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Eric Anthony Berdis: Don’t let them clip your tiny little insect wings

University Galleries of Illinois State University
Exhibition: October 25 - December 15, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

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Haley Funk and Jaci Musec: A Forward Movement

Peoria Magazine
Exhibition: July - September, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, July 15, 2019 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Press

Peoria Magazine Feature

Exhibition Information

A Forward Movement is a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by two Peoria-based artists, Jaci Musec and Haley Funk. Both Musec and Funk are dealing with transitional periods of life and self-reflection in their work. While the life experiences they focus on in their paintings are incredibly different, the ways in which they approach life’s melancholy and burdensome obstacles are quite similar. Through reflecting on personal memories, seasons of loss and love, growth and despair, both artists are individually and simultaneously making work about the ephemerality and delicacy that we call life. 

Katie Bell: Standing Arrangement

University Galleries of Illinois State University
Exhibition: May 31 - August 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Press

Press Release
WGLT Feature
Review on Sight-Specific + Sixty Inches From Center (PDF)
Review on Community Word (PDF)

Exhibition Information

Standing Arrangement is an expansive site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Katie Bell. The work explores our natural and fabricated visual landscape and deconstructs the tradition and language of painting. Bell collects objects and ready-made materials from the place in which she is producing the work, in this case, Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding vicinity.

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TIME/SHARE

Lit on Fire (Peoria, IL) - Project 1612
12th Street Bar (Huntsville, TX) - Lease Agreement
Expose Art House (Montgomery, AL) - Expose
Monday, March 25, 2019
6:00 PM local time, Q+A to follow

TIME/SHARE is a multi-space film screening in collaboration with Chintia Kirana of Expose Art House, Adam Farcus, curator of Lease Agreement (Huntsville, TX), and Jessica Bingham with Alexander Martin of Project 1612 (Peoria, IL). This event is funded through Sixty Inches From Center with support from Illinois Humanities.

Project 1612 invited Josh Roach, a multidisciplinary artist/maker currently based out of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Lease Agreement invited Liz Rodda, an Austin-based artist and Associate Professor in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University. Expose Art Magazine invited C. DeWayne Cunningham, an artist, director, cinematographer and screenwriter from Beatrice, Alabama.

 

Eric Anthony Berdis: Trot, Tiptoe and Gallop

Project 1612
Exhibition: September 9, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Eric Anthony Berdis is visual artist and curator, whose work explores masculinity, narrative, and subversion through live and video performance. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Berdis received their BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2013 and is currently pursuing their MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fiber apart of the Craft & Material Studies department. An alum of the artist-run space and collective Little Berlin in Philadelphia, Eric is excited to be apart of the Project 1612 community for an afternoon of joyful hobbyhorse racing fun!

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Derek Clem: Bodyguard Binge

Project 1612
Exhibition: October 26, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition Information

You know how you want to make a dessert for people you love? How do you do this for someone who’s passed? Since the unexpected passing of my stepfather, Byron, in 2012, a facet of my studio processes have shifted toward themes of mourning, reconnection, and tribute. I felt a deep urge to make something for my stepfather; something to express my love and to honor him and his unique life. I can’t make him a dessert; he’s not here to eat it.

While saving up for medical school in Los Angeles during the 1980s, my stepfather worked as a security specialist/bodyguard to various celebrities and as an extra in films and television. While growing up I tried to bring these stories up as often as I could with him. His life in Hollywood and movies in general were some of our biggest conversation topics. Renting and going to the movies was one of our most frequent activities.

Since I can’t make him a dessert, I made him a movie franchise - The Bodyguard Franchise. This film series is an exaggerated account of his experiences working in Hollywood. I don’t make films for this franchise, but instead focus on making artifacts and objects that share relationships with naive fan art, film marketing and memorabilia, and film criticism. The making process creates a reconnection point with my stepfather. The objects, like engravings or flowers on a headstone, memorialize his life as well as aim to provide an access point to encourage playful world building or mental screenwriting by the viewer.

