SEPTEMBER 27–NOVEMBER 3, 2013
Slow Sound features original instruments designed and constructed by John Preus, an artist, musician and woodworker. Each piece is made from scavenged furniture, including bedposts, headboards, tables and chairs; new works created specifically for this exhibition incorporate scraps collected from in and around ESS. Preus' profound appreciation for an object's physicality is 'slow' in the best possible sense: he respects the natural resources his raw materials are derived from, honors the sweat equity it took to fabricate them, and showcases their history and wear. By undoing these objects' obsolescence, Preus not only revives their utility, he re-invests in their social capital.
Curated by Thea Liberty Nichols and presented by Experimental Sound Studio.
Click above to read the curator's essay about the exhibit!
GALLERY HOURS: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm–5pm
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OPENING RECEPTION: 09.27.13, 6pm–9pm
Special performance by New Material (Mikel Avery, Tadd Cowen, LeRoy Bach, John Preus) at around 7pm.
WORKSHOP: 10.13.13, 12pm–4pm
Preus will lead participants through the process of constructing an amplified thumb piano. Parts provided and assembly occurs at the workshop. $45/30 students & members.
INVITATIONAL PERFORMANCE: 10.27.13, 3pm
Preus has invited a selection of local musicians to perform at ESS using the instruments on view in the exhibit:
3:00-3:30: Aaron Shapiro & Mary Lawson
3:45-4:15: Marvin Tate, w/ Mikel Avery & John Preus
4:30-5:00: Matt Lux w/ Nora Grace Lux
5:15-5:45: Jeff Greene w/ John Preus & co.
5:45-6:15: New Material (Mikel Avery, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen, John Preus)
Admission is free; refreshments will be available.
Slow Sound is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.
Audible at ESS is a public space and gallery for exhibitions, meetings, workshops, performances, and artists projects. A simple 400-square-foot space at street level, the space is not only used for ESS programs and events, but is also open to proposals by artists, organizations, and community members.