Eel Space will be at the MDW Fair. Come by and say hi, look at the work, and get a special tarot reading.

Zak Arctander // Photos
Katy Collier // Prints
Geoffrey Hamerlinck // Drawings
Rebecca Schoenecker // Photo, Paintings, and Tarot Readings

Eel Space presents work by four artists whose work lie somewhere between magic and the subversion of capitalism. Zak Arctander’s recent photographs consider a moment of experience between life and death in relation to commodities. Katy Collier submits personal meditiations of everyday experience and nature. Geoffrey Hamerlinck’s hand drawn animations are humorous takes on the commercial format, simultaenously twisted and innocent. Rebecca Schoenecker presents performative objects that blur art and life, a tarot deck with deep psychic powers that she made in its entirety, and a worn object that interrogates the gaze.

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Kristina Paabus and Charles Mahaffee

Opens March 9, 7pm-10pm

Alejandro Jimenez, Marilyn Volkman, and Scott Campana.
Opens Saturday, November 19,  6-9pm.
Runs through December 18.

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Jessica Taylor CaponigroNeal VandenbergAmy Babinec

Amy Babinec, Jessica Taylor Caponigro, and Neal Vandenbergh

Opens August 13, 6pm-9pm
Through September 10

Amy Babinec imagines the depths below her childhood coal mining town home, Jessica Taylor Caponigro’s installation contemplates literary and material adaptation, and Neal Vandenbergh interrogates the physical structure of public directives.

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Rebecca Beachy, Katharine Lion, Liz McCarthy, and Nicolás Rojas.

Opening April 2, 6pm-9pm
Through April 30

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Jacques Hammer & Wanda Drug at the P&H, Memphis

“1988: The Remake” Screening and Jacques Hammer & Wanda Drug play covers

February 19th, 6pm-9pm

You can’t get this 90 minute 1978 movie on Netflix, GreenCine, nor any library in Chicago, folks… I finagled a deeply discounted copy right from director Rick Schmidt (thanks, Rick!). Also, Jacques Hammer and Wanda Drug will play a few covers! You may want to bring the sitting/reclining tool of your choice (chair, pillows, etc). But there will be two couches!

“In another favorite, “1988: The Remake,” Schmidt held an open-call audition for his restaging of the musical “The Show Boat,” resulting in something like a crackpot San Francisco talent show. Sued by MGM for titling his film after theirs and required to remove all mentions of the name, Schmidt replaced every utterance of ‘showboat’ with the sound of a foghorn, which of course only made the movie funnier.” – Amy Yao, Top Ten, Artforum Jan 2011.

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Good Stuff House (Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin), Claire Arctander, and J. Thomas Pallas

Opens January 15th, 6pm-9pm (+ up for about a month after that).

Good Stuff House (Kayce Bayer and Chris Lin) make a new interactive installation, Claire Arctander explores the cultural materials / moments of adolescent tv and junk food, and J. Thomas Pallas mines his own and represented childhoods in Eel Space’s first exhibition at its new Pilsen location.

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Review in The Chicago Weekly

Eel Space is on the NewCity 2009 Top 5 new spaces list, and profiled in the CAC newspaper. Thanks NewCity and CAC!

Eel Space is moving out of its current location, and will reopen this summer.
Chris Lin’s exhibition that was scheduled for January will be hosted at a different location at the beginning of 2010. Updates may be found on this website, on Eel’s email list, and on Eel’s Facebook page.

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