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Joey Knox: I Take The Weight From Your Hands

Project 1612
Exhibition: August 10, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Information

I Take The Weight From Your Hands exists in a created space where Masculinity is merely a shield not an institution of strength. Grainy pictures of muscle cars and muscle boys blown up to a physically imposing scale shows the graphic breakdown of images--while glowing neon charges the space in saturated color that feels vivid and urgent.

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Rachel Elizabeth Jones: The Great Peoria Talisman Trade

Project 1612
Exhibition: August 10, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Information

The Great Peoria Talisman Trade is one iteration of an ongoing work that combines compulsive craft, archive, exchange, and questions of materiality and magic under late capitalism.

Artist’s website

 

Alex McKenzie: Carousel

Project 1612
Exhibition: April 29, 2018 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

A word repeated 100 times breaks down phonetically. As auditory perception changes, meaning is separated and a word as simple as “dog” can sound foreign. This semantic satiation acknowledges that repetition is not always sameness but can be understood as a form of change. Much of my practice focuses on this tension. Through the creation of sound pieces, screensavers, physical performances, and other media my work investigates the structures of repetition and change in memetic culture, information dissemination, and systems as a whole.

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Mona Gazala: Given the Circumstances

Project 1612
Exhibition: March 2, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Given the Circumstances is about memory, place, and justice. It examines the aesthetics and politics of abandonment and gentrification through the remnants of Franklinton's Bellows School - an abandoned school building that is currently being gutted in anticipation of conversion into condominiums or some other new use. The struggle between preservation and progress - what is to be discarded and who decides? - is an analogy for how we perceive the people in marginalized and low-income communities.

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Chintia Kirana: Through the Cracks

Project 1612
Exhibition: November 11, 2017 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Project 1612 will be participating in Peoria's 3rd Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts in November. We have invited artist, curator, and editor of Expose Art Magazine, Chintia Kirana, to be the featured artist for this event. Chintia will have an exhibition at 1612 and give an artist talk about her experiences in the art world!

Artist Talk: Saturday, November 11th from 1:00-2:00 pm (Q&A to follow)

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The 3rd Terrain Biennial: Connor Shields, Gina Hunt, Ryan Paluczak, and Bryony Hussey

Project 1612
Exhibition: October 1 - November 15, 2017
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Project 1612 is participating in the 3rd Terrain Biennial and will be hosting a one-night event on Friday, October 6th from 5-9pm. This event will feature an installation in the front yard by Gina Hunt, which will remain installed for the duration of the biennial, a performance piece in the back yard by Connor Shields (artist’s new name is Dawn Robins), a sound installation in the garage by Ryan Paluczak, and an installation on the sun porch by Bryony Hussey.

 

Alix Anne Shaw: Of Our Labor

Project 1612
Exhibition: September 17, 2017 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Alix Anne Shaw is a visual artist and poet. Her sculptures and installations have been exhibited at galleries including the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago, AS220 Project Space in Providence, and Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India. Her public works include Findings, a permanent installation in Milwaukee, WI. Shaw is also the author of two poetry collections. She currently lives in Chicago.

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Jake Vodgs: Company Cuties

Project 1612
Exhibition: August 27, 2017 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Multidisciplinary artist Jake Vogds fabricates conceptual, toy-like objects and paintings that speak to his practice as both a pop-singer and performance artist. With most of his vocal inspiration coming from black female artists, Vogds finds it essential to create physical works that call out and question the inherent appropriation laced within his voice. Microphones in object-drag as parrots sensualize this self-parody, using strategies of camp, humor, and accelerationism to dismantle systems of privilege within the pop- scene as well as the self. Stuffed-animal product-self-portraits mock and reveal the shape-shifting, mind- colonizing aspects of whiteness in hopes of trapping this trauma in surrealist riddles.

