Art Exhibitions

Current Exhibition:


Can cacti fall in love, or batatas trace their slips?

By Phoebe Chin

The ways in which we try to understand nature are very curious. A reproducing plant is called a parent; a pair of cacti, displayed intimately next to each other, become lovers. With a selection of installations, Chin hopes to draw an attention to the peculiarities in how we interpret and appreciate the natural world –– of how we anthropomorphize, hypothesize, abstract and create stories in order to form knowledge about the non-human.

Phoebe Chin, b. 1996, was born and raised in Singapore, and is currently pursuing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: March 3 - 25, 2018

Viewing Hours: Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, from 1:30 - 4:00 PM.

Upcoming Exhibition:

 Nico Gardner   Untitled (Compact) 2017,  Lauren Carter   The One on Astro-Turf 2017

Nico Gardner  Untitled (Compact) 2017, Lauren Carter  The One on Astro-Turf 2017

Surface vs. Sap

Works by Lauren Carter and Nico Gardner

Exhibition Dates: March 31st - April 29th, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday March 31st, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Viewing Hours: Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

In their first collaboration together, artists Nico Gardner and Lauren Carter continuously shift between the personal and the general, the specific and ambiguous, creating new work in conversation with each other. With a primary focus on desire, ritual, identity, and the expression of human need, Surface vs. Sap addresses the power and persuasive nature of mundane, domestic objects.

Ordinary household possessions become intertwined in a person’s daily life as symbolic evidence of a sense of selfhood and identity. These metaphors are employed in this exhibition to explore the universal relationship between people and objects. The artists' use of found or purchased items is a starting point to explore themes that ultimately result in a collaboration of both material culture and making.  Riffing off of each other's frequencies and disrupting their respective practices, the artists create new works that highlight similarities in their decision making while embracing their respective differences.  

Nico Gardner is a Japanese-American interdisciplinary designer, maker and critical thinker. He holds an MFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA in Fine Arts, and a BA in Art History, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and acquired by both public institutions and private collections. Nico is core-faculty in the Textiles Department at Lillstreet Art Center and a Teaching Artist at Hyde Park Art Center.

Lauren Carter (b. 1982) holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico and a BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Painting and Metalwork. Primarily working in mixed media sculpture and installations, she often includes found objects and personal items that are synonymous with loss, vulnerability, and sentimentality. Carter is a native of south Louisiana and presently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where she is a teaching artist at Marwen.

2018 List of Artists

January and February - Jarad Solomon
March - Phoebe Chin
April - Lauren Carter & Nico Gardner
July - Devin Balara
August - Luis Mejico and Marie Baldwin
September - Poe Hammer (Alberto Aguilar & Alex Bradley Cohen)
October - Sarah Reynolds & Fuyumi Murata
November - Amadeo Morelos
December - Liam O'Connor

2017 List of Artists

January and February - John Clark and Taylor Holloway
March - ACRE partner gallery show featuring Sae Jun Kim
April - Cassie Tompkins
July - Anna Nelson and Yhelena Hall
August - Cathy Hsiao and Kaveri Raina
September - Logan Square Historic Photo Show and Jillian Hansen-Lewis
October - Lucky Pierre
November - Daniel Hojnacki
December - Curated by Ben Fuqua - Work by Zeyi Li, Miri Phelps, and Patrick Wilkins

2016 List of Artists

Selected Press 2016




January Amelia Charter
February - Chiara Gialbmerti
MarchE. Aaron Ross
April - Suzanne Gold
MayACRE partner show featuring Tegan Brace & Briony Galligan
June - The Verancular Photography Festival
August - Robot Rauschenburg
October - Juneer Kibria
November - Lawrenece Keaty & Aaron Bos-Wahl
December - Caroline Caflin & Noel Fetting-Smith