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Provisional Proposition: A Site-Specific Drawing/Performance at the Intersection of Art, Meat, and Commerce. By Katherine Desjardins. Images from performance on the evening of April 7, 2012, 5-7pm.
This super-localized, site-specific work involved the gallery, the artist and local meatpackers, all of whom are living and working in the Fulton Market Meatpacking District of Chicago.
"The first in a series of "episodes"-envisioned in response to my recent move to Chicago- this debut/performance/mashup brought together four local meatpackers from my neighborhood and a 100-foot drawing, with the intent to delight and confound. A Provisional Proposition is also a tribute to Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920-1988)--patron saint of this project. In particular, Clark's "Cahminando" (1966) piece exerts a profound influence-not only upon this particular performance--but also upon the entire suite of forthcoming "episodes", all of which incorporate to varying degrees performance, painting, drawing, documentation, and community activism."--KD
Since arriving in Chicago from Boston in 2007, Katherine Desjardins has trained her eye on the city’s industrial/agricultural complex as a nexus of transitivity rich with possibility as both metaphor for the provisionality of painting (and its relation to commerce)–as well as an experience of the urban sublime. This recent work is experiential: about transition from one place to another, cultural juxtaposition, and the collision between raw and refined, familiar and unknowable material.
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