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Angie Saiz: Jauria

Project 1612
Exhibition: May 21, 2017 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Angie Saiz (Chile, 1977) is a visual artist with production of works in painting, photography, public intervention, video installation and sound art. Her work develops aesthetic problems based on the biographical imagery and the intersection and crisis between new technologies and the concepts of time, limbo and ruin. She has exhibited in important spaces in Chile, such as MAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Visual Arts MAVI and Galería Metropolitana.

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Adam Farcus: Protest Song

Project 1612
Exhibition: May 14, 2017 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Exhibition Information

In this exhibition, visitors are invited to enact the score, Protest Song, and create protest songs with language generated through automatic writing by Adam Farcus while they were watching and listening to Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. Automatic writing is a Surrealist technique where the movement of the hand is separated from what they eyes see and the mind thinks, with the goal of tapping into subconscious thoughts and feelings.

Link to Protest Songs: https://soundcloud.com/adamfarcus/sets/protest-songs
PDF version of Protest Song zine

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Grant Gill: Extra-spectral

Project 1612
Exhibition: April 23, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Magenta, not found within the natural spectrum of light, fires off the red and blue cones inside the human eye. In this unusual combination, the brain is forced to assemble a new, distinct color. In a way, magenta is a paradox in color comprehension--it is an illusion. Extra-spectral plays with magenta-colored gels that both vanish and introduce information to photographs, creating illusions within a viewing experience. The gels are held in monolithic structures and require the viewer to dance around them, not granting images in full, rather in pieces.

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Ben Cook: Image Construction

Project 1612
Exhibition: February 26, 2017 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

The processes of drawing on Snapchat photos, rendering layered shapes in Photoshop, cropping, concealing, grids and abstracting palettes from video games or blogs all come together to create images that exist in an awkward, in-between state. They exist fluidly in both a digital and physical world as both photographs disseminated digitally and works displayed in brick and mortar locations.

Artist’s website

 

Richard Medina: Sex Land Power

Project 1612
Exhibition: November 20, 2016 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition Information

My work takes the form of paintings, sculptures, performances, and videos. In my practice I invest myself in rigid existing structures and use them to generate new work. I have a fascination with the American Southwest as a cultural, historical, geographical, and topographical site. In particular, I am drawn to artwork that deals with the iconography of the West, and speaks to the problematic nature of a space practically designed for hyper-masculine roles and rituals. I find Westerns interesting for this very reason. Films that exist in a vacuum of tropes and archetypes that are purely fictional but are nonetheless trapped inside a historical time period often burrow deeper into their genre instead of attempting to transcend their boundaries, creating and recreating settings and situations. I am also interested in the concept of landscape as it relates to the American Southwest.

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Sophie Ansell: Discount Dreams

Project 1612
Exhibition: October 26, 2016 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Information

As an artist working in film and performance, storytelling is key to my practice. My work explores narratives. In particular, the stories which are fed to us as a society. Tales of Hollywood Glamour and Benefits Scroungers, Disney Fairytales and The Defecit, Beauty Standards and Austerity Measures. Some of these stories are thrilling, some are simple and some are boring but all are told so subtly and frequently that they threaten to become fact. I use dark humour to question and critique these modern media and political narratives.

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Jon Henry: VOMB

Project 1612
Exhibition: October 16, 2016 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition Information

For millennia, humans have (unknowingly) worshiped the VOMB. Yet, it was only about 30,000 years ago with the invention of glitter that humans could begin to materialize their devotion and dedication of the VOMB, which lead to further discoveries and devotees. This exhibition gathers together various objects related to the VOMB in regards to the 'myths' of creation, power struggles, and theology.

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Joey Knox: YOU ASKED FOR IT

Project 1612
Exhibition: September 18, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

YOU ASKED FOR IT is an exploration of the significant social value placed on childhood celebrations and milestones. These defining touchstones mask a true identity behind a veil of exuberantly inexpensive decorations and momentary but fleeting joy. Within these constructs, it is expectations that create predisposition and shape our sense of want and desire.

