No Joke | 4/02/2011 – 4/30/2011

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Install 1

Yasi Ghanbari | Gen Z Facebook Goth, 2011 | Polaroid photographs, 17

Yasi Ghanbari | Gen Z Facebook Goth, 2011 | Polaroid photographs, 17"x14"

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Install 2

Joe Grimm | Blink, 2011 | 16mm projectors and custom electronics, dimensions variable

Joe Grimm | Blink, 2011 | 16mm projectors and custom electronics, dimensions variable

Joe Grimm | Blink, 2011 | 16mm projectors and custom electronics, dimensions variable

Joe Grimm | Blink, 2011 | 16mm projectors and custom electronics, dimensions variable

Joe Grimm | Blink (detail), 2011 | 16mm projectors and custom electronics, dimensions variable

Joe Grimm | Blink (detail), 2011 | 16mm projectors and custom electronics, dimensions variable

Danny Greene | Endless Summer, 2010 | Poster, digital camera, tripod, projector, dimensions variable

Danny Greene | Endless Summer, 2010 | Poster, digital camera, tripod, projector, dimensions variable

Danny Greene | Endless Summer, 2010 | Poster, digital camera, tripod, projector, dimensions variable

Danny Greene | Endless Summer, 2010 | Poster, digital camera, tripod, projector, dimensions variable

Danny Greene | Endless Summer, 2010 | Poster, digital camera, tripod, projector, dimensions variable

Danny Greene | Endless Summer, 2010 | Poster, digital camera, tripod, projector, dimensions variable

Aaron David Ross | eZen Garden, 2011 | Zen Garden, monitor, mouse, non-durational

Aaron David Ross | eZen Garden, 2011 | Zen Garden, monitor, non-durational

Aaron David Ross | eZen Garden, 2011 | Zen Garden, monitor, mouse, non-durational

Aaron David Ross | eZen Garden, 2011 | Zen Garden, monitor, non-durational

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Install 3

Alan Fleming and Michael Fleming | Bounce, 2011 | Two-channel video, mini-trampoline, 5:00 minute loop

Alan Fleming and Michael Fleming | Bounce (detail), 2011 | Two-channel video, mini-trampoline, 5:00 minute loop

Alan Fleming and Michael Fleming | Bounce, 2011 | Two-channel video, mini-trampoline, 5:00 minute loop

Alan Fleming and Michael Fleming | Bounce, 2011 | Two-channel video, mini-trampoline, 5:00 minute loop

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Yasi Ghanbari | Niceties, 2010 | Polaroid photographs, dimensions variable

Yasi Ghanbari | Niceties, 2010 | Polaroid photographs, dimensions variable

Yasi Ghanbari | Niceties (detail), 2010 | Polaroid photographs, dimensions variable

Yasi Ghanbari | Niceties (detail), 2010 | Polaroid photographs, dimensions variable

Yasi Ghanbari | Niceties (detail), 2010 | Polaroid photographs, dimensions variable

Yasi Ghanbari | Niceties (detail), 2010 | Polaroid photographs, dimensions variable

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Install 7

Marissa Perel

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Marissa Perel | Slap, Stick (detail), 2010/2011 | TV monitor playing documentation of a Workout Girl performance for the Sex, Power and Labor exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2010 (cinematographers: Carolina Gonzalez Valencia and Gonzalo Escobar, edited by Oli Rodriguez), 1983 Fisher Price Record Player with record of 1983 musical Yentl, Dimensions variable

Marissa Perel | Slap, Stick (detail), 2010/2011 | TV monitor playing documentation of a Workout Girl performance for the Sex, Power and Labor exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2010 (cinematographers: Carolina Gonzalez Valencia and Gonzalo Escobar, edited by Oli Rodriguez), 1983 Fisher Price Record Player with record of 1983 musical Yentl, Dimensions variable

Marissa Perel | Heaven, 2011 | Spray paint on plaster cast of chicken | 9

Marissa Perel | Heaven, 2011 | Spray paint on plaster cast of chicken | 9" x 6"

Marissa Perel | Slap, Stick (detail), 2010/2011 | TV monitor playing documentation of a Workout Girl performance for the Sex, Power and Labor exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2010 (cinematographers: Carolina Gonzalez Valencia and Gonzalo Escobar, edited by Oli Rodriguez), 1983 Fisher Price Record Player with record of 1983 musical Yentl, Dimensions variable

