hours: Weekends from 11am - 2pm & by appointment
Chicago, IL Comfort Station is proud to announce its latest exhibition: Golden Spike: Rock Shop of the Anthropocene opens on Saturday, June 6th. For the entire month, Comfort Station will be converted into a roadside rock shop with specimens and merchandise for sale alongside works by artists in conversation about the contemporary geologic condition. As a hybrid shop/space, the rock shop will stand as a talisman of the quintessential American road trip experience; a space to explore collection, commodification, geology and our manufactured environment.
Artist/organizer, Stella Brown draws on her experience as a prop buyer and set dresser to create an environment for artists and viewers to engage in a discussion about our urban geologic existence. As a rock shop of the Anthropocene, the shop will feature rocks, minerals, and metals from the proposed current geologic epoch: the Anthropocene, which is defined by mankind’s permanent effects on the world’s geologic and environmental record. As the symbol of this shift, the golden spike acts as the visible point in the stratigraphic record where one can mark the ending of the former Holocene epoch, and the beginning of the Anthropocene. With the work selected forGolden Spike, Brown asks an intriguing question: What would a rock shop of the new era look like?
The art inhabiting Golden Spike will include the photographs of Lee Hunter and Conrad Bakker’s geologic specimen paintings. Together with Ryan Thompson’s analog video set to loop in the corner of the shop along with the found object sculptures of Harry Kuttner. Thompson’s book, Bad Luck, Hot Rocks will be on sale in the bookshop, along with Making the Geologic New by smudge studio. Opening reception for Golden Spike is the first Saturday in June from 4-8pm at Comfort Station.
The shop will have regular store hours throughout June on weekends from 11-2pm* and by appointment.
*Store hours are weekends in June except for June 7th + 27th when the Station is hosting other events.
Stella Brown is a native Chicago artist. She received a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in 2009 with a concentration in Collection and Display of the Cultural Object. Since 2012 she has worked as a set decorator on various television shows taking place in Chicago. As a 2014 ACRE Resident she looks forward to her upcoming show in September 2015 at Kitchen Space project space. For more about Stella Brown’s work, please visit her website.
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