Gender is both established and confined through events like Birthdays. Words, colors, and behaviors begin to have strongly weighted connotations, all of which come to shape much of what guides us in early and later sexual identity.

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Project 1612 Film Festival

Project 1612
Exhibition: September 3, 2016 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM

The Project 1612 Film Festival was be held at the Renaissance Park Community Garden and Heuser Art Center at Bradley University. The film festival was a collaboration with Backspace Collective and Bradley University and featured films from artists around the world including the UK, Canada, Russia, and France. 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: KYLE CUNJAK, CAROLYN SWISZCZ, CRISTEN LEIFHEIT, JOHANNES GERARD, GABRIEL FOLLI, OLGA GUSE, MIKHAIL KHOKHLOV, SHARON MANSUR, JEREMY NEWMAN, SARA PEAK CONVERY, RICHARD MEDINA, NAQEEB STEVENS, ABEL JUARZ  , SARITA ZALEHA, ROBERT WILSON, ZIHUI SONG, STEVEN SUMMERS

 

Reenie Charrière: Green Isn’t Always How It Seems

Project 1612
Exhibition: August 4, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Reenie was interviewed about this exhibition for the Peoria Journal Star by Leslie Renken.

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Patricia Keck: When Birds Sleep

Project 1612
Exhibition: July 10, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

I have felt out of step with the focus of mainstream society. We seem to move forward in such a clumsy way both rebuilding and destroying in the same breath. As a child I would daydream of being someone else leading a life separate from the one around me. As an artist I have become both the participant and the observer. Now my adult daydreams enable me to communicate through gesture and attitude reactions to events that occur in the lives that are common to all people.

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Erik L. Peterson: Ink & Water

Project 1612
Exhibition: April 17, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Erik L. Peterson is a pro-bono public artist, sculptor, curator living in Chicago. He is best known for his large-scale urban interventions, Face Value and Inner State, and signature edible ice cream sculptures, CreamCycle and Soft Palate. Public performances employing sculptural elements like Two Tow'n and Square Dance, are camouflaged urban spectacles, while the annual Southwest Wisconsin Make Your Own Softball League game gathers artists who build their own bats and balls in order to play. Additionally, Peterson is a founder of Hyde Park Kunstverein, a community museum and solo project space in Chicago.

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Linda Ding: General Merchandise

Project 1612
Exhibition: February 21, 2016 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

Ding’s work interprets the complexities of mass produced goods and television commercials. Alongside simplified colors and forms drawn from food packaging, her work delves into bridging the consumer cultural divide as a first generation American. She is influenced by television programs such as the Simpsons, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. Watching television and movies is how she connects to American culture and humor. From infomercials and “As Seen on TV” products, cheap and readily available consumer goods have come to epitomize American standards of abundance and wealth. Ding continues to seek the symbolic meaning found in objects through their commodity value and representation.

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Adam Turl: Kick the Cat

Project 1612
Exhibition: October 25, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Exhibition Information

The installation tells the story of the artist Mary Hoagland, a Peoria native and former member of the 13 Baristas Art Collective, forced to move into her brother's garage after a serious car accident. The title comes from the rank-and-file union newsletter produced by Caterpillar workers in the 1990s. In her paintings Mary tells fictionalized stories of the children and grandchildren of laid-off Cat workers and other residents of the greater Peoria area. This includes a young Mary, who, in a bid to stop global warming, kidnaps Punxsutawney Phil so that he will never again see, or fail to see, his own shadow. —Adam Turl

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Sara Peak Convery

Project 1612
Exhibition: August 9, 20155 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Exhibition Information

The installation includes previously created work: 3 prints from 1988 (see description below), an oil canvas from 2006/7, and part of a triptych from 2012. The canvas Sleepless is one of my rare attempts to paint from an idea without a visual source to reference. What A Piece of Work Is Man (2012) was visual amalgamation of 3 disparate photographic sources: a celebrity photo, a snapshot of my grandfather, and an advertisement.

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