DEMO Project presents "Outside Jokes" with emcee Jesse Malmed and "to Home" from Jade Hoyer and Tatiana Potts.
DEMO Project, a space for contemporary art in Springfield, Illinois, is pleased to present two December exhibition openings: "Outside Jokes," a group exhibition featuring Kelly Lloyd, Alberto Aguilar, Jessica Campbell, Oli Watt, Neal Vandenbergh, Joshua Albers, Selina Trepp, Lauren Anderson, Jeffrey Austin, Misael Soto, Tegan Brace, Alex Schmidt, Kyle Schlie, Allison Lacher, Alex Bradley Cohen, Julie Potratz, Eric Fleischauer, Ellen Nielsen, Jeff Robinson, Stephanie Graham, Dan Miller, Lauren Taylor, Gabe Holcombe, Maire and Mia, Thad Kellstadt, Victoria Martinez and emcee Jesse Malmed --- and "to Home" from Denver-based artist Jade Hoyer and Knoxville-based artist Tatiana Potts.
These exhibitions will serve as our final openings that follow our established format, only to be followed by a farewell Saturday afternoon event before the demolition of our space takes place in January 2018.
Both exhibitions will open at DEMO Project on Friday, December 8 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. "Outside Jokes" and "to Home" will run through Saturday, December 30. DEMO Project will be open Saturday, December 9 and Saturday, December 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM or by appointment throughout the exhibition run.
This, here is the have to having been t/here: a series of site-gags, working lines and chasing spotlights. A bill (or, for those whose approach is more formal, a william) stuffed to its gills with genius jokesters and jesturers, as concerned with the aha! in each haha! as gaps between gasps. Comedy is serious business, like writing "shibboleth" in camouflage ink or whispering savory somethings to a street sign. We'll check back in early 2018, but early reports are that the works here killed, that they literally destroyed the place.
Abject-oriented in its hauntology, "Outside Jokes" gathers together works by two dozen artists that take site-dn-ess as integral to the read of any art, any joke, any interaction, and mucks and musses it. What are the rhythms of pithy patter in a language you don't speak? Is there any such thing as a thing about nothing, Springfeld? What is two drink minimalism?
Outside Jokes takes and makes place on the grounds around and in the back room of DEMO Project and on acretv.org.
Participating artists include Kelly Lloyd, Alberto Aguilar, Jessica Campbell, Oli Watt, Neal Vandenbergh, Joshua Albers, Selina Trepp, Lauren Anderson, Jeffrey Austin, Misael Soto, Tegan Brace, Alex Schmidt, Kyle Schlie, Allison Lacher, Alex Bradley Cohen, Julie Potratz, Eric Fleischauer, Ellen Nielsen, Jeff Robinson, Stephanie Graham, Dan Miller, Lauren Taylor, Gabe Holcombe, Maire and Mia, Thad Kellstadt, Victoria Martinez and emcee Jesse Malmed.
Artists Jade Hoyer (Denver, CO) and Tatiana Potts (Knoxville, TN) address the idea of home and place in their upcoming exhibition, "to Home." As artists who both identify with the immigrant experience - Potts is from Slovakia and Hoyer is a first-generation Filipina-American- Hoyer and Potts often address the intersection of place and identity. Using imagery of both specific location and domestic spaces, this collaboration addresses the theme of belonging in printmaking and installation media.
Jade Hoyer is an Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver whose work utilizes printmaking, installation, and social practice. She addresses social issues in both research and practice. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Philippine Women's University. Jade has been recognized by organizations such as the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and she has also held leadership positions on international print organizations like SGC International and the Association of Print Scholars. Jade completed her MFA with a printmaking emphasis at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (2016) and her BA in Studio Art and Environmental Studies at Carleton College (2007).
Tatiana Potts is a native of Slovakia. She received her MFA degree in printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her BFA at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. She is currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee, where teaches at area colleges and is the Printshop Technician at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has exhibited at venues including the International Print Center New York; the Ann Arbor Art Center, Michigan; the University of Denver, Colorado; and Polk State College, Florida. Recent exhibitions include at Frogman's Printmaking Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska, and Belmont University, in Nashville, Tennessee.
DEMO Project is located at 732 N 4th Street, Springfield, IL 62702, on the Springfield Art Association campus. DEMO Project is directed by Springfield-based contemporary artists. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit demoprojectspace.com.