“Bad Habits (Remember Me)” – FB link
Brandon Anschultz, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Lyndon Barrois Jr., Michael Byron, Jessica Caponigro, Sage Dawson, Snow Yunxue Fu, Hideous Beast, Lily Randall, Andy Roche, Rafael E. Vera, and Deborah Alma Wheeler
Curated by Allison Lacher and Cole Lu
October 15 – November 12, 2016
About the exhibition:
Artists, like everyone else, repeat themselves—sometimes as a positive reinforcement, sometimes as a negative compulsion.
Repetition occurs not only within the artist’s portfolio, but within the social structures in which artwork is produced and exhibited. “Bad Habits (Remember Me)” highlights this occurrence by re-presenting a roster of artists from two cities, St. Louis and Chicago, who exhibited together previously at the Chicago Artists Coalition. The exhibition investigates the fertile effects of reiteration—of elements and concepts within each artist’s work, but also of the artist roster itself. Beyond the compulsion to repeat oneself as an individual, the show emphasizes the way in which sustained group relationships can reinforce or reawaken existing concepts.
– Allison Lacher & Cole Lu, curators
About the curators:
Allison Lacher is a visual artist, curator, and organizer. In 2013, she co-founded and now co-directs DEMO Project, a space for contemporary art in Springfield, IL. She received her BFA in sculpture from Edinboro University and her MFA in sculpture from Indiana University. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues that include E.Tay Gallery (New York, NY), The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT), CUAC Contemporary (Salt Lake City, UT), the Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Future Tenant (Pittsburgh, PA), and PDX Contemporary Art (Portland, OR). She maintains an individual studio practice in addition to a collaborative practice with artist Jeff Robinson. Recent collaborative projects have been exhibited at Roman Susan (Chicago, IL), The Ski Club (Milwaukee, WI), and Museum Blue (St. Louis, MO). She was a 2014-2015 HATCH Curatorial Resident with the Chicago Artists Coalition and has been awarded artist residencies from ACRE, Spiro Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Signal Fire. She is a previous recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. She lives and works in Springfield, IL, where she is the Gallery Manager at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery.
Cole Lu is an artist and curator who received her MFA in visual art from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art, her BA in Linguistics from Ming Chuan University (Taipei, Taiwan), and her AA in Japanese from Jinwen University (Taipei, Taiwan). Her work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (St. Louis), the Luminary (St. Louis), AHHA Tulsa (Tulsa, OK), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), the Pulitzer Foundation (St. Louis), Westminster Press (St. Louis), fort gondo (St. Louis) the Clothesline (St. Louis), Central Booking Artspace (New York), and Invisible Space (Taipei, Taiwan), among countless others. Her videos and fine art books have been included in numerous national and international fairs and festivals; her Risograph publication, “SMELLS LIKE CONTENT” is in the public collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Additionally, she has been awarded the Concept/Focus Artist Award, and residencies at the Wassaic Project and Endless Editions. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, she currently lives and works in St. Louis, MO, where she is the Assistant Director at fort gondo compound for the arts.