Feat.: Daniel Anhorn, Lisa Boumstein-Smalley, David Coyle, Chelsea Tonelli Knight, Jospeh Kohnke, Caleb Jones Lyons, Duncan Mackenzie, Josh Mannis, Heather Mekkelson, William O'Brien, Ann Toebbe, Jenny Walters.
On View: July 5-27, 2008
Vox Populi is pleased to welcome the group exhibition, Bellwether, curated by Shannon Stratton. Bellwether represents one half of Vox's yearly gallery exchange with an alternative art space. In May and June 2008, Merge or Fade, an exhibition curated from the membership of Vox, was on view at Threewalls. A bellwether is a herald or harbinger. Threewalls brings a group of artists, all based in r formally based in Chicago, whose work imparts a kind of warning or prediction. Riding the line of disaster prophesy, the work suggests both decline culturally and environmentally, as well as simultaneously deconstructing the meaning of art or the avant-garde as a pilaster of faith in the abstract. Positioning a group of artists whose work creates disruption within the accepted narrative of modern art alongside work that proposes a menacing or hesitant narrative, Bellwether is both a document of current doubt and anxiety in the face of cultural disrepair, as well as a provocation from a group of artists working from outside the traditional poles of the avant-garde.
Images of the exhibition at Vox Populi can be seen here.