March 19 - April 17, 2010
March 19th, 2010, 6-9pm
Performance: 8 pm
April 7th, 2010, 7pm
On view until April 17th, 2010.
FOLLOW ME SAILORS!
WHOEVER TOLD YOU THERE IS NO
AND ETERNAL SEA?
MAY HIS BLISTERING TONGUE BE CUT OUT!
FOLLOW ME, MY SAILORS, AND ONLY ME,
AND I WILL SHOW YOU SUCH A SEA!
Friday, March 19th at 6 pm sharp, the Gesture Guild will open its doors at its new headquarters at 119 N Peoria in unit 2C. Join us at 8 pm for the commencement dirge, absinthe induced and sailor sung. (Ed. note: Sailor attire is strongly encouraged, those who do not arrive as sailors will be made into sailors.)
More information about the Guild:
The League of Dark Departments have joined forces in the Gesture Guild, a bureau for the recovery and acquisition of lost gestures. The Gesture Guild aims to return and reinforce the primordial anxieties responsible for head-bending weight and other liquid spiraling disasters, topical and tropical.
The public, inflicted with involuntary movement, nervous twitches, and ticks, due to the loss of solid surfaces and time-space incongruity, can join various Guild programs in search of gravitational re-calibration.
Determined via a brief questionnaire, members of the public are initiated into the Guild, thus participating in prescribed Guild activities at individually appointed times.
Throughout the exhibition the Guild will change weekly - please return for:
- Duplicate Office of the Dead
- Department of Repetition
- Department of Manual Re-Education
- Department of Polychoral Antiphony
- Department of Trade Secrets
- Department of Denial Operations and Barriers
Irena Knezevic is a Serbian artist currently living in Chicago. Knezevic’s work spans a variety of media to construct public events where scores, instructionals, and programs come together with sculptural objects to form a narrative inventory. Current areas of research include topics, such as: “secrets,” “involuntary movement,” “dream-wreck,” “liquidity,” “topical and tropical disasters,” “downward spirals,” “bright lights,” “vibratory inscription,” "hallucinogenic modernisms," and “phantom continents.”
Recent projects and performances have occured at the Museum of Contemporary, Art Chicago; White Columns, New York; Harvard University, Cambridge and Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin. Knezevic earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007.