Marissa Perel | Slap, Stick (detail), 2010/2011 | TV monitor playing documentation of a Workout Girl performance for the Sex, Power and Labor exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2010 (cinematographers: Carolina Gonzalez Valencia and Gonzalo Escobar, edited by Oli Rodriguez), 1983 Fisher Price Record Player with record of 1983 musical Yentl, Dimensions variable

Marissa Perel | Slap, Stick (detail), 2010/2011 | TV monitor playing documentation of a Workout Girl performance for the Sex, Power and Labor exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2010 (cinematographers: Carolina Gonzalez Valencia and Gonzalo Escobar, edited by Oli Rodriguez), 1983 Fisher Price Record Player with record of 1983 musical Yentl, Dimensions variable

Marissa Perel | Slap, Stick (detail), 2010/2011 | TV monitor playing documentation of a Workout Girl performance for the Sex, Power and Labor exhibition at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago 2010 (cinematographers: Carolina Gonzalez Valencia and Gonzalo Escobar, edited by Oli Rodriguez), 1983 Fisher Price Record Player with record of 1983 musical Yentl, Dimensions variable

Marissa Perel | Studio series 1 & 2, 2009 | Ink-jet prints, edition of 5 + 1 artist proof | (2) 5

Marissa Perel | Studio series 1 & 2, 2009 | Ink-jet prints, edition of 5 + 1 artist proof | (2) 5" x 7" photographs mounted in 8" x 10" frames

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Install 8

Alan Fleming, Michael Fleming, Michael Vallera | Untitled II, 2011 | Archival Inkjet Print | 20” x 20”

Alan Fleming, Michael Fleming, Michael Vallera | Untitled II, 2011 | Archival Inkjet Print | 20” x 20”

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Install 9

Andy Cahill | Spaz 3D, 2010 | 4-channel video, 2:00 minutes

Andy Cahill | Spaz 3D, 2010 | 4-channel video, 2:00 minutes

Andy Cahill | Spaz 3D, 2010 | 4-channel video, 2:00 minutes

Andy Cahill | Spaz 3D, 2010 | 4-channel video, 2:00 minutes

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Install 10

Michael Vallera | Malibu, 2011 | Archival Inkjet Print, 20” x 20”

Michael Vallera | Malibu, 2011 | Archival Inkjet Print, 20” x 20”

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Michael Vallera | Portland, 2011 | Archival Inkjet Print, 20” x 20”

Michael Vallera | Portland, 2011 | Archival Inkjet Print, 20” x 20”

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No Joke| Saturday, April 2, 2011 – Saturday April 30, 2011
Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 2, 2011
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Andy Cahill
Alan & Michael Fleming
Yasi Ghanbari
Danny Greene
Joe Grimm
Marissa Perel
Aaron David Ross
Michael Vallera

Readings in memory of Kathryn Hixson, 1955 – 2010:
Sunday, April 10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

“I wish to believe that Bruce Nauman’s work is more about shitting in your pants than about mystical transcendence.” -Kathryn Hixson

This exhibition is dedicated to Kathryn Hixson who passed away in the Fall of 2010. Kathryn was one of the most distinguished art critics in Chicago, an amazing teacher, advisor and good friend. Kathryn was finishing a PhD dissertation at the University of Texas Austin on the role of humor in the work of Bruce Nauman and Richard Prince.

In the spirit of her spontaneity, criticality and wise-ass attitude, recent M.F.A graduates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago pay tribute to Kathryn and her influence on the latest generation of emerging artists. No Joke presents work that is both conceptual and playful, riding a pendulum that swings between raw irony and the sweet sublime. This exhibition embodies odd couplings through mediated experiences of nature and the body, reflections on perception and image, space and time, slapstick humor and poetic gesture.

One year ago, Kathryn wrote a curatorial statement for the artists in this exhibition when they last presented their work together for the show, “Killing Time.” The following is an excerpt from that text:
“…Banking on the cohesion of popular memory, some tenderly quote the past, resuscitating it. Identity and difference are presented as space, weight, and time, continually constructed and reconstructed. Each ventures to share with the viewer a direct, sensual and sensuous experience that is decidedly in the present. Through immersion into each crystalline moment of their constructed experiences, one can feel the immanence of the past within the contemporary, to perhaps enliven our perceptions, and our ambitions for art, in the future.”

Closing Reception: Saturday, April 30, 5:00pm – 8:00pm